JSaRC Update – 14 August 2020

Published on 14 August 2020

Welcome to the latest Update from the Joint Security and Resilience Centre.

Introduction to JSaRC workplan highlights

We’ve recently added a new section to the JSaRC website to provide an introduction into some areas of our workplan alongside some highlights of recent JSaRC facilitated projects. You can view it directly here.

A summer of change for the JSaRC Team

Following on from our previous announcement regarding the appointment of our new Project Managers, Juliet Edwards and Cecilia Henson, we’re excited to welcome James Hogg to the team as our new permanent Marketing and Communications Officer.  James brings a wealth of event and marketing experience from across the Defence Sector.

Whilst we say hello to James, Juliet and Cecilia, we are also bidding farewell to our outgoing Marketing and Communications Officer, Daisy Moralee. Our sincere thanks go to Daisy for all her hard work, positivity and enthusiasm this past year.

Jon Gray, Head of the Joint Response Team, has recently accepted the role of Director Security and Resilience at ADS, starting early October. Jon’s work and contribution to the work plan and International engagement over the last three years has been instrumental to JSaRC’s success.  We’ll miss Jon but know that our paths will continue to cross in the future.

And finally, in light of Jon’s imminent departure, we’re really pleased to announce that Daniel England, JSaRC Programme Lead, has been appointed as our new Head of the Joint Response Team.  Congratulations to Daniel!

JSaRC communications survey – your opportunity to provide feedback

JSaRC values your input. We are always looking to improve our communications and are keen to understand your needs.

We have designed a JSaRC communications survey to allow you to have the opportunity to provide feedback on how useful you have found the JSaRC Updates so far. The survey should only take you around 10minutes to complete. You can access the survey here.

Defence and Security Industrial Strategy

Part of JSaRC’s remit is to capture valuable views and feedback from Industry and Academia for consideration within the formulation of the UK’s Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS). Through the Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC), we recently held four roundtable events. Further information on this can be found here.

JSaRC C-UAS Bulletins

JSaRC is the engagement channel between policy leads in our Office for Security and Counter Terrorism’s Counter-drone Unit (CDU) and the counter-drone industry.  JSaRC provides co-ordinated updates on government-wide C-UAS activity through the JSaRC C-UAS bulletins to our industry partners. If your organisation provides counter-drone solution and you would like to receive these bulletins, please contact us via JSaRC@homeofice.gov.uk. To ensure the communication is useful, the frequency of the bulletins may vary depending on when updates are most relevant.

NCSC – Cyber Insurance Guidance

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released guidance for organisations of all sizes who are considering purchasing cyber insurance. The full guidance can be found here.

Competition: Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and other departments across HMG have recently launched the latest competition that seeks proposals for novel and innovative solutions for the detection of explosives and weapons. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

2025 UK Border Strategy Public Consultation

The UK government’s ambition is to create the world’s most effective border by 2025, to ensure the UK becomes an even more attractive place to travel to and do business with. It will ensure the UK is better protected against crime, terrorism and environmental and biosecurity threats. An open public consultation has been launched. Further details can be found here.

And finally…

The summer holidays have arrived. Whilst many of the JSaRC team will be taking some well-earned time out over the coming weeks, we’ll also be busy planning and co-ordinating many events, communications and initiatives to support our varied workplan and of course to launch the plans for Security and Policing 2021. Look out for our next update in early September and in the meantime the JSaRC team hopes you have a healthy, safe and relaxing summer.


The JSaRC Team