The threat of drones is a growing concern around the perimeter and in the airspace surrounding airports. According to a UK Airprox Board report, the number of times a drone endangered the safety of an aircraft in the UK airspace rose more than a third in 2018 compared to the year before. The highest-profile recent drone incident was at UK’s Gatwick Airport, where a drone sighting last December triggered a three-day shutdown of the UK’s second busiest airport, disrupted the travel plans of 140,000 people and affected 1,000 flights. Unauthorized drone activity And there have been other recent incidents of drone disruptions at airports: At Heathrow Airport in January 2019, flights were temporarily stopped for about an hour ‘as a precautionary measure’ after a drone was reported. The UK Airprox Board recorded 39 dangerously close drone encounters at Heathrow in 2018. In the U.S., flights into Newark Liberty International Airport were disrupted for about 90 minutes in January after a drone sighting. Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, closed its airspace for about 30 minutes in February due to suspected unauthorized drone activity. In March and again in May, air traffic at Frankfurt Airport in Germany was grounded due to drone sightings – for about 30 minutes in the first instance and about an hour in the second. Drone detection systems Security has a role in preventing drone incidents, although pilots often report themSecurity has a role in preventing drone incidents, although pilots often report them. At Gatwick, the initial reports of a drone over the airfield came from airport security officers. After the incident, the UK government rushed through legislation to enlarge the drone exclusion zones around airports to a maximum of 5 km (up from the previous 1 km). In the U.S., the exclusion zone around airports is a radius of about 5 miles, and even more in sensitive areas such as the National Capital Region around Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, where restrictions are 15 to 30 miles. Airports in the U.S. are allowed to deploy drone detection systems but may not use counterdrone technology (such as shooting down the drones), which is reserved for the Justice Department and Homeland Security. Dedicated new technology “News that drone threats to aircraft are increasing should come as no surprise,” says Simon Barnes, Business Development Manager – Airports Europe for Genetec. “Recent reported incidents are just the tip of the iceberg. As drones become increasingly ubiquitous – both from hobbyists and their growing use in professional arenas – we can expect to see many more incidents.” From speaking to airports across the world, Barnes has learned that two of the most pressing challenges they face are how they secure their perimeters (as intruders become increasingly sophisticated) and identifying ‘Friend from Foe’ as operational needs must be maintained. “When it specifically comes to drone detection, the short-term temptation can be to introduce a dedicated new technology to address this specific threat,” he commented. More comprehensive response We need to work with technology, not against it, in order to ensure public safety and security"“However, the last thing a functioning airport needs is an independent system that isn’t unified with all of the other security measures in place. Only when the data from all of these inputs is visualized in one place can an airport begin to make sense of its environment and enable a fast and efficient response to evolving challenges such as the insider threat and malicious drone activities. We fully expect airports to respond to this changing landscape, to help ensure a more comprehensive response.” Philip Avery, Managing Director of Navtech Radar, adds: “In today's current climate of increased national threats, we need to work fast to keep up with modern risks. However, creating new, complicated laws open to misinterpretation or enforcing a complete ban on privately owned drones seem like Luddite solutions that undermine the potential of innovative technology. We need to work with technology, not against it, in order to ensure public safety and security.” Help mitigate risk Navtech Radar sells the AdvanceGuard system for drone detection. Tavcom Training, part of the Linx International Group, has responded to requests from the security industry for expert training in order to be better prepared for and mitigate against the threat of Unmanned Aerial Systems (better known as drones). The company offers a two-day Drone Detection classroom-based course for £375+VAT. Our drone detection course gives security professionals advice from experts" “The responses to the [recent] airport drone attacks were played out in the spotlight, with much public debate regarding the seeming lack of a pre-defined plan of action to prevent or contain such an incident,” explains Sarah Hayward-Turton, Sales and Marketing Director at the Linx International Group. “Our drone detection course gives security professionals advice from experts in drone technology, to help mitigate risk and implement countermeasures to thwart unauthorized drone activity.” The course will be offered again in November 2019 and in February 2020.
PerpetuityARC Training, part of the Linx International Group has announced that it is making its ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector IQ Level 4’ training course accessible to security managers and consultants operating in the sector anywhere in the world, with a new online learning program. Security risk assessment course The new online course can be studied at the students’ own pace and uses elements of the ANSI/API STD 780 Security Risk Assessment Methodology. It highlights the spectrum of risk elements that have the potential to impact upon the security management of upstream and downstream operations. The comprehensive course syllabus includes: Security risk analysis in oil and gas sector Corporate social responsibility, human rights, and community management Managing activism risk Managing acts of militancy and terrorism against the oil and gas sector Oilfield and pipeline security Refinery security Maritime and offshore security Downstream (retail security) Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector The latest addition to PerpetuityARC Training’s portfolio builds on the success of its in demand five-day - Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector – accredited Level 4 classroom course, which this year is being taught in the UK, Nigeria and the UAE. Director of Sales and Marketing at the Linx International Group, Sarah Hayward-Turton, states “The course was developed by trainers with extensive operational security experience in the oil and gas sector and is continually in high demand by security professionals and consultants all around the world. By making this valuable training available online we are making it accessible to all.” The new Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector online course is available at a cost of £575 excl VAT, with discounts available to members of ASIS and The Security Institute.
Linx International Group, the global provider of security, risk management, consultancy and training services, has announced the appointment of Group Marketing Manager, Jerry Alfandari and Marketing Coordinator, Victoria Carter. Video Production Experts Fluent in both English and German, Jerry Alfandari has a proven track record managing international marketing campaigns, including social and digital content strategies. He is joined by Victoria Carter, who brings her expertise in social media, public relations and video production to the team. Jerry comments on his appointment: “I am excited to be part of a team that is working with security practitioners at all levels around the world, to develop and launch new courses, along with innovative training methods.” Victoria adds: “Training and education has always been central to my own career progression, so I am excited to be joining a company that shares my ethos and is committed to professionalism across the security sector.” Linx International Training Center Led by Director of Sales and Marketing, Sarah Hayward-Turton, the marketing team will promote the Linx International Group brand and the work of its companies - Tavcom Training (including the CTSP Register) PerpetuityARC Training and Linx Consultancy. Hayward-Turton, states: “It is an exciting time to be part of the Linx International Group. We are bringing new talent into the organization, as well as nurturing and developing the skills of those that have been with us for many years.” Jerry and Victoria are based at the Linx International Group training center in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire.
Tavcom Training, part of the Linx International Group has launched an online course providing essential training and information for all individuals involved in managing and using Body Worn Video (BWV) equipment. The course takes approximately 10 hours to complete and provides an introduction to BWV, the practical use of the technology, as well as guidance regarding policy and regulation. BWV is becoming commonplace for safety and security professionals working in areas such as guarding and eventing stewarding. It has also been embraced by many of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, as part of their digital transformation strategies. These mobile surveillance cameras have the potential to deliver an invaluable source of information for use in investigations These mobile surveillance cameras have the potential to deliver an invaluable source of information for use in investigations and submitting as evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to secure more successful prosecutions. However, BWV needs to be implemented, used and managed correctly in order to ensure the footage is admissible and the chain of custody is protected. Incident Management And Personal Safety Tool Sales and Marketing Director of the Linx International Group, Sarah Hayward-Turton states: “Establishing a clear policy and sound operational practice ensures the benefits and capabilities of body worn video are maximized for full effectiveness as an incident management and personal safety tool.” Hayward-Turton adds: “This short yet comprehensive course is ideal for anyone that is considering, in the process of, or currently using body worn video for safety, security and law enforcement.” The new Body Worn Video course covers the following topics: Understanding BWV concept and technology National (policing) guidance & standards Regulatory environment & BWV BWV Privacy Impact Assessments Privacy issues & mitigation Policy development Practical use of BWV equipment Recording guidelines Evidential continuity Professional standards
Linx International Group, the global provider of security, risk management, consultancy and training services, has announced the promotion of Sarah Hayward-Turton to the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for the group that includes Tavcom Training, PerpetuityARC Training and Linx Consultancy. Joining the Linx International Group in 2014 as a Client Relationship Manager, Sarah was leading the sales team within two years and now takes the lead as Director of Sales and Marketing. Sarah’s dedication to the security industry sees her taking an active role in supporting the work of ASIS UK Young Professionals, an initiative that supports security professionals under the age of 40 and with less than five years’ experience in the industry. She has also successfully completed PerpetuityARC’s Security Coordination & Management (BTEC Level 4). Expanding Global Presence For Training Through our training businesses, we are dedicated to nurturing and developing talent in the security industry"Sarah comments: “This year, not only are we continuing to develop highly relevant courses and pioneering how they are delivered in the classroom and through e-learning, but also expanding our global presence for training and consultancy.” Director of Group Operations at Linx International Group, Ciaran Barry, states: “Through our training businesses, we are dedicated to nurturing and developing talent in the security industry and Sarah’s career trajectory at the Linx International Group is a great example of practising what we preach.” Security professionals interested in developing their careers through world-class training courses are invited to attend The Security Event 2019 and the Linx International Group Education Theatre. Taking place from 9th – 11th April, the free-to-attend theater will deliver a three-day program, offering practical training tips and guidance for security installers and integrators.
Tavcom Training, part of the Linx International Group has responded to requests from the security industry, for expert training in order to be better prepared for and mitigate against the threat of Unmanned Aerial Systems (better known as drones). Dates for the two-day Drone Detection classroom-based course will take place throughout 2019 and early 2020. In late December, the UK was alerted to the impact of a drone attack, when suspected sightings resulted in 1,000 flights from Gatwick Airport being canceled. Then, weeks later, Heathrow also suffered a minor drone-related disruption. The financial and logistical impact on the airport, airlines and travellers (approx. 140,000 in the case of the Gatwick incident) was immense, with current reports putting the cost to the aviation industry at between £50 - £70 million. Training From Experts In Drone Technology “The responses to the airport drone attacks were played out in the spotlight, with much public debate regarding the seeming lack of a pre-defined plan of action to prevent or contain such an incident,” explains the Sales and Marketing Director at the Linx International Group, Sarah Hayward-Turton. “Last year we introduced our Drone Detection course and this year we will run it three times to give security professionals expert advice from experts in drone technology, to help mitigate risk and implement countermeasures to thwart unauthorized drone activity.” The Drone Detection course covers the following key topics: Understanding Drone technology CAA Regulations Battery limits Drone threats Drone detection and counter measures Understanding Radio Frequency (RF) Drone mitigation Tools available for jamming, radar ballistic and capture Practical demonstrations The course will take place on the following dates: 13th – 14th March 2019 8th – 9th May 2019 5th – 6th November 2019 11th – 12th February 2020
PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, is proud to announce that its Advanced Investigation Techniques course has attained IQ Level 5 accreditation. The five-day classroom course provides security and HR professionals, general managers and people working in compliance and audit roles with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective, legally compliant investigations. Advanced Investigation Techniques is ideal for professionals working in the private sector who have completed the Workplace Investigations and Interviewing course (BTEC Level 4) or already have knowledge and experience of workplace investigations and interviews. Specific Topics Addressed The comprehensive syllabus covers: ethics, principles and policy of investigation; incident scene management and evidence recovery The comprehensive syllabus covers: ethics, principles and policy of investigation; incident scene management and evidence recovery; and human factors including interview skills, problem solving and report preparation. Specific topics addressed include: Roles and responsibilities of the advanced investigator Integrity policies and ‘whistleblowing’ considerations Transparency versus confidentiality Investigation structure, accountability and reporting lines Disclosure issues Key legislation Vital forensic principles Cyber issues Early liaison with legal and judiciary advisors The importance of research Types and characteristics of witnesses Identification and recognition of coping strategies Personal resilience, patience and focus Welfare and support Assessment Integrity The organization is approved by the UK’s regulators of qualifications: Ofqual, CCEA, Qualifications Wales and SQA The awarding body, Industry Qualifications, has a reputation for being best in class in terms of assessment integrity and customer service. The organization is approved by the UK’s regulators of qualifications: Ofqual, CCEA, Qualifications Wales and SQA. Sarah Hayward-Turton, Head of Sales at Linx International Group, states: “We are proud that this important and extremely relevant course has the deserved prestige of IQ Level 5 accreditation.” “When conducting a workplace investigation, adherence to due process and attention to detail is everything. This course gives those responsible the guidance, skills and confidence to take control and handle the investigation correctly, fairly and consistently.” The next Advanced Investigation Techniques course takes place from 22 to 26 July 2019 in Oxford. Non-residential places cost £1995 plus VAT, with 10% discount available if booked more than 12 weeks in advance. PerpetuityARC Training can also deliver the course in-house.
Three-day course is first to be taught at PD Ports training facility in Teesside. PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, has launched its new Principles of Security Management course. The three-day classroom course uses case studies and group work to provide a comprehensive introduction to the essentials of corporate security management. It is the first course to be hosted at PD Ports’ training facilities in Teesside, North East England. Access Management Training The Principles of Security Management course is ideal for security managers, security supervisors, multi-tasked managers (for whom security is not their primary role) and those seeking to make a career in security management. The course content includes: Security risk measurement and management An introduction to security surveying Security design principles Physical security of perimeters and buildings Access management Video surveillance systems Designing loss prevention measures Introduction to investigations A Variety Of Places To Study Principles of Security Management is the first course delivered at PD Ports’ training facilitySarah Hayward-Turton, Head of Sales at Linx International Group, states: “Our new Principles of Security Management course provides the fundamental knowledge necessary to understand the elements needed to deliver comprehensive security provision and how they interact.” Principles of Security Management is the first course delivered at PD Ports’ training facility and gives learners an even wider choice of where they can study, whether in Southampton, Oxford, Leicester or the new Teesside location. PD Ports is a shipping and logistics company with a strong footprint in field. Earlier this year Linx International Group announced it would be delivering security training courses in Teesside following market feedback and demand. To launch the course, PerpetuityARC Training is offering Principles of Security Management at the promotional price of £400 (including VAT) per person. The first course will run from 11 to 13 December 2018, with more dates to be announced.
PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, has launched a distance learning option for its popular Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management BTEC Level 4 qualification. The new online course is perfect for security, operations and facilities managers and all other executives with responsibility for protecting an organization against potentially disastrous events such as fire, flooding and terrorist attacks. The course content provides a broad spectrum of knowledge, and includes: The Importance of Risk Management The Risk Culture Risk Communications The Business Impact Analysis Business Continuity Planning The Elements of Crisis Management Formation of the Crisis Management Team CMT Operations Levels of Command & Control Contingency Planning Liaison with the Emergency Services Online Course For Working Professionals In today’s risk climate it is crucial that professional managers understand risk, crisis and disaster management" Course tutor Charlie Swanson comments: “In today’s risk climate it is crucial that professional managers understand risk, crisis and disaster management. PerpetuityARC Training now offers two approaches to this, either our bespoke virtual learning platform or a classroom-based learning environment. The online option provides the flexibility to participate at your own pace, while the classroom offers a more collaborative approach to learning through engagement with colleagues and peers.” Sarah Hayward-Turton, Head of Sales at Linx International Group, adds: “By launching the online version of this popular course we are providing more pathways to attain professional qualifications that help people do their current jobs better and improve career prospects.” The Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management online course takes approximately 30 hours to complete.
PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, will be at booth 1484 at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) to share how it has achieved a 98% first time pass rate in 2018 for security professionals working towards the ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and Certified Protection Professional (CPP) qualifications. Formerly the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, GSX takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 23 - 27 September. ASIS International is the world’s largest association of security management professionals, and PerpetuityARC Training is proud to be a long-standing ASIS education partner. It offers a range of pathways to the prestigious ASIS PSP and CPP post-nominals, including intensive five and ten-day boot camps, online training programmes, and blended courses that combine distance learning with classroom sessions. Highlighting Security Management Training Courses PerpetuityARC Training also delivers the Security Institute’s award-winning security management BTEC Level 3 Certificate, BTEC Level 5 Diploma, Advanced Diploma at IQ Level 7 Sarah Hayward-Turton, Head of Sales at PerpetuityARC Training, states: “The success rate of the hundreds of security professionals that have chosen PerpetuityARC Training to help achieve their PSP or CPP career development goal this year has been outstanding.” Hayward-Turton adds: “At GSX we will also be highlighting the wider range of internationally accredited security management training courses we deliver globally, along with our bespoke in-house training packages.” In addition to ASIS PSP and CPP, online and classroom courses available from PerpetuityARC Training include: Advanced close protection Advanced investigation techniques Kidnap and ransom management Managing retail security Managing security risk in the oil and gas sector Managing security surveys Risk, crisis and disaster management Workplace investigations PerpetuityARC Training also delivers the Security Institute’s award-winning security management BTEC Level 3 Certificate, BTEC Level 5 Diploma, Advanced Diploma at IQ Level 7, and the MSc in International Security and Risk Management, which it developed in collaboration with the University of South Wales.