Nornickel chaired the annual IPA Security Committee meeting in Johannesburg (South Africa). The meeting was attended by the world’s leading platinum producers from South Africa (Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin, Impala Platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum), processing companies from the UK (Johnson Matthey), Germany (BASF, Heraeus), Belgium (Umicore) and Japan (Tanaka). The event was chaired by Nornickel for the fourth year running.
At the top of the meeting’s agenda was information security of the metals and mining companies. The participants specifically pointed at the increased threats to the companies’ information security. Roman Gudov, Head of Corporate Security Department, Nornickel, Chairman of the IPA Security Committee, emphasised that Nornickel is one of the world’s leading metals and mining companies and a systemically important asset for the Russian economy. Nornickel’s sustainable operations are of strategic significance for the economic security of Russia.
“For this reason, it comes as no surprise that external adverse impact has become a permanent threat to IT security. To mitigate the IT risks and combat cyber attacks, the Company has introduced a number of dedicated systems and solutions. With its initiatives, Nornickel takes a global perspective and is willing to share experience on corporate and global cyber security,” said Gudov.
At the 11th International Forum on Partnership of State Authorities, Civil Society and the Business Community in Ensuring International Information Security organised by IISRC (of which Nornickel is a member) Nornickel came forward with an initiative of creating an Information Security Charter for Critical Industrial Facilities to be based, inter alia, on the international best practices pertaining to the development of relevant guidelines and documents.
The session involved an exchange of opinions on further strengthening of measures aimed at preventing the illicit trafficking of semi-products containing precious metals.
As a participant of the UN Global Compact, the largest corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiative, Nornickel urged its IPA colleagues to proceed with the development of an effective global tool to combat illegal trafficking of precious metals drawing on the experience of public-private partnerships and recommendations of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) worked out as part of the Institute’s research programme conducted with direct involvement of Nornickel’s Corporate Security Department. The international public-private partnership project to prevent illegal trafficking of precious metals developed under Nornickel’s three-year chairmanship of the Security Committee through close collaboration with South African partners and UNICRI has given a strong impetus to creating a mechanism able of ensuring reliability of precious metals supplies.
The invited guests of the meeting, namely the representatives of the South African Police Service and Customs Administration and UNICRI experts, discussed expanding partnership between government and private companies involved in customs control over the movement of metals and metal bearing products, as well as preventing illegal trafficking of precious metals-bearing feedstock.
In his speech on ensuring economic security of Nornickel operations, the Company’s representative highlighted the issue of training corporate security specialists. In particular, he reported on the establishment of the Corporate Security Chair in Moscow State Institute of International Relations at the request of Nornickel, and expressed confidence that its graduates will be in demand by both state-owned and private companies. Besides, with Nornickel’s basic chair, it will be possible to engage unique experts and offer hands on experience through internships for the students. It will also ensure that there is an adequate supply of corporate security specialists for key Russian companies.
Nornickel was elected chair of the IPA Security Committee for the fifth time.