Brian Sims

Security Matters Podcast – Episode 26 now live to view

THE TWENTY-sixth edition of the Security Matters Podcast for practising professionals in the security business sector is now live to view. Each episode of the Security Matters Podcast features a round-up and analysis of the biggest news stories published on the magazine’s website in addition to detailed discussions with selected professionals from the security business sector.

Episode 26 of the Security Matters Podcast includes exclusive interviews with three key practitioners in the sector: Peter French MBE, Mark Horton and David Dunnagan.

The managing director of security recruitment specialist SSR Personnel, Peter French first appeared as our guest on Episode 12. This time around, Peter focuses on several topical issues of the day, among them skills development for front line security practitioners, how the profession of security is being viewed at the present time, current priorities for Chief Security Officers and the impact of Artificial Intelligence across the sector.

Mark Horton is vice-president at Bandweaver, the perimeter security systems developer. In conversation with Brian, Mark turns his attentions towards the application of fiber optic technology for security projects. There’s a concentration on distributed acoustic sensing and a discussion around cost and maintenance regimes.

In addition, Mark outlines those sectors in which the demand for perimeter intrusion detection systems is rising and those regions where Bandweaver itself is gaining traction for its solutions.

Smart buildings

Our third guest on this edition of the Security Matters Podcast is David Dunnagan, managing director for Chubb Fire and Security in the UK and Ireland. On this occasion, David answers some core questions on the subject of smart buildings and the various technologies underpinning them with a particular reference to security regimes.

In addition, there’s a detailed round-up of several major news stories from the security world. We report on Nick Ross CBE being made president of the British Security Industry Association, the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act (which comes into force next April), the appointment of Anne Keast-Butler to succeed Sir Jeremy Fleming as director of GCHQ and the publication of the Business Continuity Institute’s Operational Resilience Report 2023.

There’s also news of Gate Safe’s Gate Safety by Design initiative and significant contract wins for G4S Secure Solutions UK and Corps Security.

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 30 April until 2 May 2024, and for which Security Matters is serving as the Lead Media Partner – for free on iTunes or Spotify.

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