International Security Week 2020: Protecting Critical National Infrastructure remains high priority


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As International Security Week (ISWeek) – 30 November – 3 December 2020 – draws closer, experienced names in the industry are preparing to join together to dissect recent incidents of terrorism and how to combat extremism while protecting national assets.

This week marks five years since the shocking series of coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris, which tragically killed 130 people.

Recent incidents in Nice, France and Vienna, Austria, have been a stark reminder that extremism remains a key issue for nations, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISWeek, which incorporates International Security Expo (ISE), International Cyber Expo (ICE) and International Disaster Response Expo (IDR), will bring panels of counter terror experts together to look at how the industry can better share intelligence and best practice.

Getting under the skin of extremists

On Day One, sponsored by HS Security, we will hear from ex-jihadi Aimen Dean, who eventually defected to pass information to UK intelligence on al-Qaeda’s networks and plots; he will explain how the Islamist movement is evolving in the wake of COVID-19.

Steve Rodhouse, Director General (Operations) at the National Crime Agency (NCA), will share perspectives on what will be the most pressing Serious and Organised Crime to tackle in 2021.

Balancing Protection and Access

Earlier this month the UK’s alert level was raised to ‘severe’, and Niall Griffin of Hardstaff Barriers – representing HS Security, a Division of Hill & Smith PLC – will explain why identification of risk and the implementation of measures must be managed carefully.

Fay Tennet, Deputy Director of Security Operations at the Houses of Parliament, will join a panel to deliberate the balance between protecting locations and ensuring it remains accessible.

Steve Cooper OBE, Chief Operating Officer at Apstec Systems, will also be speaking to acclaimed security and intelligence journalist Philip Ingram MBE about security screening in the post-pandemic era.

Protecting Critical National Infrastructure (CNI)

Mitigating the threats to CNI requires careful policy and implementation. Justin Lowe, industry leader in cyber resilience of energy, utilities and critical infrastructures, will join Senior Home Office Official Shaun Hipgrave in a panel on day three; the Apstec sponsored panel will be focussing on Protecting CNI & Crowded Places and adapting Law and Order.

Intelligence sharing is made easier in the digital age, but Commissioner Ian Dyson of the City of London Police will look at the impact of Brexit on the UK’s ability to share data with European and International colleagues and the solutions being put into place to continue effective transnational communication.

Event Director Rachael Shattock remarked: “With 13 national infrastructure sectors in the UK, there is a tremendous amount for security professionals to consider when protecting a country’s way of life. That’s why we’re delighted to offer such a diverse range of voices at ISWeek in 2020, providing their experience in the fields of law and order, CNI protection and counter terrorism.

“There are just days left to register to attend, so we encourage everyone in the industry to sign up today to access all of the fantastic content, as well as an exclusive report into the State of Security by Westlands Advisory.”


Incorporating International Security Expo (ISE), International Cyber Expo (ICE) and International Disaster Response Expo (IDR), ISWeek will be filmed in a television studio setting with high production value.

Leading experts from around the globe will be interviewed by veteran security and intelligence journalist, Philip Ingram MBE, during high-level interactive panel discussions and ‘fireside chats’.

Accredited by The Security Institute, attendees will receive two CPD points for every hour watched.

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