Brian Sims

Programme details unveiled for Security Matters Digital Conference 2022

THE 2022 edition of the Security Matters Digital Conference runs on Wednesday 9 November. Organised by Western Business Media (the publisher of Security Matters magazine) and approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by The Security Institute, the one-day online event is to be broadcast live (and then made available on demand for 12 months) and promises a wealth of information for practising professionals.

Several sessions are already confirmed. From 10.00 am-10.30 am, Mike Reddington (CEO at the British Security Industry Association) is going to speak about the industry campaign entitled ‘People, Property, Places: Professionally Protected’.

Working on behalf of its Security Officer Services Section members and the wider industry, the British Security Industry Association has devised a major national campaign that aims to increase the profile and awareness of the crucial work that security officers transact on a 24/7/365 basis to protect people, property and places.

The new campaign is also about highlighting how a career in the industry – and the provision of professional security as a service – carries a diverse range of benefits. The prime objectives of the new ‘People, Property, Places: Professionally Protected’ campaign, which itself builds on the ‘Hidden Workforce – Perceptions’ campaign initiated in 2020 – are to raise awareness of security officers and their work, improve retention and recruitment by highlighting the myriad benefits of the sector and also promote the benefits of purchasing professional security services among the end user community.

Security convergence

The 12.15-12.45 pm slot focuses on ‘Convergence: The Unification of Physical and Cyber Security’. ASIS International has put a great deal of effort into analysing the relationship between physical security, cyber security and business continuity in modern organisations with a view towards determining Best Practice for creating more effective and cost-efficient security and risk-focused operations. Despite years of predictions about the inevitability of security convergence, it remains the case that relatively few organisations have converged their physical and cyber security functions. This session at conference will examine trends and progress with converging environments. Results to date are positive, but there’s still much work to be done.

Presenters for this session at conference are James Willison (project and engagement manager for the IoT Security Foundation), Sarb Sembhi (CEO at Virtually Informed), Nigel Stanley (director of cyber security for Jacobs) and Allan Dickinson (technical director at Advancis).

Integrated Service Delivery

‘Integrated Service Delivery: Differentiation and the Role of Technology’ is the title of Bob Forsyth’s presentation, which runs from 1.00pm-1.30 pm. The scramble for ‘tech’ advancement and adoption is only quickening in the current global crisis fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest GDP figures for the UK point towards a sharp and deep recession and one that may take some time to ameliorate. The loss of jobs in the economy is going to take its toll on the Government’s spending and investment plans. In a similar vein, plans for companies in terms of new investment could take a hit.

Set against that backdrop, Forsyth (CEO at Kings Secure Technologies) explains why service delivery must lead from the front and adapt to what is now an ever-changing world and business environment. As this session at conference will evidence, it’s all about being ready to invest time and collateral in new technologies that will make a valuable difference to a client’s estate and/or benefit its overall productivity.

Apprenticeships and training

Between 3.15 pm and 3.45 pm, attention turns towards ‘Security Apprenticeships and Training’. Delivered by David Scott (managing director) and Darrell Gilmour (director of technical training) from Skills for Security, this session is set to examine the current state of play when it comes to security apprenticeships and training right across the UK.

As an organisation, Skills for Security works with employers to set National Occupational Standards and improve security skills and professionalism by providing access to training, apprenticeships and security qualifications for individuals employed in security roles across the UK. Learning programmes are exclusively tailored for apprentices in the security industry, and more specifically a niche part of that industry: fire and security emergency alarm systems.

In addition, perimeter protection specialist and event sponsor Heras will be taking part in the Security Matters Digital Conference, with a spokesperson scheduled to deliver a presentation on Best Practice in physical security measures.

More sessions will be confirmed across the next few weeks.

Industry supporters

The Security Matters Digital Conference 2022 is supported by many of the leading organisations in the sector including The Security Institute, ASIS UK, the Business Continuity Institute, the Institute of Risk Management, the Internet of Things Security Foundation, the International Professional Security Association, IASME, the National Security Inspectorate, TINYg, the Institute of Strategic Risk Management, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board and the International Foundation for Protection Officers.

Importantly, the Security Matters Digital Conference 2022 is also supported by Nineteen Group shows The Security Event and the International Cyber Expo.

Free to attend

Delegates can register to attend for free and will be able to network with each other and sponsors on the day via live chat or requesting a video call. They will also be able to Direct Message sponsors.

All attendees will have access to the entire conference programme and, as mentioned, receive CPD points for their attendance. Engaging with the dedicated Sponsors and Supporters Area allows all delegates to browse and learn from a raft of written and graphics-based content.

Register NOW!

Registration for the Security Matters Digital Conference is open. Access the dedicated event website.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Security Matters’ business development manager Leanne Velez via e-mail at or call 07818 574309.

The benefits of sponsorship are numerous:

*engage with our live audience through direct messaging

*professionally deliver your own content

*gain access to the Security Matters Digital Conference registration data

*continually upload sales collateral for delegates to view for one year

*benefit from promotion to the entire database of over 400,000 industry professionals

*trackable statistics on how your Sponsor’s Profile is performing

*social media promotion by the Security Matters editorial team

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