City firms set up secuirty academy

A new security academy is being set up to fill gaps in companies’ safety plans in event of a major security attack in the UK, according to reports.

The Security Operations and Education Academy is privately owned and funded by London City banks and is backed by the government and security services, according to the Times.

The training college will deal with subjects such as evacuation policies, dealing with bombs and countering chemical, biological and radioactive threats.

The academy will open next month in Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucester.

A recent survey showed that IT security remained the top concern of executives.

Almost all business leaders (95 per cent) cited IT as the number one security worry: nine out of 10 UK bosses said they are concerned about security risks to their staff.

The CBI/QinetiQ Business Security Survey of 100 chairmen, chief executives and senior directors also found that 95 per cent of business leaders felt having a security plan in place helped to reassure staff.

However, only a quarter saw having such a plan as a “great benefit” to the recruitment and retention of staff.

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