Lt Col Ray Lane (rtd)
Some of Ireland’s leading security experts will attend an inaugural seminar hosted by Naas-based security firm Manguard Plus at the RDS on May 9.
It takes place in the wake of recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka and New Zealand which have spurred renewed interest in just how Ireland would cope in the event of such an incident happening here.
It is themed Securing the Future and it will bring together some of Ireland’s leading experts on counter terrorism, drawn from the ranks of former members of the Irish Defence Forces, including two members of the elite army ranger wing.
Army bomb disposal expert, Lt Col Ray Lane (retired), from Naas, is the keynote speaker at the seminar, and will deliver an address on A Terrorism Event; Train and Prepare.
Lt Col Lane is credited with devising strategies on how to counteract the growing threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s), which he terms “a deadly threat and the Modus Operandi of the modern terrorist”.
Manguard Plus’ director of risk and compliance Leo Harris is a former army ranger who has worked extensively in Uganda, Somalia and Kenya.
He said identifying the potential threat from terrorists should form part of the overall security risk management strategy of a company and “ Ireland, like any other country, is potentially a target.”
He said with so many global corporations having a presence in Ireland “we felt there was an opportunity for us, as a security firm, to bring companies together and inform them on the need for vigilance and equip them with the know how to implement new security strategies and structures”.