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December 5, 2023

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IFSEC Insider’s most-read in security: 2023 edition

Often underappreciated, the security profession has once again been integral to ensuring the protection and safety of people, businesses and assets this year. Whether it’s integrating AI to protect against evolving threats, staying on top of the latest updates with Martyn’s Law and counter-terror strategies, roles and practices have continued to develop throughout 2023.

On IFSEC Insider, we kept readers on top of the latest trends and best practices to support professionals in their jobs. Yet, what caught the eyes of our readers the most? Below, we explore the most-read articles related to the security industry this year. Simply follow the links to read on!

10. Opportunities abound for the security sector in Saudi Arabia?

In August, Bruce Braes, Head of Security Consulting at Buro Happold, explained the opportunities that ‘giga projects’ are presenting for the security supply chain. And, with technology and safety at the heart of Vision 2030, Braes believes projects will drive new frontiers in the deployment of innovative security solutions.

9. Hikvision reaffirms commitment to UK market following ‘extensive engagement’ with Government

In a statement released on 23 October, Hikvision reaffirmed its commitment to the UK market after engagement with the Government over the Procurement Bill and receiving clarification from the Cabinet Office on previous policy and the definition of ‘sensitive sites’.

8. The impact of Martyn’s Law and UK counter-terror strategy: Moving the goalposts for the security industry?

In August, in response to concerns by risk management professionals on their redefined responsibilities, we invited views on the Bill’s expected impact on the security industry. Hunter Seymour reports for IFSEC Insider.

7. Retail theft: The growing frontline threat in a cost-of-living squeeze?

In June, Hunter Seymour examined issues at hand, highlighting varying points of view in dealing with perpetrators and the methods – from AI behavioural analysis through to smart tagging criminals – now available to retail security managers and staff to prevent their stores from being targeted.

6. The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Act 2022 – What does it cover?

In January, Sarb Sembhi provided an overview of the PSTI Act, what security and fire IoT manufacturers and installers need to know, and some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the legislation.

5. Bosch to sell off security products divisions to focus on integration services and solutions

In October, Bosch Building Technologies, a major player in the security market, has announced plans to sell off its Building Technologies security products businesses to focus on systems integration and services delivery.

4. BBC investigation uncovers “sham training courses” for door supervisors

In October, an undercover investigation from BBC Radio 4 programme ‘File on 4’ has found door supervisors obtaining fraudulent work licences after attending “sham training courses”.


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3. How is AI changing the security sector?

Viewpoints on the subject from experts are often fascinating, but don’t always relate to the day-to-day uses of AI – In March, IFSEC Insider decided to go back to basics and provide an overview of its role in security.

2. Martyn’s Law Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill – Set for parliamentary introduction following inclusion in King’s Speech

The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill – otherwise known as Martyn’s Law – moved ahead another step in the legislative process on 2 May this year, as long-awaited draft legislation was published by the Home Office.

1. Hikvision responds to BBC Panaroma investigation on cyber security vulnerabilities

Back in June, Hikvision strongly disputed claims made by the BBC Panorama investigation team about cyber security vulnerabilities found in one of its cameras.

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