A host of papers were presented by policing and security experts, based on their real experiences, on the second day of the 1st Major Event Safety and Security Conference.
Former head of the Safety and Security of Euro 2016, Ziad Khoury, focused mainly on planning delivery of safety and security and precautions to be taken in advance for a major sport event, especially when threats of different natures are in place for a host country.
Head of Sports Conventions unit at the Council of Europe Sergey Khrychikov explained the safety, security and services provided during some of the high voltage football matches held in Europe in recent years and how their body could assist their organisers in managing and thwarting security threats.
Head of Security Department -TNP of Turkey and Ist Degree Chief Superintendent Cuneyt Unal recalled the fatal attacks on December 2016 at Bisitkas Stadium in Istanbul and how it was dealt with by authorities. Chilean Police official Eduardo Cerno Lozano spoke on the security arrangements made during the Copa America 2015.
Federal Police Commissioner of Brazil Valdecy Junior Urquiza, Australian Federal Police Superintendent David Berston, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Safety and Security head Alexander Protasov, and French Ministry of Interior Counter Terrorism Unit's International Affairs head Jean Pascal Mariani spoke on an array of security concerns at a session on "Mitigating security threats during major events".
Later, Q-Cert head and Qatari engineer Dana Yousef al-Abdulla spoke on the cyber response team's preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Qatar Infrastructure Development CEO Dr Fahad al-Jaber highlighted the "Necessity of protecting cyber infrastructure during major events and critical infrastructure resilience".
Detailed discussions on some of the major terrorist attacks across the world and the security responses were held later in another session featuring Major General (Retired) Arthur Denaro of the UK Armed Forces; Luis Elias, security adviser to the Prime Minister of Portugal; and Kevin Catalina, deputy chief and Commanding Officer the Intelligence Operations of the New York Police Department.
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