What is technical security?

In today’s digital world, sensitive data and information is consistently at risk which is why technical security is an integral part of any government or organisation’s infrastructure.

The term ‘technical security’ refers to the techniques used for authentication and protection against theft of proprietary information and intellectual property, which are both increasingly at risk of industrial espionage.

It’s an important part of Rose Partners’ service offering. Our robust systems and processes are designed to create and maintain a secure environment for all areas at risk from external malevolence including office and residential space, vehicles, aircraft, vessels and any other facility that may be open to risk from outside an organisation.

Technical security solutions

‘We know the importance of protecting assets and sensitive information in the modern world,’ explains Rose Partners CEO, Adam Honor. ‘Our expert knowledge of technical security ensures robust intrusion-detection and access-control systems that are both reliable and practical to use.’

Rose Partners’ technical security solutions offer the latest protection in:

  • Design, installation and commission of custom-design security systems.
  • Comprehensive Vulnerability Risk Assessments of current security systems, policies and procedures.
  • Technical surveillance counter measures (TSCM) services.

Our expert team can also build, manage and maintain special operations systems, including detection systems and response training for chemical, biological and radiological attacks.

‘At Rose Partners we pride ourselves on putting the client’s needs at the centre of everything we do,’ adds Honor. ‘That’s why our services are bespoke to the required needs and our dynamic approach to any scenario means bringing together the leading experts in a particular field to take command of the task in hand.  

‘We’ve had the privilege of working across the globe in a range of sectors, each requiring a specific approach and tailored solutions. Whatever the potential threats, we’ll mitigate the risks by building robust systems and processes that protect our client’s assets, whether that be IPs, sensitive data, confidential discussions or all of the above.’

Implementing technical security

Before implementing any technical security solutions, first Rose Partners will complete a risk assessment to build a clear picture of how sensitive information is collected, distributed and stored within an organisation. This initial phase of work allows us to understand where potential risks lie in all areas from the collection of personal data for marketing and communications purposes through to the way business-critical IPs are stored.

From there we consider the potential threats while also taking into account the culture and day-to-day workings of the organisation. This is key, as the solutions we provide must be practical for members of an organisation to use if they are to be adopted throughout a workforce.

Once we have mitigated the threats and integrated robust, practical solutions, we then consistently review these systems and maintain all the infrastructure required for their smooth operation. This work includes the ongoing analysis of new and emerging threats and the provisions required to mitigate against them.

If you’d like to know more about our technical security solutions, contact a member of the Rose Partners team today.

Human Rights and Security Sector Reform

The very foundation of security sector reforms [SSR] must be guided by a clear understanding of people’s rights, with the state recognised as the providers of security as a service to the people.

Human rights and security have always, and will always, be closely linked. Often, human rights violations can be the cause of, or the result of, conflict. Violations can also be an early warning of upcoming conflict.

That’s why our obligations to human rights are paramount, and they’re an integral part of any security sector reform programme. At Rose Partners, we take pride in our role as guarantors of human rights of the people we serve but there is a growing awareness of human rights violations by security actors in some of the world’s most complex environments. These violations include discrimination, arbitrary arrest and, in the worse scenarios, extrajudicial killings.

Aside from the clear, immoral implications of these acts, they often serve as a recruitment tool for violent extremist groups. It’s therefore imperative the foundations from which security sector reform can be built must be based on human rights.

HOW ARE HUMAN RIGHTS RELEVANT TO SUCCESFUL SSR

As a state is responsible in ensuring the protection of human rights, it is essential that international human rights obligations are not only incorporated by SSR programmes but led by them.

It’s important a populace not only adopts potential reforms but become advocates of that programme. To achieve this, first SSR must put an individual’s rights at the forefront of any programme. We often talk of winning hearts and minds but this is no more apparent than when implementing SSR to reduce risks and threats to the people.

States have an obligation to respect, protect and fulfil human rights but what does this mean?

RESPECT
An obligation to respect human rights means government bodies, including security actors, should not violate human rights standards. An example of this would be the need for police to allow peaceful assembly, such as demonstrations.

PROTECT
This obligation is one step further than respecting human rights and means the state, including the police, must protect an individual’s right to peaceful demonstration. This often means preventing harassment or violent interference.

FULFIL
This requires the state to be proactive in creating systems and enabling environments where people feel free to exercise their rights. In the example of peaceful assembly, this could include ensuring the procedures for obtaining permits for demonstrations are easily accessible and understandable.

HUMAN RIGHTS AND SSR

Respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights will increase the public’s confidence and trust in government institutions. This is clearly critical in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

The concept of human rights helps security actors such as the police and the military understand their role in providing security as a public service. The people are the rights holders in this relationship and this can involve a difficult but necessary shift in understanding, particularly in situations where core security actors have previously considered their duties to be relevant to an

individual leader, regime or ethnic group.

In a democracy, the principles to the rule of law state that all people and institutions should be accountable to the same laws and that citizens should have equal access to justice and public institutions. This means everyone should have the opportunity to participate in decision-making and this is no more apparent than in SSR programmes.

SSR should provide a more effective and affordable security sector with increased accountability and transparency. These four objectives directly correlate with human rights:

EFFECTIVENESS
The security sector must be affective is making people safe and secure. This should be done by respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights as we have already defined. These rights include the right to life, right to liberty and security, the total prohibition of torture and a right to non-discrimination.

AFFORDABILITY
The cost of core security actors should be balanced with other government expenditure if people are to enjoy the full range of human rights. This includes economic, social and cultural rights, such as the right to education and health. Essentially, government expenditure should meet the ultimate goal – making people safer.

ACCOUNTABILITY
This is a hugely important factor in peacebuilding and establishing trust among the populace in any SSR programme. When security actors are suspected or accused of breaching human rights, this act must be reported, investigated and lead to appropriate action. This requires functioning justice-system processes within security organisations to review disciplinary matters and establish codes of conduct have been upheld.

TRANSPARENCY
The right to access information must apply to the security sector and must be established for parliamentarians, civil society, media and others to assess whether security services are effective, affordable and accountable. Without transparency, there’s no scrutiny which can lead to improvements and amendments that are in the best interest of the people.

These objectives outline how SSR programmes must be inclusive of national ownership and how respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights should be developed and implemented through national processes. The actors leading the reforms should also be held to account by the local population.

Taking this all into account is why SSR cannot be achieved in a short turnaround and as a result often requires a long-term strategy, which itself needs consistent review and assessment. A dynamic approach is necessary in order to adapt and overcome any challenges that will arise as SSR is implemented.

Rose Partners prides itself on the approaches we take to SSR and the results we see in the immediate adoption of our policies and procedures to the long-term impact of those processes. If you would like to understand more about our SSR work, contact a member of the Rose Partners team today.

Evergreen - Supply Chain Risk

How the Suez Canal saga demonstrated supply chain risk

When the Evergreen container ship (the Ever Given) ran aground in the Suez Canal in March 2021, it captured international headlines as crews worked to dislodge the vessel and resume global trade flows.

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal delayed approx. 17 million tons of cargo freight on hundreds of vessels and had a significant impact on already stressed supply chains.

The Ever Given is just one example of the many risks to global supply chains. In our technology-dependent global marketplace, war, terrorism, pandemics, cyber-attacks or technology failures in one place can seriously disrupt business on the other side of the world.

The impact of the canal disruption illustrates the risks to business supply chains already operating at capacity. Any disruptions have ripple effects, with delays escalating along supply chains, increasing the length of time before the delivery schedules are resolved.

Most businesses recognise the concept of supply chain vulnerability and its managerial counterpart, supply chain risk management, but they are not as prepared as they should be. Commonly, businesses are unable to identify and successfully manage supply chain risks as the world becomes more interconnected.

Improved supply chain risk management enables organisations to take market share from competitors when a common risk strikes and leads to improvements in discovering, preventing and addressing smaller risks, which may cost effort, expense or time. A supply chain practicing risk management is faster to spot risk, faster to respond to it and faster to claim advantages. Competitor supply chains and organisations may not have well-developed risk management practices. This becomes a key strategic competitive advantage even for commodity product producers.

The scope of supply chain risk management is extensive and spans all areas of the supply chain. At the tactical level, risk management is the continual activity of detection, measurement and evaluation of potential supply chain disruption caused by all varieties of supply chain risk, emanating both from within or outside the supply chain. Supply chain risk management seeks to manage, control, reduce or eliminate real or potential risk exposure to supply chain performance.

What Rose Partners can do?

Rose Partners’ specialist security consultants have a wealth of experience assessing and managing supply chain risks. We can help businesses:

  • identify, assess and document supply-chain risks
  • develop a framework to manage supply-chain risks
  • monitor and prepare for emerging risks
  • audit and review risk management systems
  • improve resilience for the inevitable unknown risks that become a problem in the future
  • decrease costs by reducing the probability and impact of supply chain disruption and reduced performance

Rose Partners have worked with businesses in complex, highly-regulated sectors on supply chain security, including the tobacco industry, pharmaceuticals and food and drink. We have specialists in IT security capable of reviewing the IT services provided by external providers and resolving related supply chain risks.

To combat the threat of deliberate contamination, our risk specialists provide a wealth of expertise and experience to identify critical control points where an attack may occur and determine the most effective and appropriate measures to create a secure environment. In the food and drink sector, we work to and go beyond the Food Standards Agency Threat Assessment Critical Control Points (TACCP) standard to identify and address risks more comprehensively.

There is little evidence that The Ever Given incident will change the fast-moving interconnected supply chains that have become so integral to a business. The focus of change, therefore, needs to be on supply chain risk management.


Rose Partners Guide To Entering Post-Conflict Zones & Fragile Environments

Fragile or post-conflict environments are regions that have experienced large-scale forms of violence, often civil war, that have inflicted heavy human and material costs. 

Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq are examples of fragile or post-conflict states. In nations such as these, a lack of capacity of state institutions to deliver services to their citizens, including inability to impose law and order, can be identified. They can also be characterised by corruption, instability as well as a lack of trust in the authorities. Significant distrust and hostility between communities is often seen as a result. 

Due to the considerable scale of international support required to deliver stability through reconstruction, these regions can present significant business opportunities. However, they also present a complex degree of risks which organisations will need to be thoroughly aware of – and know how to alleviate – if they are to do business there.  

From the high rate of crime and risk of terrorism, through to poor infrastructure and disenfranchised local communities, each region has unique issues to mitigate against. We outline these risks and discuss how they can be mitigated against in our free eBook: Factors to consider before entering fragile or post-conflict environments. 

Calling on the Rose Partners team’s wealth of experience and expertise in delivering capacity and capability development solutions, this eBook provides expert insight into the ways in which organisations can counter a wide array of risks.  

You can download this eBook for free by clicking here and entering your email address. 

What is Security Sector Reform?

Security sector reform is an integral part of what Rose Partners do but we’re often queried on the exact purpose of our work. With that in mind, what follows is a clear and concise definition of security sector reform [SSR].

There are several definitions of SSR that vary in their wording but the essence of which are the same. In summary, SSR should be a process of strategically and systematically reforming the wider security sector of a country and developing a holistic response to the security needs of all men, women and children.

When we reference the security sector, we mean all relevant security actors which include the police, military, judiciary, customs, ministries, parliament and non-state actors. Each of these security actors should be guided by people’s security needs in the wider concept of human security and will include national security, such as defence and border controls, with the objective of increasing people’s safety.

In short, SSR should provide a more effective and affordable security sector with increased accountability and transparency.

Where is SSR required?

SSR is an ongoing process to increase people’s safety across both developed and undeveloped countries, although there are many regions that require immediate and robust reform. These regions are normally fragile or post-conflict environments whose people have felt the impact from and suffered the consequences of armed conflict.

Most people will associate SSR as being undertaken during a period of political transition from authoritarian regimes or during the independence, or unification, of states. This is why SSR’s role is integral in peacebuilding and avoiding further conflict. In these scenarios, SSR is often part of, or influenced by, rebuilding social contracts between people and their government.

However, as already mentioned, SSR is also a consistent process across the globe as part of the continuous modernisation and development of the security sector in stable, peaceful countries. This reform is often in response to new political decisions or evolving security threats and challenges.

SSR belongs to the people

National ownership is a key principle to SSR. This doesn’t mean it is state-owned, it means it is an all-inclusive national process to ensure the safety of a populace. SSR requires consistent consultation and engagement with civil society and representatives of every segment of the population.

This all-inclusive, national ownership is essential in enabling any SSR programme’s sustainability and long-term success. This ownership is often the most challenging part of any reform, as those funding or promoting the work may different priorities or expect results in short timeframes.

Rose Partners’ work in SSR

Taking this all into account is why SSR cannot be achieved in a short turnaround and as a result often requires a long-term strategy, which itself needs consistent review and assessment. A dynamic approach is necessary in order to adapt and overcome any challenges that will arise as SSR is implemented.

Rose Partners prides itself on the approaches we take to SSR and the results we see in the immediate adoption of our policies and procedures to the long-term impact of those processes. If you would like to understand more about our SSR work, contact a member of the Rose Partners team today. 

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