Reconnecting the global security industry at International Security Expo

Thousands of security professionals will be attending International Security Expo and International Cyber Expo at Olympia, London from 28-29 September.

International Security Expo will return to Olympia, London from 28 – 29 September, reuniting the global security market at the show’s first face-to-face event for over 18 months. Thousands of vetted international visitors will come together under one roof looking to source the latest security products and solutions for Government, CNI, major events, law enforcement, military and more.

For the first time in the show’s history, International Security Expo will be co-located with a brand-new cybersecurity event, The International Cyber Expo, which will bridge the gap between the physical and cybersecurity industries. Aimed at Government and CISOs, it will deliver premium learning opportunities around cybersecurity risks and threats, detection and response, as well as showcasing the very latest technology and services that protect the digital and physical future of businesses.

See the latest from world-class exhibitors

Security and counter-terror professionals from around the world will be able to peruse the stands of hundreds of global exhibitors, to source, test and buy the latest game-changing solutions from the world’s leading suppliers. The line-up includes the likes of HS Security Group, Mitie, Bastion Security Products, ADANI Systems, Leidos, Heras, Marshalls and more.

For example, ADANI Systems will display its range of innovative high-technology solutions, including the BV STREAM, intended for X-ray screening of backpacks, bags, parcels and personal items to detect blades, firearms, ammunition and any other prohibited items. Elsewhere, Audax will showcase its full range of next-generation wearable security solutions including its “flagship” product – the award-winning BIO-AX Camera System. Audax recently announced it has secured the provision of a significant number of its latest body-worn video cameras, Bio-AX, for Mitie Security’s frontline security team in Regent Street.

A zone for every security professional

With significant Government support, the event will have a specialist Government Zone that will host the likes of Joint Security & Resilience Centre (JSaRC), The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Security Industry Authority. The zone will also host the Home Office’s law enforcement command, BorderForce, who will showcase a Ford Kuga that was seized at the border and uses a sophisticated magnet system to open a concealment area within the rear of the vehicle. In addition, BorderForce dogs which are used to help find concealments built into a wide range of transport vehicles from family cars to heavy goods vehicles will be present on the stand.

Nineteen Group, the organisers of the event, are also working with the Department for International Trade’s UK Defence & Security Exports’ team to secure international participation at this year’s exhibition.

A number of other dedicated zones will also enable exhibitors to demonstrate their product capabilities, technological advancements and high-level solutions. In association with LPCB and supported by PSSA, an enhanced Perimeter Protection Zone will feature the latest products from fencing, barriers, bollards, video surveillance and intruder detection, with a Live Testing Lab showing these physical security products in action. The zone will host exhibitors including Barkers Fencing (part of HS Security Group), Fastline Steel Services, Sellox, ARX Security, Rezizt and Surelock McGill. Plus, the event’s exceptionally popular Drone & Counter UAV Zone will return for 2021, hosting exhibitors including Robin Radar, SeeQuestor, D-Fend Solutions, Metis Aerospace Ltd, NSO Group, Live Link Aerospace and Riegl.

The Disaster and Resilience Zone will showcase the latest products to remain resilient during a crisis as well as the solutions to recover and the tools to rebuild from. Exhibitors include SHERP, Everbridge, Safeguard Medical, Fischer Panda, Pilgrims Risk Management Group and GardaWorld, as well as SCEG which will be hosting its very own pavilion within the Zone. Visitors will be able to learn from thought-provoking presentations and panel discussions in the zone’s dedicated conference theatre sponsored by Everbridge. Highlights include Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead – UK MOD delivering a session on the UK MoD approach to delivering enhanced security and resilience through green projects and Tony Thompson, Former Chair – Emergency Planning Society in a session on how to ensure a resilient culture, focusing on how organisations should approach the practical challenges with an eye on lessons from Grenfell.

Exclusive learning opportunities from leading experts

With innovation at the heart of the event, this year’s free-of-charge and CPD certified educational programme is set to deliver the latest insights, analysis and invaluable perspective from world-leading security, police and cyber industry experts, discussing mitigation strategies, best practices and high-level policy.

The Global Counter Terror and Serious and Organised Crime Summit will focus on the changing nature of serious and organised crime and terrorism, along with the most prevalent terror trends currently affecting UK Counter Terror capability from Prevent to Protect, Pursue and Prepare. With 16 sessions across the two days, the Summit will look at current topics dictated by the Home Office and Counter Terror Police UK, focusing on Prevent, but also looking at how threats have developed during lockdown and what as an industry, is needed to collectively help counter them.

In his first public outing since taking over from Neil Basu, the UK’s Assistant Commander of Counter Terror Police, Matt Jukes, will deliver a presentation on current counter-terrorism priorities and the developing challenges facing the UK today. He will explain how state-sponsored activities, the rapid growth in extreme right-wing terror and how the threat has developed, throughout the pandemic.

Giving a very personal account in the first of the ‘Realities of Terror’ sessions, a real-life hostage, Peter Moore, will share his account of being taken hostage for 946 days, whilst a contractor in Iraq 2007. He will highlight the hard-hitting reality of living with terrorists for 2 years, 7 months and 1 day. Nick Bailey, retired Detective Sergeant, will also share his experiences and the personal impact of being poisoned by the Russian GRU in the Salisbury Novichok poisonings in 2018.

Concluding the first day will be a not-to-miss panel discussion on terror and organised crime, debating whether they are common bedfellows. The panel will feature industry experts including Aaron Edwards, Senior Lecturer, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Alberto Testa, Professor of Applied Criminology at the University of West London; Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett was tragically killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attacks; and Aimen Dean, Former member of al-Qaeda and MI6 Spy.

In a different area on the show floor, the International Security Conference will take place, centred around two themes. Day one one will consider CNI, Transport and Aviation, whilst Day two will explore the night-time economy, public sector and major events/stadiums. Referencing recent case studies, Sergeant Peter Lucas, Community and Business Engagement, National Project Servator Team at City of London Police will focus on how operations, community engagement and communications can be used to disrupt hostile activity at major events, with an introduction to hostile reconnaissance.

Elsewhere, in a session on operational deployment and use of behavioural detection, Darren Stanton, The Human Lie Detector, will be joined by Richard Foreman, Director of Profile Aware Ltd to outline the importance of behavioural detection and how CPNI developed their behavioural detection. Promising a fun and interactive discussion, they will carry out a series of practical exercises to offer tips and teach attendees some basic techniques.

Providing even more learning opportunities, the Global Cyber Summit will also deliver two days of high-level sessions covering current cyber threats and priorities, pandemic cyber challenges, understanding the needs of CISOs, ransomware attacks, protecting critical national infrastructure and more. A range of international experts will deliver the sessions including the likes of Ciaran Martin, CEO of National Cyber Security Centre and Professor at Oxford University, Ian Thornton Trump, CISO at Cyjax and Professor Lisa Short, Director and Co-Founder of P&L Digital Edge Limited.

Backed by Government and industry experts

Helping to shape the agenda, a carefully curated Advisory Council made up of the most credible Government, industry and leading academic stakeholders has been formed to ensure the exhibition accurately reflects the security industry and covers the full spectrum of security trends. An impressive 62 industry experts sit on this panel, including the likes of Dr Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Security General at NATO, Philip Whittaker, Head of Security Projects Operational Security group, HM Prisons and Probation Service and Patrick Holdaway, Head of Operations at National Business Crime Unit (NBCC).

Chairman of the International Security Expo Advisory Council and former UK Security Minister, Admiral the Rt Hon Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC PC DUniv said: “The UK is ideally suited to being the global centre of excellence for security given our long history in counter terrorism, joint approach between government and the private sector and the reputation our intelligence and security agencies have worldwide. International Security Expo is the high-end security event that showcases that centre of excellence and I am delighted that so many major brand names exhibit.”

International Security Expo Event Director, Rachael Shattock added: “This past year has shown us that we live in unprecedented and uncertain times and as such, protecting our security for all eventualities is more important than ever before.

“As the world begins to open up again, we are delighted to host the show’s first physical event in over 18 months and connect the security industry through face-to-face meetings. With such an incredible Advisory Council behind us, we’re confident we can deliver an event that no security and protection professional can miss.”

For more information and to register to attend the International Security Expo visit: https://www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/register

This article was originally published in the September 2021 edition of International Security Journal. Pick up your FREE digital copy on the link here