- Security TWENTY
- Women in Security
Now landing on desks is the August 2020 print edition of Professional Security magazine. As in the last few months, we feature not only how the UK private security is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the persistent and prevalent security risks and threats, physical and digital, that are carrying on regardless of the lockdown and return to ‘new normal’.
A theme is self-development; for various reasons, security people have been looking to develop themselves, whether through training courses with learning outcomes, or more generally to make use of their time during furlough. We focus on training offerings for covert surveillance, and public space CCTV monitoring; and return to manned guarding after our July edition interview with Paul Lawton-Jones of Mercury Training, and speak to a guarding contractor that is using Mercury to bring on its identified talent with a view to filling its next management vacancies. The gains are for all; those taking the training can see a career path in guarding for their ambitions; the guard firm retains motivated staff; and clients have more informed and experienced security teams.
As ever we seek to offer something for all readers, whatever sector they come from or whatever branch of security, whether the manned sector, cyber, electronic or physical security. We hear from Tony Imossi of the Association of British Investigators (ABI) about a code of conduct that was out to consultation in July.
We major on crisis communications – as so much of life relies on accurate and prompt communications, and it’s agreed that we are living through a public health and associated economic crisis. Crisis comms apply equally to a lockdown after a terrorist incident, a cyber breach of IT systems, or a flood or a fire, or as with Covid-19 a sudden requirement to work from home if possible.
Plus such regulars as the four pages of new products and services; book reviews; four pages of ‘spending the budget’; MD Roy Cooper’s gossip for manufacturers and installers, including unveiling our STVE – a virtual event in place of the postponed Security TWENTY exhibitions; and praise for the BSIA’s annual officer awards, done online this year instead of the regular London luncheon; and a welcome return by our regular contributor Una Riley, who hails the Women in Security awards night – unavoidably put back from September, to February 2021. You can nominate for the 2020 awards; deadline for entries is December 7.