Brian Sims

Security Matters Podcast – Episode 21 now live to view

THE TWENTY first edition of the Security Matters Podcast for practising professionals in the security business sector is now live to view. This episode of the Security Matters Podcast features a round-up and analysis of the major news stories published on the magazine’s website of late as well as a look ahead to what’s in store for the magazine and the brand in 2022.

Those news stories include the fact that Securitas has entered into an agreement to acquire the Stanley Security electronic security solutions business from Stanley Black & Decker Inc for a reported purchase price of US$3.2 billion on a debt and cash-free basis.

Stanley Security is, of course, a highly reputable provider of electronic security solutions with operations in 12 markets globally. It’s expected to generate sales of nearly 1.7 billion dollars in 2021, of which around 40% is recurring revenue.

On conclusion of the deal, the profile of Securitas then changes from being a leading security guarding company with electronic security and solutions capabilities to become a leading intelligent security solutions partner.

We also cover the news about the National Westminster Bank plc being fined £264.8 million at Southwark Crown Court following convictions for three offences of failing to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations (2007).

NatWest pleaded guilty to the charges levied at Westminster Magistrates Court back on Thursday 7 October. Specifically, the charges covered NatWest’s failure to properly monitor the activity of a commercial customer, namely Fowler Oldfield, a jewellery business based in Bradford, between 8 November 2012 and 23 June 2016.

Government’s proposed Protect Duty

A new White Paper published by network video specialist Axis Communications offers a detailed review of the Government’s proposed Protect Duty legislation and highlights key considerations for the use of physical security technology to better safeguard publicly accessible locations here in the UK. 

The White Paper has been prepared to assist the security industry as the Government analyses feedback from the recent Protect Duty consultation that ran from 26 February through until the second of July this year and also prepares to publish its response in due course in a Regulatory Impact Assessment.

Lastly, we take a look at the latest edition of the Business Continuity Institute’s Cyber Resilience Report, which is sponsored by Fusion Risk Management. The aim of this publication is to benchmark disruption levels and cyber resilience arrangements across organisations. The document also delves into more detail about reporting and the role of senior executives in cyber resilience strategies.

Security Matters in 2022

In 2022, Security Matters publishes in print in February, April, September and November. 2022 also sees the first edition of the Fire and Security Matters Awards. The event takes place at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Thursday 28 April and entries are now open.

The security-focused categories are as follows:

*Security Manufacturer of the Year

*Security Guarding Company of the Year

*Security Installer/Integrator of the Year (which is sponsored by simPRO)

*Security/Risk Manager of the Year

*Security Team of the Year

*Security Project of the Year

You need to send your entries in to us by the closing time and date of midnight on Friday 11 February.

All of the detail you need to access can be found on the Fire and Security Matters Awards website. The web address is

Listen to the Security Matters Podcast

You can listen to the Security Matters Podcast – kindly sponsored by The Security Event, which runs at the NEC in Birmingham from 5-7 April 2022 – for free on iTunes or Spotify. To download the Security Matters Podcast on iTunes or Spotify, all you need to do is enter the term ‘Security Matters’ into your chosen platform’s search box.

Alternatively, you can listen to the Security Matters Podcast online at or via the dedicated Security Matters YouTube channel by clicking here.

*If there are any particular topics or themes you would like us to cover on future editions of the Security Matters Podcast please do contact us. You can do so on Twitter by using the hashtag #SecurityPod or simply send an e-mail direct to

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