The first-ever UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) event took place at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square on the evening of Thursday 2 March. Over 330 security professionals gathered to celebrate the ‘Best of the Best’ from across the sector with dinner and a presentation event hosted by broadcaster and crime prevention campaigner Nick Ross.
OSPAs founder Professor Martin Gill CSyP (pictured), director of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International, said: “The judging criteria for these awards are based on extensive research that identifies the prime factors contributing towards outstanding performance. The key is to ensure that these awards are based on the skills, behaviours and performance that lead to sustainable success. The stories of our winners’ achievements provide a valuable benchmark for those working in the sector.”
The OSPAs are being set up in collaboration with security associations and groups from across the globe, with programmes already established in Australia, the US, Germany, Norway and Romania.
At the London event, Professor Gill announced that the OSPAs are to be introduced to Ghana during 2018 as well as Nigeria.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Smith MBE. Smith was recognised for his work in information security, including instigating the development of BS 7799 Best Practices for Information Security Management.