RP: Can you describe the aims and objectives of the City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN)? Who are its members and what benefits do they gain from membership?
BL: CSARN is the only nationally-based networking organisation that has as its mainstay the continued development and building of resilience from all hazards for the business sector. We are strictly not-for-profit, which allows us to partner government departments, the public sector and NGOs in achieving our objectives. We engage our members by providing business intelligence, educational networking events in the major cities across the UK, training and specialist project management. We take pride in engaging fully with our members and we work hard to ensure both clients and solution providers are visible to each other. This takes the form of getting the members to deliver high-level presentations about critical issues to audiences across the UK.
Constant input from the Membership Network allows us to identify and pinpoint potential threats and issues on the horizon in quick time; this translates into a constant cycle of forums, conferences and briefings on topics that are currently at their zenith of importance to the security and resilience environment. We also exist to partner our members in finding solutions that affect their areas of expertise, and we frequently hear that we have been able to introduce members to each other, thereby solving long-held problems by the client. We are a nationally-based organisation that provides our membership with national (and often international) opportunities that make them more prepared and resilient to spontaneous and large-scale events. Our fortnightly publication, The Monitor is the only analysis covering threats to businesses in the UK and Northern Ireland which considers a range of potential disruptions, from cybercrime and political activism to terrorism.