Episode 23 of the Security Matters Podcast contains an exclusive exit interview with Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI, who recently departed the CEO’s role at The Security Institute after a five-year tenure to join the Optimal Risk Group as a director of the business. In conversation with Brian, Rick looks back on his time at the Institute and focuses on several key areas, among them the ongoing drive for Chartered status, Continuing Professional Development and the skills that will be demanded of the security manager of tomorrow.

In addition, Brian chats with Rob Williams (technical and training manager at Gate Safe, the charity that’s wholly committed to promoting an improved understanding of the legislation and standards pertaining to automated gates). Rob highlights the Gate Safe Aware training programme and reviews the process of security and fire safety system installers extending their services to the automated gates sector.

There’s also a comprehensive appraisal of several major news stories impacting the sector. Our round-up includes key detail on the latest British Security Industry Association-orchestrated campaign entitled ‘People, Property, Places: Professionally Protected’ and the launch of a new Skills Board masterminded by the Security Industry Authority and the City Security Council.

Episode 22 of the Security Matters Podcast features Brian in conversation with Andy Williams, the co-founder, director and deputy chair of TINYg. There’s a detailed discussion around what TINYg is all about, its greatest achievements to date, the 2022 threatscape and what this year holds in store for the organisation.

In addition, Brian interviews Matt Gilmartin (managing director at security fogging systems specialist Concept Smoke Screen). Matt focuses his attentions on the Connected initiative, which is all about repositioning the security industry at the forefront of environmental practises such that it advocates – and, what’s more, participates in – the social changes needed to address the underlying causes of criminality in our society.

Further, Brian hears from Phil Cleary who, until his recent retirement from the business, served as CEO of The SmartWater Group across three decades. Phil addresses the major issues confronting the security business sector, while also offering salient advice to current entrepreneurs in terms of what they need to do in order to ensure success for their own companies.

As always, there’s a round-up of the latest major news stories, among them the launch of an all-new Protecting People in Crowded Places Special Interest Group realised by The Security Institute and the UKCMA and the announcement of the finalists for the inaugural Fire and Security Matters Awards.

Episode 21 of the Security Matters Podcast features a round-up of the latest security industry news. Stories featured include the US$3.2 billion Securitas deal to acquire Stanley Security (the electronic security solutions business of Stanley Black & Decker Inc), the £264.8 million fine handed to the National Westminster Bank plc following convictions for three offences of failing to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations (2007) and Axis Communications’ new White Paper concentrating on the Government’s proposed Protect Duty legislation, itself focused on security provision in public places.

Also, the Business Continuity Institute has issued the latest edition of its Cyber Resilience Report. The aim of this publication is to benchmark disruption levels and cyber resilience arrangements across today’s organisations. The report finds that the losses incurred as a result of cyber crime are directly proportional to the amount of organisational investment attributed to the topic of cyber security.  

Further, there’s a look ahead to what’s in store for 2022 and, specifically, the February, April, September and November print editions of Security Matters magazine, as well as the inaugural edition of the Fire and Security Matters Awards, which take place at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Thursday 28 April.

Episode 20 of the Security Matters Podcast features Brian chatting once again with Steven Kenny, industry liaison for architecture and engineering at Axis Communications, who first appeared as a guest on Episode 7. This time around, Steven looks at security protection for Smart Cities, the need for ensuring the cyber security of physical security devices and the benefits of a layered approach to security provision for today’s organisations.

In addition, Brian interviews Georges Tannous (director of global partnerships and EMEA region marketing at Genetec, the IP video surveillance and access control solutions specialist). Georges shines a spotlight on Genetec’s recent State of Physical Security Survey, the overriding need for surveillance systems to be cyber secure, hybrid cloud-based systems for physical security regimes and the benefits of building security operations on a unified platform.

Brian interviews Paul Barnard CSyP MSyI, director at The Security Institute. Paul focuses his attentions on the ‘Secure Futures’ Programme orchestrated by the Institute in partnership with the EY Foundation, outlining how the initiative was realised, evaluating the first part of the inaugural course and noting what the journey has been like to date.

Further, Brian hears from Steve Haworth (CEO at the Teleware Group and Vemotion, the company that specialises in live, real-time video compression and transmission over distributed networks). Steve offers his views on current trends in the video surveillance market, lists the benefits to be derived from live-streaming security video and details Vemotion’s product roadmap across the next five years.   

Brian interviews Simon Pears CSyP MSyI, global security director at Sodexo and chair of the International Professional Security Association. Simon reviews the achievements of Jane Farrell (his predecessor as IPSA chair), discusses the organisation’s revamped website and focuses on the new app being launched for IPSA’s members. He also explains why IPSA is now looking to extend and broaden its membership base in 2021.

In addition, Brian chats with Rob Watts (CEO of Corsight, the business with a stated mission of radically enhancing facial recognition technologies). In addition to offering an overview of the company, Rob outlines why former Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB has recently been brought on board and elaborates on those ways in which facial recognition technology can be used as a force for good.   

On Episode 17 of the Security Matters Podcast, Brian chats with Letitia Emeana CPP PSP CISMP (Group Security Capability Manager at Unilever) and Dawn Holmes MSc CPP (Group Head of Security for GVC Holdings) about their recent appointments as (respectively) Chair and Vice-Chair of ASIS International’s UK Chapter. Letitia and Dawn focus on several issues including the diversity agenda in the security sector and their aspirations for the ASIS UK Chapter in 2021 and beyond.

In addition, Brian interviews Andy Gent (CEO of Revector, a business that specialises in the field of telecoms intelligence for fraud prevention and security). Andy focuses his attentions on IMSI catcher technology and also how Critical National Infrastructure can be protected from attacks using mobile networks.

Our final guest this time around is Bill Hobbs, Global Vice-President of Sales for 3xLOGIC and PACOM at PAC and GDX. Bill outlines the future roadmap for security installers and system integrators as well as the key lessons learned to date within the security world during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Brian hears from Neil Williams (Legal Director at Rahman Ravelli Solicitors) about the key details companies need to know in relation to the work of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Deferred Prosecution Agreements, self-reporting of any wrongdoing and ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the SFO.

In addition, Brian chats with Mark Rees (Managing Director) and Sara Fisher (Sales Director) of 360 Vision Technology, the British manufacturer of specialist surveillance solutions for today’s security practitioners. Mark and Sara focus on significant changes witnessed across the security business sector of late, opportunities and challenges that have arisen due to the pandemic, recent recruitment at the Runcorn-based business and also the vision for the company’s development in the next five years.  

Brian chats with Sandi Davies (Executive Director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers) about the origins of the organisation, its key aims and objectives, an upcoming research project being conducted in conjunction with Perpetuity Research and the reasoning behind the recent launch of the IFPO’s UK branch.

Also, Brian interviews Ashley Wyton (UK Sales Director for the Comelit Group, the business specialising in the design and manufacture of video entry, video surveillance, anti-intrusion, access control, home automation and fire protection systems). Ashley reviews how the company has fared during the pandemic, outlines the big trends in play across the security sector and heralds new innovations in store at Comelit for 2021.  

Brian hears from Iain Wright CFIRM (Chief Risk Officer for Europe at Canada Life and Chair of the Institute of Risk Management) about the business world’s ongoing response to COVID-19, how companies can build resilience into their operations and the Institute’s recent announcement concerning Modern Apprenticeships for Risk and Compliance.

In addition, Brian interviews Jamie Allam (CEO at Amthal Fire and Security, the business focused on the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of integrated electronic fire and security solutions within the retail, commercial and public sector markets and celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2020). Jamie concentrates on key trends in the security business sector and how the pandemic has altered its internal dynamics.

During Episode 13 of the Security Matters Podcast, Brian interviews Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI (Director of Corps Consult, itself a division of Corps Security) about COVID-19’s impact on the UK’s security guarding sector, the Register of Chartered Security Professionals and diversity and equality within the private security industry.

Also, Brian chats with Jeremy Hockham (Managing Director of Norbain, the security, fire and IP connectivity systems distribution company) who focuses his attentions on the current state of play in the security market, the developing role of the distributor, the launch of ‘Norbain TV’ and the company’s ‘Solutions for the New Normal’ campaign.

Brian interviews Peter French MBE (Managing Director of SSR Personnel and Executive Profiles) about recruitment trends for the security sector, recent salary surveys conducted by the business and ASIS International and the importance of the Security Benevolent Fund, particularly so during the pandemic.

Also, Brian chats with Martyn Ryder (Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Morphean, the specialist high-tech developer of video monitoring and surveillance platforms) who concentrates on how the cloud is positively impacting the physical security world.

In Episode 11, Brian chats with Tony Porter (the Surveillance Camera Commissioner) about the biggest surveillance challenges facing the security industry and the impact of the recent case involving Ed Bridges on policing and, indeed, the users of automated facial recognition technology.

Also, Brian chats with Phil Wood (Head of the School of Aviation and Security at Buckinghamshire New University) who turns his attentions towards the recent formation of The Security Community and what benefits it will realise for practising security professionals as well as the industry in general.

In Episode 10 of the Security Matters Podcast, Brian interviews David Ward (CEO at Ward Security) about the changing role of security officers, attracting new entrants to the sector and the importance of the City Security Council (of which he’s the Founder and Chairman).

In addition, Brian chats with Alistair Enser (CEO at Reliance High-Tech, the independent provider of electronic security and lone worker protection systems) who focuses on the ‘new normal’ and the challenges now facing end users.

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims evaluates the current major news stories emerging from across the security industry. In Episode 9 of the Security Matters Podcast, Brian also interviews Richard Jenkins (CEO at the National Security Inspectorate) on the NSI’s role in the security sector, how COVID-19 has impacted the inspections regime and developments in standards.

In addition, Brian chats with John Davies (Managing Director at access control solutions specialist TDSi) who turns his attentions towards security solutions in a post-Coronavirus environment and the delivery of systems for emerging Smart Cities.

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims analyses the current major news stories emerging from across the security business sector. In Episode 8 of the Security Matters Podcast, Brian also interviews David Scott (Managing Director at Skills for Security) about apprenticeships in the security business sector as well as some of the core projects in focus for the organisation. In addition, Brian chats with Frederic Haegeman (Business Leader for Honeywell’s commercial security operation in Europe) who focuses on integrated security platforms and healthy buildings.

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims analyses the latest major news stories emerging from across the security business sector. In Episode 7 of the fortnightly Security Matters Podcast, Brian also interviews Angus Darroch-Warren CSyP FSyI (director at the Linx International Group) on the subjects of CPD and security training, Richard Jackson (founder and chairman of the Gate Safe Charity) and Steven Kenny (industry liaison for systems architecture and engineering at network video solutions developer Axis Communications) who reviews security technology solutions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims analyses the latest major news stories emerging from across the security business sector. In Episode 6 of the fortnightly Security Matters Podcast, Brian also interviews David Rubens (Executive Director at the Institute of Strategic Risk Management) about business preparedness and resilience when it comes to crisis events and hears from Gary Mercer (UK Sales Manager at VCA Technology) in relation to current developments across the video surveillance market.

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims analyses the major news stories presently emerging from right across the security business sector here in the UK. In Episode 5 of the Security Matters Podcast, Brian also chats with Godfried Hendriks CPP, the 65th President of ASIS International and an expert in the field of retail security, and interviews Kenny Long (UK business development manager for facial recognition at Digital Barriers and a key driver of the ‘Super Recognisers’ movement which helps the police service to spot criminals in CCTV images and large crowds).

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims analyses the latest news stories emerging from right across the security business sector. In Episode 4 of the fortnightly Security Matters Podcast, Brian also interviews Justin Crump (CEO at the London-based strategic risk consultancy Sibylline) and chats with Nick Smith (Regional Sales Manager at Genetec) about the role of security-focused technologies when it comes to easing the lockdown and establishing the ‘new normal’.

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims analyses the latest news stories emerging from across the security business sector. In this episode of the Security Matters Podcast, Brian also interviews Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI (Director of Perpetuity Research and Founder of the Outstanding Security Performance Awards) and Pat Jefferies (Commercial Director at Abloy UK).

Security Matters Editor Brian Sims analyses the latest news emerging from across the security business sector. This week, Brian also interviews Rick Mounfield (CEO at The Security Institute) and Lars Larsen (Interim CEO and CFO at Milestone Systems).

Welcome to the first episode of the Security Matters Podcast hosted by Security Matters Editor Brian Sims, who will analyse this week's biggest news stories. Brian will be joined this week by SSAIB CEO Alex Carmichael and ABL Components Commercial Manager Nick Whitehouse. 


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