On Thursday 30th March 2017, Oakpark Security hosted its latest Business Security Seminar with an event titled ‘Protecting Your Organisation: What You Need to Know in 2017’. The seminar, held at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester, was attended by over twenty East Anglian businesses who came together to hear speakers from Oakpark Security, RIO IT, Clearview Communications and LoneAlert discuss various aspects of resilience.
Following a great set of presentations by the speakers, the attendees were treated to a buffet lunch and break out session to chat about their business and their resilience challenges for 2017. There was a great ‘buzz’ to the room and it was a truly fascinating experience to hear about the different interpretations of business resilience that arose as I spoke to delegates from construction, education, corporate and manufacturing sectors.
The other really interesting point that I took away from the event was the need for businesses to source a whole range of different specialist partners to deal with their resilience challenges, rather than simply relying on a traditional ‘security company’. Indeed, what was clear from our delegates was that the concept of resilience – making businesses able to cope with the impact of unexpected disruption – is so expansive in practice that partnership between specialist partners is now a pre-requisite.
What is important to recognise however is that business resilience is not a service line of security companies, but rather security is one stream of a larger business resilience model.
Effective resilience plans should include reference to a whole host of subjects ranging from power & utilities, telecommunications, the ability to retain a trading presence (either physically or online) and cash flow to name but a few examples. Your type of business sector will of course determine a large number of elements needed in your resilience plan. What is important to recognise however is that business resilience is not a service line of security companies, but rather security is one stream of a larger business resilience model.
For this reason Oakpark Security are embracing the need to work in partnership with other resilience specialists who can help us better protect our customers against unnecessary and expensive disruption to their business. Seminar events like that held on March 30th allow us the opportunity to highlight these new partnerships, such as our data security initiative with RIO IT.
Plans are already in place for future events, the first of which will likely be in the winter of 2017, so please check back regularly to our website or social media for details.