Editor’s Welcome to our autumn edition, September 2020
Our world continues to be concerned largely with the COVID-19 pandemic. The security sector has been integral in the response with many instances of exemplary individual and organisational support. In light of this, our autumn issue focuses on the resilience, creativity and innovation from the security sector.
We begin by looking at how security has quickly adapted to continue to keep people, organisations and premises secure. Alongside this, we provide personal views on how the sector can now embrace the key learnings for risk management and security technology, continue to work collaboratively and maintain security as an essential service.
Criminals and other terrorists have used the COVID-19 pandemic to gain traction and we provide updates on a range of threats. These include the changes to the terrorist’s approach, the increase in cybercrime, the impact on data security and the uplift to the insider threat.
During this period of unprecedented levels of disruption around the world, we focus on how organisations can embrace change. One way is to re-visit the way they manage risk and ensure to take a holistic approach. We also analyse some specific responses to the pandemic including how auditing can be carried out remotely.
Everyone has been affected by COVID-19 in one form or another. We spotlight its personal impact with articles on mental health and wellbeing, with ideas and advice for maintaining good mental health. We also consider the impact of COVID-19 on security careers with guidance on how to use the pandemic as a possible opportunity to develop your career.
Finally, in a new special feature, we introduce the City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA) explaining its role, background and history and its aims today to bring together security professionals in the City of London. We also include a special directory of CoLCPA members who offer security related products and services.
We wish you continued health and wellbeing and look forward to catching up in person in the not too distant future.
Andrea Berkoff, Editor and Eugene O’Mahony, Executive Editor