The UK to be a key focus at Intersec as it delivers never-before-seen show in 2022

January 11, 2022

From 16-18 January, the global security community will gather in Dubai for the 23rd edition of Intersec.

The largest, most comprehensive event in Intersec’s 23-year history will be taking place in just a few weeks in Dubai. The world-leading emergency services, security and safety event will mark its return in January 2022 with a ground-breaking, elevated new program, more opportunities for supplier buyer interaction whilst uniting global and regional leaders as they explore solutions for the rapidly evolving challenges facing the industry.

The 23rd edition of the flagship event will be staged under the theme of ‘Uniting the world’s leading industry specialists for the safety & security of future generations.’ The extensive development of the show will see the best minds in the industry participate in a new three-day conference program, with six industry pillars addressing the sector’s most vital issues and opportunities including the Global Security Leaders’ Summit, Protecting Future Connected Cities & Citizens Conference, Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Conference, Agile First Responders Conference, The Cybersecurity Lab and a dedicated KSA Focus Day.

Practical advice and tools will be available through The Nexus Workshops and Future Foresight Workshops, whilst cutting edge technology will be featured across the Tech and Innovation Disruption Zone.

The world’s industry leaders including Executive Regional and International Government and Private Enterprise speakers will make for the most dynamic of industry conferences that will also include eminent speakers such as ex-MI6 Chief, Sir Alex Younger and many others.

The UK in focus

Britain’s retired spy chief, Sir Alex Younger, and former Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter GCB CBE DSO, will be speaking at Intersec 2022 during a three-day conference alongside ethical hacker and social engineer, Freaky Clown (FC), who will be leading the cybersecurity conversations. The three individuals will lead hundreds of other speakers as they discuss the future of security, cyber-threats to countries and the individual protection of citizens.

Former Head of the UK Secret Service, Sir Alex will be revealing his view of security risks across the world when he appears at the World Trade Center in January. Sir Alex was the longest serving Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 50 years and fiction fans will know his as ‘M’, James Bond’s boss in the Ian Fleming novels.

Not only will Sir Alex and Sir Nick – the Professional Head of the UK Armed Forces who retired in 2021 – be leading these in-depth discussions, FC’s insights are also expected to attract a large audience; FC, who was Head of Cyber Research for Raytheon Missile Systems, has worked alongside numerous intelligence agencies and governments to identify and eliminate cyber-threats.

UK specialists take to the stage

More than 15 speakers from the UK will contribute to a comprehensive agenda across a range of themed pillars: Global Security Leaders’ Summit; Protecting Future Connected Cities & Citizens Conference; Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Conference; Agile First Responders Conference, Cyber Security Lab.

Nathan Pierce, Programme Director from the Sharing Cities & Head of Smart London Team, Greater London Authority, who will be speaking at the Protecting Future Connected Cities & Citizens Conference will focus on the Importance of open and smooth communication between the private and public sector and the use of wide-ranging cooperation and ecosystem-based thinking.  

Contributing to the Agile First Responders conference specifically is: Tim Briggs, Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) & Course Director at Leeds Beckett University; Kate Field Global Head, Health, Safety and Well-being, British Standards Institute (BSI); Emma Cook, Director, Purely Balanced with Ashish Khanna, CISO Advisor & Cyber Security Specialist joining the discussion in the Cybersecurity Lab.

On the exhibition floor, thousands of industry specialists can expect a wide range of products, innovations and solutions from suppliers working across the security, cybersecurity, safety and fire sectors. More than 60 UK-based companies are exhibiting including Navtech Radar, Winsted Control Room Consoles, Frontier Pitts, Henry Squire & Sons, Lund Halsey Console Systems, Scanna MSC Lt, Seequestor, Sunray Engineering, Surelock McGill, Todd Research Ltd, WEC Group – these companies and their respective teams are looking forward to reconnecting, face-to-face, with thousands of international buyers and practitioners from over 104 countries.

“Excited to be back”

John MacAskill, Director, Security & Export, British Security Industry Association (BSIA), commented: “The BSIA is excited to be back with its UK Pavilion at Intersec in January, hosting for the first time in two years a wide array of companies showcasing their fire & security products. We are looking forward to representing both our members and those of the FIA on the international stage once again, and are delighted to be joined and supported by UK Defence & Security Products (UK DSE) and Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) over what promises to be a productive three days of returning to business.

“The past year has been extremely challenging for us all due to COVID-19 and many companies will anticipate reconnecting face to face with thousands of key industry buyers and specialists to find the very latest innovations, solutions and technology in our sector. As the BSIA’s Director of Security & Export, I look forward once again to welcoming you on to our BSIA Pavilion at Intersec 2022.”

“The Security Institute membership growth has been exponential over the past 2 years and the greatest increase in membership outside the UK, is in the Middle East,” adds Rick Mounfield, Chief Executive, The Security Institute. “A risk based approach to security is becoming the preferred methodology and peer validated professionals in our membership provide a rich source of advice and thought leadership.

“The Institute recognises that engagement with Messe Frankfurt and Intersec has been instrumental in this growth. Our joint webinars and collaborative work at the expo will remain as a vital part of our educational development plans as we enter 2022. I look forward to meeting with members and prospective members at Intersec next month.”

To register for Intersec 2022, click here.

This article was originally published in the January 2022 edition of Security Journal UK. To read your FREE digital copy, click here.

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