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Southers Gives Keynote at Global Security Summit

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SPPD’s Southers Gives Keynote at Global Security Summit

By Ben Dimapindan

Erroll Southers at Global Security Leadership Summit Erroll Southers delivers the keynote address at the fifth annual Global Security Leadership Summit in India.

Erroll Southers, Master of Public Administration ’98, associate director of USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), delivered the keynote speech at the fifth annual Global Security Leadership Summit in New Delhi, India, in December.

The two-day event was hosted by the Central Association of Private Security Industry in India and the Association of Private Detectives of India.

Speaking before an audience that included academics and government officials from Asia, Europe and Africa, Southers addressed the topics of “Terrorism and Global Security.”

“The summit hosts were interested in a keynote describing the transnational threat of terrorism, how the recruitment and radicalization efforts are improving and how we might be able to focus on the human element of terror — finding the bomber, instead of the bomb,” he said. “As a result of the Mumbai attack in 2008, called ‘26/11’ in India, the nation has changed significantly. Security presence is constant and they are seeking every advantage from sources throughout the world.”

According to Southers, the summit was designed to share information about security best practices, technologies and standards from industry experts around the world.

“The purpose was to provide a forum for India’s security leaders to identify items beneficial to their specific target environments and to develop relationships in response to the global threat of terrorism,” said Southers, who is the managing director of counter-terrorism and infrastructure protection for the international security consulting firm, TAL Global Corp.

Southers explained that the security challenges in India are very similar to those of the United States; however, he did note, “India has a longer history of attacks and a more diverse collection of foreign terror adversaries.”

In addition, Southers believes that communication and the exchange of information are critical to “develop countermeasures ahead of the threat.”

“Counter-terrorism advancement depends in large part on an educational process of the stakeholders and the public, regarding our efforts and advances in responding to complex problems,” he said.

Southers added, “When the academic community is able to leverage research countermeasures to the target environment and the operators, we are progressing toward the mission we have been charged to meet.”