Wednesday, 09 June 2021 13:07

Viewing the UK Vaccine Programme through a Security Lens - the Association of Security Consultants latest online debate

As the UK Government’s ambitious COVID vaccination programme continues at pace what are the security challenges which impact such a large-scale operation?  

The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) is offering members, security industry colleagues and end-users the opportunity to hear first-hand from security professionals behind the programme rollout and the strategies they collectively deployed to ensure both physical and cyber security level threats were averted.

The event, on Thursday, 17th June at 10:00hrs, will include presentations from three key figures in government, health and the commercial sector.

Hosted by ASC chair Joe Connell, the session will provide a detailed view of the UK vaccine programme specifically through a ‘security lens’, as well as offering plenty of opportunity to put questions to the guest speakers. 

Richard AlcockThe event will launch with an input from Richard Alcock CBE, the UK SRO for Covid vaccine security who was responsible for the end-to-end security of the vaccine deployment operation. He will talk about the security challenges behind rolling out the vaccination programme whilst ensuring UK Government reached the initial intended target of 15 million vaccines administered by February 2021. 

NBarrie Millettext, we will get a view from the commercial field with Barrie Millett, Director of Assurance, Security and Business Services for Mitie. Barrie was responsible for the protective security programme that carried out security surveys of more than 130 vaccination facilities in the UK over a period of just a few weeks. He will talk about the challenges of carrying out the work at speed and scale.

Jayne KingFinally, we will hear from the health sector with Jayne King, the Head of Security and Site Services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London - one of the largest and oldest hospitals in the UK. She has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of security arrangements at vaccine sites across the UK ensuring the safe, smooth-running and delivery of the vaccination programme.

 "The global pandemic has affected every facet of life and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With further easing of restrictions just days away the nation is increasingly reliant on the continued success of the vaccination rollout to keep people safe.” says Joe Connell.

“The large-scale vaccination rollout has thrown-up security challenges on an unprecedented scale. From the delivery, storage and then safe supply of the vaccine itself to the security of the individual vaccination venues through to the challenges posed in the cyber space by online scammers.  Our latest ASC debate is your opportunity to hear straight from the security professionals who have been working around-the-clock to preempt and overcome each hurdle and ensure HMG maintained public confidence by reaching key delivery milestones.

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