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Security Matters Podcast – Episode 12 now live to view

23 September 2020

THE TWELFTH edition of the fortnightly Security Matters Podcast for practising professionals in the security business sector is now live to view. Each episode features a round-up and analysis of the biggest news stories published on the magazine’s website in addition to discussions with selected professionals from the security business sector.

Our special guests on Episode 12 of the Security Matters Podcast are Peter French MBE FSyI CPP (managing director of SSR Personnel and Executive Profiles) and Martyn Ryder, vice-president of sales and marketing at Morphean (the specialist high-tech developer of video monitoring and surveillance platforms).

SSR Personnel provides specialist recruitment and selection services to a majority of the Top 500 UK and European companies and enjoys an enviable reputation in the supply of recruitment and staffing solutions. Peter founded the business back in 1986.

The company prides itself on excellent staff retention which ensures continuity of knowledge and expertise. As a direct result, many of SSR Personnel’s clients will work with the exact same consultant over several years, across different employers and throughout their careers (in turn receiving a truly personalised service).

SSR Personnel’s website provides job seekers with immediate access to live vacancies and employers with a portal covering each of SSR’s micro websites that reflect their principle professions (ie corporate security, cyber assurance, safety, fire and security engineering and sales)  

In addition to its permanent business, SSR Personnel also has interim hire, fixed term and flexible contractors deployed across the company’s global network.

In addition to the day job, Peter also holds a number of non-executive posts advising on Human Resources planning, motivation and psychometrics. A Past Master and Trustee of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, Peter is an MBE, a Certified Protection Professional and also a Fellow of The Security Institute.

Along with The Security Benevolent Fund, Peter has undertaken to engage the security industry to look after its former employees who, through ill-health and other circumstances, need assistance as their lives are disrupted through no fault of their own.

Recruitment trends

During Episode 12 of the Security Matters Podcast, Peter focuses on what he believes recruitment trends will look like in general and, more specifically, for the security business sector in the near future. There’s also discussion on how SSR Personnel has traded during the pandemic.

In the latest editions of the SSR Personnel and ASIS International Salary Surveys, the responses from those interviewed have once again been wide-ranging and hugely informative. As a result, Peter takes the opportunity to outline the key concerns being shown by those responding.

Having experienced several recessions during his career in business, what does Peter consider will be the effect of the currently predicted financial downturn on European security professionals? Listen to Episode 12 of the Security Matters Podcast and find out.

To their great credit, Peter and John Purnell have worked diligently over several years to establish the excellent Security Benevolent Fund that’s run by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ charitable trust. In what ways is that Fund helping in the current pandemic? Peter makes good use of the Security Matters Podcast to offer a timely progress update.

Video surveillance and monitoring

As mentioned, our second guest on Episode 12 of the Security Matters Podcast is Martyn Ryder, vice-president of sales and marketing at Morphean.

Martyn is a driven and highly motivated commercial sales and product-focused executive with international experience of the European and North American markets. Specifically, he harbours a keen interest in using technology to solve customer challenges and enhance their user experience.

Able to work under his own initiative and inspire teams to achieve goals and develop as individuals, Martyn is comfortable communicating with all levels of business leadership and interacting with all business departments to help them achieve their strategic goals.

Morphean is based in Switzerland, Germany and the UK. The high-tech company is regarded as one of the European leaders when it comes to developing video monitoring and surveillance platforms, delivering a Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) solution that enhances video protection.

Indeed, the business has pioneered digital video protection systems across the last 15 years, with its expertise in this particular arena being based on the proficiency of cutting-edge technologies such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, analytics and the cloud.

The cloud has brought many benefits to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, of course, enabling them to keep the lights on and stay afloat. The IT industry has been championing cloud infrastructure for some time now, but how is cloud revolutionising the physical security industry at the present time? Martyn offers his views on the matter.

In addition, Martyn outlines the benefits of VSaaS and also Access Control-as-a-Service (ACaaS) for businesses, vendors and installers alike.

During the pandemic, VSaaS and ACaaS have realised many applications beyond perimeter protection and controlling entrances and exit points. Martyn duly explains how current solutions have positively impacted key industries such as the retail and transport sectors.

How does Martyn see cloud-enabled physical security, and its related management platforms, evolving in the future? What developments might we expect to see in five or even ten years’ time? Listen to Episode 12 of the Security Matters Podcast for all of the key detail.

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