Consultants risk being “behind the curve” in keeping pace with new technology

Due to the ever-increasing pace and development of new technology, security consultants run the risk of being “behind the curve” when it comes to the latest developments and how they can be operationally deployed to support end user requirements.

The opportunity to work closely with the end user, wider stakeholders and the commercial departments of a host organisation is key to delivering operationally supportive and cost-effective ‘fit for purpose’ security systems for securing that organisation’s day-to-day operations. The effective way of achieving the above is through the completion of a Security Operational Requirement for the planned systems.

Brendan McGarrity, head of risk and design at Evolution, commented: “There’s a real need to work from a solid knowledge platform in relation to a client’s organisational risk and operational constraints. Only then can the security systems be designed to mitigate the identified and documented risk that the success of the system can be measured against.”

According to McGarrity, the industry does appear to be moving away from the ‘old school’ methods of consultancy and heading steadily towards something more relevant and current. “True security consultancy is about building a roadmap to meet future demand and creating end-to-end solutions and partnerships that endure rather than the ‘fire and forget’ projects of yesteryear.”

He added: “It means having a thorough understanding of the risk involved with each individual site and the applicability of – and compliance with – all relevant Codes of Practice, Acts of Parliament and legislation in general. Similarly, a robust understanding of the latest technology and how it can be applied, as well as having the right policies and procedures in place, is crucial for security to become a business enabler and not a barrier to progress.”

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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