International Security Week


Here’s the schedule for the first International Security Week (ISWeek) to run from Monday, November 30, instead of the physical International Security Expo (ISE) at London Olympia. The free-to-watch sessions in a television studio setting will be opened each day by ISE’s Chairman, Lord West of Spithead. It will be available to watch live or on demand via the ISE website. ISWeek is CPD certified by The Security Institute, so attendees will receive CPD points for every session watched.

Day One: International Matters

The inaugural day is sponsored by HS Security. Lucy D’Orsi, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations at CTPUK will cover the threats to the UK, such as Islamist terrorism, and the rise of far-right extremists. A panel will follow, including Paul Crowther, Chief Constable at British Transport Police; Dr John Coyne, Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and Head of the North and Australia’s Security, ASPI.

Barry Palmer, Head of Safety and Security at the Tate Gallery; Fay Tennet, Deputy Director of Security Operations, Parliamentary Security Department at the Houses of Parliament; Shaun Hipgrave, senior Home Office official; and Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett was among the victims of the 2017 Manchester terror attacks, will speak about the ‘Protect duty’. Aimen Dean, former member of al-Qaeda turned MI6 Spy, will discuss how Islamic-based terrorism is developing, and what the security sector should look for.

Day Two: Cyber Threats

Day two is sponsored by Tripwire, the cybersecurity firm. Anthony Leather, co-founder and Director of Westlands Advisory, will discuss the consultancy’s latest cyber research that will launch exclusively during ISWeek. Emma Philpott, CEO of IASME Consortium; Graham Ingram, Chief Information Security Officer at Oxford University; Dr Henry Pearson, UK Cyber Security Ambassador at Department for International Trade (DIT) and cryptographic expert Ian Thornton-Trump of Cyjax will discuss cyber security, including the impact of COVID-19.

Exploring the ‘human factor’ in cyber terrorism will be Jenny Radcliffe, also known as the ‘People Hacker’, with Tracy Buckingham, Deputy Director of Security and Cyber Security Exports at DIT presenting her ‘bounce back’ plan for the UK’s security and cyber exports. Those looking to protect themselves or their organisation from cyber crime should attend a training session from Cyber Griffin, founded by the City of London Police.

Day Three: Law and Order

Speakers include Chris Fitzgerald, Head of Business Resilience & Security, Thames Water; Justin Lowe, an industry leader in Cyber Resilience of Energy, Utilities and Critical Infrastructures; Andrew Sieradzki, Director of Security at Buro Happold; Dan Webb, Director of Intelligence for Mitie; and Jonathan Schulten, Vice Chairman of The Security Institute.

Senior Home Office Official, Angela Essel will outline the projects and priorities of the Government, and how the wider security industry can assist.

Addressing the challenges for the UK’s intelligence sharing operations as a result of Brexit will be Ian Dyson, Commissioner for the City of London Police. Executive Director Claudia Sturt from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) will examine the internal and external threats to prisons. Roy McComb, former Deputy Director of NCA and Julian Platt, Deputy National Co-Ordinator of Protect & Prepare, NCTPHQ will cover at how criminals have adapted to the pandemic to continue running international networks and people trafficking.

Day Four: Disaster Response

For the final day, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, former Minister for International Development, will give the keynote speech, followed by Tracy Daszkiewicz, Deputy Director of Population Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England who will explain how to manage a crisis – based on her experience with the Salisbury poisonings.

Viewers can enjoy a chat about disaster communications between journalist Paul Peachey at The National; and the founder of PR agency Conduit Associates, Sheena Thomson. Closing the week will be Jason Towse, Managing Director of Soft Services at FM services contractor Mitie, looking at how the UK Government responded to the COVID-19 crisis, building a 3000-bed hospital in ten days and opening Nightingale Hospitals across the country.

Event Director Rachael Shattock said: “ISWeek comes at an important time for many security, counter terror and disaster response professionals. We continue to live in uncertain and unprecedented times, but the threats remain and it is vital nations and businesses continue to evolve their security to protect citizens and employees.

“We are truly delighted to be able to bring the high-quality content and thought leadership, that International Security Expo portfolio visitors have come to expect, to people’s homes from 30 November – 3 December. While we would all prefer to be meeting face-to-face and connecting with colleagues around the world, we are excited for attendees to experience the high-level style of production and studio setting for the panel discussions, where we’ll cover the latest insights and future trends in physical and cyber security.”

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