We are facing rapidly evolving threats from increasingly adept and competent individuals and organisations using technology to organise and plan to great effect. Terrorism, as well as commercial crime, is multifaceted and increasingly involves multiple angles of attack, both real world and in cyberspace. So it is critical that the security world needs to evolve to develop a defensive stance that is more holistic and interconnected in order to be truly effective against such a threat.
The solution of course is closer working between security and police agencies, and which involves the private security industry and security technology industry. As Chair of the Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) Southern Region I can attest to the effectiveness of an interlinked approach that sees law enforcement agencies, local and national government organisations and private sector businesses coming together to develop a truly holistic and robust security intelligence, communications and response infrastructure.
The sharing of knowledge and communication is crucial. But whereas previously knowledge sharing was a challenge, we can know use the very same technology as terrorists and criminals. There is no excuse for failure to be as well organised, and it is the only way the security industries can match the threat.