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August 2017 print magazine

The August 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine (front cover pictured) is now on desks. Identity and documents are the focus, after the recent SDW 2017 conference and exhibition in London. While government and business may be going digital, there’s still a need to prove your identity, whether to access state services and benefits or to buy goods, or cross borders. If even an online identity requires you in the first place to show documents, that however may be forged or may not truly belong to you, is there a case, as the SDW visitors heard, for the state to take a biometric, more or less at birth, to establish a definite identity of citizens?

While that’s an ethical and political question for the future, police and Home Office speakers set out how rife ID fraud is; and how impersonation and the supply of fake documents, including Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences, is organised and international, with links to other criminality, such as immigration crime.

Among other features, we look at business travel safety management; supply chain security standards; training to keep charity and other workers safe in dangerous and war-torn regions, where a security adviser and control room, no matter how good, may feel far distant; London after the Westminster and London Bridge terror attacks; staying in London, a mayoral report on knife crime and carrying of knives; and what makes an ‘agile’ information security team, according to a panel at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 conference. Talking of the SIA, we speak to the UK private security regulators during their ‘fundamental’ review of the approved contractor scheme.

In our regular sections, besides the regular four pages of new products and services, and four pages of ‘spending the budget’, our contributor Una Riley reports on the launch of this year’s Women in Security (WiS) awards at the NSI stand during the recent IFSEC exhibition in London Docklands; Mike Gillespie the cyber security consultant and trainer gives a ‘shipping forecast’, warning that security and other products are being shipped with vulnerabilities; and the trainer Steve Collins introduces training for shopping centres against violence such as terrorism, chiefly in Ireland. Our book reviews (see more online) include a study of the notorious Hatton Garden robbery.

You can read the issue online, and others going back years on the ‘magazine‘ part of our website, besides the digital and network recorders, and camera and dome, annual supplements.


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