Security Institute Annual Conference 2018 – overview of the morning session by Michael O’Sullivan of TPSO Magazine

Together with my colleague Rollo Davies, co-founder and editor of TPSO Magazine, I was fortunate enough to be invited to this event as a media partner. I was only able to stay for the morning session.

The conference was held at the world-famous Crystal a short walk from Royal Victoria DLR station.

On arrival delegates were met by very professional security officers and event registration team. Together they made welcoming and registering the delegates look easy and seamless. I suspect however that it was the result of meticulous planning and brilliant execution!

I attended talks by Cleo Paskal, author of “Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map” and Cathy Haenlein of The Royal United Services Institute, the world’s oldest independent think tank on international defence and security.

Both talks were fascinating! Suffice to say that I’ve since purchased a copy of Cleos book and am now following The Royal United Services Institute on social media.

Both talks served as a reminder that security does not happen in isolation. The world is changing, politically and climatically. The security industry is already aware of the need to take that into account going forward.

Points were well made by both speakers who have added a new sense or urgency to resilience planning. Cathy’s talk was enlightening and dealt with the developing threat of environmental crime.

The Security Institute are to be congratulated for organising such high calibre events. I regret not being able to attend the entire program, I understand from my colleague that it was excellent in every way!

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