ASIS Dubai – April 2018 breakfast meeting

The ASIS International Dubai Chapter, keeping in line with the trends of city it represents, has always been on the lookout for opportunities to be innovative.
Continuing on the “Segment Specific Experience Sharing and Learning” initiative, chapter members met on the morning of 25 April 2018 at the Rove Hotel, Downtown Dubai. More than 70 attendees joined the meeting.
Philip Johnson, PSP, the chapter secretary, presided over the meeting in the absence of chapter vice chair Peter Page, CPP as the chapter chair Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi had sent his apologies as his work commitments prevented him from attending the event . Noteworthy takeaways from this event were:
  • Gus Brecher, director for Cathexis, presented how modern video surveillance is adding value above and beyond security. His presentation outlined how a security budget can be enhanced by looking at other department requirements and fulfilling them to make up the shortfall in an organization’s budget.
  • Sam Samuels, principal consultant, shared the Dubai SIRA Requirements for CCTV and HVM. While SIRA legislation in the UAE is in effect it has not been published for organizations to tailor their security systems for compliance.
  • Dr. Athol Yates and Narmeen Qambar from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, discussed how security professionals perceptions affected developing a national risk assessment for the UAE. For her studeis, Ms. Qambar used the ASIS monthly meeting to gather individual and group perceptions on risks and their ranking that may challenge the security organizations of the seven Emirates.
Members also exchanged thoughts and explored opportunities for working with universities to encourage students and alumni to join ASIS and pursue their security credentials.
Cathexis, as the meeting sponsor, provided refreshments and the venue – allowing networking and further discussions during the various breaks.
Author – Philip Johnson, PSP – ASIS Dubai Chapter secretary.