What effect did the advent of the pandemic have on the security sector?
The role of security professionals both in the public sector, through the National Security Forces and the army, and in the private sector, through security companies, has been critical in fighting the pandemic, collaborating in the most delicate tasks, controlling regulation compliance and establishing and enforcing anti-COVID protocols. Security companies were ready to respond to the situation with technology, for example, with solutions to control capacity or temperature-taking, and with human resources ready to implement the new safety protocols, therefore their contribution to this health crisis was quite relevant. On the other hand, with the acceleration of the digital transformation brought about by the pandemic, the cyber-security area has become especially relevant and it is a field that will continue to develop responses to new risks.
Has the fact of paying more attention to health and hygiene had positive effects on the security sector?
A new speciality area has emerged related to biosecurity, and companies, who are always looking for opportunities in times of crises, have been able to identify them for their development. The security industry touches all sectors of the economy and this proximity with the various environments and situations can also contribute greatly towards biosecurity.
Which security areas are growing the most?
As I said earlier, I believe that everything that pertains to the digital transformation that we are seeing in all sectors of the economy is a reason for development. Cybersecurity is especially important in this area, but also the application of emerging technologies to the security field, such as the Internet of Things, which has been present in different solutions but will be much more relevant with 5G, or the huge potential of Artificial Intelligence in this field.
After the cancellation or postponement of several security trade fairs, what is the current outlook for security fairs?
We held SICUR special COVID at Ifema, a hybrid fair created to cover the needs of Spanish companies facing the COVID scenario, and in 2022 we will hold our SICUR trade fair, which has always been held in February on the even years. It will be an in-person format and it will have a powerful online platform that will strengthen its effectiveness and will allow exhibitors and visitors to optimise their participation in the event. We trust that we will soon have a healthcare situation that is favourable to bringing back all of the in-person events that contribute so much to boosting this important industry.
What role do you think security trade fairs should have now?
I believe that the main purpose of trade fairs such as SICUR is the opportunity that they afford to promote in-person meetings, between exhibitors and trade visitors, focusing on business. The trade fair gives some people a chance to inform on, and others the chance to discover, the market news and trends, update relevant knowledge for professional advancement, share experiences, observe the competition, acquire new contacts and take care of regular clients, in addition to being right where opportunities arise, and to feel part of an industry that is so large, important and essential to society's freedom and wellbeing as is security.
How is the organisation going for the next edition of your event?
The next edition of SICUR will be held in 2022 and we are still in the project design stage, so I can't say much, beyond that it will be in-person, it will also have a powerful complementary online tool, and it aims to be the major event that SICUR has always been, edition after edition, thanks to the industry collaboration and backing that it has always had.