Unified Security celebrates eight years of championing security convergence agenda

James Willison

James Willison

Unified Security Ltd is celebrating eight years in business championing the convergence of physical and information security management. Founded back in October 2009 by James Willison MA MSyI, the company has consistently advocated that the best way in which to identify and respond to security risks is by dint of a clear and united ‘teaming’ approach. The team consists of physical and information security professionals who work together on all areas of security risk management.

The strategy has been focused on – and forged within – the corporate world for many years. Willison originally worked with the leaders of BP Group and Digital Security, gaining his Masters in Security Management for his research on security convergence with Loughborough University and BP Group. Willison has also worked closely with Sarb Sembhi (CTO at Virtually Informed) over the past eight years and, together, they’ve spoken at many events on the subject of security convergence.

In June, Unified Security was delighted to publish its first White Paper. Co-authored with Sarb Sembhi, the document is entitled: ‘Supporting Enterprise Security Risk Management: How Can Vendors Support ESRM and Converged Security Management Strategies?’ The sponsor, Axis Communications, has stated that: “We believe the White Paper’s recommendations will be invaluable for our partners and customers operating in the Enterprise Security Risk Management space.”

Convergence has indeed become very relevant to the world in which security professionals now operate. The Internet of Things and the fourth industrial revolution have meant that cyber is now physical and physical is cyber. As technology rapidly advances, businesses such as BT can offer ‘Home CCTV’ at a very competitive price, but what should the response be? Unified Security has always maintained that it’s a ‘teaming’ of specialised experts who, together, see the risks which they would otherwise miss if operating in a ‘silo’.

Unified Security is currently working on understanding how an ESRM and converged teaming approach can help in building and securing the smart cities of the future. The company is presently selecting sponsors who are committed to a converged and united security response to the security risks we all face.

*For more details contact James Willison via e-mail at: jameswillison@unifiedsecurity.net

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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