I asked criminals whether security measures ever deterred them.

This is what I learned

Ask offenders why they choose the target they do and they often reply: Because it was easy. And this is true despite the fact that security measures are in place. This tells us there is a real difference between having security and having security that works, Indeed, offenders tell me when I interview them in prison that they rely on security not being excellent; when it is excellent it puts them off.

So the key question is not the difference between poor security and good security as it is all too often mistakenly framed it is: What is the difference between good security and excellent security? That is the key question to address as we move forward. Some people say that the trouble with security measures is that they can all be circumvented, that nothing works. I believe this to be taking the wrong emphasis. The truth is everything works but only when effectively delivered developed and matched to risks in context. Now despite what some people say this is a really difficult task. Underestimated skill sets Many, including in my view many security professionals, have underestimated the skills sets required to be excellent at security. It is serious stuff. Think of it like this.

Every business process is a potential security risk. An excellent security professional team will understand all of these. Every single person is a potential security risk. Every excellent security team will understand all corporate roles. Every business process and every person will in fact be a key ally in excellent security. Security people who are excellent will understand the business, the risks, internal and external threats, match measures to risks, be proportionate, take account of freedoms, be sensitive to the aims of the business and ensure security complements these. Good measures needed to be matched by well trained people and they needed to work together and that rarely happened It is for this reason that I have been involved in developing the Outstanding Security Performance Awards . I think there is a good case for having standards, regulation and training; they are all in different ways potential contributors to good security and maybe excellent security too, sometimes. But we must realise that excellent security requires business expertise, a deep knowledge base, an ability to relate to many business departments (and therefore there is a requirement to understand them), and to engage people meaningfully in supporting actions that are not always their core interests.

I recall an interview I had with an armed robber a few years back now, but the message sticks with me. I was talking to him about the risks of getting caught, pretty serious if you are an armed robber. I thought this would be a constant worry. He said that he never worried. Assuming too much He was a prolific robber and rarely got caught. He argued that the trouble with security measures and security personnel was that they assumed too much. His point was, put simply, that good measures needed to be matched by well trained people and they needed to work together and that rarely happened. Well he was caught in the end of course although he said he was grassed (maybe, a lot say that!). Security needs to speak up for itself, argue its case: that it is a key business function, enabling the organisation to make a profit even in risky contexts.

Security people excellent ones at least are crucial parts of business, not nice to haves. We have shown this time and time again in successive Security Research Initiative reports. The question is: Is the security sector and its personnel ready for the challenge? Professor Martin Gill among, by the way, our Top 50 influencers in security and fire 2017 is sitting on a panel discussing current trends and the future of the security industry at IFSEC International 2017. Details below: Professor Martin Gill / Current trends and the future of the security industry / Security Management Theatre / IFSEC 2017, ExCeL London / 20 June 2017 / 10:20- 11:10 IFSEC International takes place 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.

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HD CCTV technology risks breaching human rights

HD CCTV technology risks breaching human rights The increasing sophistication of surveillance technology could breach people s human rights, the UK s surveillance camera commissioner has warned. Andrew Rennison said there could be a public backlash if the use of HD cameras and facial recognition systems was given free rein in UK public spaces. “The technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it,” he told the Independent. “I’m convinced that if we don’t regulate it properly i.e. the technological ability to use millions of images we capture there will be a huge public backlash.

It is the Big Brother scenario playing out large. It’s the ability to pick out your face in a crowd from a camera which is probably half a mile away.” The rapid advancement of digital technology meant that 16-magapixel HD cameras were now very affordable, he said, and so cameras with huge optical and digital zoom power were being installed. “A tiny camera in a dome with a 360-degree view can capture your face in the crowd, and there are now the algorithms that run in the background. I’ve seen the test reviews that show there’s a high success rate of picking out your face against a database of known faces.” Mr Rennison is the UK s first surveillance camera commissioner.

He will oversee a new code of practice on CCTV, due to come into effect next April, setting out principles for the use of camera systems and promoting technical and occupational standards. On taking up his post last month Mr Rennison said: Through the code I believe we can greatly increase the public s awareness of the type of surveillance taking place around them every day, and encourage greater openness among those operating CCTV and ANPR systems. At the same time we want to set robust standards for surveillance systems, to increase image quality so the police can catch more criminals.

Responding to Mr Rennison s remarks in the Independent, campaign group Big Brother Watch said: The commissioner is absolutely right to warn about the risks of new CCTV technology. However, the Home Office has undermined the commissioner from the start by giving him absolutely no powers to act when he views that wrongdoing may have occurred. Proper regulation of CCTV needs someone to have the power to inspect cameras and punish those breaking the law.

If the Home Office is serious about this issue then the surveillance camera commissioner needs proper powers to protect our privacy.

‘First’ for security shutters approval

‘First’ for security shutters approval Gilgen Door Systems UK Ltd s security shutters are the first to achieve approval to security rating 4 of LPS 1175 Issue 7. The company s Rolegard-High Security SR4-DSHD range of shutters have been approved to LPS 1175: Issue 7 ( Requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB approval and listing of intruder resistant building components, strongpoints, security enclosures and free-standing barriers ). Paul Barson, general manager of the industrial door division of Gilgen Door Systems UK, said: “The safety and security of our customers’ employees and property has always been paramount.

Achieving certification to the latest LPS 1175 (Issue 7) firmly demonstrates our commitment to providing innovative security solutions that meet their needs. We are extremely proud to now offer a choice of certificated products that can meet medium, high and very high attack risks which can be used as a standalone system or as part of more advanced layered security solutions.” Gilgen Door Systems’ Rolegard-High Security SR4-DSHD range has been approved to LPS 1175: Issue 7 Physical security products and systems are rated to LPS 1175 in terms of the resistance to forced entry they provide against different levels of attack. The Security Rating (SR) system ranges from SR1 to SR8 and is based upon domestic risks (1 and 2), commercial risks (2, 3 and 4), high security risks (5 and 6) and extremely high security risks (7 and 8).

These ratings are based on the tools and time available to the attacker.

The tools range from those that can easily be concealed about a person and used by an opportunist burglar, to larger tools used during a planned attack.