Free cybersecurity seminar will focus on physical security systems and star ethical hackers

BSIA The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced a free seminar on cybersecurity and data protection for both installers and users of physical security systems. The half-day event will focus in particular on addressing vulnerabilities of physical security products that are connected those that are accessed or operated remotely via the internet. So whether you procure, operate or install IP CCTV, IP access control, IP intruder alarms, IP fire systems and other connected systems, the event is relevant to you.

Also supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the seminar will take place in Solihull, West Midlands on 4 October. The introduction of the GDPR, which comes into force from 25 May 2018, is raising the stakes when it comes to strengthening protections against data breaches. Fines for non-compliance could be as much as 79 times greater than under the existing data protection regime. The GDPR and its implications will no doubt be a big attraction for those who attend the seminar. Cybersecurity experts from the West Midlands Police digital cybercrime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre s team of ethical hackers will also deliver presentations. Another session will discuss the Cyber Essentials accreditation, while the BSIA will review its own work in the cybersecurity field. Exhibition space is still available to companies wishing to showcase products and services to a wide range of delegates from the fire and security sectors. A limited number of stands are still available to book, priced at 395 + VAT for BSIA and FIA members, and 495 + VAT for non-members. Registration for the event will be open from 9:00am, with presentations kicking off at 9:45am and the event expected to finish at around 13:30.

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Register of certified fire and security installers launched to combat rogue trader problem

A register has been launched for installers and those maintaining electronic security and fire systems who meet certain standards around experience, qualifications and trustworthiness. The CTSP Register, which has been endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA and Tavcom Training, will only include individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines they claim to provide services in. Tavcom, the security systems training specialist, believes the initiative will help customers find reputable, suitably qualified operators and undermine unscrupulous traders.

Installers or integrators that become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) will burnish their credibility and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers by being on the register. Many in the industry have long lamented the lack of regulation around installation companies and the ease with which many cowboy operators have thrived to the detriment of reputable operators and customers alike. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Lee Dowling, sales consultant, West London Security I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, says Lee Dowling, sales consultant at installation firm West London Security. Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Criteria In order to gain certification and a place on the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), installers or integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines (like CCTV, access control, fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems). They must also provide two character references and have no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes.

Registrants are required to maintain CPD (Continual Professional Development) and conform to a strict code of ethics and disciplinary procedure. The industry has for many years expressed concerns over the absence of any meaningful controls and problems associated with unqualified installers and maintainers of security systems, says Kevin Matthew, the registrar and operations director at Tavcom. We have developed what we believe to be a robust professional register, which will have a significant impact on raising industry standards. We are delighted the register has been endorsed by the UK s largest security association the BSIA and Dubai s Security Industry Regulatory Agency. Indeed, the register has received overwhelming support from across the industry including the main inspectorate bodies. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector.

The CTSP Register is now available online.

Want to export outside the UK in the defence and security markets?

Get some advice at IFSEC 2017

IFseC 2017 IFSEC Global asked the BSIA and Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) to answer some questions about their presence at IFSEC 2017. The Small Business Advisers from the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) within the Department for International Trade (DIT) are in the DIT area of the BSIA Business Lounge to provide advice and support to UK companies seeking to export in the defence and security markets. They will highlight the various services and capabilities that DSO can offer and can put you in touch with various market, sector or military experts, as well as providing links to wider DIT.

They can also explain how DSO could help SMEs to enter these markets through its links with various UK prime companies and trade associations. IFSEC International runs between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Visit the DIT area of the BSIA Business Lounge for exporting advice. Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: What does BSIA and DSO offer the UK security sector? BSIA: As a Trade Challenge Partner (TCP) the BSIA is committed to helping the UK security sector export its products and services into the international markets. We work closely with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote the UK brand and as a TCP facilitate UK Pavilions in security exhibitions to showcase the industry s innovation, quality and experience. DSO: The Defence and Security Organisation, now part of the Department for International Trade, offers advice and assistance to the UK security sector to help them achieve export success. It has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world, and attracting foreign investment to the UK.

The Organisation works with companies to help them export their security capabilities supported by closer working with the Home Office and other Government Departments. IG: What will DSO and BSIA be prioritising at IFSEC 2017? BSIA: As the premier exhibition for the security industry here in the UK, the BSIA hosts the international visitors lounge, bringing together international visitors and UK companies looking to develop partnerships. Working alongside UBM, the BSIA lounge offers visitors and exhibitors alike the opportunity to meet in an informal and relaxed environment to discuss opportunities and build relationships. DSO: The Defence and Security Organisation aims to get as many defence and security companies as possible exporting, and to achieve this, will be attending IFSEC to provide advice and guidance to security companies who wish to export. Available in the DIT area of the BSIA lounge, representatives of DSO s Small Business Unit will be able to provide specific advice to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) on how to market security products. They can also provide details of events and activities they run aimed at introducing small companies to UK and overseas prime contractors. IG: What (export) support does DSO and BSIA offer to the UK security sector? BSIA: As a TCP the BSIA can draw down Tradeshow Access Partner (TAP) funding, allowing exhibitors in the UK Pavilion at international exhibitions the opportunity to claim up to 2,500 to offset the cost of exhibiting.

In addition, the BSIA will assist in designing and building stands and be onsite to help ensure exhibitors have a successful event. DSO: In addition to DSO s Small Business Unit providing advice to SMEs, DSO has a number of desk officers who have developed country expertise and well as active overseas engagements with foreign governments, politicians and officials. There are also two dedicated security specialists who can provide expert specialist export advice and practical assistance to security companies, and we also have in country police and security experts in some key markets who provide that vital on the ground intelligence. DSO also has a dedicated Events Team (a member of which will be at IFSEC) who can offer advice to companies on how to exhibit as part of a DIT DSO organised UK Pavilion. IG: What do you both see as the principal challenges for the UK security sector in 2017 and beyond? BSIA: The recent horrific terrorism events in the UK, France and Belgium have served as a wake-up call for businesses worldwide. This has resulted in organisations reviewing their physical and electronic security as well as tightening their security processes. More is now expected from the security they procure and the security solutions they already have in place, to enable businesses to stay ahead of the criminal fraternity and protect individuals and assets. This acts not only as a challenge for the UK sector but more importantly presents a real opportunity.

Being part of a UK Pavilion can help new exporters to dip their toe in the water before they fully commit to any given market. BSIA DSO: National security is the first priority of HMG, and being able to respond quickly to new and emerging threats and develop the technologies to counter them is the key challenge for the UK security sector. The UK has a strong and proud tradition in security innovation and that is due to its creative, dynamic and innovative SME Community, and it is due to our reputation as a world leader in manufacturing and services that other countries look to us to meet their capability requirements. IG: In your views how will the prospect of Brexit impact on the UK security sector? BSIA: The decision to leave the EU has created uncertainty for the UK. However, organisations should seize the opportunity to boost their global competitiveness by investing now in successful sector-based exporting strategies, focusing on the security industry s strengths of innovation, quality and experience. This will ensure the sector is best prepared for any global challenge it might face in the years ahead. DSO: We can not predict how Brexit will impact the UK security sector. But we can say that the Department for Exiting the European Union is leading on the negotiations for our departure and will ensure we get the best possible deal for the UK.

In the meantime, the UK is clear in its message to businesses and our international partners: We are open for business. IG: What key areas do UK security companies need to consider when embarking on export? BSIA: Exporting can be an unnerving experience for some companies. However, it is worth the effort. Exporting brings many benefits for UK businesses, not least of all increasing an organisation s sales revenue but also allowing companies to diversify their markets meaning that they become less dependent on any single market for sales. Being part of a UK Pavilion can help new exporters to dip their toe in the water before they fully commit to any given market. It also allows new exporters learn from more experienced companies who are part of the pavilion. Remember, there is a lot of advice available to companies; DiT, Trade Associations and Chambers of Commerce all offer advice and guidance on overseas markets to minimalise any risks. DSO: There is a wealth of information available on the DIT/Exporting is Great website to help companies export their products from those new to exporting and the occasional exporter to companies that regularly sell overseas.

Issues to consider include shipping and logistics, financial assistance, rules, regulations and restrictions, export opportunities and all these issues play a part in determining whether companies should export and if so, likely markets. IG: What key territories does DSO and BSIA recommend the UK exporting manufacturers consider? BSIA: Each year the BSIA conducts research on its members target markets. UAE, ASEAN and Europe are all key territories for its members. However, there are some interesting developments with other markets such as India and the USA becoming more attractive to UK security exporters. The BSIA has a list of shows it s facilitating or considering facilitating a UK Pavilion at. These include: IFSEC SE Asia IFSEC India Intersec Dubai Intersec Saudi ISC West DSO: There are numerous markets for security exports DSO can provide advice on the landscape of opportunities, which often depend on the nature of products. IG: How can interested IFSEC exhibitors engage with BSIA and DSO at IFSEC 2017? BSIA: The BSIA is exhibiting at IFSEC 2017 alongside DSO, and its staff are on hand to provide advice and guidance to exhibitors and visitors to the show.

DSO: Members of DSO will be attending IFSEC and will be available to speak to companies who wish to export. IFSEC International runs between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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BSIA Security Guarding Section

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BSIA Security Guarding Section

Security officers protect people and property in a wide variety of environments factories and warehouses, offices, shopping centres,hospitals, airports, concert and sports venues.

The growing responsibilities of these personnel, and their increasing public interface, intensified calls for government regulation of the sector which have been wholeheartedly supported by the BSIA. This culminated in the introduction of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, which in turn has led to licensing of security officers by the Security Industry Authority. Security guarding has tended to be viewed as a grudge purchase , with many customers looking to purchase at the lowest cost and not necessarily considering how this will affect the calibre and retention of personnel, working conditions and a security company s ability to provide a consistent quality of service.

The BSIA promotes best value over low cost , stressing the importance of satisfactory pay levels and suitable training, as well as the benefits of recruiting and retaining quality personnel. It promotes the work of the modern-day professional security officer, for example through its Annual Security Officer Awards, and also highlights the many career development opportunities that are now available. Another key issue which the section is addressing is the growing interface between security guarding and technology, and how this can be managed for maximum effectiveness.

HR Forum

The BSIA’s successful Security Guarding Section HR Forum plays a key function in addressing employment and careers issues in the industry.

The group meets regularly to discuss changes in employment law, share best practice and debate topical issues. To find out more about Security Guarding Section’s HR Forum, email the BSIA’s 1


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To help visitors locate a reputable supplier, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched a dedicated Close Protection co-ordination unit, which puts visiting dignitaries in touch with suppliers that work to the relevant British Standards for quality.

This service will be in operation throughout the Games period and thereafter, providing a single point of contact for visitors to the UK requiring professional suppliers for close protection services.

David Evans, Project Director 2012 at the BSIA, comments: As many thousands of individuals prepare for their arrival in London, the BSIA is expecting a significant increase in demand for close protection services.

There is a commonly-held perception that the Metropolitan Police will provide Close Protection services to all the visiting dignitaries, but with police close protection resources already allocated many visitors will need to appoint a private company to provide this service during the summer s celebrations.

The BSIA has written to over 150 consulates, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, recommending that they choose a close protection supplier from within the Association because they have a good working knowledge of London s geography, its culture and the impact of the events taking place. Also, they are required to meet the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard and operate to the British Standard 8507 for Close Protection Services.

The Close Protection Co-ordination Unit operates from 9am 5pm (BST) Monday Friday and can be reached by telephone or email as follows: +44 (0) 207 516 1258 E-mail: [email protected]1


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Guarding companies vow to protect staff during Olympic Games time …

Jun 15th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

With the imminent arrival of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, members of the BSIA’s Security Guarding Section have vowed to protect their employees from the increased Health and Safety risks brought about by longer working hours.

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