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Ian Todd

As Head of Restrata’s Professional Services Division, Ian is responsible for the delivery of a full suite of safety and security consultancy services, covering a range of industries and additionally, operations services to airports, through a large team of highly experienced professionals.Ian joined the company in 2008, initially as UK Operations Director, before moving to Dubai, where as Programme Director, he led the company’s provision of technical and physical security support to one of the world’s largest International Oil Companies on 2 major oil and gas projects in Iraq.Since joining the company, he has led work on a number of airport sector consultancy and design projects in both the UK and the Middle East Region, as well as the delivery of aviation security at Afghanistan’s four international airports.Ian joined directly from Heathrow Airport, where as Deputy Head of Security he was responsible for the delivery of aviation security at the world’s busiest international airport.Prior to joining the commercial sector, Ian served for 21 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment, in a wide variety of staff and operational appointments, specialising in the delivery of security to the airbases of the UK Royal Air Force. In his final appointment, he commanded the Royal Air Force Regiment’s Rapier Ground Based Air Defence Wing.Ian holds a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from Kings College London and was trained in Security Risk Management at Cranfield University.

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Preventing Crime, or Countering Terrorism?

Posted by Ian Todd on Sep 20, 2017 5:59:26 PM

What happens, then, when these two requirements conflict?

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Observations of a Security Consultant

Posted by Ian Todd on Jun 22, 2017 4:41:00 PM

As the Senior Security Consultant at Restrata, I spend a large amount of my time travelling around the MENA region delivering security assessments for a variety of developments, including hotels, industrial facilities, airports and even railways.

Over the last 6 months, I have developed a list of my top 5 security concerns, witnessed across different asset types and their operational processes.

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How does Physical Security impact Cyber Security?

Posted by Ian Todd on Apr 5, 2017 4:55:02 PM

In this day and age, it is not possible to talk about the security of your business without talking about cyber security. Every company depends on technology and the cyberspace to some degree so it is important to take cyber security into account. Security means making sure that hackers cannot remotely access your network or tamper with your company’s cyber protocols. However, there are several different ways your network can be accessed, and company or personal computers can be used more easily to compromise your security measures. 

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What is a Safe City?

Posted by Ian Todd on Mar 16, 2017 3:11:33 PM

The Safe City is a concept for returning security, safety and quality of life to today’s complex cities and infrastructure developments through the use of technology, personnel and processes. It can successfully be applied to all physical situations where people require a safe and comfortable environment.

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How does an Active Shooter Scenario Unfold?

Posted by Ian Todd on Mar 13, 2017 6:11:00 PM

Today I delivered a case study at our Hotel Security Briefing, held at the Movenpick Hotel on JLT. During the case study I tried to outline how a typical Active Shooter Scenario might unfold, by placing myself in the shoes of the perpetrator.

We might assume that an attack targeting individuals within a hotel is carried out at random, with no identified plan of attack, but if we go back a step, we begin to unravel the full scope of the incident and what preventative actions can be taken by the hotel to deter the attacker, and equally as important, what can be done when an attack occurs to minimise the damage inflicted.

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Top 4 Ways to Prevent Vehicle Attacks

Posted by Ian Todd on Jan 26, 2017 11:33:48 AM

Yesterday at least 28 people were killed and dozens injured in the latest al-Shabab attack on the Dayah Hotel, Mogadishu whereby the use of an explosives packed vehicle was rammed into the main gate followed by a secondary vehicle bomb whilst emergency services were in the height of their response.

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