Brian Sims

Episode 4 of fortnightly Security Matters industry podcast now live to view

THE FOURTH episode of the recently-launched fortnightly Security Matters Podcast for practising professionals in the security business sector is now live to view. Each episode features a round-up and analysis of the biggest news stories published on the magazine’s website in addition to interviews with selected practitioners from the security business sector.

Episode 4 of the Security Matters Podcast includes in-depth interviews with Justin Crump (CEO at the London-based strategic risk consultancy Sibylline, a recent winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise) and Nick Smith, regional sales manager at Genetec (the specialist in IP video surveillance and access control solutions).

As a business, Sibylline delivers timely, accurate, relevant and actionable intelligence tailored to increase organisational resilience and decision advantage. Since 2010, the business has supported numerous companies, Governments and NGOs through the provision of risk analysis and due diligence services, all the while striving to offer clients actionable assessments that go beyond the obvious and consider the implications of geopolitical events in the regions in which they operate.

During the Security Matters Podcast, Justin Crump offers his appraisal of how security trends are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also assesses in some degree of detail exactly what impact the pandemic has exerted (and, indeed, continues to exert) on security practitioners themselves.

Over the years, there has been much discussion on the perceived need for ‘security’ to be represented at Board level on a much wider scale than is presently the case here in the UK. Does Justin believe that’s going to happen now in the wake of the pandemic and, if so, would this development make a positive difference when it comes to business resilience, for example?

Of late, there has also been much focus on the practice of contingency planning and how this will likely be affected in a post-Coronavirus landscape. Again, Justin offers his considered and thought-provoking views on this matter.

In addition, and speaking from experience, Justin explains how the security function is being impacted across the world during this pandemic and observes the marked differences in experiences between, for example, the UK and the US.

Precisely how does Justin view the much-discussed security convergence agenda developing in times hence? Listen to Episode 4 of the Security Matters Podcast to find out.

Technology and privacy

Nick Smith has served in his role at Genetec since April 2017. Having also worked at Bosch, iComply and MOBOTIX, Nick is a vastly experienced and technical sales professional skilled in various key subjects, among them software solutions, databases, video surveillance and intruder detection.

Of course, the security business sector is now dominated by technology. There’s lots of it around, for sure, and thermal cameras and video analytics in particular are being touted as the answer when it comes to the safe return to work for employees as the Government’s lockdown restrictions begin to ease. Nick offers salient advice for installers and their end users who are presently evaluating these particular solutions.

Continuing the systems theme, many individuals and commentators are somewhat nervous about the long-term privacy implications of some of the security technologies now being introduced. With this in mind, Nick outlines what Genetec in particular is doing to address those concerns.

Interestingly, Nick also offers some examples of how Genetec’s myriad customers are using video surveillance systems to respond to the many operational challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also touching on how access control solutions are being deployed and used at present.

Listen to the Security Matters Podcast

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