The International Security Expo, on 3rd and 4th December 2019 at Olympia, London is founded on content delivered by leading lights from across the industry.

This year sees two high-level summits confirmed on Global Counter Terrorism and International Serious and Organised Crime. Both are open to all but by application only due to their popularity, so early registration is essential.  The Global Counter Terror Summit will build on the successful Safer Cities series run over the past two years featuring leading lights from the MET CT Police, Home Office and international organisations such as the FBI bringing an international and a human flavour.  Personal insights from recent tragedies will be highlighted as well as an insight as to the horror of being kidnapped and held for a number of years by Islamist extremists as experienced by Peter Moore, held hostage in Iraq where he had been working as a contractor.

The Serious and Organised Crime Summit will look at key themes from the National Security Strategy and National Security Capability Review both led by the NCA.  International involvement through INTERPOL, EUROPOL and the FBI to name a few will maintain a wider international perspective.  Mick Creedon, ex Chief Constable of Derbyshire police and advocate for improved investigative tools will be part of a financial crime panel, the country lead for child exploitation will be represented by DI Mark Haddon the country’s leading child exploitation investigator.

An additional six conferences will take place around the expo open to all, covering diverse and complementary subjects of Protecting Crowded Places, Designing in Security, International Forensics, Crisis Management and Business Continuity, Aviation and Transport Security as well as Cyber.

International Forensics is new and helps set the tone.  Looking at cyber, economic, crime scene forensics as well as the forensics of terror.  Dan Kaszeta, a former US Secret Service Agent and Chemical Weapons Expert, whose vehicle followed the Presidential Beast, will be taking of the forensics of Nerve agents. Andy Oppenheimer, an internationally renowned author and explosive expert, will be talking about the Bomb Makers Fingerprint. Darren Stanton, the Human lie detector will bring a different angle on how to analyse people’s thoughts forensically!

Designing Security in from the outset of a building project, is an architects’ challenge whilst retrofitting security to historic or other places can be an architects’ nightmare. The Designing In Security conference will see some of the country’s leading architects from BuroHappold Engineering and others marrying up with security providers such as Fay Tennet from the Houses of Parliament. Security must also be designed in when temporary events are staged and leading VVIP specialists will be imparting their experiences.

Protecting crowded places will drill into the lessons from the coroner’s report on the London Bridge attack but focus on several areas including preparation for the Birmingham hosted 2022 Commonwealth Games where Dave Stewart, the head of security with the games planning team, will outline the challenges.

Drones, behavioural detection, the challenges with HS2, will all feature along side a piece focusing on how our airports can and must be protected from ever increasing and diverse threats. This will be expanded to highlight all common lessons for all ports of entry and exit whether they be air, sea or rail with speakers from all of these industries.

Critical to managing security incidents is the ability to get through them and understand how to manage the situation and ensure your business continues. A day dedicated to bringing the best practice including top tips from Chris Phillips a former head of the National Counter Terrorism Unit who remains one of the country’s leading commentators on both subjects, is the Business Continuity and Crisis Management conference.

Underpinning everything we do today, rumbling in the background is the cyber threat.  Will Geddes, expert to the stars, Nicola Whiting a leading cyber voice but champion of diversity, Eliza May Austin from the Ladies of London Hacking Society and Berta Pappenheim da Silva from the CyberFish Company will all be joining senior NCSC personnel in imparting their experience. Berta Pappenheim da Silva will explain how you can cyber profile your staff!

It’s all about content at this year’s show, all of which is certified by The Security Institute providing valuable CPD points. Tristan Norman, Group Event Director of the Nineteen Group’s Security Event Portfolio commented: “What we want to do is add value to everyone who attends our events, whether exhibitor or visitor, everyone must learn a little, have the opportunity to contribute, have a great experience and get the chance to interact with some international experts from across the industry.”

The Summits and Conferences take place alongside a Product Innovation Theatre and a huge number of interactive live demonstrations including immersive virtual reality

(VR) training scenarios run by Leicestershire Fire & Rescue, the LPCB Live Product Testing Lab, the Drone and Counter-UAV Zone in association with DPAC, the Counter-EO UK live demonstration area and the immersive life size sea container demonstrator provided by Border Force.