As part of the Security and Resilience Network run by Major Events International (MEI), on Thursday 17th October,  there was a briefing and seminar on how to support UK companies in the security & resilience sector in the international major events market in cooperation with the Home Office.

Following the success of London 2012, Stephen Phipson, the Security Industry Engagement Director from the Home Office, outlined how the Home Office aims to help UK companies succeed in the export market focused on Major Events given the excellent reputation gained for this highly critical sector for all event planners.

Stephen highlighted business opportunities for UK businesses but the event also included more focus on the cyber security sector and using Brazil as a case study. Brazil will be hosting two major sports events in the next two years and its cyber security approach has more to be done to prepare for the magnitude of these events.

Dennis Mills, CEO MEI, then gave an introduction on how to win contracts in these markets.  Dennis also emphasized MEI’s ability to advise companies both in the cyber security sector and in the Brazilian market.


Following Dennis’s presentation, Paul Orlowsk, head of Cyber Security Services at Selex-ES, gave a technical perspective on the relevant commercial areas in the security and resilience sector and  identified the different areas of security on which contracts can be gained for UK companies.  

Oliver Hoare, Director of Global Services at Dysart Solutions gave an enlightening analysis on the major issues around cyber security in the global sports sector.  Oliver clarified the most prevalent issues in the cyber security sector and highlighted Brazil as the “hacking capital” of the world.  Oliver also highlighted the successes of the cyber defences set up for London 2012 and explained that the same issues were likely to challenge Brazil and Rio 2016.  He illustrated the magnitude of the issues by citing the abundance of aggressive cyber activity during the recent wave of protests in Brazil.

Piers Lawson from MEI brought the briefing to a close with  a summary of key conferences and events and how MEI supports companies in this specialised export market  to include attendance on an MEI shared stand at both Rugby Expo and Soccerex

The seminar was followed by networking drinks.

Copies of all presentations can be downloaded here

The next seminar to be organised by Major Events International will take place on Tuesday 19th November.  This briefing will focus on how to help companies access the Russian Major Event Market and will be organised in collaboration with the Russian Trade Delegation who will be hosting the event at their premises in Highgate, N London.  Please see registration details at Russia Event.

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