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ISIL in retreat... but now an injured and more dangerous opponent?

Prevent - a personal perspective

The current international political dimension to terrorism


veryone working in security is acutely aware that the threat level remains at severe for international terrorism, meaning the likelihood of an attack in

the UK is high. To this end, our spring edition focuses on counter terrorism, with informative articles to support security professionals keeping our communities, our colleagues and our businesses safe.

The past two years have seen numerous terrorist attacks across the world with the recent Christmas market attack in Berlin, multiple attacks in Istanbul, Brussels Airport in March, Nice, Rouen and Munich in July and the previous year’s attacks in Paris, Copenhagen, Belgium and Tunisia. It is clear that a terrorist attack could occur anywhere at any time.

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Stealing a march on Counter terrorism funding

Behavioural Detection Analysis in a museum or heritage site

Has facial recognition finally come of age?

Improving communication during an emergency

The Emergency Response Officer


Fake News: media hype, reality and the actual threat of terrorism

14-15 Profile: DCC Rose Fitzpatrick Police Scotland

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Keeping festivals and events safe in an uncertain world

10 top tips for security screening

20-21 Partnership updates

23 Addressing your CEO’s sleepless nights

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Proactive security management in the face of terrorist threats

Business continuity overcoming adversity

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We encourage you to keep ahead of the game by reviewing your security, your business continuity plans and maintaining vigilance. We also encourage you to visit the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website, in particular the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options.

As ever, we aim to provide a wide variety of views and information to inform your security practice. This is a sensitive area by its nature and many of our articles are the personal opinion of our authors.

Our spring edition begins with an analysis on the continuing threat from ISIL from returning fighters from Jeff Little OBE. This is followed by a personal perspective on Prevent – part of the national counter terrorism strategy – from Waqar Ahmed MBE, Prevent Manager from Birmingham City Council. Professor Tahir Abbas from RUSI discusses the current international dimension to terrorism, analysing the impact of President Trump.

Dr Rachel Anne Carter of the Security Institute considers Fake News and its impact on violent incidents which can be prematurely categorised as terrorism, creating unnecessary hype, with a call for more accurate media.

Our profile is of Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick, the most senior female officer in Police Scotland, who talks about the benefits of a national police force, her career and approach to policing today. In other areas, we offer a review of behavioural detection analysis from Brian Brown at Securitas, an update on facial recognition and ten top tips for security screening.

The recent launch of the National Cyber Security Centre highlights the significance of cybercrime and its links with terrorism, whether as the method of attack or used to fund a real-world incident; this is explored in David Ward’s article where he questions the funding for preventative activity. Our summer issue will focus more fully on cybercrime and security technology and their place in counter terror efforts.

On 3rd and 4th May, we will be at Security & Counter Terror Expo at Olympia in London and look forward to seeing you there. WE ARE ON STAND No: E4

Eugene O’Mahony Executive Editor



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