What’s on offer at International Security Expo 2019?

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International Security Expo returns to London Olympia from 3-4 December, offering a stellar conference line-up and 375+ exhibitors.

Exhibitions remain an important part of the business calendar providing a valuable forum to launch new products, showcase current products, gain CPD recognition for professional bodies, hear from leading speakers or to network with your peers.

“The International Security Expo is without doubt the premier event for government and end users,” says Tristan Norman, the Nineteen Group Exhibition Director. “It is a unique proposition applying a British security lens, hugely respected across the globe, to showcasing not just the best of British, but the best international solutions available.”

Questions such as, how do you protect your staff or customers from a potential attack, how does your business recover from a cyber security incident and how do you personally deal with rebuilding your life after being involved in a terrorist related event?  These are just some of the themes running though this year’s International Security Expo at London Olympia on 3 and 4 December 2019.

This event is one of the few, if not the only event in the security calendar that has something for everyone. It gives attendees exposure to not just current and new capabilities and technologies, but to insights from many of the industry policy makers and leaders. Keynote speakers include Neil Basu, the Head of CT Police UK, Deputy Directors from the FBI, Former Ministers from the Canadian Government, Technology Leads for the Police and INTERPOL in Nigeria, Policy Advisors from the Australian National Policy Institute, Senior Personnel from CPNI, NCSC, MET Police, BTP, the Department of Trade, CAA and many more.

Record numbers of exhibitors and visitors

Since its launch ISE has grown, in content, exhibitors and visitors with an international audience also increasing. Over 13,500 attendees are expected this year from over 100 countries and 375+ exhibitors covering the entire supply chain including Screening & Scanning, Cyber, Perimeter & Intrusion Detection, Communications, CCTV & Surveillance, Tracking & Monitoring and Drone & Counter Drone Systems, C-IED and CBRNE. It’s great to see so many past exhibitors returning to the show, many of which taking bigger stand space plus many new companies launching new products and services. A number of these technologies have the potential to give additional capability to help the police in dealing with the scourge of knife crime that seems to have hit our city streets.

International Security Expo

There will be official hosted delegations from over 50 countries, brought to the event by the Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO). Joining DIT DSO, a large number of other agencies and departments are supporting from Government, each taking a presence on the expo floor and coming ready to engage with visitors and share details on their capabilities. Representation includes Home Office JSaRC, Border Force, Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC), Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratories (DSTL), Metropolitan Police, National Crime Business Centre, Police Crime Prevention Academy and many more.

Ministerial representation has always been strong. Last year the then Security Minister, now Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, was asked by No 10 Downing Street to use the International Security Expo as the platform for the first Ministerial Speech. This year the show welcomes the Minister for International Trade, Conor Burns MP.

The dedicated EU country pavilion returns to the show again this year. But recognising the importance of transatlantic trade in whatever Brexit era we see ourselves politically, both Canada and the USA also have a Pavilion and a Village respectively. The international theme slices through the centre of the event.

So, what of the content? Two high-level summits and six conference theatres will complement a number of smaller rooms for private meetings delivered by key associations, professional bodies, interest groups and not for profit organisations. They enjoy the additional value holding such meetings at the event can bring by giving additional time to visit the exhibition floor, attend the conferences and summits and to network at the reception at the end of day one open to all.

Personal accounts on the realities of terror

Figen Murray, a mother devastated by the loss of her son, Martyn in the Manchester Arena bombing; Peter Moore, taken hostage whilst a contractor in Iraq and Helen Scott, living under Pan Am Flight 103 that came down on Lockerbie all those years ago, are all victims of terror and will be giving personal accounts of how these incidents have affected their lives and families.

The ‘realities of terror’ is just one theme on this year’s extensive content programme which contains the Global Counter Terrorism Summit followed by International Serious and Organised Crime Summit on day two. Led by the organisations responsible for dealing with and advising on these issues, Counter Terror Police UK (CTPUK), the FBI, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), the Cabinet Office, National Crime Agency (NCA), RUSI and more will feature throughout both days.

Complementing the high-level summits are a series of conferences covering International Forensics, Cybersecurity, Aviation and Transport Security, Protecting Crowded Places, Designing in Security and Crisis Management and Business Continuity.  Organisations such as the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Department for Transport (DfT), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to name a few, are taking leading roles.

A two-day dedicated Drone Workshop will also provide the latest developments in drone and almost more importantly counter drone technologies. Visitors will be able to get a direct update on how drones can be used for crowd control, disaster response and recovery as well as for detection.

Live demos

Innovation is at the heart of International Security Expo and keeping visitors safe is top priority over the two days. ISE are privileged to partner with Stadium TM who will be providing temporary HVM barrier solutions outside the venue. A revolutionary new ‘High Footfall Screening’ solution will also be demonstrated at the entrance to the show this year. The methodology is supported by CPNI and the Home Office and will provide a faster flow of visitors and VIP delegations into the venue.

The LPCB live product attack lab will be a central feature in the exhibition hall itself, putting a variety of physical security products to the test and demonstrating how capable properly designed security products really are. Border Force will also bring for the first time to ISE, a life-sized sea container replica. The Border Force Skills Academy adapted tank container allows visitors the opportunity to walk inside, understand the complexities of its construction, safety measures and most importantly where “space” exists in which illicit goods can be concealed.

The Counter-EO UK live demonstration area will showcase integrated solutions to counter the threat from explosive ordnance including IEDs. Representing the UK’s Counter-IED supply chain and with Her Majesty’s Government, British Army and security forces, Counter-EO UK delivers operational experience and technological innovation based on British excellence.

Another key immersive feature is the virtual reality (VR) demonstrator run by Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service. They have partnered with RiVR to create groundbreaking photo-realistic virtual reality training scenarios to allow emergency responders to train more frequently in dangerous environments. Visitors will be transported to a realistic environment using VR and can take part in three main scenarios including fire investigation, armed response training and police scene of crime analysis.

Co-located with International Disaster Response Expo

International Security Expo is co-located with the International Disaster Response Expo, which focuses on the good work delivered across the globe by DFID, International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) and industry in terms of humanitarian aid and disaster relief to community areas affected by crisis and conflict. Whilst a separate event with its own conferences and exhibition, the crossover in technologies is huge in some areas; communications, critical event planning and drones are all perfect examples of this. One ticket gets free access to both events.

Conference themes and highlights

Global Counter Terrorism

The Global Counter Terrorism Summit, sponsored by Patriot One and with lead partner, Counter Terror Business, by application only, hosted by Martin Stanford, a former Sky and now BBC World presenter, will see UK and US counter terror policy and approaches discussed at the highest levels. The lead for CTP UK, Neil Basu will open the event and be followed by the Home Office lead from the Office for Security and Counter Terror, in discussion with Michael McGarrity, the Assistant Director for Counter Terrorism with the FBI and Dr Hugo Rosemount, the Director for Security and resilience with ADS enabling the chat. After the current challenges with Protect and Prepare the first of the ‘Realities of Terror’ presentations will feature Peter Moore, who was captured in Iraq in 2007 and held for 31 months.

Dr John Coyne from the Australian National Policy Institute and Dr Kelly Sundberg will develop the international flavour of the day before Adam Thompson for Counter Terror Police UK will update the audience on CONTEST. Ending the day will be a hugely moving talk by Figen Murray and Nick Aldworth introducing Martyn’s Law following the devastating loss of Martyn Hett, Figen’s son in the horror of the Manchester Arena attack.

International Forensics

The International Forensics Conference, with lead partner, Digital Forensics Magazine, is a new addition to the programme at International Security Expo 2019. Sessions will take a deep dive into current and future policy from June Guiness OBE from the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator and then look at trends for the next four years.

Some groundbreaking analytical tools not yet on the market will be featured along with sessions on digital forensics and fingerprints. Andy Oppenheimer, a former bomb disposal officer will also look at the bomb maker’s signature, with Dan Kaszeta, a former US Secret Service Chemical Weapons Expert looking at nerve agents. The conference is also pleased to welcome back Darren Stanton, the Human Lie Detector who will then discuss how to forensically examine people.

Designing in Security

The Designing In Security Conference, sponsored by MOBOTIX and lead partner, CIAT, looks at towns, rural areas, fixed designs, architectural challenges, networks and more with the likes of Mahbubal Islam, Director with The Security Institute, Professor Chris Hankin from Imperial College London, Andrew Sieradzki with BuroHappold Engineering, Thomas Vonier, President, International Union of Architects, Erika GemmellErika has a account, Director at Scott Brownrigg architects and Chris Aldous from Design Security. A hugely impressive list of speakers. Gary Heward and Richard Flint from the MFD Group and BRE respectively will also cover design and certification after Gareth Hulmes looks at SABRE Certification.

Protecting Crowded Places

What is the threat, what are CPNI and the MET doing about it and how important is public private cooperation are the subjects that will be focused on. The Protecting Crowded Places

Conference, sponsored by Pitagone and with lead partner, UKCMA will be internationalised by Lina Kolesnikova, as she outlines the EU project on Protect Allied Cities against Terrorism in Securing Urban Areas. Next is a detailed look at the challenges for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham delivered by David Stewart, just finishing as the Interim Head of Security for that project.

However, every crowded place has a different challenge and these will be brought out by Beverley Griffiths, the Resilience Capability Lead with the Cabinet Office as she chats to Barry Palmer from the Tate gallery, Philip Jones from Westfield, Simon Hankins from Parliament and Darren Henaghan from Borough Market.

Looking at the high footfall threat, we see CPNI discussing screening capabilities, Paul Williams delivers a case study on the O2 and Chris Phillips and Roger Cummings look at faith communities and designing technology into crowed places respectively.

International Serious and Organised Crime

The second of the by application only events, again hosted by Martin Stanford, a former Sky and now BBC World presenter will see the NCA, FBI and Ian Dyson, Commissioner of the City of London Police set the scene in an area where the NCA are having some real success and making a huge impact dealing with serious and organised crime. Jerry Akubo the National Technical Officer with NCB Abuja and Canada’s Former Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day will also develop the international theme before we look in depth at cybercrime. Another key session is on managing the impact of serious and organised crime in our prisons delivered by Claudia Stuart, Executive Director of Security, Order and CT, HMPPS.

The afternoon will look at the links between serious and organised crime and terror with Roy McComb, a recently retired Deputy Director from the NCA and a former RUC and PSNI officer. Finishing the day will see Chris Greany, Former Head of Investigations with Barclays Bank, Helena Wood from RUSI and Mick Creedon, former Chief Constable with Derbyshire Police looking at financial crime in detail.


The Cyber Security Conference, sponsored by Titania and with lead partner, TechUK, chaired by Mike Gillespie again looks at policy in the morning with a very senior NCSC speaker followed by the UK Cyber Security Ambassador, Dr Henry Pearson. Nicola Whiting, one of the top 20 cyber speakers globally then delivers her keynote before participating in a panel looking at diversity and neurodiversity in the sector.

Through the afternoon we have the People Hacker, Jenny Radcliffe who travels the globe and always brings the house down with her insights before Will Geddess looks at the insider threat and Dean Armstrong QC, the Head of Chambers with the 36 Group and author of the legal text book on cyber law and data gives the most unusual of things, some free QC level advice!

Aviation and Transport Security

The Aviation and Transport Security Conference, sponsored by Smiths Detection and with lead partner, Aviation Security International is chaired by Dinos Kerigan-Kyrou, from the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies & Security Studies Institutes. Policy is an opening theme with Kashif Chaudry from DFT, Peter Drissell from CAA and Chris Trelawney from IMO all setting out their store. Internationalising the event sees Alan Carragher from Halifax Airport in Canada, Dr John Coyne from ASPI and Wilfred Covent from Brussels Airport all giving real insights to practical issues in their areas.

It is here we get another ‘realities of terror’ experience from Helen Scott giving her unmissable story about Lockerbie.

Crisis Management and Business Continuity

For businesses this is the one conference that will give insights in planning for the unwanted event where security fails and a crisis needs to be managed. The Crisis Management and Business Continuity Conference, sponsored by YUDU and with lead partner, Crisis Response Journal is chaired by Richard Simpson from YUDU Sentinel who will focus on communication. We then hear about the Salisbury poisonings from Laurie Bell, active shootings, leadership challenges and dealing with issues at transport hubs.

Red Teaming, exercising, communication and dealing with the media are all examined and Adam Kirtley from the BBC will delve into the latter. Building resilience, insurance risk, maintaining business tempo and what is your duty of care all give those finishing touches to what every business needs.

International Security Journal is proud to be the Lead Media Partner of International Security Expo 2019. For more information or to register to attend, go to https://www.internationalsecurityexpo.com

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