SMEs Face Larger Fines for Data Protection Breaches


The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said that the UK’s data protection standards are likely to remain on a par with those of the EU despite the Brexit vote.
The current maximum fine for UK companies breaching the data protection laws if £500,000.  However, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation will increase the limit to £15.5 million or four per cent of the firm’s global turnover, whichever is the greater.
The two-year transitional period has begun and firms need to make sure that they are fully compliant.
Many firm mistakenly believe that they are compliant with the Data Protection Act but they do not review their policies and security measures …read more

Threat Level raised from MODERATE to SUBSTANTIAL


The threat level to Great Britain from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has been raised from MODERATE to SUBSTANTIAL. This means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility and reflects the continuing threat from Dissident Republican …read more

Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior Certifies the Griffin Security Group Joint Venture to Facilitate Industrial Security and Critical Infrastructure Projects


Griffin Security Group are pleased to announce that, through our partners in Saudi Arabia, Al EBDA AlThulathi for Trading (license no. 05013770), we have been officially certified by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior and the High Commission for Industrial Security Directives (HCIS) to undertake Industrial Security and Critical Infrastructure Projects in the Kingdom. 

The accreditation, which was granted by the Ministry of Interior’s Central Licensing Unit, and will see Griffin working closely on security projects in sensitive sectors related to petroleum and petrochemicals, water and electricity, industrial services and communications.

Griffin Security Group and its experts can now provide the best expertise and consultancy services for projects in Saudi …read more

Corporate Vision's 2015 Consultancy Awards


Griffin Security Group is delighted to announce that they have been awarded ‘Best Security Consultancy Firm – UK’ in Corporate Vision’s 2015 Consultancy Awards.

The 2015 Consultancy Awards aim to highlight and give recognition to those consultants who really deserve it. The awards are based 100% on merit and are a reflection of those in the global consultancy industry currently making a massive impact in firms and industries …read more

Effective Security Management


Colin Braziel is one of the co-authors of the recently revised security publication, Effective Security Management, Sixth Edition

Effective Security Management, Sixth Edition teaches practicing security professionals how to build their careers by mastering the fundamentals of good management.

The principal author, Charles Sennewald, brings common sense, wisdom, and humour to this bestselling introduction to security management that is ideal for both new and experienced security managers. The sixth edition of this classic professional reference work on the topic includes newly updated and expanded coverage of topics such as the integration of security executive into the business, background checks and hiring procedures, involvement in labour disputes, organized crime, and the …read more

New Contract Awarded in Saudi Arabia


Griffin Security Group is pleased to announce that is has been awarded a new contract through our Saudi partners, 3Di, to provide security consultancy services for our client who is developing a Western housing compound that will house Americans, Europeans, and other multinational groups, as well as non-Saudi Arabia expats in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  There will be approximately 450 units with 60-70 premium villa-duplexes, approximately 150-180 two-story townhouses, and approximately 200-250 apartment flats.  Some of the residents are expected to be employed by consulates and industries such as oil or …read more

Queen's reception at Buckingham Palace, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust


Colin Braziel, Managing Director of Griffin Security Group, attended a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen on 18th March.

Her Majesty The Queen, who is patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, hosted the event to mark its 50th anniversary as Sir Winston’s living legacy.

Since 1965, over 5000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community, and, in lots of cases, the nation. For many people, a Churchill Fellowship proves transformational, and they go on to achieve great things - effecting positive change within …read more

Algeria hostage inquest: Judge returns 'unlawful killing' verdicts


Delivering a verdict at an inquest in London on Thursday 26th February 2015, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said that the 7 men had been unlawfully killed.  He also drew attention to multiple failures by the plant’s management to upgrade protection – partly on the grounds of cost.  More information can be obtained from the In Amenas website:

Colin Braziel, Griffin Security Group’s Managing Director, had been appointed as the independent security expert to the Inquest and provided the Coroner with an assessment of the state of security at the plant prior to the attack.  Extracts from his report were referenced in Judge Hilliard’s findings.  Colin has also reviewed the enhancements to the site since the …read more

"Password" unseated by "123456" on SplashData's annual "Worst Passwords" list


LOS GATOS, CA – SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet. For the first time since SplashData began compiling its annual list, "password" has lost its title as the most common and therefore Worst Password, and two-time runner-up "123456" took the dubious honor. "Password" fell to #2.

According to SplashData, this year's list was influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group following Adobe's well publicized security breach.

"Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you …read more

UK Response to Paris Terrorist Attacks


In light of the attacks in Paris last week, the National Policing Lead for Counter-terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has provided an update:

I wanted to make a short statement about some of the steps we are taking following the attacks in Paris last week and elsewhere. The UK has been at a heightened level of threat from international terrorism for some years now. We have seen attacks in a number of countries, including France, Australia and Canada over the last few months and in Belgium last night. We have also been working with security services to investigate a variety of threats and to disrupt a number of different plots to undertake attacks here. In 2014 there were 327 arrests for terrorist offences that is a 32 % increase compared to the previous year.

Last …read more