Brian Sims

International Security Conference set to debut at London’s Olympia

THE INTERNATIONAL Security Conference is set to host an impressive line-up of security experts from the British Transport Police, Global Secure Accreditation Ltd and the City of London Police when it makes its debut at the 2021 edition of the International Security Expo, which runs at London’s Olympia on 28-29 September.

Split across two days, the new Continuing Professional Development-certified conference programme organised by the Nineteen Group will cover important sector-specific challenges and practical Case Studies looking at Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), aviation and transport, the night-time economy, the public sector and protection regimes for major events/stadiums.

Day One: CNI, Transport and Aviation

Sponsored by Adani, Day One of the conference will be dedicated to CNI, transport and aviation. With significant changes such as the rapid expansion of healthcare facilities and alterations in the volume of traffic through airports and along rail networks during the pandemic, many would argue that the security landscape has shifted as well. The conference aims to examine where things have changed and identify with precision the shifting priorities now challenging security decision-makers.

Bob Quick (founder and director of Global Secure Accreditation Ltd) will kick-off the first session, taking a deep dive into the proposed travel risk standard ISO 31030 and how it can help drive improvements in safety and security in travel and hospitality. In this session, Quick will discuss how these sectors should respond to emerging travel risks and create a Best Practice approach.

Regardless of whether it’s aviation or rail, a key aspect of transport security is the ability to recognise unusual behaviour among passengers and staff. In a session on operational deployment and the use of behavioural detection, Darren Stanton (The Human Lie Detector) will be joined by Richard Foreman (director of Profile Aware Ltd) to outline the importance of behavioural detection and how the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has developed its own behavioural detection model.

Promising an interactive discussion, Stanton and Foreman will carry out a series of practical exercises to offer tips and teach attendees some basic techniques in protective security.

Further highlights on Day One of the conference include Richard Gentile (detective constable at the British Transport Police) delivering a session on cyber crime and the railway industry. In his presentation, Gentile will use examples to discuss domestic and international cyber threats and the impact being felt on the railway network and its supply chain. He will also assess the solutions and preventative measures that can protect organisations.

Day Two: Night-Time Economy, Public Sector, Major Events/Stadiums

Crowded places are the most challenging areas to protect. For the very first time, the new Protect Duty (Martyn’s Law) brings a mandated responsibility to those in charge. Set to have an immense impact on the physical security community, Day Two of the conference – which is sponsored by Patriot One – will aim to help security professionals prepare for this legislation.

A session on protecting complex public spaces from vehicle ramming attacks is to be led by Christian Schneider (HVM advisor at IniBsp in Germany. This session will explore the increasing role and flexibility of contemporary security provision in the HVM scenario, examining how multi-purpose progress is positively affecting the global application of HVM measures.

Referencing recent Case Studies, Sergeant Peter Lucas (community and business engagement manager for the national Project Servator Team at the City of London Police) will focus on how operations, community engagement and communications can be used to disrupt hostile activity at major events.

Bill Nelson (managing partner at Rose Associates International Ltd) will take a closer look at the key components of the night-time economy, the risk-generating threats these components face and how risks can be mitigated.

Speaking about what attendees can expect from his session, Nelson stated: “I’ll start by defining exactly what we mean by the night-time economy, looking at the various components of its make-up and the threats which generate risk. We’ll also look at what’s being done today to mitigate these risks and what we can do going forward to enhance this process. What we should never forget is that the night-time economy is estimated to generate 6% of the UK’s overall GDP. In pre-pandemic terms, that’s around £123 billion per annum. Surely that is something we should be looking after to the best of our ability?”

Integrated security

Other highlights from Day Two of the conference include Pete Dalton (protective security and major events consultant at the PAD Command Consultancy) delivering a session on the integrated security concepts for operations at major events. Through this, attendees will be able to gain a better understanding of the threats currently posed to major events as well as how to develop an integrated command, control, communication and co-ordination structure for event management and incident response.

*For more information on the International Security Conference and to register to attend International Security Expo 2021 visit

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