Rising to the challenge - A security strategy fit for purpose with operational agility

Jon Hayter, of Cardinus Risk Management, describes how organisations can innovate their security strategy to become fit-for-purpose in an interconnected and more dangerous, global business environment.

We are in a time of unprecedented threat and it is only through an innovative and forward-thinking approach to confronting these threats that we can hope to keep our businesses, buildings and, most importantly, people safe.

The current threat level to Britain is assessed as severe, meaning that an attack is highly likely. The level of threat is complex and ranges from individuals carrying out standalone attacks to sophisticated networks executing innovative and audacious plots.

We have all watched in horror at the recent atrocities which have unfolded before our eyes with devastating impact. Each new incident brings with it a unique set of questions, learning points and a familiar sense of fear that we or someone we know will be the next victim.

I feel and understand that fear and having served in the police force for over 30 years, I realise that the ability to properly understand our challenges is crucial to maximizing success.

Beyond the ambit of terrorism, organised criminal gangs are continuing to build robust operations networks and are mobilizing their resources with alarming efficiency.

The risk posed by insider threats is stark and wide reaching. Whether it’s a disaffected member of staff or an employee associating with known criminals, the danger is real, and the economic implications are grave.

Now, more than ever, it is essential that we do everything we can to help protect the security of our critical national infrastructure, businesses and public places. There is no room for complacency, no second chance to get it right.

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