Recognising threat - the importance of pre-incident surveillance

The attacks in Paris on 13th November and London on 7/7 show the planning and preparation spent by terrorists and other groups in gathering information to assist with the target selection and operational planning. Any thought that these events occur by chance or on a whim should be banished.

Working with Counter Terrorism Security Advisers

Counter-terrorism security advisers work with businesses and the community to identify and assess sites that may be vulnerable to terrorist or extremist attack.

They also work with trade organisations and professional bodies to ensure counter-terrorism protective security advice is incorporated in general crime prevention advice and guidance.

Businesses should contact their local CTSA for advice and support. 

Working with businesses

BSIA highlights importance of standards in protecting data

With the average data breach costing UK firms around £1.9m annually*, and the new European data privacy framework asking for greater commitment from businesses on the way they handle data security, the British Security Industry Association's (BSIA) Information Destruction section is urging end users to understand how compliance with relevant industry standards can actively guarantee an improved level of protection against data breaches.

Matom MD appointed to BSI Standards Committee for CBR

Mr Matt Tuck, Managing Director of Matom Ltd, has been appointed to represent both the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) and the Continuity Forum at the British Standards Institute (BSI) as part of the Societal Security Management Committee (SSM/1).
Under the direction of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee, this committee is responsible for being the focal point for the development of standards for societal security in the UK and to monitor and mirror the work of ISO TC 223 - Societal Security, and CEN/BT WG 161- Protection and Security of the Citizen, and other appropriate relevant national and international bodies.
Matt will be contributing to work commencing on the CEN standard for CBRN - Education, Testing and Exercising that will reach across all European Countries (EU). This project has been initiated by the CATCH consortium, short for CBRN Advanced Training Curriculum The Hague. The CATCH project intends to develop certified training for the European market that will address all requirements and aims at meeting the demand for specifications for the education, training and exercising of first responders to CBRN incidents. 
Mr Tuck has 23 years experience in radiological protection in the nuclear industry and hazmat fields. He has been involved in operations, technical support, consultancy, and management for a number of international companies before joining Matom as Managing Director.
Russell Price, Chairman of the Continuity Forum, comments "it is vital that we constantly update the expertise and skills within Standards Committees cross the BSI and ISO to esure the resulting work is effective."
"We are delighted that Matt is joining SSM/1 adding his considerable expertise to the CBRN Exercise, Training and Testing project underway at CEN.  I am sure both the UK and European Committees will benefit considerably from his extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with the complexities and challenges faced in the CBRN arena."
For more information please contact Matom directly:
Phone: +44 (0) 1286 881801
Matom - Counter Terrorism Solutions and Business Continuity Solutions



Updated Counter Terrorism Strategy announced

The government has completed its review of the CONTEST Strategy designed to fight the threat of terrorism across the UK and the international interests of the country.

The changes have been made to continue to reflect risks posed by terrorists. The four strands of the approach cover:

Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks

Prevent: to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism

Protect: to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack

Prepare: where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact

VSAT launched in the South West

The Continuity Forum was delighted to once again be working with our colleagues at NaTSCO, Dorset Police and the Counter Terrorism Intelligence unit at this weeks South West Regional launch of the Vulnerability Self Assessment Toolkit (VSAT). The launch was held for around 100 people and included many of the areas leading employers. 

Project Argus across the UK


Project Argus is a National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) initiative that explores ways of helping business to prevent, handle and recover from a terrorist attack.
Project Argus is a three hour event that utilises multimedia presentations of a simulated terrorist attack and a series of questions and hands on challenges that help participants detail ways in which the organisation could have coped better or indeed have identified the threat earlier.

Thoughts on VSAT, Continuity and Resilience

Working in the business continuity field can be challenging, even frustrating, but sometimes there are moments of clarity, a time when you realise why the challenges and frustrations are worth the stress.
Over the past few months we have been working towards the launch of VSAT -  the vulnerability self-assessment toolkit with NACTSO.  It hasn't been too easy.  The public sector is under tremendous financial pressure and money is more than just a little tight.  For 18 months,  the Continuity Forum and NACTSO  have been working against time and budget constraints to develop a shared vision, something that can make a real difference to the safety and resilience of all our communities.

Introducing the Vulnerability Self-Assessment toolkit - VSAT

The Business Continuity Forum, National Counter Terrorism Security Office and VSAT
VSAT - Vulnerability Self Assessment Toolkit
In February, the Continuity Forum and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NACTSO) launched a major new tool to help organisations simply and quickly assess and understand the vulnerabilities of their organisations.
In front of an audience of very nearly 250 people Lord Reid, former Home and Foreign Secretary and one of the most distinguished parliamentarians of recent generations, the Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, who chaired the London Assembly 7/7 report and Sir David Veness, one of the most distinguished counterterrorism experts in the world stood alongside the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and Russell Price of the Continuity Forum to launch VSAT, the latest resource designed to help build resilience and create continuity.

Cinemas and Theatres, Security and Continuity Advice

Cinemas, theatres and concert halls offer terrorists and organised criminals a range of potentially significant targets. For cinemas and theatres, premieres and opening nights are high profile events, and they – like concert halls – frequently have the honour of welcoming members many distinguished guests and Business Continuity and Security awareness is a must!
The contents of a film or a play may be contentious and many of the buildings are architecturally renowned, enjoying something approaching iconic status, not only within their communities, but nationally and even internationally.

Security and Continuity for Major Events

This guide is intended to give protective security and Business Continuity advice to those who are responsible for organising major events and event security, irrespective of size and capacity and is not specific to any particular type of event.
This advice is aimed at those events where there may be a risk of a terrorist attack either because of the nature of the event or the number or nature of the people who host or attend it. It highlights the vital part you can play in the UK counter terrorism strategy.
Terrorism also includes threats or hoaxes designed to frighten and intimidate. These 

Security and Continuity advice for Aviation including Flying Clubs and owners

The ‘General Aviation’ sector is extremely diverse. It involves aircraft such as balloons and airships, gliders, micro-lights, helicopters, light aircraft and business jets. Their activities cover anything from agricultural use, aerial surveys, delivery of goods, corporate flights and leisure. The aerodromes that support these activities vary from individual landing strips or helipads to regional airports.
This guide is intended to give protective business continuity and security advice to those who work within the General Aviation sector to reduce the opportunity of a terrorist attack occurring, or limit the damage such an event might cause. It also contains crime prevention material and guidance on business continuity. This advice is not mandatory but may assist those engaged within the sector to enhance security to an appropriate level at their site.

Protecting Hotels and Restaurants

This guide provides protective security and business continuity advice to those who own, operate, manage or work in hotels and restaurants. It aids those who are seeking to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack and limit the damage an attack might cause. It highlights the vital part you can play in the UK counter terrorism strategy.
Hotels and restaurants worldwide have been subject to terrorist attacks on several occasions. It is possible that your hotel or restaurant could be involved in a terrorist incident. This might include having to deal with a bomb threat or with suspect items left in or around your premises or sent through the post.

Protecting Places of Worship

This guide is intended to give protective security advice to those who are responsible for security in places of worship. It is aimed at those places where there may be a risk of a terrorist attack either because of the nature of the place of worship or the number of people who congregate in it.
The guide seeks to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack and limit the damage an attack might cause. It highlights the vital part you can play in the UK counter terrorism strategy.

Security and the Health Sector

This guidance has been developed to assist the health sector in addressing a range of security issues relating to possibility of a terrorist attack to a crowded place within their site. The advice provided in this booklet is built on knowledge, learning and best practice developed between the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, health sector security professionals including the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service (NHS England), and representatives from the devolved health care administrations across the UK.
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