Recognising Security Best Practices

THE security industry and its outstanding leaders will take centre stage at the inaugural Malaysian Security Industry Excellence Award (MSIEA) 2019 next month.

The Asian Professional Security Association (Apsa) made the announcement during the launch of the International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) Southeast Asia, which will be from March 19 to 21.

The award has been conceived to recognise and celebrate the commitment and outstanding leadership of individuals and corporates in security best practices in Malaysia.

Security goes beyond physical protection and forms a major management function today.

A security practitioner protects an organisation’s asset and contributes to future growth of the organisation.

UBM Asia group managing director of Asean business and senior vice-president M. Gandhi also stressed on other important components of security technology.

“Security technology is evolving and is no longer only used for security purposes,” he said at the press conference held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec), Kuala Lumpur.

He cited as example how closed-circuit television cameras are now used to provide additional information in traffic planning,

visitor movement patterns and more.

Twenty-one awards will be given out, focusing on five categories – Committed Security Officer, Committed Security Manager, Commitment to Security by a Corporate, Commitment to Security Training and Security Product of the Year.

For now, nominations are open to hotels, banks, shopping malls, gated communities, schools, colleges and university campuses, as well as office buildings, sectors where security is a crucial element in safeguarding the public and environment.

In each category, three finalists will be selected and the final selection of one Excellence Award winner and two Award of Recognition winners will be announced at the MSIEA Dinner and Awards Ceremony on March 20 at Mitec.

The panel of 14 judges are independent representatives selected from organisations that are stakeholders in security.

Apsa Malaysia vice-president and MSIEA 2019 chairman Siti Subaidah Mustaffa said, “We hope through this award, more awareness is created for security to come first, prior to safety.”

MSIEA 2019 is organised by Apsa in partnership with Security Services Association of Malaysia (PPKKM) and UBM.

The award celebration will be held in conjunction with UBM’s IFSEC Southeast Asia and the Asean Super 8 exhibitions and PPKKM’s 26th Annual General Meeting.

Asean Super 8 is IFSEC Southeast Asia’s mega event that aims to bring together eight shows under one roof, comprising major industries such as construction, engineering, energy-heavy machinery and equipment, and security.

The IFSEC Southeast Asia – Kuala Lumpur 2019 is the top leading exhibition event for security, fire and safety in South-East Asia and plays as the best platform for all the industry players to showcase their latest products and discover opportunities within this region.

The event will be held at Mitec.

Apsa was formed in 1994 to promote professionalism and excellence in the security industry.

Today it is established in 12 Asian countries to enhance cooperation, collaboration and security best practices. Its members are security practitioners and service and technology providers.

Apsa Malaysia has the Home Affairs Ministry as its patron.

UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and with a track record spanning over 30 years and operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with more than 50 events in this region.

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