ASIS UK Chairman Letitia Emeana looks ahead to 2024
If we consider what 2023 was like, I can only say we are certainly going to see more challenges in the global environments we operate in; the geopolitical, climate change and economic situations will continue to provide a test for our security teams to navigate and our businesses to overcome.
However, with advancements in the technology spaces, I certainly see more benefits coming from proactive analytics across the camera estate.
Combining all camera systems to strengthen cyber controls and share data can leverage improved business benefits and support proactive interventions rather than responding to reactive situations; the further possibilities that open integrations offer are very exciting.
Access to more mobile connected devices will provide improved motivation and response from our frontline security officers and move away from static positions where risk allows, and, in turn, the officers become a more approachable, knowledgeable, and accessible security team at the operation level.
Geo-fencing and officer positioning can alert the closest officer to respond or the most qualified if this is a safety request. The data in the system is the key, so the controls, cyber and ethics considerations must be fully mapped, communicated, and strengthened to support this move.
I also believe the senior security managers at businesses must commit to getting back to the “shop floor” and again work with teams to understand the subtle changes the past three years have had on people, operations and assets.
The need to network with colleagues, peers and thought leaders is critical during this period of transformation, and to be immersed in the impacts of the horizon risk of 2024 will ensure we can bring back those considerations and learn to further improve the ability to withstand the shocks that will certainly come our way in 2024.