POLICE Minister Jelta Wong has called for increased public and private collaboration to achieve best security outcomes for PNG communities and businesses.
Wong said this during the inaugural PNG security congress 2019 held in Port Moresby last week.
Industry experts also expressed the same.
They stressed that more partnerships between physical security operators, hardware and technology companies, and communities were required to create integrated security solutions with a focus on preventative security.
The important job of raising awareness of internet-based crime and cybersecurity was discussed, especially as increased digital business opportunities will result from completion of the Coral Sea cable system.
Alberto Cimas, IT and cyber security specialist from Deloitte PNG, provided enthralling live hacking demonstrations using metadata and publicly-available information.
Crystal Kewe, chief executive of Crysan Technology PNG, spoke about governance frameworks and the importance of employees in implementing IT security systems and policies to create a security culture within an organisation.
Hardware highlights included the latest innovations in smart closed-circuit television (CCTV), artificial intelligence, solutions to deter and stop vehicle attacks, wireless-linked emergency alert systems, and access control solutions.
International keynote speaker Rory Steyn, chief executive of NSA Global Security Consultants, provided some insight into the security challenges of providing protection to high-profile people.
Steyn once served as the late South African President Nelson Mandela’s chief of security.
He gave insights on the behind-the-scenes as one of the 20th century’s most-important social and political figures.
Wong awarded the 2019 awards-of-excellence at the gala dinner last Tuesday on behalf of the PNG security congress organising committee.
The recipient of the awards were:
- Major integrated security solution – Ruswin Integrated Solutions;
- outstanding security partnership – Ruswin Integrated Solutions;
- excellence in commercial innovation of major infrastructure project – Ezi Security System;
- excellence in community engagement – PNG Biomass;
- excellence of individual achievement (joint winners) – Robbie Huxley (TE PNG); Crystal Kewe (Crysan Technology); and,
- Best product on show (voted by delegates) – AARC EVAC by AARC Systems.
The take-home message of the conference was that communities and employees were important to the success of security strategies in PNG.
When Papua New Guinea local communities help security operators to improve public safety and protect assets, investments will become less-risky and increased investment will follow.
This will create more jobs for local people, and will generate broad social benefits.
Due to the success of the inaugural PNG security congress, the organising committee has decided to host it as an annual event in the first week of March each year.
The committee looks forward to working with public and private organisations to advance security in PNG moving forward.