Projects and Partnerships:

  •  London Bridges. A factsheet that provides businesses with a short and focused overview of security-oriented organisations and agencies in and around London. Further plans will create an alliance of partners.
  •  Resilience Resource Exchange. An e-portal (in development) that provides a resource base on key publications, events, standards and thinking on all aspects of resilience for business.
  •  Cyber Roadmap. An initiative that helps business connect with the various police and law-enforcement agencies in tackling cyber-enabled crime.
  •  Safe Spaces Accreditation Scheme. A project to improve the security of buildings and spaces, as well as community engagement, through a recognised accreditation process. See attached.
  •  B2B Engagement for Better Security. A nine-step guide to help businesses appreciate the best practices when co-ordinating action with neighbours.
  •  Aide Memoire on Threat-Level Changes. A guide, approved by NaCTSO, that lists the key security measures to be taken in the face of potential terrorist attack.
  •  Commissioner’s Informal Business Advisory Group. A regular meeting of leading business leaders with the MPS Commissioner on common issues that affect the capital.
  • Joint London First / PwC Report on ‘Enterprise Resilience: A business imperative in an era of change’. Click here for a copy.
  •  Business Community Resilience A project that has resulted in a guide and an App (to be launched in Q1 2017).
  • Membership of Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communication, London Resilience Business Sector Panel, London Climate Change Partnership, Business Crime Change Board, London Digital Security Centre, Police and Security (PaS) Project.




1 March Strengthening Cyber Resilience and the new National Cyber Security Centre
Breakfast Briefing. On 1 November 2016 the UK Government launched the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021. In that document much was made of the contribution from the new National Cyber Security Centre which aims to provide ‘a hub of world-class, user-friendly expertise for businesses and individuals, as well as rapid response to major incidents’. The NCSC was formally opened by the Queen on 14 February 2017. A senior NCSC director will speak to members on the work of the Centre and how it can help businesses improve their cyber responses and resilience in the increasingly challenging internet age. This briefing will consider how cyber resilience can be applied and what adaptation is necessary. A response from business will be provided by a leading expert in cyber security who was former head of Europol’s cyber-crime unit.
Chair: Sir Ian Andrews CBE TD
Speaker: Senior Director, National Cyber Security Centre
Commentator: Troels Oerting, Group Chief Security Officer and Group Chief Information Security Officer, Barclays

5 April Vulnerabilities and risks in cities from drones and other unconventional attacks
Afternoon Seminar. Concerns are mounting about terrorists returning from the Middle East with the knowledge of using weaponised drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, on the battlefield. Delivering an improvised explosive device in the UK on a drone would present a novel attack vector and in a densely populated area could cause significant damage, not to mention fear. In its latest report, Pool Re, the government-backed reinsurance company, warns that extremists equipped with bomb-making knowledge and chemical weapons skills are heading to returning to Europe will escalate this threat. This seminar, sponsored and hosted by Arup, brings together a panel of experts in protecting buildings through design, unmanned aerial vehicle capabilities and CBRN operations. They will discuss the threats and responses.
Chair: Ed Butler CBE DSO, Head of Risk Analysis, Pool Re
Sponsor: Arup
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE, Managing Director, CBRN
Ian Womersley, Head of National CBRN Centre and Operational Development Unit, National Counter Terrorism Policing
David Butler BEM, Managing Director, CBRN Solutions UK
Mike G, Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure
Richard Bond, Senior Consultant, Resilience, Security & Risk, Arup
CAA (invited)

17 May Joint London First / OSAC / ASIS / EastWest Institute Spring Conference
Half-day conference: Tackling the Cyber Threats from Criminals and Terrorists.  An international review of the threats from hostile states, terrorists, organised criminals and lone actors or fraudsters, and the ways that governments can deal with foreign interference, attribution, jurisdictional reach and the increasing scale of attacks. The conference will include an examination, through examples and incidents, of the best ways that crime fighters and corporates can overcome the challenges, and the lessons learnt by experts at the chalk face, in particular the techniques to overcome DDoS and Ransomware attacks.

7 June Brexit: One Year On. The Challenge of Securing UK’s Borders
Breakfast briefing. This briefing will launch the second of our reports on the post-Brexit situation. The report will examine the challenges around the prospect of ‘no deal’ and new trading partnerships as they may affect border security. The briefing and report will look at the legal regulations and obligations in areas such as the Irish border and the application of GDPR. It will also look at the question of illegal migration and the role of organised crime in cross-border activities. Finally, it will consider the size, structure, manning, equipment, and computer requirements of the UK Border Force.

21 September Water Scarcity and Security in London 
Breakfast briefing. With a growing population, London is expected to require an extra 200 million litres per day of potable water by 2025. This has to be found from a variety of resources, as well as from savings or reuse. Furthermore, to meet the most severe droughts, longer drought permits and orders, and water restrictions lasting nine months or more, may be required. A six-month drought order could cost businesses between £750 million and £1.7 billion. This means that water security is a priority issue that must be tackled if London is to be secure for the future. The briefing will look at the challenges and what businesses can do in resilience planning.
Chair: Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Chair, London Climate Change Partnership
Alex Nickson, Water Resources and Growth Lead, Thames Water
Others (tbn)

18 October (tbc) Social Challenges and Technology Futures. Roundtable with East-West Institute (invitation only).