Security Research Initiative set to focus next study project on ‘Strategy for Change’

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI: Leader of the Security Research Initiative and director of Perpetuity Research

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI: Leader of the Security Research Initiative and director of Perpetuity Research

At a meeting of its member organisations* held in London on Thursday 30 June, the new Security Research Initiative (SRI) study was announced. This time around, the aim is to produce a ‘Strategy for Change for the Security Sector’.

There’s a whole range of strategies that guide thinking on a variety of activities in defence and on policing and in tackling terrorism, fraud and organised come (to name but a few). The aim of this new SRI project is to consider what the future directions of security might be.

The context includes a police service facing challenging resource constraints, an economic outlook which is breeding concern about crime and disorder issues, a recognition that the protection of key parts of the national infrastructure rests in private sector hands – and, therefore, involves private security – but with a lack of clarity about how this can best be harnessed and plenty of discussions about police/private sector partnerships, but with fewer shining samples of good practices.

Then there’s the threats posed by cyber crime, the increasing costs of labour and the opportunities presented by technology.

Where, though, does all of this leave private security?

Some of the issues that the SRI may consider include approaches needed to position the security sector (corporates and suppliers) as partners of choice, processes for increasing trust in what security does, identifying the unique capabilities of the security sector and examining exactly what the police service and insurers see as the benefits to be had from a thriving private security business sector.

*There are presently 16 member organisations involved with the SRI. They are: Sodexo, KPMG, Emprise, Mitie, the Security Industry Authority, E.ON, G4S, Securitas, CAT, Interr Security, the OCS Group, VSG, Nedap, Adidas, M&S and Royal Mail. The SRI is supported by the British Security Industry Association, The Security Institute and ASIS International’s UK Chapter

**Further information on the study can be gained by contacting Professor Martin Gill via e-mail at: or accessing the website

About the Author
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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