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James Moore is the Managing Editor of IFSEC Insider, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Insider, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
December 13, 2021


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Australian Security Research Centre outlines future roadmap of integrated solutions and emphasis on collaborative tech for sector

Commissioned by the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), the Australian Security Research Centre has produced a report undertaking a review of the security industry and how the sector will meet future challenges.

Security 2025 – A roadmap for the future, highlights several major trends, identifying that the ability of the Government, end-users and the private security sector to collaborate will be central to future success.

Dr Gavriel Schneider, who led the research with Dr Paul Johnston over the course of eight months, underlined the importance of collaboration when commenting: “There are many factors required to develop a robust and high performing security industry, in my opinion the most important is the alignment and integration of efforts between the; providers of services and solutions (manpower, electronic, cyber, etc); the users and consumers as well as the regulators. This includes the need for private public partnerships to tackle emerging threats. As an outcome of this report we now know what good could look like and have something to work towards.”

READ: Dr Gavriel Schneider and the move towards presilience

According to the report, cyber crime is the major security threat identified by security service providers (83%), followed by insider fraud/threat (72%), property and asset crime (70%), physical assaults (61%) and terrorism (50%).

These were generally similar results for security service users, as well, though 91% selected cyber crime, and only 45% said property and asset crime.

The key trends identified by the report include:

  • Emphasis on technology: Increasing use and integration of automation and digital technologies to strengthen operational efficiencies
  • Changing threat profile: Increasing levels of activism and customer aggression, as well as increased incidence of cyber and insider threats, foreign interference and espionage
  • Changing business environment: Ongoing change in business models, with greater dependence on partnerships and movement between sectors
  • Upskilling: To meet future workforce needs, upskilling of personnel, whether in the electronic or personnel sector is required
  • Reluctance to change: Some elements within the industry appear resistance to change and have been slow to adopt new technology
  • Increased data focus: The use of data and cloud-based tech will continue to increase, providing real-time information and operations coordination for security professionals
  • Increasing demand: Increased demands for services across all aspects of the security industry

The full report is available for download from here (free for ASIAL members) >>

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