Information and cyber security within the GCC’s built environment must evolve to form a collective approach of ‘information resilience’.

This is the view of Notis Iliopoulos, WSP’s manager of cyber security, who stated that standard security measures are no longer sufficient to deal with contemporary threats.

Notis launched a white paper on the subject during a cyber security event, which was hosted by WSP and ASIS International in Dubai.

Commenting on the need for improved security measures within the GCC’s built environment, Notis said: “For any organisation to survive in an emerging information security ecosystem, standard security measures are no longer sufficient.

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“The changing business landscape now requires an approach towards information resilience to enable an organisation to prevent, respond, and recover from potential threats, and to maximise the trustworthiness of its information.”

WSP and ASIS International also used the Dubai event as a platform to discuss Sabre, an assessment scheme from BRE Global that is designed to ensure security across nine key areas of building operation and design. WSP is the first Sabre-licensed organisation outside of the UK.

Speaking at the event, WSP’s Sabre-registered assessor, Andrew Lloyd-Jones, said: “WSP sees great value in the Sabre certification scheme, acting as the first, independent best-practice accreditation in the security industry.

“Sabre promotes security within the design and operation of buildings, allowing greater impact from security specialists and empowering security stakeholders.”

Peter Richards, head of security risk management at WSP, added: “WSP strives to incorporate innovation and the latest industry thought processes into our solutions. We incorporate information resilience as a means of further developing our holistic approach to security risk management, and our early adoption of the Sabre scheme qualifies WSP as the first Sabre-certified company in the Middle East, underpinning our commitment to security risk management within the region.”