From student protests to heavy snowfalls, IT breaches to the Olympics – organisations across the UK have had to quickly come to terms with the importance of having business continuity plans in place. James Kelly offers some advice on the security element of those plans.
With major events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games having impacted the UK throughout 2012, the importance of reviewing and updating business continuity plans
has become an item high on the agenda of many organisations. However, what facilities managers often fail to realise is that such plans should not sit alone, but form part of an integrated strategy that includes security, information management and business continuity. Certainly there are elements in all three that are unique to a single function, but the majority of policies and plans in one functional area will have an impact in another, if not in all three.Read it all here
The private security industry recently faced its biggest and most public challenge ever. David Greer explores what that means for the sector.
It is unlikely that we could have imagined being in this position even ten years ago. Before the introduction of Security Industry Authority licensing in 2004, the private security industry was not generally held in high regard and its leaders would not have been at the heart of Olympic security planning. Licensing, together with initiatives like Project Griffin, has created greater trust between the police and the industry and we are now seeing some of the traditional police functions being transferred to the private sector. The summer of 2012 provided the opportunity for security businesses to demonstrate their capabilities to the world.
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Finding the best way to protect people and property sometimes comes down to a choice between security personnel and technology, but many companies are gaining significant benefits by combining the two approaches, rather than choosing between them. David Dickinson explains.
Facilities managers can benefit from a voluntary accreditation scheme that helps make sure they have high-quality private security provision. Andy Drane explains how.
Gary Watkins, MD of Service Works Global, guides us through the possibilities presented by advancements in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
Planning for reactive maintenance may sound like a contradiction but when it comes to physical security, failure to make contingency arrangements could leave you exposed, as Jimmy Durrance of J Durrance and Company explains.
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