In September, terrorists enter the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi and cause multiple deaths and injuries in a sustained gun and grenade attack. The last days of 2013 witnessed two suicide bombings targeting crowded places in the Russian city of Volgograd.
As these events unfolded, one thing became clear. The terrorist and security threat is international, interconnected and constantly evolving. As noted by the defence intelligence supplier IHS Janes, there was a marked increase in ‘damaging attacks’ worldwide over the six months to September 2013 vs. the same period in 2012.
Counter Terror Expo, 29-30 April 2014 at Olympia, London, the largest international counter terrorism and security event of its kind, has achieved its pre-eminent position as a direct result of the commitment of its organisers, Clarion Events, to ensuring its immediate relevance to these evolving threats.
It’s a commitment that is fully reflected in the roster of distinguished speakers that has been assembled for the Counter Terror Expo 2014 Conference program; speakers representing the Home Office, emergency services, government departments, NATO, NGOs and the private sector.
In total, they will be delivering no less than 100 highly relevant conference sessions organised around six themes, including:
- Global Counter Terrorism
- Risk, Resilience & Security – Protecting National Infrastructure
- Securing Public Spaces
- Emergency Services
- Cyber Security & Electronic Terrorism
- Practical Counter Terrorism
Specific issues will include the benefits of deploying IED search personnel for VIP visits and significant events and new solutions for counter terrorism surveillance as well as the use of positive engagement with host communities to mitigate hostile security threats and the increasing adoption of 'soft security' measures.
Philip Hunter, Event Director, Clarion Defence & Security commented: “We’re confident that we have put together a conference program for Counter Terror Expo 2014 that is of immediate and practical relevance to every professional involved in the counter terrorism and security arena. This promises to be a must attend event and we’re extremely grateful to all of the experts who have agreed to share their insights into the ever evolving threats we face.”