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Each autumn Professional Security magazine attends and reports on the annual Consec, the conference in London of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC).
Why use a security consultant? Why hire any consultant? Perhaps because you or your department or organisation does not have the specialist skill – whether investigating, counter-surveillance, blast protection, competitive intelligence (CI), or due diligence or employee screening. Or, it may be that a client wants a specific task completed in a set time and hires a consultant rather than a full time member of staff. Or, a business may merely want an independent view. A consultant may have expertise only required temporarily, for instance for Olympic or other sporting or other events; or is drawn on for contacts and knowledge whether for new export markets or control room refurbs or re-locations.
As the ASC points out, its members can provide objective and impartial advice, independent of suppliers of goods or services. They are up to date with the latest trends and development, whether technology, application and legislation.
For a flavour of the words and pictures that we covered Consec 2014 with in our November 2014 issue, click here. At the London Heathrow Marriott, Una Riley our long-time editorial contributor asa member of the ASC was co-host of the Professional Security Magazine Women in Security (WiS) Award 2014, with Roy Cooper, Managing Director of the magazine. WiS each year is hosted by a different industry body.
And each summer the annual Imbert Prize awards at the ASC lunch at the Royal Air Force Club, on Piccadilly in central London are presented and reported in the magazine. For our April 2014 print issue, Una Riley interviewed Allan Hildage, the chairman of the ASC since 2012, and Chief Executive Officer of consultancy Griffin Security Group.
Another source of consultancy advice is CSARN (City security and resilience membership network, www.csarn.org) who hold regular meetings.