Risk UK Comment: Lessons can be learned from Boston

Posted On 04 Aug 2013
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The recent terror attack in Boston, and the subsequent lock-down and man-hunt for the perpetrators, serve to remind the entire risk management industry that every event delivers some important lessons. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and whilst it can be applied to a wide range of situations, it seems that there are many people out there who enjoy nothing more than picking over the facts” once hindsight is applied” when incidents are related to security and safety. The tragic events during the Boston Marathon were unexpected, and the law enforcement agencies seemingly had no intelligence to make them suspect that an incident might occur. The typical security arrangements were in place for a sporting event of that type, with no apparent reason to suspect that extra levels of security would be required. Whilst it transpires that one of the perpetrators had been quizzed by the FBI’

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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.