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As the UK Government’s ambitious COVID vaccination programme continues at pace what are the security challenges which impact such a large-scale operation?
The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) is offering members, security industry colleagues and end-users the opportunity to hear first-hand from security professionals behind the programme rollout and the strategies they collectively deployed to ensure both physical and cyber security level threats were averted.
The event, on Thursday, 17th June at 10:00hrs, will include presentations from three key figures in government, health and the commercial sector.
Hosted by ASC chair Joe Connell, the session will provide a detailed view of the UK vaccine programme specifically through a ‘security lens’, as well as offering plenty of opportunity to put questions to the guest speakers.
The event will launch with an input from Richard Alcock CBE, the UK SRO for Covid vaccine security who was responsible for the end-to-end security of the vaccine deployment operation. He will talk about the security challenges behind rolling out the vaccination programme whilst ensuring UK Government reached the initial intended target of 15 million vaccines administered by February 2021.
Next, we will get a view from the commercial field with Barrie Millett, Director of Assurance, Security and Business Services for Mitie. Barrie was responsible for the protective security programme that carried out security surveys of more than 130 vaccination facilities in the UK over a period of just a few weeks. He will talk about the challenges of carrying out the work at speed and scale.
Finally, we will hear from the health sector with Jayne King, the Head of Security and Site Services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London - one of the largest and oldest hospitals in the UK. She has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of security arrangements at vaccine sites across the UK ensuring the safe, smooth-running and delivery of the vaccination programme.
"The global pandemic has affected every facet of life and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With further easing of restrictions just days away the nation is increasingly reliant on the continued success of the vaccination rollout to keep people safe.” says Joe Connell.
“The large-scale vaccination rollout has thrown-up security challenges on an unprecedented scale. From the delivery, storage and then safe supply of the vaccine itself to the security of the individual vaccination venues through to the challenges posed in the cyber space by online scammers. Our latest ASC debate is your opportunity to hear straight from the security professionals who have been working around-the-clock to preempt and overcome each hurdle and ensure HMG maintained public confidence by reaching key delivery milestones.
Lord Edward Udny-Lister Kt. PC. (Baron Udny-Lister of Wandsworth)
Lieutenant General Sir Jim Hockenhull KCB
The Board of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) is delighted to announce that Lord Edward Udny-Lister Kt. PC. (Baron Udny-Lister of Wandsworth) and Lieutenant General Sir Jim Hockenhull KBE have both agreed to become Patrons of the Association.
They join the esteemed group of existing ASC Patrons which comprises Lord James Bethell (Baron Bethell of Romford), Lord Brian MacKenzie OBE (Baron MacKenzie of Framwellgate), Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL, and Sir Hugh Orde OBE, QPM.
Are you planning to take part in the Protect Duty consultation but unsure exactly how it will affect you and the organisations you work with? The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) is offering members, security industry colleagues and end-users the chance to attend a free online debate, providing invaluable help and guidance around the Home Office proposals before you make your submission.
Chief executive Alex Carmichael is keen to reiterate that SSAIB is fully operational and continues to provide certification for over 1,800 registered firms and new firms looking to join during the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
WOT Security have once again become the event sponsor for all of the ASC 2020 Business Groups to be held at the Honourable Artillery Company,Queens Room, Armoury House, City Road London EC1Y 2BQ
We thank them for their continued support of the ASC
On the 30th November 2018 the Association of Security Consultants hosted our winter dinner at the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster.
Photos from the event can be seen on the Professional Security Website
The winners of the 2017 Duty of Care Awards were announced at a gala event in Berlin on Thursday, 29 June. Hosted by the International SOS Foundation, the awards took place following the Duty of Care Summit, honouring organisations and individuals making a significant contribution to protecting their people while travelling or working remotely.