Professor Rona Beattie and Dr David BaMaung


Date: Wednesday 14th Jan 2015‌

Professor Rona BeattieTime: 1pm or 4pm

Room: 2.4

Topic: Do you know who is working for you? Personnel security: the missing link in organisational and national security

Speaker: Professor Rona S Beattie, Glasgow Caledonian University with Dr David BaMaung, Glasgow Caledonian University

Speaker biographies

Professor Rona S Beattie MA (Hons) pgDipCG PhD Chartered FCIPD FHEA

Rona S Beattie is Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Department of Business Management, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.

Rona has published widely, presented many papers at international conferences and is a member of a number of journal editorial boards. Her teaching and research interests are diverse including healthcare management, employee engagement, voluntary sector leadership, coaching, mentoring, the role of line managers as facilitators of workplace learning, and HRM in public service organisations.

It is this latter research interest that sparked Rona’s interest in personnel security and the insider threat to infrastructure organisations, public, private or third sector.

She has returned recently from presenting a paper on initial research findings into the gap in personnel security, funded by the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI) at the International Research Symposium on Public Service Management at Carleton University in Canada, on behalf of Dr David Bamaung and herself. This paper is currently under review by a leading public sector journal.

David and Rona are currently carrying out on-going research into public sector and financial sector organisations, particularly vulnerable to insider threats. Rona is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

David BaMaung (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Seminar brief

Developing internal resilience is acknowledged as being key to survival in the case of a catastrophic incident, attack, or disaster occurring within an organisation.

Security has a crucial role to play in this process.

While many see the role of business continuity managers, risk managers, security departments and ICT engineers as being critical to ensuring the survival of their organisation, the HRM function has an equally important role to play in the case of an attack from ‘within’. People are both our weakest and strongest link in security.

Rona and David will discuss, based on an on-going study in collaboration with Police Scotland, the important role which can be played by the HRM and recruiting functions within an organisation to defend it against an ‘insider attack’.

They will also locate the role of personnel security within a wider integrated security management approach. In addition, they will relate the role of HRM to wider national security and discuss potential outcomes when this is allowed to fail.

Finally, Rona and David will outline the need for and the potential content for a specialist qualification in Personnel Security not only for HR specialists, but also related professionals in risk management, ICT and security.