London First and ASIS International’s UK Chapter have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement was ratified at the ASIS UK Spring Seminar by Robert Hall MBCI MSyI, London First’s director of security and resilience, and ASIS International’s UK chairman Andy Williams CPP FSyI.
Both organisations have been working together informally for some time now, but hope and expect that the Memorandum of Understanding will be the start of a long-term and meaningful relationship with a view towards developing greater co-operation and synergies in order to promote mutual objectives in the fields of security and resilience.
Allowing members of the respective organisations to take part in one another’s events so as to maximise effectiveness in subject areas and minimise duplication of effort will be a key goal, so too enhancing the organisations’ reputations and business interests still further.
Announcing the agreement, Andy Williams commented: “I’m delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with London First on behalf of ASIS UK. I believe that it will prove to be of significant benefit to the members of both organisations.”
Robert Hall added: “We’re delighted with this new association which demonstrates that two strong and independent organisations can work together for the benefit of their respective memberships in advancing the collective security of organisations based in London.”
ASIS International plays host to a global community of more than 38,000 security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets, people, property and/or information. The ASIS Board of Directors-certified and globally recognised CPP, PCI and PSP qualifications provide objective proof of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience.
The organisation provides a forum to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of security practitioners through the development and delivery of educational material that addresses information technology security and risk topics.
The UK Chapter is a licensee of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.
Key mission for London First
London First was established in 1991 as a not-for-profit membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. Its membership reflect the diversity of London’s economy, representing property, transport, finance, professional services, security, creative industries, hospitality, retail and the higher education sector.
London First works in partnership with business leaders from across these sectors to identify and address the core challenges facing the capital, with the shared goal of strengthening London’s global competitiveness. The membership represents around a quarter of London’s GDP.
As an integral element of London First, the Security and Resilience Network is uniquely placed to help the private sector improve its security and resilience by working with official Government departments and law enforcement organisations to make the capital a safe environment in which to do business.
The Security and Resilience Network’s goals are five-fold:
*Broaden and deepen the security agenda in the public and private sector spaces
*Raise the awareness and relevance of resilience in both the national and local contexts
*Capture and transfer Best Practices for dealing with the security challenges faced by today’s world cities
*Help to design out crime with the use of proactive, intelligent and technologically-driven solutions
*Improve organisational effectiveness by sharing leadership and management expertise