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.
  • Safer Spaces Self-Assessment Scheme for Small Businesses. A survey tool to improve the security of buildings and spaces through a MOPAC-endorsed scheme. 
  • B2B Engagement for Better Security. A nine-step guide to help businesses appreciate the best practices when co-ordinating action with neighbours.
  • Business Community Resilience. A project that has resulted in a guide and an aide memoire to help improve resilience to local communities. An associated app (Application for Resilient Communities) will be launched in mid-2017.
  • Guidelines for Business: Responses to a Major Terrorist Attack. A guide approved, by NaCTSO, on what to do before and during the announcement of a ‘Critical’ threat level. A separate aide memoire lists the key security measures to be taken in the face of potential terrorist attack.
  • Joint London First / PwC Report on ‘Enterprise Resilience: A business imperative in an era of change’. See attached.
  • Tackling Cyber Crime. An initiative that helps business connect with the various police and law-enforcement agencies in tackling cyber-enabled crime.
  • Improved Information Sharing. An initiative to help improve information exchange between the public and private sectors.
  • Commissioner’s Informal Business Advisory Group. A regular meeting of leading business leaders with the MPS Deputy Commissioner on common issues that affect the capital.
  • Membership of Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communication (CSSC) hub, London Resilience Business Sector Panel (LRBSP), and London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP).




29-31 March ASIS European 2017 Conference, Milan
Conference: For details, see:
London First will be attending and speaking.

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
Fernando Lopez-Calleja, Head of Aerodrome Licensing & Assurance Airside Operations, Heathrow Airport

16 May High-Level Dialogue on Cyberspace Co-operation
A private meeting organised by the EastWest Institute which will identify areas of common concern and create a framework for sustained discussion. The primary focus of this meeting will be the intersection of cyber and nuclear issues. The dialogue will bring together international cybersecurity and nuclear experts, former and current government officials, business leaders and academics, and other key partners. The Security & Resilience Network is a co-partner.

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.
Sir David Veness QPM CBE, Chair of Advisory Board, Security & Resilience Network, London First
Kevin Duffey, Managing Director, CyberRescue
Bruce McConnell, Global Vice President, EastWest Institute and former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at US Department of Homeland Security
Paul Ward, Assistant Director, Cyber Fusion Centre, Cybercrime Directorate, Interpol
Dr Sam De Silva, Partner and Head of the Commercial IT & Outsourcing Group, Nabarro LLP
Brian Fishman, Head of Counter Terrorism Policy, Facebook
Brendan Goode, Global Head of Cyber Security Operations, Deutsche Bank
Others (tbc)

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.
John Vine, former Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
Dr Alison Wakefield, Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management, University of Portsmouth
Claire Bradley, European Law Monitor Organisation, University of Portsmouth
Joe Connell, Director, Praemunitus Ltd Intelligence & Risk Consultants
Robert Hall, Director, Security & Resilience Network, London First
Sponsor: IFSEC2017

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
Ian Lane, Head of Sustainability, Estates Department, University of the Arts London

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