in Security

Richard Huison promoted to General Manager at Gallagher Security (Europe)

Posted 17 January 2019 · Add Comment

Richard Huison has stepped up to General Manager for UK & Europe a year after joining Gallagher from Vanderbilt Industries access control brand ACT.

The growing cyber threat is the target for the new man at the helm of Gallagher Security (Europe), whose vision is to equip companies and authorities to combat it.



Richard (above) believes Gallagher is perfectly placed to counter the cyber threat as a long term CPNI-approved supplier to the Home Office and critical national infrastructure clients such as the National Grid.

Huison said: “The cost of a power outage on the Grid is £1m per minute so they have to be absolutely sure of their cyber resilience and that everything they plug on to their network is secure.

“That’s a real challenge in an era where kettles and other household appliances are becoming increasingly wifi-connected, so a hacker switching them all on at the same time could bring down the Grid.”

He cites the recent decision to limit Chinese giant Huawei’s involvement in 5G in the UK as evidence of how seriously Government takes the threat and wonders if mass network failures at mobile providers Vodafone and O2 Telefonica have a more sinister cause.

“Given the cost to businesses and nation states of falling prey, we have to be sure that security is increasingly baked in to everything we put on our networks,” he says.

Huison fills the shoes of career-long Gallagher stalwart Dave Bentley, who has left after 24 years for an entirely new challenge – to run a holiday camp in France.

Bentley was the first on site in the UK at customers like Severn Trent Water, EDF, United Utilities and National Grid, which has evolved to be Gallagher’s largest UK client and its biggest worldwide for perimeter, covering a total of 700 sites via different channel partners via the Gallagher Command Centre in two Alarm Receiving Centres.

Gallagher employs 1,100 people across a global network in ten countries.  Research and development alone makes up 135 of the workforce, 75 of whom are software developers.

Global security boss Kahl Betham says: “Richard is a strong natural authentic leader with great drive and ambition for the future.  We are delighted to have Richard taking on this GM role.

Huison spent 14 years at Dublin-based ACT, expanding the brand, increasing their market presence and boosting growth by 25% in the UK.  That followed three years with French security manufacturer CDVi.

His career in the security industry started with a Government contractor making voice and data cryptos and scramblers for the military and Government departments. The technology was also adopted by banks and utilities to make secure financial transactions over a non-secure infrastructure.

One of his last projects in this role was the development of the Rapier 2000 fire command system where optical cryptos initiated the launch.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

G4S safe transportation recognised by BGC

G4S has been recognised for its outstanding commitment to safe driving practices in Iraq by Basrah Gas Company (BGC), after reaching a key milestone of safely transporting BGC employees 15 million kilometres with no major incidents.

UK Space Agency seeks GNSS solutions

UK organisations can express an interest in seeking funding to develop receivers for a future UK global navigation satellite system (GNSS), with the best ideas possibly in line for contracts under the Small Business Research

Vertical Aerospace flies eVTOL capable of carrying 250kg

Bristol-based startup Vertical Aerospace has revealed flight footage of an electric vertical take off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) capable of carrying loads of up to 250kg - the first company in the world to do so.

Airbus and Delta form digital alliance

Airbus and Delta Air Lines are forming a digital alliance to develop new predictive maintenance and health-monitoring solutions for airline customers worldwide from 2020.

50 airports now carbon neutral in Europe

Ahead of the COP25 due to kick off in Santiago de Chile next month, European airport trade body ACI EUROPE today gave an update on the progress airports have made to deliver on their commitment to reach 100 carbon neutral airports by 2030.

Birmingham Airport recycles unwanted suitcases

Birmingham Airport recently arranged its first suitcase collection as part of its new partnership with Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children wherein empty suitcases discarded by passengers are being donated to Newlife to be

ODU 0201311219
See us at
SMI FAV BT1006141119DSEI JP BT1605201119SMI ActiveP BT1206121119SMI GMS BT1906071119FIL20BT010819260720ADSS1000DBT1706171019VIDSE BT1605060320