Evolution completes major risk consultancy programme for Renesas in wake of GDPR

Evolution, the fire and security systems integrator, has completed a major consultancy project for an international semiconductor business in order to meet the ongoing requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was enacted last year.

Renesas Electronics Europe Limited has been an Evolution client for several years. In 2017, Evolution completed a major upgrade and extension to the company’s CCTV and access control installation. The advent of the GDPR, however, obliged Renesas’ facilities manager Julie Blake to review the existing site security policies and procedures to ensure they were current and compliant.

Blake explained to Risk Xtra: “Like many organisations, we were receiving plenty of advice around the GDPR. It was recommended that we consult with our security partners. I was introduced to Evolution’s Risk & Design team whose members explained, in a very straightforward manner, what was required. The team then produced a comprehensive set of reports and documents in a timely fashion to meet all of our management requirements. The team members also explained that annual assessments of the CCTV system are now required. On that basis, we look forward to continuing to work with the Evolution team in the future.”

Evolution adopted an holistic view of the project and security risk, explaining how its approach would support Blake and her colleagues in meeting governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) requirements regarding security systems. The solution provided included a general assessment of CCTV in addition to a CCTV Privacy Impact Assessment as tools to help the client create the necessary system policies and procedures to meet its current legal obligations. This includes not only the GDPR, but also employment law and the Freedom of Information Act.

Brendan McGarrity, Evolution’s head of risk and design, added: “With an ever-changing and increasing need for organisations to consider GRC requirements, it’s my belief that Risk & Design services can provide clients with a comprehensive framework to improve building and asset security. It’s our role to support the client in meeting its GRC requirements for security by providing the necessary documented professional services.”

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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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