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G4S: When a private company is in charge of your security

Just one year after the attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016, at least one economic sector appears to be flourishing: the security sector. The Belgian subsidiary of the security multinational G4S has announced that it has hired 1,610 new employees in 2016, including temporary contracts. An exceptionally high figure according to the company, leader of the Belgian market, which provided 1000 additional recruits in 2017, of which 500 women . Its competitor Securitas hired 1400 people in the country in 2016. A trend that can be found throughout Europe, as well as in the United States, and which G4S intends to take advantage of to revive their image almost destroyed by scandals. Who is this company, which does not have much of a presence in France? G4S describes itself as the world leader in security solutions . Of British origin, listed on the stock exchanges in London and Copenhagen, it supervises airports, ports, and manages cash transports. It employs a total of more than 600,000 people in nearly 120 countries. The company s communication generally omits to mention that G4S is also present in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories, where it is in charge of checkpoints and prisons, that it deals with the repatriation of persons who illegally cross the border between Mexico and the United States on behalf of the US Government, or that it carries out missions in numerous conflict zones on the behalf of repressive regimes, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia |1|.

G4S: When A Private Company Is In Charge Of Your Security The breakdown of G4S revenues in 2014 was : UK & Ireland : 23%, Europe 21%, North America 20%, Asia/Middle East 19%, Latin America 10%, Africa 7%

A company that benefits from the increase in global violence

In more ways than you might realise, G4S is securing your world , says the multinational s website. The activist and philosopher Angela Davis adds: In more ways than you might realise, G4S has insinuated itself into our lives under the pretext of security and state security: this goes from the methods of political incarceration and torture suffered by Palestinians, to racist separation and apartheid technologies; from the wall in Israel to the one stretching along the US-Mexican border, to the prison-like set up of some schools in the United States. |2| G4S is taking advantage of the threat of terrorism and an atmosphere of fear carefully maintained by our governments, to provide a security response. It does not tackle the causes, but instead generates a climate conducive to abuse, which only feeds the paranoia and the order books of companies that say they are working for our security”. In a constant state of growth since 2004, arms sales have increased by 8.4% over the last five years compared to the previous five, according to recent data[1] from SIPRI. But it s not just the weapons industry that is in good shape. A multitude of so-called security firms profit Profit The positive gain yielded from a company s activity. Net profit is profit after tax. Distributable profit is the part of the net profit which can be distributed to the shareholders.[2] from the calamitous management of migratory flows and the criminalisation of undocumented migrants. This is precisely one of the main fields of action for G4S.

G4S, involved in the management of detention centres for migrants and asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom, is also a subcontractor of the UK government to organise escorts for foreigners expelled from the territory. It is in this context that Jimmy Mubenga, aged 46, father of five children and who had lived in England for 16 years, died on October 12, 2010, apparently asphyxiated in an attempt to stifle his cries during his deportation under the guard of three agents working for G4S. The agents were acquitted and released on bail, and the death of Jimmy Mugemba will remain unexplained despite the damning testimony[3] from Louise Graham of British Airways who on that day was working on board the BA77 flight from London to Luanda. Ill-trained and unaccountable staff should not be carrying out enforced removals and it is little wonder there are so many reports of improper treatment, declared Oliver Sprague[4], from Amnesty International UK. Two weeks after the tragedy, the company lost the market for the repatriation of removed persons which it had had the monopoly on since 2005. The contract, which brought in approximately 110 million pounds (125 million euros) in five years, ended in favour of a competing firm, Reliance Security Task |3|. That same year (2010), the company had to face forty-eight complaints filed by persons detained in centres it manages |4|. This has not prevented it from raking in new contracts elsewhere, such as in the United States or Australia, where it was in charge of the Manus Island offshore detention centre, the scene of riots and the assassination[5] of a 23-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Reza Barati, in 2014. The firm is also well represented in Greece, where it is in charge of security at refugee camps on the behalf of the European Union.

G4S: When A Private Company Is In Charge Of Your SecurityAlthough extreme, the cases of Jimmy Mubenga and Reza Barati are not isolated. Various other cases of criminal and racist violence directly involving G4S employees have also been reported. Omar Seddique Mateen, the presumed perpetrator of the homophobic attack in the Pulse night club, mecca of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Orlando, Florida, had been a G4S employee since 2007[6]. He had been cleared by the company on two occasions, without the company finding anything of concern. The shooting on 12 June 2016 resulted in the death of 49 people and injured 53.

The UK s lucrative market for prison management

Another sector in full boom alongside that of the management of migrants: the prisons. Here again, G4S has positioned itself to take advantage of security policies and the ensuing explosion of incarceration. In the United Kingdom, where the prison population has doubled from almost 40,000 prisoners in 1980 to more than 85,400 in 2016, the private sector has sniffed out some lucrative prospects, and leaped into prison management. Currently, apart from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), which manages the still-public institutions, three private companies share Share A unit of ownership interest in a corporation or financial asset, representing one part of the total capital stock. Its owner (a shareholder) is entitled to receive an equal distribution of any profits distributed (a dividend) and to attend shareholder meetings.[7] the market for the management of 14 prisons: five for G4S (Altcourse in Liverpool, Rye Hill near Rugby, Birmingham Prison, Oakwood near Wolverhampton and Bridgend in South Wales), five at the hands of competitor Serco and the other four for the French company Sodexo (read our articles here[8] and here[9]) |5|.

G4S: When A Private Company Is In Charge Of Your Security Steve Bell, The Guardian, January 2014, after the dserious disorder at HMP Oakwood, managed by G4S

The situation deteriorated sharply when the Conservatives came to power in May 2010, as a result of the austerity measures they imposed. Minister of the Interior of David Cameron s government, Theresa May, reduced the prison system s budget by 500 million pounds (600 million euros). Between 2010 and 2015, 4,990 warden positions (out of 19,910) in public institutions disappeared. Wolds prison, the first in the United Kingdom to be directly under private control from its opening in 1992, did not renew the contract with G4S in 2013 and returned to public management, but it is an exception. At the same time, several other prisons have been privatised. Birmingham prison, one of the largest in the country, was the first to be transferred to the private sector in 2011. G4S was awarded the contract for 15 years. It was recruiting security candidates without prior qualification or experience required , according to its website |6|. At the end of December 2016, in the worst prison uprising in the country since the Strangeways prison riots in Manchester in 1990, nearly 600 prisoners took control of part of the Birmingham prison after stealing a warden s keys. G4S security personnel were completely overwhelmed, so the state had to intervene and send in its special public squads, called Tornado”, to regain control of the institution. Minister of Justice Liz Truss even asked G4S[10] to reimburse the costs that this entailed for the state! In three other prisons shaken by riots, prisoners were not allowed to leave their cells for several days due to the lack of staff[11]

Already in 2012, the Secretary general of the Public and Commercial Services union, Mark Serwotka, drew attention to this scandal of one of the largest private penitentiary systems in the world: The privatisation of our prison service ought to be a national scandal and that this has happened without any public debate is shameful. ( ) It is morally reprehensible that companies are profiting from locking people up and we urgently need an independent review to look at the impact on our communities, staff and prisoners |

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Europe Cyber Security of Security Services Market to Witness Rapid Increase Through 2020

Europe Cyber Security of Security Services Market to Witness Rapid Increase Through 2020

This report aims at estimating the market size and future growth potential of Europe Cyber Security market across different segments like- solution, service and country.

Albany, NY, April 02, 2017 –(– In this rapidly evolving threat environment, several corporations and government agencies are struggling to safeguard their data and networks, as a result, the demand for cyber security services is constantly growing that is catalyzing the growth of cyber security solutions and technologies in the global market. A recent study, titled Europe Cyber Security of Security Services Market Report 2017 focusing on the current market status of cyber security services, has been just published to the online repository of Market Research Hub (MRH). With a prime focus on the European market, the researchers have also segmented and analyzed the market into several key countries such as France, Russia, Germany, U.K., Spain, Italy and Benelux.

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Additionally, this report aims at estimating the market size and future growth potential of Europe Cyber Security market across different segments like- solution, service and country. The review period considered for the study is 2012 to 2017 and the market size is forecasted until 2022. For each regional segment, the report finds out the market status and prospects for the period 2012 to 2022. The study finds that the cyber market in European countries will show enormous growth with credence in the coming few years. The number and intensity of cyber-attacks reached the highest level over the past few years. Due to this, choosing the best cyber security services is really essential, which not only help businesses to assess, build and manage their cyber security capabilities, but also enable them to respond to incidents and crises. According to the findings, Europe needs to be more ambitious in nurturing its competitive advantage in the field of cyber security to ensure that European enterprises (together with SMEs), public administrations have access to the latest digital safety technology, which is interoperable, competitive, trustworthy and respects fundamental rights including the right to privacy. For that, the key company s major policy is to embed cyber security services in the future EU policy initiatives from the start, in particular with regard to new technologies and emerging sectors such as cloud-based services, the Internet of Things (loT). Moreover, the report has been segmented on the basis of applications and product types. By product types, it mainly covers:

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Operational Service
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Additionally, the study also defines the major applications of cyber security services which include- Education, Enterprise, Medical, Government, Financial and others. For each segment given in the report, sales, revenue, price, market share and growth rate are also highlighted.

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360 Enterprise Security
DBAPPSecurity Ltd.
Symantec Corporation

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