Friday, 10 May 2013
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Protect your people, your information and your skills
A good source of guidance is the UK’s , (CPNI). This body advises businesses and organisations within the UK’s national infrastructure about protective security. Amongst their advice you can find a range of generic security measures that can help protect your business interests overseas from potential threats such as terrorism and espionage. A summary of these is set out below.
Information security (including cyber security)
Almost every business relies on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its data. Protecting information, whether it is held electronically or by other means, should be at the heart of the organisation’s security planning
Cyber crime in the “virtual” environment is today the world’s fastest-growing crime sector. Your cyber security is paramount if you are beginning to trade overseas or expanding your overseas business.
Such measures can defend against electronic attack, instil good practice processes, improve process control, and system security alike.
Physical security is important in protecting against a range of threats and addressing vulnerability. You should put in place security measures to remove or reduce your vulnerabilities to as low as reasonably practicable, bearing in mind the need to consider safety as a priority at all times.
Advice on is provided on ways to protect buildings, contents, equipment and so on. These include basic good housekeeping, CCTV/intruder alarms/access control systems, parking and traffic controls, mail screening and lighting.
is a system of policies and procedures which seek to manage the risk of staff or contractors exploiting their legitimate access to an organisation's assets or premises for unauthorised purposes. These purposes can encompass many forms of criminal activity, from minor theft through to terrorism.
The CPNI website includes guidance on how such risks, including those from “insiders”, can be minimised. It also covers pre-employment screening, personal document verification, security culture, ongoing personnel security measures and personnel risk assessments.
Crisis Preparedness for UK Companies
How to be prepared for a Crisis overseas
Primary responsibility for employees lies with the employer
You decide where to operate, but consult our Travel Advice, be aware of threats and ensure sufficient mitigation, including any security arrangements you deem necessary.
Ensure that you (and any subcontractors) have contingency plans & crisis response structures in place for your employees and that they are tested.
Ensure that you know who your employees are overseas, where they are and how to contact them & their Next of Kin.
Know how to contact your local British Embassy – and contact us in the event of an incident.
The FCO can:
Provide source of information on threats and advice on actions through Travel Advice.
Assistance with local authorities (liaison, lobbying) and with foreign governments.
Assistance with documentation and logistics for departures/arrivals.
Consular support from Embassy or specialist teams for affected or injured nationals.
Family liaison in the UK.
In exceptional circumstances, assistance with departures, if safe to do so. (But this is no substitute).
What we ask from you:
Contact us in the event of an incident (The FCO general number 020 7008 1500 is staffed 24hrs)
Share information on the situation, your affected employees & their families, host government liaison and Media Engagement.
Ongoing liaison to properly co-ordinate the response. Can include liaison person embedded in crisis centre or us sending FCO person to your response centre
Working together in advance to prepare, for example visiting crisis centre, joint tabletops, observing exercises
Further information is available on How to deal with a crisis overseas.
Detailed protective security advice is also available from the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office, (NaCTSO). This body reports to the UK’s Association of Chief Police Officers and advises on areas such as protection of crowded places, business continuity and reducing opportunities for terrorism through vehicle and environmental design..
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