The Knowledge Centre is intended to be a key research and professional development resource for Institute members wishing to increase their knowledge base on specific security subject subjects, while also serving as an essential tool to support the studies of student members.
Headed up by director Angus Darroch-Warren CSyP, The Knowledge Centre will provide members with information sources including research papers, articles, dissertations and links to websites.
It’s recognised by The Security Institute that ‘Security’ covers a broad and diverse set of specialisms relating to: “The protection of people, information and other assets through the prevention, elimination and mitigation of risks and threats”. This includes intelligence gathering, research and information technology.
On that basis, The Knowledge Centre will be structured around the following 16 categories, reflecting the parameters and scope of contemporary security practice:
• Business Management
• Business Resilience
• Counter Terrorism
• Counter Fraud
• Crime and Criminology
• Critical National Infrastructure
• Defence and International Security
• Governance and Compliance
• Information Security
• IT and Cyber Security
• Law and Legislation
• Personnel Security
• Physical Security
• Security Professionalism
• Security Risk Management
These categories will provide a framework for the development of the new Research Directorate and its services, as well as providing new learning resources for the Institute’s vocational courses.
The Knowledge Centre will be launched in phases and, much like any learning platform, it will be continuously developed as additional information is added or existing material (or web links) are updated.
Launch timetable for The Knowledge Centre
Launch of the 16 front pages of the new website takes place on 31 July. This will allow the Institute’s membership to see how the website is structured, including documents under the following headings: ‘Useful websites’, ‘Published Academic and Research Sources’, ‘Theses and Dissertations’, ‘Government and Organisational Reports’, ‘Legislation, Standards and Guidelines’, ‘Editorials and Commentaries’ and ‘Additional Resources’.
The Knowledge Centre is a key project of The Security Institute’s new Research Directorate which is being run by Dr Alison Wakefield (Head, Internal and External Research), Jerry Woods CSyP (Good Practice Guides), Mike Gillespie (Cyber Research/Strategy) and Angus Darroch-Warren (The Knowledge Centre).
It fits both with the objectives of the Institute and the Register of Chartered Security Professionals with regard to education of the membership and the sector as a whole. In particular those studying for the The Security Institute’s Certificate and Diploma (as well as undergraduate and post-graduate students at the various universities and colleges) will benefit from a centralised information resource.
The Knowledge Centre provides exciting additional benefit to the membership, particularly student members, and will demonstrate the expertise that The Security Institute holds within its membership. It also represents one of the first efforts by the security profession on the international stage to define what constitutes security in the new millennium, in turn conveying this to the members and the wider security community.
Want to be involved as a volunteer in The Knowledge Centre Project?
A number of ‘Champions’ from among The Security Institute’s membership have been identified and appointed to lead each of the categories, but the Institute is still looking for members to become involved in this exciting project.
Many of those ‘Champions’ have completed, or are undertaking, doctoral level research in their area of expertise, and will be in a position to communicate their knowledge of key information resources to the membership.
Future development will see each category, headed by its appointed ‘Champion’, broken down into sub-categories and further web pages, matching the above structure. These may be specific to an industry (eg oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, financial services) or form a subset within an existing section (eg physical security may require separate sections on detection systems, CCTV or access control).
Management of a category is not considered to be onerous and represents an ideal opportunity for members to contribute to an Institute project, particularly those who are unable to participate in other events and activities or who are based internationally.
It offers the opportunity to gain valuable CPD points under the ‘Other Contributions’ banner without the cost of travel.
If you’re interested in becoming involved with this project, please contact Helen Corbett (The Security Institute’s senior administrator) on (tel) 08453 707717 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest