G7 Summit 2019: Home Secretary calls for co-ordination to tackle security threats

Home Secretary Sajid Javid joined his counterparts from the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy this week as interior ministers met at the G7 Summit in Paris to discuss global security issues.

Javid called for a more co-ordinated approach to combat shared threats, emphasising the UK Government’s commitment to global security. In particular, the Home Secretary said that more needs to be done across the global community to protect people from the disturbing and dangerous effects of harmful online content.

“The close partnership we have with our international G7 partners is vital in combating the shared threats we face and keeping our people secure,” urged Javid. “Britain will continue to be a global leader in this space and ensure that our expertise makes the world a safer place.”

Reflecting on the recent Christchurch attack, G7 interior ministers acknowledged that the challenges posed by social media and live-streaming are complex, but that technology companies had a responsibility to do more to ensure people are protected.

The Home Secretary stressed the urgent need to redouble efforts to address terrorist threats, urging tech companies to work together to tackle the exploitation of online platforms.

The G7 Summit came ahead of the launch of the Government’s Online Harms White Paper – a world-leading proposal for legislation to keep UK citizens safe online.

The UK continues to work across the international community to tackle online harm and protect its citizens from terrorist threats, abuse and child sexual exploitation online.

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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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