BSIA speakers set to share expert security knowledge at IFSEC International 2015

BSIA representatives are once again taking part in the conference programmes at IFSEC International

BSIA representatives are once again taking part in the conference programmes at IFSEC International

As IFSEC International prepares to return to London’s ExCeL from 16-18 June, a number of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) representatives are ready to impart detailed and timely advice on a number of key industry issues – from city security through to convergence, CCTV and access control – as part of the show’s educational programme. 

Visitors to IFSEC International 2015 have three conference theatres to choose from: Keynote and Convergence, Security Solutions and Safe Cities. While UK-based security suppliers are anticipating another successful show as IFSEC International returns to London for a second year, several BSIA spokespeople are set to share their knowledge.

The BSIA’s involvement in the IFSEC Academy programme is as follows:

Tuesday 16 June

Cyber Security: Confronting Current and Future Threats 
(11.00 am, Keynote and Convergence Theatre)

Mike O’Neill – managing director at Optimal Risk Management and chairman of the BSIA’s Specialist Services Section – is joined by his colleague Dan Solomon, Optimal Risk Management’s director of cyber risk and security services, to discuss current and emerging cyber threats and the need for robust countermeasures. This session at conference will also explore the importance of upskilling IT professionals to meet evolving cyber risks.

Pauline Norstrom

Pauline Norstrom

Key Considerations When Choosing a Security Provider
(1.00 pm, Security Solutions Theatre)

Pauline Norstrom, chief operating officer at the AD Group and current BSIA chairman, is set to discuss the importance of security market knowledge in the procurement process, answering the crucial security question: ‘What’s more important: price or quality?’

Wednesday 17 June

Access Control as a Service
(11.00 am, Keynote and Convergence Theatre)

Paul Adams – head of technology and product management at BSIA Access Control Section member company Kaba – explores the features and functionalities of Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), including the difference between hosted, managed and hybrid services. Adams will also address the common questions that arise for both the solutions providers and adopters of ACaaS.

Geoff Zeidler

Geoff Zeidler

The Police and Security Initiative: Collaboration to Increase Public Safety 
(11.00 am, Safe Cities Academy)

Geoff Zeidler, immediate past chairman of the BSIA, introduces the Police and Security Initiative and the growing importance of partnerships between business, the police service and the private security industry.

This session at ExCeL London is designed to review practical measures for improving working relationships, sharing good practice and reducing criminality.

The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice: Time for Voluntary Adoption? 
(1.00 pm, Keynote and Convergence Theatre)

UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB will be joined by Simon Adcock (managing director of ATEC Security and chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section) and BSIA chairman Pauline Norstrom to discuss the implications of the Protection of Freedoms Act and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s own Code of Practice for CCTV owners/end users and operators.

CCTV Control Room Compliance 
(2.00 pm, Security Solutions Theatre)

Dirk Wilson, managing director at Sector Security Services and vice-chairman of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, introduces the latest updates and revisions to BS 7958, the Code of Practice for CCTV management and operation. Providing recommendations on Best Practice in obtaining reliable information that might be offered as evidence, Wilson will also explore in some detail the increasing police service and public sector confidence in the operation and management of CCTV systems.

Tony Porter

Tony Porter

Security Risk Management Strategies for Safer Cities 
(3.00 pm, Safe Cities Academy)

Mike O’Neill returns to explore the key risk management strategies that can be adopted to ensure maximum security in today’s increasingly technology-enabled cities.

Thursday 18 June

Supporting Safe Cities and Major Events: A Code of Practice for Security Searches
(2.00 pm, Safe Cities Academy)

Dirk Wilson introduces a new Code of Practice for security searches, exploring lessons learned from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and how these have been adopted within a new set of minimum standards for personnel carrying out security searches. The ultimate goal is to ensure greater police service and public confidence in the private security sector and its ability to provide effective support roles at major events.

*Visit the BSIA at IFSEC International 2015 (Stand B1350)

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About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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