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The threat landscape has rarely been more daunting and complex.

From rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats to vehicular-based terror across Europe and extreme weather events triggered by man-made climate change, the security and resilience sector has its work cut out to keep the world safe.

The world is a more dangerous place in 2018 than it has been for some time, the latest Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) suggested.

Europe fell victim to a string of unpredictable attacks; Yahoo saw its share value fall by $350bn over 48 hours after the largest security breach in history was revealed; the NHS found their physical assets left vulnerable after a ransomware attack disrupted their ambulance service; the FBI and Apple went to war on encryption and Airbnb properties were left in chaos when a smartlock update went wrong.

That the world’s technology is becoming more interconnected is creating unprecedented opportunities for making society more efficient and sutainable. However, it is also creating new vectors of attack for hackers, terrorists and organised crime. With the world more interconnected, the consequences of things going wrong are enormous.

In 2018 IFSEC took its first step on transforming its 40-year heritage as a physical security show into a high level security summit and integrated security event – IFSEC 2019 will build on this success.

In 2018 IFSEC took its first step on transforming its 40-year heritage as a physical security show into a high level security summit and integrated security event – IFSEC 2019 will build on this success.

IFSEC International is an integrated security show designed around the needs of the global security industry. It’s your chance to:

  • Source new security equipment across a range of verticals, including access control, biometrics, video surveillance, intruder alarms, integrated security, IT and cyber and physical security
  • Raise your security industry anxieties with the experts behind the most innovative. You’ll meet over 550 exhibitors and 27,000+ visitors from around the world under one roof at the world’s most dedicated security event

Join IFSEC Global live at Europe’s leading security event, IFSEC International at ExCeL London, 18-20 June 2019.


“Corporate security professionals can give employers a real competitive advantage”: Abbott security director Joule Sullivan

Joule Sullivan, director of international security operations at healthcare giant Abbott, says corporate security professionals can get their voice heard in the boardroom by leveraging peer networks, mastering the art of fear management and learning languages – both linguistic and the "language of cybersecurity". Read More

Managing CCTV investigations: Mick Neville on Tavcom Training’s new course

Tavcom Training has introduced a course for senior investigating officers who oversee the retrieval and analysis of CCTV footage during criminal investigations. We spoke to Mick Neville, former head of the central forensic image team at New Scotland Yard, about why he designed the course and what it offers. Read More

“Most people responsible for crisis management lack the skills”: David Rubens of Deltar Training Solutions

The latest interviewee in our Critical Conversations series was instrumental in the professionalisation of the security industry. It's a process with plenty of road left to run, according to David Rubens, who has a pedigree in the industry stretching back to the early nineties. Read More

“Everyone on the planet is a target”: Ethical hacker Terry Cutler

We caught up with Cutler to find out more about his internet safety courses, the awareness deficit, how security threats are evolving and the merits of ethical hacking, among other things. Read More

“You can’t rely on past trends”: Resilience First’s Robert Hall on horizon scanning in a “volatile” world

Robert Hall, executive director of Resilience First, discusses the need for greater information sharing between public agencies and private businesses, how the risk and resilience profession is evolving, the shifting threat landscape, the importance of resilience and redundancy, and the implications of Brexit. Read More

ONVIF’s Stuart Rawling on profile T, ONVIF at 10 and the future of security

In a wide-ranging interview Rawling discussed the latest, video streaming profile and reflected on the organisation’s achievements in its 10th anniversary year and how it might evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s security industry. Read More

“Regulatory regimes are proliferating, becoming more complex”: Bonnie Butlin on data protection

Bonnie Butlin, who topped the security management category in our Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017, on global data protection regimes, the elevation of security and cybersecurity up the global list of priorities, the hurdles facing organisations as the GDPR looms, and the role of automation in data handling. Read More

“A subterranean hell”: Ex-firefighter on the Kings Cross fire and PTSD in the emergency services

The Kings Cross fire is one of several tragedies and callouts revisited in Clifford Thompson’s powerful memoir, Falling Through Fire. The Firefighter turned BBC reporter also tells IFSEC Global about changing attitudes to PTSD and sweeping changes that followed a “decade of disasters”. Read More



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