Whilst the mainstream news seems to have a never-ending supply of stories about spies, spooks and state-sponsored hacking, some of the responses do contain valuable information for those involved in risk mitigation… There has been a somewhat surreal edge to the reaction following the revelations that resulted from Edward Snowden’s now well-publicised and much-debated intelligence leaks. Whether Snowden’s actions amount to espionage or are a whistleblowing act designed to reveal the true extent of communications monitoring in the modern world will no doubt be argued over, long and hard. There is unlikely to ever be a definitive answer. Initially, the divulgence of Operation Prism seemed to indicate that the US’
Risk UK Comment: Can risk mitigation professionals learn something from the Prism scandal?
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.