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Information security under the spotlight at annual SecCom IPA

South Africa – The annual session of the Security Committee of the non-profit International Association of platinum group metals (SecCom IPA), chaired by Norilsk Nickel corporate security director and head of the security unit Vladislav Gasumyanov, focused on how to reduce information security risks.

Participants at the session discussed ways of IT-security risks minimisation, challenges and strategies of protection of company information environment and intellectual property.

Current aspects relating to the activities of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) were also discussed. UNICRI, in its pursuit to approve the United Nations Resolution on “Combating Transnational Organized Crime and its possible connection with the illegal traffic of precious metals” initiated by the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa, is involved in special research to get at the heart of the problem and propose solution options.

Additionally, during the course of the meeting the participants discussed issues related to the counteraction of illegal precious metals traffic and security enhancement of product supply chain; exchanged views on creation of an industry database of “risky products”; and the improvement of scientific programs aimed at establishing the origin of PGM-bearing products.

Particular attention was paid to cooperation with the customs authorities.

Industry-specific proposal of the Russian Customs Academy submitted by Norilsk Nickel was reviewed and approved.

An important aspect of the discussion was also the development of international cooperation.

At the meeting, Gasumyanov, was also unanimously re-elected for a third term as the SecCo IPA chairman for producers.

The SecCo IPA meeting, held in Rustenburg, was attended by security units representatives of the world’s leading platinum producers from South Africa, including Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum, Lonmin Platinum and Royal Bafokeng Platinum; large processing companies, namely Johnson Matthey from the UK, Germany-based Heraeus, Belgium-based Umicore and Russia-based Krastsvetmet; as well as the Germany-based chemical group BASF and recognized leader in precious metals, Tanaka Company from Japan.

Besides representatives of the Security Committee member companies, the meeting was attended by the management of the South African National Police Service, the South African National Prosecutor’s Office coordinator of the multiagency committee on illegal mining, as well as the head of Anglo Research analytical laboratory, owned by Anglo American Platinum.

The aim of the IPA is to serve as an early warning system for the PGM industry by monitoring legislation on environmental protection, health & safety, and sustainable development, representing common interests of the global PGM industry; while the Security Committee is one of the constant working committees of IPA and provides industry interaction coordination pertaining to security and information sharing on illegal trafficking of PGM bearing material.

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Chantelle Kotze
Chantelle Kotze is a Johannesburg-based media professional. She is a contributor at Mining Review Africa (Clarion Events - Africa) and has created content for the media brand over the past 6 years.