Technology and the impacts to physical and cyber security
With every year that passes, I feel more proud of the legacy that I have created and the people who I coached to reach their potential.
I have always aspired to reach the pinnacle in every aspect of my life and mantra has served me beyond my aspirations.
Whilst I am generally recognised for my sporting pursuits, I have also built and currently serve as a chairman for EGS security who are a leading security company who provides manpower to secure major events, corporate enterprises and high net worth individuals. With every year that passes it seems that the landscape for security is evolving at a rapid pace. This coincides with the rise of threats that are occurring as our world and political climate seems to become more unstable.
Whilst the threats are evolving, we are seeing increased competition in the security market which is leading to reduced rates for manpower which ultimately reduces profitability. At the same time we are seeing customer expectations increase to the extent we now have to include many services to differentiate and stay relevant. As a business we understand that technology represents a major opportunity to innovate and differentiate. I recently sat with my leadership team and reviewed the various current threats and asked, How can EGS innovate to better serve our customers?
After engaging with many consultants, security professionals and customers, EGS believe there is going to be a major new delivery for threats via drones operating in the low level airspace. Now before you get too concerned, just to reiterate I’m not saying we are going to see new threats, more a new delivery mechanism for threats. It’s estimated that the physical security (Fences, CCTV, Guards etc) is worth an estimated $400 Billion globally, yet a £500 drone can simply bypass these provisions to deliver its payload or to gather intelligence.
Below are some real-world uses that we are aware of:
- As weapons (ISIS actually have a drone program). This is currently considered to be an emerging threat.
- For Blackmailing areas of critical national infrastructure
- For smuggling into prisons and events
- For espionage and reconnaissance to gather intelligence prior to physical attacks or to steal data
- To hack corporate systems and data centers
As a result, EGS has recently built a capability to Detect, Track and Identify drones and provide data-driven passive countermeasures. We have built a team and services to include:
- Risk Assessment
- Intelligence Gathering and Reporting
- Onsite Surveys
- Detailed Reporting
- Recommendations for Passive Countermeasures and operational procedures
- Detection of pilot locations
It is estimated that there will be 7 Million drones in the airspace by 2020. I predict that Drones and technology will fundamentally evolve the physical security market leading to a father reduction in manpower requirements and ironically greater profitability for our industry. At the same time, technology and specifically drones will create a major impact on protecting enterprises and events which suddenly become exposed to the emerging threat.
If you, like me see this as a major area of concern, contact us.
After engaging with many consultants, security professionals and customers, EGS believe there is going to be a major new delivery for threats via drones operating in the low level airspace.GEOFF CAPES
Chairman, EGS Nationwide