November 2020 print edition

by Mark Rowe

Now landing on desks is Professional Security magazine’s November 2020 print edition. As ever we aim to bring something for the private security manager of the British Isles, whether cyber, guarding, physical or electronic and networked systems security, and whatever their sector – university campuses, shopping centres or corporate, to name three.

And as ever since our April edition, we try to report on changes due to coronavirus, besides the crimes and anti-social behaviour going in regardless of the pandemic; and examples of where the two come together, as in the non-compliance with social distancing and face-covering rules. As we found in a pair of city shopping malls, contract security officers are the ones routinely enforcing the rules as ‘covid police’ while the actual police patrol public space and only act on non-compliance as a last resort.

Nicole Vazquez of Worthwhile Training, a past Security TWENTY Birmingham speaker, ran her annual lone worker conference in mid-October as a virtual event – itself a sign of how workers in various fields are now finding themselves by definition lone workers; which brings safety and security, besides mental and physical well-being, issues. Another virtual event that we sat in on was the annual conference of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC), Consec, that was strikingly little focused on the pandemic – its three main topics being counter-terrorism; disinformation and ‘info-wars’ that are only likely to make the digital world more difficult to navigate; and corporate resilience, not least with the help of the UK official ACT app.

And talking of resilience, we have another viewpoint from Robert Hall of business body Resilience First; and talking of cyber, and where physical and digital worlds are still meeting and each have to be secured, we hear from the trainer and consultant Mike Gillespie of Advent IM.

A feature of this edition and next is that it’s dawning that 2020 besides covid-19 is the year of crime – fraudsters having leapt at the opportunities brought by lockdown and recovery, and counter-fraud and security teams and departments, and auditors, let alone the police, stretched; whether the fraud is against the food supply chain, or laptop using remote workers facing phishing emails.

Plus pages on fire prevention, including the latest arising from the Grenfell Tower tragedy; data protection and compliance; Roy Cooper’s gossip for manufacturers and distributors; book reviews; and climate change risk.

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