In his “State of the Security Nation” speech at IFSEC, Chief Executive Officer of NSI Jeff Little OBE has called for the industry to improve the quality of its risk assessment process and to agree on standard risk formats.
Little uses the examples of last year’s riots, Occupy London, and cyber crime, where government and large business websites are being targeted, as new phenomena that should now be assessed throughout the industry. He went on to say that these types of incidents should be scheduled into contingency plans alongside acts of terrorism that up until now has been the main focus within the industry.
Little commented, “We should start by asking if the very nature of the threat itself has changed over the past few years and morphed into something needing more attention and more study?”
Also in his speech Little pointed to the advancement of technology within the industry forcing change and how austerity will also have a bearing on the state of the industry and how it moves forward.
On technology Little commented: “ Remote surveillance is now routine, remote control facilities, doors and shutters via a control centre is norm. It enables remote facility management in the widest use of the term. Smartphone apps for the domestic sector will soon be standard accessories.”
Little stated that austerity measures could present new opportunities for the industry in the form of contracted out services particularly by the police services. He commented: “Certainly in the policing sector we have seen the advent of the recent Lincolnshire police support contract. West Midlands and Surrey services seem to indicate they will go even further towards front line duties.”
Little also covers the topics of convergence, licensing, response and standards in his speech at the State of the Security Nation at IFSEC on Monday 14 May 2012 at 3.30pm in Hall 3A, where he speaks alongside James Kelly the CEO of BSIA. The event is chaired by Brian Sims, BA, Editor of Security Management Today Online.
A full copy of Jeff Little’s speech is available upon request or from the IFSEC Press Centre. To arrange an interview contact Dee Byrne, TDG Integrated, tel: 01293 452866 / 07824 448605 or email email@example.com.