On the 4th of April, the British Chamber of Commerce along with fellow member Abbey Greg Group, organised a Networking-Conference entitled: "The Similarities of a Security Crisis in the World" at the British Business Center Excecutive Lounge.
The event took place at The British Business Center located in Polanco.
Alan W. Bell, senior group executive within the Abbey Grey Security Group and the president of Globe Risk International Inc was the guest speaker of the event. First he briefed about Abbey Grey and their key areas of expertise.
Alan gave a general presentation and overview regarding international security challenges, emerging threats in both national and international scenarios, and global threats. He explained the different emerging threats the world is currently facing: ethnic civil war, terrorism, religious conflict, global water shortages, economic disparity, urban vs. rural conflict and proliferation of organized crime.
Alan W. Bell.
While many individuals may believe that terrorism will not happen in Mexico, Mr Bell explained that it is this complacent attitude that exposes us to risk. He also explained that “the enemy” is not simply IS and that the media’s constant blaming of IS is not helpful as it gives them more kudos and detracts from finding the real enemy.
One of the topics he mentioned during the presentation is the easy access to information through the internet and social media making disadvantaged young people vulnerable target for radicalization.
Alan presented a very interesting slide regarding how the terrorist attack cycle works beginning with target selection, following reconnaissance, planning, equipment requirements, selection of operatives, rehearsals and finally the attack.
Alan remarked that one of the most proliferous markets in the world is in fact kidnapping, as a consequence of global terrorism, recessions, proliferation of cheap weapons, strengthening & globalization of organized crime and drug cartels. It is estimated that the industry is worth over 2.5 billion a year. He mentioned the types of kidnapping and ransom: traditional, express, ATM, virtual, parental, and extortion.
To prevent security crisis in any company, Alan recommends having proactive security planning. Companies should take an “all hazards” approach and both private security and law enforcement agencies need to work together. Currently communication between security departments in many countries is disappointingly limited. Companies need to think outside the security box to best handle security crises as and when they sadly occur.
After the presentation, attendees enjoyed a soiree with cocktails and canapés.
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