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The Security Institute launches ‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’

The Security Institute – the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals – launched its ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ on Tuesday 18 November at the Churchill War Rooms in London.

The Security Institute’s vision is to make professional security more effective – recognised and respected for the value it delivers to society, to organisations in both the public and private sector and to individual members of the public.

The Institute firmly believes that professional security has the opportunity and the responsibility to play a full role in addressing the challenges and security risks of the future. The organisation’s vision is that the sector as a whole should become recognised, respected and seen as professional by Government, the business world and the public at large. On that basis, the ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ sets out what The Security Institute is going to do to make this change happen.

The Security Institute commented: “This is an ambitious Manifesto and requires all stakeholders in this sector – the associations, the trade bodies, the press and the memberships – to come together and work effectively for the good of the profession.”

The Security Institute has launched 'A Manifesto for Professional Security'

The Security Institute has launched ‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’

Needs of Government and society at large

An official statement continued:

(1) We call on all professional bodies in this industry, however diverse, however large or small to be more outward looking and join with us in working independently and together for the benefit of our profession, the benefit of our industry and the benefit of our society

(2) We call on education bodies to join with us to examine the future development of structured learning programmes designed to upskill the security workforce

(3) We call upon key commercial organisations to work with us to provide the funding and support that some of these initiatives will entail

(4) We call upon Government and its many agencies to establish an enabling, meaningful and ongoing dialogue with the profession to ensure it develops in a way that’s entirely consistent with the needs of Government and society

Security Institute chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “We are proud to present our ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ to the security community. This is a time of immense change, innovation and development within the security sector. Some of the changes are driven by technology, some by external events and some through innovative approaches via the constant quest to always remain one step ahead of those who would interfere with our safety. Our Manifesto is a call for closer co-operation and collaboration between the professional bodies, the forums and networks within the security sector. We ask you to work with us to make security a profession of which we can be proud. One that is forward-looking, influential and an aspirational career choice for ambitious young people.”

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

The ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ can be downloaded at: https://www.security-institute.org/About_Us/syi_manifesto

Art and science of security management

The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. It promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and spread Best Practice across the security sector – a sector responsible for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.

The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority it sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of licensees and admitted registrants.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011. Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company which is: “To promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such a profession.”

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Houses of Parliament achieves business continuity management certification

Business continuity management has become a critical business discipline, helping organisations prepare for (and recover from) a wide range of unexpected incidents and unwelcome interruptions. As part of its commitment to ensure there’s a robust business continuity management system in place, the Houses of Parliament has implemented and gained certification to ISO 22301 (the international business continuity management system standard from BSI).

The Houses of Parliament’s management team recognised that effective business continuity management was vital to achieving strategic goals and operational resilience. By implementing ISO 22301 as a Best Practice framework, it was possible to better identify and manage current and future threats and take a proactive approach to minimising the impact of incidents.

If an unforeseen incident should take place, the two Houses of Parliament needed to be resilient enough as an organisation to respond to the incident in order to protect staff, the environment and the services provided, minimise disruption to Parliamentary business and recover from the incident and return to normality as quickly as possible.

Being a UN World Heritage site and an icon of national identity were but two of the unique challenges presented in terms of designing the business continuity management system. Other factors to be considered included the importance of the political dynamic, the traditions and rules of procedure that provide the basis for ‘business as usual’ activities and the dual nature of Parliament and its decision-making processes.

The Houses of Parliament in Westminster

The Houses of Parliament in Westminster

Martin Fenlon, the business resilience co-ordinator for the Houses of Parliament, commented: “We have a responsibility to ensure Parliament can sit – and be seen to be sitting – as and when required. In order to deliver this we needed to develop a business continuity management capability. As a confident, competent organisation we wanted to follow industry Best Practice which is why we pursued certification to ISO 22301.”

Fenlon added: “During the assessment process we worked with BSI to identify opportunities for improvement as well as affirming areas of good practice. The building blocks are now in place for an effective business continuity management system. However, the next step is to embed our business resilience arrangements in a changing business environment.”

Lorna Anderson, global technical manager at BSI, explained: “An effective business continuity management system can go much further than merely being a plan for delivering ‘business as usual’. It’s about building a secure foundation to enable a business to adapt quickly and change in line with the market – protecting current operations but also building a platform for future growth. Our clients tell us that by putting effective business continuity management processes and structured, exercised continuity plans in place, they’ve increased their capability and agility to respond to challenges and are not only more likely to survive but, in many cases, thrive.”

In conclusion, Anderson said: “By gaining certification, the Houses of Parliament has demonstrated to the public and key stakeholders that it takes its responsibilities seriously and follows industry Best Practice. This is testament to the hard work that has gone into ensuring critical services remain resilient.”

*The scope for the certification applies to the Houses of Parliament Administrations only

About BSI: the British Standards Institution

BSI is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of Best Practice into habits of excellence.

Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Over a century later, BSI continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards (many of which were originated by the BSI).

Renowned for its marks of excellence (including the consumer-recognised BSI Kitemark™), BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, the built environment, the food industry, healthcare and ICT.

With over 72,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organisation whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.

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