Towards ‘A Strategy for Change’ for the Security Sector

We have launched two reports from the Security Research Initiative addressing key considerations for the security industry. Together they seek to understand and highlight the ways in which private security can help protect the public – in private and public space – and the ways in which this role may be enhanced. They call upon various stakeholders to consider how […]

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Tackling Cyber Crime: The Role of Private Security

This Security Research Initiative Report highlights the crucial role that physical security suppliers and corporate security departments play in tackling cyber crime, albeit that this often goes unrecognised. In a survey of both physical security specialists and cyber specialists (supplemented by extensive interviews) 79% thought that physical security was crucial to tackling cyber, but 38% of the sample agreed physical […]

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Beyond the Protection of Assets: The Broader Benefits of Security

In both corporate security departments and amongst security suppliers, there has been a very narrow focus on the benefits from services provided; in fact most often that focus has been on security benefits. But there is evidence that a host of other (non-security) benefits are derived from having good security. For the first time ever we will be able to […]

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Aspiring to Excellence: The Case of Security Suppliers and Corporate Security

What are the most important characteristics of an excellent corporate security department? What makes an excellent security supplier? Our latest Security Research Initiative report explores the characteristics needed to achieve outstanding performance as rated by both corporate security personnel and security suppliers. Views were also garnered on whether in practice excellence in security is actually being achieved. While overall the […]

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Bundled versus Single Service Security: A Discussion

This study is based on interviews with suppliers and procurers of security services and looks at the benefits and drawbacks of providing security as a ‘single service’ or as part of a ‘bundle’ alongside other facilities management services. The report identifies a range of drivers that determines success or failure in outsourcing arrangements. You can download the full report below.

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Introduction to Purchasing Security

The SRI has produced two reports on Procurement of Security. The first contains findings from a research study focussing on those engaged in the buying decision. It raises some interesting findings not least that the security sector believe that procurers often do not get best value for the money they spend. Procuring security is not an everyday exercise and so […]

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Organisational Perspectives on the Value of Security

This study was undertaken to gain a better understanding of the view of the security function from those in senior management positions within organisations but not those specialising in security. Not only was security commonly considered as an important function within an organisation, it was felt to make an exceptional contribution to the success of an organisation. You can download […]

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The Opportunities and Barriers to Partnership Working Between the Police and Private Sector

This research looks at how the police and private security industry work together and how the police and corporate security work in partnership, in order to identify the barriers preventing effective partnership initiatives and to establish what opportunities exist. Cuts to public spending make this research extremely timely and the findings provided valuable insights. You can download the full report […]

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The Security Sector in Perspective

This study identifies how individuals from the security sector view the current state of the sector and examines their perspectives on economic and regulatory changes. The key feature of this study was to design and administer an online survey of the security sector, completed anonymously and by three main groups: directors and managers of companies supplying security, procurers of security […]

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