The popular BBC programme, ‘Who do you think you are?’, has returned to our screens again recently. It’s largely a bit of fun – remember the commotion when it turned out actor Danny Dyer was related to British royalty last year? However, it also raises and answers many questions about how we all view our identity.
Correctly identifying people is, of course, a key component of security work. It is the security team’s role to establish who people are and only grant access to those authorised to enter. For many workplaces, this might just mean wearing a photo ID badge, but as the level of risk increases, so does the need for better security. Schools, for instance, now often have key code access or swipe card passes. Industrial facilities may require biometrics access control systems, such as fingerprint readers, retinal eye scanners and hand geometry readers.
The issue of identity is a double-edged sword for the security industry. Not only do we need to correctly identify the people attempting to access the premises we guard, but we also need to ensure the people we employ are who they say they are. A recent report highlighted safety fears surrounding fraudulent security exam results. The idea that guards could be operating without proper training is a serious concern. Worse still is the idea that people with criminal or terrorist intentions could find their way into security positions.
Combining manned and electronic security options, as we often do for clients, also means we can be aware of a guard’s location at all times. That means we know guards are where they’re supposed to be, but also that we can make sure they are safe themselves.
Reputable security firms have long been aware of the potential for less than honest applications. At Trigion we fulfil the British Standard for the security industry (BS7858) requirements to screen security personnel before employing them. We also work with the UK Border Agency to ensure any employees needing visas have correct and up to date ones.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) on behalf of the Security Industry Authority conducts regular audits on our recruitment and vetting processes. We are Approved Contractor Scheme registered, and an NSI Gold Service Supplier.
When we’re vetting candidates, we don’t expect to find out that any are related to royalty, but we make sure we know who they are, so that we are confident that they can protect our clients. As Danny Dyer might say ‘sorted!’.
Jan Hein Hemke,
Managing Director at Facilicom UK & Ireland