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.

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.


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. 

Three rights and principles we all must follow

There are many human rights, the most important of which are known as being ‘fundamental’. Of these, the right to life, the right not to be tortured, and the right to a fair trial form the top three. In a liberal democracy, a positive obligation rests with the State to protect these rights.

THREE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS 

Right to Life  

This is the understanding that a human being has the right to live and that nobody – including the State – can end a person’s life other than in exceptional circumstances, such as self-defence. Controversy on the right to life usually surrounds alleged police brutality cases, lawful killings by the police and the death penalty. 

Prohibition of Torture  

In human rights law, the prohibition of torture means a complete ban on torture. The ban extends to inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Under no circumstance is torture, degrading or ill-treatment permitted. In policing, this right is most often violated in the context of prisoners and interviews, especially where a suspect confesses. 

Fair Trial 

This is vital in a just society. It is the right to ‘due process’ (requirement on the State to respect all legal rights owed to a person). Due process is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, read your rights, the right to remain silent, told the reason for the arrest (where possible), access to a lawyer, right to be heard in a court open to the public (transparency) and the decision or verdict explained. 

‘The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.’

John F Kennedy.

It is important also to be mindful of three principles which determine the legitimacy of any action taken which could infringe on the above rights, ensuring that it is reasonable, necessary and lawful. Below is a broad explanation of the three principles in general terms. 

THREE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES 

Principle of Proportionality  

This is also called the principle of reasonableness and is balancing human rights or fundamental rights in law, requiring that the interference with rights must be justified by reasons that keep a good relationship with the intensity of the interference. Proportionality is about balance – weighting the benefit of interfering with a right against not interfering. 

Principle of Necessity  

This is when there are no other viable options, which have been considered and the interference chosen is the only means of achieving the legitimate aim. 

Principle of Lawfulness 

This is about any interference with a right is prescribed by law and is necessary to achieve a legitimate aim and is proportionate to that aim. 

For those working in law enforcement, not only is it their responsibility to uphold the law but also to protect people’s human rights.  

Everything we do as Rose Partners when implementing reform programmes is based on the three principles and rights defined above.  

If you’d like to know more about our reform programmes, get in touch with a member of the Rose Partners team today.  

Nave Andromeda incident highlights need for greater co-operation in countering human trafficking

The operation mounted by British Special Forces to take control of the Liberian flagged Nave Andromeda off the Isle of Wight last week inevitably captured the public’s imagination.

Nothing generates headlines like a helicopter-borne rescue mission in British waters. But while the operation was clearly well executed and achieved its mission, the result no doubt of excellent planning and inter service co-operation, the incident should shine a spotlight on the increasing security and humanitarian challenge presented by international human trafficking and, more importantly, the need for much greater international co-operation in tackling the problem at source.

A recent article in the Times suggests that both Spain and France, the UK’s allies, rejected repeated requests by the crew for security assistance as the ship passed through those countries’ navigational waters, bound for Southampton – thereby leaving the problem for the British to sort out at a later stage in the ship’s journey. Multiple factors, including the complexities of maritime law and public opinion on immigration, no doubt contributed to Spain and France’s decision making on this occasion, but it shows how much work there is to do in this space.

But effective international security co-operation when dealing with this kind of incident is only part of the story – it is not the solution. We need to be working harder, with our allies, to tackle the problem at source. This includes providing real support to the many countries (particularly in the MENA region) where criminal networks base their trafficking operations. That support needs to cover the many complex challenges of security sector and judicial reform, police and security training (particularly in human rights), international co-operation and intelligence sharing. This should be the focus of the international community’s efforts.

Rose Partners is proud to be playing its part in developing the solution, working on a number of significant security sector reform projects in the MENA region, providing expert support on the frontline in the battle against human trafficking. This includes police training, change management, specialist operational support in the areas of intelligence, counter terrorism and counter organised crime. While much more needs to be done, we are seeing at first-hand how much these countries want to succeed in ending the scourge of human trafficking.

Clarke Jarrett is Strategic Director of Rose Partners and former Commander of SO15 at New Scotland Yard.

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