City Security Council Chairman Ashley Fernandez looks ahead to 2024
I believe that 2024 will present a blend of challenges and opportunities that will continue to reshape the way we approach security. As we know, the multifaceted aspects of our fluid and evolving sector continually demonstrate the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors and the concept of security convergence, which is only set to grow and develop further.
Technological innovations, particularly in AI and machine learning, will continue to redefine our practices. We already see predictive analytics, facial recognition systems, and autonomous security drones becoming integral to threat detection and response.
The relentless rise of cyber threats drives significant investments in robust cybersecurity measures. Quantum-resistant encryption and blockchain technologies could emerge as crucial safeguards for protecting sensitive data, especially as digital security solutions become more prevalent.
Since the Covid pandemic, our working practices continue to evolve, with remote work becoming the new norm, necessitating stronger security protocols for remote access and data protection.
Looking at recent events both within the UK and abroad, we must also consider environmental factors, like extreme weather events and natural disasters, and the challenges these bring to physical security infrastructure. Adaptations, such as reinforced buildings and climate-resilient data centres, are essential in our enhanced future preparedness.
One of the most significant shifts in our sector is the increasing focus on collaboration between the public and private sectors. Recognising that security challenges often transcend organisational boundaries, a partnership between government agencies and our sector is vital. This collaboration not only strengthens collective defence against security threats but also fosters the exchange of knowledge, resources, and best practices, aligning with Martyn’s Law and enhancing public security.
Security convergence, the integration of physical and digital/technical security, is at the heart of this transformation. By converging security disciplines, we can create a more robust and adaptable security ecosystem, mitigating risks and responding more effectively to complex threats.
In summary, I think 2024 will see continued technological innovation, cybersecurity resilience, adaptations to remote work, and the crucial implementation of Martyn’s Law, along with a growing emphasis on public-private collaboration and security convergence. As an industry, I know that we will remain agile, forward-thinking, and prepared to embrace new innovation and solutions, and will continue to foster collaboration and partnerships.