The Role of the Private Security Industry to Terrorism and Cyber Crime Threats

By David Mundell, Managing Director

Security threats to organisations continuously evolve and develop. They reflect changes in the way business is transacted, as well as wider changes in the global, political and criminological landscapes. The private security industry is evolving in response to these developments, and while the significant threats posed by terrorism and cyber-crime may appear beyond the remit of ‘traditional’ private security services, there is much that it can do to support and assist the authorities.

The key is partnership. When organisations work in silos, they are potentially more at risk and have only a very narrow view. Working closely with other similar organisations and sharing information is essential if we are to understand what is actually happening and develop best practice in reducing risk. Support for Operations Griffin and Argus, for example, as well as engaging with local crime reduction strategies provides information that can be packaged into a format that has meaning and relevance to the organisation before being cascaded to the relevant stakeholders.

The targeted training of security officers that results from this collaborative approach is also essential to ensuring that best practice is realised and supported in day-to-day security operations. It means teams can be updated on current and future threats such as social engineering that is steadily becoming a feature of certain terrorist and cyber-crimes.