The IFSEC Advisory Board is looking for installers to help us shape the event programme for 2018 and beyond. We ve been working with installers on the IFSEC advisory board since 2015 and space has opened up for additional members to join. There are currently around 15 active installer members and if you d like to be involved, this is your chance.
What s involved We meet up as a group four times per year in London at the IFSEC headquarters (240 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8BF) and at the event itself. Meetings last around three hours and are made up of two parts. Meetings agenda part one The first part of the meetings is spent discussing the key issues/challenges/priorities advisory board members are facing. In fact it can focus on any area members want each other s advice on. Here are some of the topics we ve discussed in the past: How do you educate potential clients about the quality of your service? Is there anything else we can do as an industry to stop unlicensed companies pricing us out? Do you find it challenging to find good engineers? Should there be a national registration of engineers to stop the chancers from wasting the time of prospective employers? What s your experience of working with apprentices?
Challenges brought about by fluctuating manufacturers prices and quotation hold periods. Technical support waiting times what is acceptable? Meeting agenda part two Then the IFSEC team tell advisory board members about latest plans, and ask for advice on the content and strategy of the event. Benefits of joining There s no fee for joining the advisory board. You just have to commit your time and you will benefit from the following perks: VIP ticket for IFSEC Full write-ups of all IFSEC Advisory Board Meetings Be promoted as an Advisory Board Member on the IFSEC website here Benchmark and grow your network of peers Have the option to raise your profile further taking part through interview opportunities on IFSEC Global Attendance at meetings We understand that sometimes other priorities mean members can t make it to meetings and that s fine. If there are meetings you can t attend in person, there will be the option to attend via a conference call or video conference facility. If there are meetings you can t attend at all, you will be encouraged to submit any questions/feedback over the phone or over email with the IFSEC team. Next steps Contact Charlotte Geoghegan, Head of Content for IFSEC if you re interested or would like more information: email@example.com or 0207 921 8008. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.
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(Photo: David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence) Last year, Berlin experienced a shocking terrorist attack that left 12 people dead and a further 48 injured after a lorry mounted the pavement and drove into a number of Christmas market stalls. This was one of the first terror attacks to use a vehicle as the primary weapon of choice. Since then, similar attacks have been carried out in London, Barcelona and just recently, in New York.
What is clear from these attacks is that terrorists are targeting highly populated areas because they can cause maximum damage and destruction in a short period of time. As we move towards the festive period, there s a strong chance that busy Christmas markets will again become a target for vehicular attacks, given that they attract hundreds and thousands of visitors. Because of how easy it is to rent, buy or steal a vehicle, predicting when an attack may happen and stopping hostile vehicles in their tracks is extremely difficult. Safeguarding the public during the Christmas period therefore presents security personnel across the world with a huge challenge. What security measures are currently being put in place? Authorities are taking additional precautionary steps to keep the public safe during the lead up to Christmas this year. In Manchester, for instance, armed police will patrol the Christmas markets for the first time. These visibly armed officers will work alongside undercover plain clothed officers, who will also carry guns and blend in with the crowds. This isn t the first time undercover, armed security personnel have been deployed in the UK.
During this year s Notting Hill Carnival and the Reading and Leeds festivals, plain-clothed armed soldiers were dispatched to mingle in with the crowds in response to the UK s severe terrorist threat level. In addition to increased police presence, countries such as the UK and Germany have decided to erect huge, encumbering concrete barriers around key locations throughout their cities. These heavy-duty barriers will secure the perimeter of the Christmas markets to bring any vehicle to a standstill should terrorists try and mount the pavement. However, it s important to bear in mind that the barriers size and crude aesthetic could act as an imposing reminder that an attack is always likely and create a fortress mentality , potentially leaving people feeling uncomfortable in supposedly festive surroundings. These heavy-duty barriers could cause disruption for visitors or detract from people s enjoyment of the markets especially at a time when people want to feel Christmassy rather than worry about security. Aside from being an eyesore, large barriers could also be dangerous. In order to make room for the structures, pathways must be narrowed. This could create bottlenecks or high concentrations of people who cannot move past barriers quickly. It could also lead to people pushing or injuring others as they try to pass through the barrier.
Are there more effective solutions that can stop vehicle attacks over the festive period? Visible security measures are a great way to show that something is being done to increase safety and reassure the public. But it s vital that these measures don t compromise the overall experience by making people feel anxious or on edge. Deploying security solutions that blend into the background or can be retrofitted around existing infrastructure is an effective way of avoiding this fortress mentality . For instance, there are a range of temporary hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers on the market designed to keep the public safe from vehicle attacks, while keeping disruption to a minimum. Most importantly, these barriers are capable of withstanding the direct impact of large vehicles there are even systems available that can handle the impact of a vehicle weighing up to 2,500kg travelling at 48kph. To help security barriers blend into surroundings, they can also be customised with symbols and advertising slogans. So should a temporary security barrier be installed at a Christmas market, it could be coloured or decorated with Christmas images so it won t draw unneeded attention from the public. Pedestrians can easily navigate through these systems due to a permeable design, meaning they won t be restrictive if a crowd of people need to pass through at once.
Even cyclists can ride through, as the product is no higher than a bicyle s handle bars, making it perfect for protecting cycle lanes. Of course, the practicalities of renting, deploying and then removing security barriers can deter local authorities from securing areas. But driven by the rise of vehicle ramming attacks, extremely lightweight barrier have been developed. This means they can be deployed using manpower only and can secure a road width in just over 20 minutes. They can stack six metres of security units on a standard pallet and the aesthetic covers stack like cones again, for easy storage. Barriers can be rented or bought, giving customers flexibility and the option to keep stocks of security barriers stored regionally to be shared between boroughs or cities. Recent investment in design and development of temporary security barrier designs has aimed to remove deployment complications for government and local authorities and with them any excuse for failing to secure the general public and crowded areas. Given the threat level the world faces, an attack can never be ruled out. And as we head towards the busy festive period, security at Christmas markets needs to be a key priority for local councils and governments, as these areas unfortunately present the ideal target for attacks.
The deployment of concrete barriers and extra police officers may dampen the festive spirit and even deter people from attending festive public events altogether. It s up to authorities and security personnel to ensure they have the most suitable, robust security measures in place that keeps disruption to the minimum. Free Download: Securing the UK s borders. Getting national security and Brexit right first time is crucial , we do not want to get this wrong. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.
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