Another successful Security Buyer Live


The second Security Buyer Event on the 5-6 April 2023 continued in the same vein as its predecessor, offering an essential live platform for the industry. The success of the inaugural Security Buyer Event was a tough act to follow, but the early spring-event heralded the promise of warm-weather and was equally well-received.   

The event included participants from 45 countries, delivered 20+ hours of content, and an amazing 100% of people who completed our survey said they would recommend the event. We are pleased to say that all respondents to pour survey rated our sessions as excellent.   

However, we do not intend to bask in our own glory; the overwhelming positive response to our live events only galvanises our team in maintaining this unique platform of exhibitors and speakers. For this event, we featured the most up to date topics in the security industry alongside the brightest minds and the most ground-breaking technology. We look forward to the next, but in the meantime, please enjoy this review of April’s event.  

The Agenda:  

Day One kicked off with a discussion with Jean Fang Fime biometrics who discussed the increased importance in biometric usage, it’s benefits to security and user experience, and then delve into how bias influences the use of biometric technology and its impact.  

Further discussion evolved around Artificial Intelligence, authentication and sensor interoperability and the power of a connected workplace pointed to increased security, connectivity, mobility, convenience and privacy pointing to the smart adaptation of such solutions in the workplace.  

On this, Rick Winter, End User Sales Manager for HID Global, discusses how current workplaces are built on a web of disparate systems: from physical access, like doors and locks to digital designs like IT networks, EV charging, secure printing, cafeteria vending and more, and how access to all of those systems with the simple ‘flash’ of a single, easy-to-use credential.  

Day One culminated with the keynote panel, featuring Pauline Norstrom of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Julie Nel from b4Secure; Antionette King lending her expertise from Credo Cyber Consulting as well as Christina Alexandropoulou Alexander of Philip Morris International.  

Day Two continued with themes of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence; the former by Alex Harvey of RiVR who issued a fascinating overview of the use of VR as a tool for police forces and security firms to better train their recruits and officers with an in depth training and additional efficiency; the latter, hosted by Pauline Norstrom, CEO of Anekanta Consulting and Honorary Member of the BSIA and Former Chair of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), was an intelligent and considered debate on the opportunity of the use of AI.  

The day also centres on the security industry and the viability of a sustained and successful career as expressed by Mike Reddington, CEO of the British Security Industry Association, who explores the necessities around bridging the skill gap and recruitment challenges in the security industry, and identifies how training, education and diversity are key roles for this campaign.  

Later on, Darrell Gilmour, from Skills for Security, talks us through why education, training, recruitment and upskilling is so important for the progression of the security industry and what we can do to make the industry as a whole more appealing to young adults. Rounding the day off was an essential topic in the industry today: Antionette King of Credo Cyber Consulting, again offering her insightful opinion, alongside Elaine Palome, representing Axis Communications, both of whom are Co-Chairs for the Security Industry Association and ASIS International supported new event.  

In this exclusive interview, Rebecca will explore the challenges currently facing women in the industry, but also celebrate the evolution of the industry as well.  

The Exhibitors:  

HID Global 

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and billions of things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. 

Friends of Chuck (FOC) 

Friends of Chuck (FOC) is a professional security network group that exists for the purposes of networking, locating employment, exchanging business opportunities, discovering new emerging security technologies and sharing information important to FOC members and their companies or organizations. 

The International Foundation for Protection Officers UK 

The International Foundation for Protection Officers UK, is a professional membership association which provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential. 


Founded in 2008 by Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corporation, ONVIF has a robust member base on six continents. ONVIF membership is open to manufacturers, software developers, consultants, system integrators, end users, and other interest groups that wish to participate in ONVIF activities. 

Open Security and Safety Alliance  

The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA® or the Alliance) is a non-profit, non-stock corporation that brings together like-minded organizations to create a framework outlining a common standardized platform for security and safety solutions that is accessible for everyone. 

The Security Industry Association (SIA)  

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,200 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations.  

Skills For Security 

Skills for Security is a Grade 2, Good, Ofsted national provider, with a Technical Training Centre in Warrington. We hold direct claims status with two Awarding bodies and a direct contract with the ESFA. We are a part of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and a not-for-profit organisation, specialising in security and fire. 

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