According to new research, the healthcare sector is in pole position when it comes to being ‘security conscious’ with the utilities sector coming last on a study on the top ten security aware sectors. The new research, carried out by Versapak, polled, 2,882 employees who worked in a variety of UK sectors as part of ongoing research into security measures and procedures. The criteria included ascertaining how these sectors deal with items or information that require safe handling, storage or treatment. The health/medical profession is the most security conscious when it comes to looking after important information or goods. Workers in this industry were followed by those in the HR and accountancy sectors on secure handling. Respondents to the study were initially asked whether they handled items or information that require secure storage or transport. 73 per cent of interviewees answered affirmatively. Of these, 66 per cent had a specific security processes or equipment in place to ensure the safe handling of objects or information. However, only 34 per cent of respondents used the tools they had available consistently. Respondents were asked to select the industry sector that their job fell within from a list of potential options and rate on a scale of one to ten, how security conscious they believed their particular sector to be. The results of this revealed the following top ten based on employee feedback. The figure represents the average response from all of those polled. 1. Health/medical sector – 8.1 2. HR – 7.3 3. Accountancy – 7.1 4. Retail – 6. 9 5. Transport – 6.4 6. Insurance – 6.3 7. Manufacturing – 5.9 8. Education – 5.1 9. Property/construction – 4.8 10. Energy and utilities – 4.6 When asked if they thought there was ‘room from improvement’ within their sector, respondents gave a resounded ‘Yes’. Despite being considered as the number one based on employee feedback, 61 per cent of people working in the health/medical sector believed that things could be better. Only 39 per cent believed that current procedures in place were sufficient. When aggregated across all sectors, 72 per cent of all respondents believed that there was ‘room for improvement’ across their sector. Worryingly, interviewees from the energy and utility sector, transport workers and those working in retail admitted that they have seen evidence of security procedures being bypassed in their workplace.
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.