The future of the UK’s nightclubs is being put under further stress because of a looming shortage of door staff, industry experts say.
With the relaxation of Government restrictions the UK Door Security Association (UKDSA) said it is now worried about how many licensed security staff will be available to work once businesses reopen.
As a result of the Covid pandemic and the extended period of restrictions on licensed premises/events, the trade body fears six in every 10 late night/pub/bars/club door supervisor positions are at risk of not being filled.
Although there have been more than 14,000 licence applications and renewals submitted each month to the Security Industry Authority (SIA), new door supervisor SIA licence applications in the past 12 months are significantly down on previous years.
And the UKDSA found many door supervisor licence renewals have actually been used for other security jobs, for example security guards using a door supervisor licence.
This is because many security professionals have had to seek other sources of employment during the pandemic and no longer want to work short hours, with increased risk to health, at low rates of pay on the doors at nightspots.
This leaves door security companies needing to fill significant staff shortages ahead of the reopening of night time events as planned under the Government’s roadmap, the UKDSA said.
And the industry body believes the situation is set to become worse with regulation changes that would see the costs to become a licensed door supervisor increase due to extended training requirements.
The full article (source): https://www.business-live.co.uk/enterprise/door-staff-shortage-creates-post-20251632
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is planning an upgrade of its CiSP platform for sharing intelligence on cyber threats.
CiSP manager Martin R said the move comes in response to a review of the platform and a gradual increase in understanding user needs since it was set up in 2013.
Otherwise known as the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership, it is a joint industry and government initiative for the secure exchange of cyber threat information in real time. It has been promoted as an important element in preserving cyber security for public and private sector organisations.
Martin R said that NCSC has interviewed a range of stakeholders and now plans a series of workshops to develop key requirements for CiSP 2.0.
Although he did not indicate a timetable for launching the new version, he pointed to a first step in dealing with the trust issues caused by a number of inactive accounts on the platform.
In response, NCSC plans to begin deleting them from next month, also removing any content that comes from them. This will begin with the deletion of approximately 5,000 accounts for which there has never been a log-on, then the 5,775 that have been inactive since the end of 2017, then 4,000 that were not active over 2018 and 2019.
In each case the account owner will be contacted by email and given the opportunity to log in.
“The account clean-up means that active groups, spaces and fresh content should be easier to find,” Martin R said. “This will help protect, educate and spread important information about the continuing cyber threats the UK faces.”
NCSC took a significant step with CiSP in January of last year by moving it to an AWS cloud platform, indicating it would reduce the running costs and provide better scalability and security.
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The full article (source): https://www.ukauthority.com/articles/ncsc-plans-for-new-version-of-cisp/
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