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Chartered Security Professional status bestowed upon SIA CEO Bill Butler

The Security Institute has announced that Bill Butler – CEO of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the Regulator for the private security business sector – is admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals as of Tuesday 9 December following his interview with Garry Evanson CSyP and Bill Wyllie CSyP.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was created by The Security Institute on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals back in 2011.

Applicants have to be making a strategic contribution to the development of security as a discipline and proceed through a rigorous staged assessment process. Candidates must prove they’ve reached a minimum competence level in each of five defined areas: security knowledge, practical skills, leadership, communications and professional commitment.

Once admitted, registrants are allowed to use the prestigious post-nominal CSyP after their name. They must then comply with a Code of Professional Conduct, hold Professional Indemnity insurance (either individually or via their employer) and complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tasks each year in order to retain the status of Chartered Security Professional.

Bill Butler CSyP: CEO at the Security Industry Authority

Bill Butler CSyP: CEO at the Security Industry Authority

The Register continues to grow with 30 professionals admitted this year alone. Typically, applicants are either employed by security service providers, are public sector employees, consultants or heads of security/senior security managers.

To date there have been applicants from the UK, Australia, the USA, Abu Dhabi, Tunisia, Dubai, the Czech Republic and Spain.

Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority

The Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority (CSPRA), which is chaired by The Security Institute’s President Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, is responsible for setting criteria and standards for Chartered Security Professionals.

This year, the CSPRA reviewed its competency requirements in order that key individuals working strategically for the development and benefit of the security profession would be eligible for acceptance onto the Register.

Commenting on the news, The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP stated: “I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to Bill Butler who now joins a very prestigious group of security professionals. The Register of Chartered Security Professionals represents ‘The Gold Standard’ in professionalism for the security industry. CSyPs demonstrate an ongoing commitment to demonstrable excellence in their work within the security business sector that sets them apart from other security practitioners.”

Shaw added: “When The Security Institute launched its ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ in November, we stressed the importance of creating a broad awareness of security as a profession. The Register is a key component of this effort.”

Speaking about his acceptance to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals, SIA chief executive Bill Butler CSyP said: “I found the admission process to be both challenging and rewarding. I’m very pleased and proud to be admitted as a Chartered Security Professional. This reflects on my own and indeed the SIA’s commitment to the development of professional standards in the security industry.”

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‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’: The Security Institute’s ‘Vision of The Future’

On Tuesday 18 November at The Churchill War Rooms in central London, The Security Institute launched ‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’. The Keynote Speech was delivered by Emma Shaw CSyP, the Institute’s chairman, who duly outlined the organisation’s vision for making professional security more effective: a profession that’s recognised and respected for the immense value it delivers to society, to organisations in both the public and private sector and, indeed, individual members of the public.

Everything The Security Institute has done over the first 15 years of its existence has been building up to this point. We would like to think that our new document entitled: ‘Recognised, Respected and Professional: A Manifesto for Professional Security’ carries on the tradition of The Security Institute’s founding members. Back in 1999, those founding members were willing to seek change and courageous enough to do their utmost in a bold bid to realise that change.

This is the point at which I feel our professional body comes of age. The point at which we are mature enough to profess that we can only achieve our ambitions for this profession not by pursuing our own agenda or through acting as a member association with a narrow focus on member interests but instead by recognising that the first duty of a professional body is to serve the profession itself and all of its many and varied stakeholders.

We understand that, across the sector, there are valuable relationships currently being used for narrow benefit that could be developed to serve the greater good.

First and foremost, this new Manifesto is about collaboration. It sets out a vision and a series of initiatives that encourage working together to achieve key outcomes. In working to bring about those defined outcomes, all organisations within the sector would maintain full autonomy and retain their own individual identity and traditions while at the same time striving to achieve for the good of all.

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

A Manifesto for Professional Security: The Background

Undoubtedly, these are times of immense and rapid change for the security profession and all of its practitioners. The nature of the security threat is changing. Accessible information technologies, global networks, diversification of threats and disruptive technologies will all create risks for the public, for society and for businesses in equal measure. These complex threats require complex solutions and, in turn, this will demand far greater collaboration and co-operation from – and between – those responsible for the security of assets as well as the host organisations representing them.

We also need to remember that it’s not only security professionals who are our stakeholders. Ultimately, the end user of all our services is the general public and The Security Institute feels that not enough has been done to include that public in our thinking as a profession.

There’s a need for greater understanding of what the public perceives as threats, which tend towards the local and short term rather than the international and longer term focus of the Government’s National Security Strategy. Through its professional bodies, the security profession must strive to build bridges with the public it seeks to protect. It is the members of the public who are our primary stakeholders.

Following on from this, security also must engage more actively with its user stakeholders in a bid to demystify its practices and make its own case for wider recognition as a force for good in society. On an individual level, security must strive to promote a clear understanding and appreciation of the things the security profession does on a daily basis to maintain stakeholder well-being.

At a time when security is becoming ever more ubiquitous and might be perceived by some as overbearing, we absolutely cannot afford to let the public lose faith in the professionals who work tirelessly to manage and mitigate the risks it faces and, in so doing, keep members of the public safe.

In the pursuit of greater degrees of security, it must be said that a fine line exists between protecting members of the public and infringing their civil liberties. Here, the security profession has the opportunity to be a reassuring and independent presence between the public and the legislature. We can offer a reliable information channel.

Taking this argument a stage further, the security profession has to encourage an ongoing debate around the moral basis of security. It’s also fair to say that ethical challenges will frequently arise as technology empowers the profession to gather, analyse and use data about citizens.

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

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

The security profession must evolve

The Institute feels strongly that the security profession must evolve in line with the changing nature of risks and equip practitioners to cope with those risks in order to enable them to meet the challenges facing society at large. Technology is one of the key drivers of change, and the security profession – and its cohort – needs to demonstrate the technical and intellectual skills that enable effective working within this environment.

New tools can help transform the sector. For example, big data analytics might be made into working tools, enabling complex data to be turned into smart data and allowing data analysis on a massive scale that quickly provides deeper insights while creating new types of services for host organisations.

We should also consider the make-up of the security profession. Security is still widely viewed as a second career for those coming out of the military or the police service. We need to encourage young people to enter the security world as a first-choice profession after leaving school or university.

Greater and closer co-operation between stakeholder organisations is essential if we are all to fulfil our individual organisational obligations to the profession.

What, then, are the reasons why things we would all agree need to be done are not being done? First, it’s apparent to many of us that ‘Security’ simply doesn’t speak the language of business or the public effectively and so doesn’t participate in the conversations that frequently set the agenda.

Second, one of the strengths of the security sector is the engagement of its members and the vibrant groups, associations and institutes they establish – but this is also its weakness. The security sector is fragmented and lacking in clear leadership.

We also believe that the nature of the relationship between the profession and the public should change. ‘Security’ needs to develop a relationship with the public whereby the users are the ones demanding the services rather than having services they haven’t asked for imposed upon them.

Returning once more to the key theme of collaboration and co-operation, The Security Institute feels there’s an overriding need for a true and sustaining partnership between the security profession, businesses and institutions and the general public.

The Front Cover of the new 'Manifesto for Professional Security'

The Front Cover of the new ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’

Setting aside parochial interests

The Manifesto asks a number of things of various stakeholders within this profession and those who have influence over it. However diverse, large or small they may be, we call upon all of the professional bodies in this industry to set aside any parochial interests and join with us in working independently and in parallel for the benefit of our profession, our industry and our society.

We call on educational bodies and awarding bodies to join with the professional bodies and examine the future development of structured learning programmes designed to up-skill the security workforce.

We call upon key commercial organisations to work with the professional bodies and provide the funding and support that some of these initiatives will entail.

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

To achieve this, the Manifesto proposes a number of initiatives that we – the professional bodies and member associations in the security sector – can establish through working together.

We encourage thoughtful and dynamic collaboration between groups, businesses and individuals. We believe we should establish a Security Commonwealth wherein all organisations come together on an equal basis, retaining their full individual autonomy while working collectively on the development of common approaches to joint challenges

We propose that we should work collaboratively with all willing groups and individuals within the industry to set up a Security Information Service. This will afford the public general advice via a website – ideally sponsored by the industry and, possibly, Government – on all aspects of personal, domestic, travel and cyber security. This can be used to steer public opinion in a favourable direction.

The Security Information Service will share information on how professional security succeeds at major events, such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as well as on a day-to-day basis in peoples’ lives, for instance when they’re at the shops or using public transport. We will celebrate the achievements of those working for the public and support measures to address the abuse and misuse of security.

We wish to work together to improve and heighten the profile of the sector. The Security Institute encourages collaboration with universities and education providers, schools and university careers services and employers. We want to establish clear career paths that demonstrate progress from first entering the profession to roles in the top strata via specialist and generalist positions, technical and business roles.

Put simply, we need to show security to be the challenging, intellectually stimulating, exciting and public-serving discipline that it most certainly is. We can do this through the medium of a Security Careers Advisory Service.

The Foreword is written by Lord Carlile of Berriew, The Security Institute's president

The Foreword is written by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, The Security Institute’s president

Common position on professionalism

We want to work together on developing and sharing a common position on professionalism within our industry. Our joint aim should be the UK becoming the exemplar model that the world can copy. We can create a Working Group, entitled Security Outreach, and target this outreach to opinion formers, politicians and management organisations such as the CBI and the Institute of Directors. We can increase awareness through the Human Resources profession, the purchasing and supply function and Facilities Management, all of which are key enablers in our area.

We act together to promote The Gold Standard created by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, that of the Chartered Security Professional. We act in unison with other industry bodies to create a common point of view and voice that we will use to approach Government with clearly thought-out suggestions designed to encourage and influence the development of a Government White Paper on the future of the security profession. Security Outreach will play a key role in this process.

To ensure that our voice is heard we propose the creation of a Joint Security Associations’ Lobbying Group that would speak on behalf of all the associations – and through them – when representing the profession and its members.

There’s full recognition that this is an ambitious manifesto and requires all stakeholders in the security sector – the associations, the trade bodies, members of the press and individual members – to come together and work effectively for the good of the security profession.

Let’s recognise that we have a great deal in common and that, first and foremost, all bodies in the sector were established to support the members of this profession. There’s much we can and will continue to offer as individual associations, but let’s be brave enough to recognise that there will be many occasions when, if we are to be truly effective, the fact is we are better together, speaking with one voice and promoting a common viewpoint with the weight of our individual organisations firmly behind us.

We recognise that our ambition for the development of the profession is beyond the ability and resources of any one group, organisation or professional association within the sector. We realise that there are many perspectives on the future of the security profession and the broader sector, and that there are informed voices outside of our organisation who can claim thought leadership.

Strong contribution to the sector

We have no wish to necessarily lead these initiatives but undertake to work tirelessly to get them off the ground and to give them our full and continuing support as a willing participant. Indeed, so determined are we to make them a reality that we’re ready to contemplate a future in which The Security Institute itself may cease to exist in its present form and would possibly be subsumed within a larger, more representative grouping that carries greater authority through its universality.

As a professional body, The Security Institute is rightly proud of its journey over the past 15 years. The organisation has made a strong contribution to the sector. However, if this Manifesto meets with an enthusiastic response from other organisations, and we’re able to use its contents in bringing greater cohesion to the profession at large, then this will be our finest achievement to date.

Winston Churchill once famously stated: “I never worry about action, but only inaction.” Together, we have an opportunity before us to start something that’s truly great. Let’s not allow that opportunity to be brought to a halt through inaction. Work with The Security Institute to make it so.

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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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Esoteric broadens global coverage with new Middle East operation

Leading international counter-surveillance company Esoteric is broadening its global coverage by incorporating a new company in Dubai.

Based in the DMCC Free Zone in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers district, Esoteric Middle East will provide a range of specialist security services to corporate and Government clients in the MENA region and help achieve its goal of becoming the region’s leading counter-espionage service provider.

Specialising in providing end-to-end solutions that address the issues of corporate espionage, competitive intelligence gathering and the theft of information, Esoteric Middle East will focus on offering a full suite of counter-surveillance services including Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), otherwise known as electronic bug sweeping, espionage and threat awareness briefings and TSCM training.

Emma Shaw CSyP: md at Esoteric

Emma Shaw CSyP: md at Esoteric

Esoteric’s managing director Emma Shaw CSyP, who’s also chairman of The Security Institute, explained: “We’re delighted and excited by this recent development in the company’s growth strategy. The new Dubai office strengthens Esoteric’s commitment to the region, and I know that our specialist and professional approach will be welcomed by clients across the Middle East.”

Audrey Bedford, head of sales and marketing at Esoteric, added: “We have identified a clear demand from clients in the Middle East where we have been working for some time now. It has become imperative that we establish a base close to where demand is strong. The new Dubai office is a further step in the development of our services in the region.”

*For more information on Esoteric Middle East visit: http://www.esoteric.ae

Further detail about Esoteric

Esoteric is a leading bug sweeping and covert surveillance company working discreetly with corporations, Government departments and high net worth individuals on a global basis to safeguard private information and conversations from illicit eavesdropping devices.

The company firmly believes in delivering a strategic approach that assists its clients in understanding the risks facing a given business. Esoteric works with its customers to implement Best Practice systems, policies and procedures and undertake appropriate measures to address the threat of potential, attempted and actual attacks from competitors, criminals, overseas agencies and employees.

Services include:
• Development of counterespionage/security strategies and policy implementation
• Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM)/electronic bug sweeping
• Critical information protection products such as E-Room 24/7 monitoring sensor, mobile phone detectors and mobile phone blockers
• TSCM training and espionage awareness briefings
• Covert investigations and surveillance

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The Security Institute: a message from the chairman

Four months ago, Emma Shaw CSyP was elected chairman of The Security Institute. Emma has now written to the membership to update everyone on key Institute activities since the election process was concluded and also to outline planned developments.

“It has been an extremely busy few months, and I’m appreciative of the support I have received from many Institute members as well as from the wider security community. The Institute has many external stakeholders and our engagement with them is vital in terms of raising our profile and developing the organisation. The Board of Directors will be continuing to build strong relationships with our stakeholders and identify new opportunities for engagement over the coming months.

“Although we’re a UK-based Institute, our future direction, approach and thinking should also reflect our ability to support those of you who work or have responsibilities in any part of the world. It’s my intention to achieve this objective via a cohesive strategy that uses external communications to develop and influence the shape of our industry, as well as supporting our members in their professional career development.

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

“Earlier this year, the Board of Directors agreed its goals and aims and, in October, will hold a formal day to further develop the organisation’s strategy and tactical plans. It is, of course, the Institute’s aim to continue working towards achieving a Royal Charter as part of its longer term strategy. I plan to publish more details relating to this in the Autumn.

“With this in mind, since my election in April we have re-structured the Board of Directors to complement our aims and objectives as an organisation, launched Phase One of The Knowledge Centre, further engaged with the business and Government communitiesy to raise the awareness of the Institute and its members and attended meetings on the future of regulation.

“In addition, six registrants have been successfully admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals, the Institute’s Validation Board has continued to work hard and validated a further 85 people as members of our organisation and we’ve embarked on a major PR campaign which has seen industry White Papers, feature articles and press releases published both within the security community and other business sector publications.

“This activity is all in addition to ‘business as normal’, where we’ve hosted and run events including the Annual Conference, developed our educational courses, conducted a restructuring review and recruited additional staff at HQ as well as identified suitable premises for the Institute to establish an office in London.”

“We have also just launched The Chairman’s Blog, which will provide regular features from both myself and guest bloggers over the coming months. Please do log on to The Security Institute’s website (https://www.security-institute.org/news/chairmans_blog/chairmans_blog) and let me have your comments.”

New initiatives in the coming months

“Over the coming months, you will also see a number of new Institute initiatives such as the:

• launch of Phase Two of The Knowledge Centre by Gus Darroch Warren CSyP
• development of the Cyber Security Centre by Mike Gillespie
• development of a team of subject matter experts who will be involved in contributing and shaping the industry view within their specific field and led by the expertise of Dr Alison Wakefield
• development of a more formal and transparent governance strategy and further engagement with the business, Government and security communities by Chris Northy-Baker CSyP
• an increase in member benefits, including a number of free educational and social events

“We will send you more details of these and other initiatives through our e-news, blog and other news and social media portals.

“In the next few days, you will receive a copy of our annual report (along with other newsworthy information). The report is an excellent summary of what we have achieved last year by working together. We’re extremely fortunate to have around 12% of our members as active volunteers within the Institute and broader security community, and this has enabled us to extend our capability and engage with our external stakeholders while building on our achievements in 2012. I’m confident that with your continued support we will continue to do so in 2013 and beyond.

“Thank you for your support. If you wish to discuss the Institute and its activities with me then do feel free to contact me via e-mail at: emmas@security-institute.org or ejshaw@esotericltd.com. Alternatively, all of the directors are contactable for discussion about their respective responsibilities.

“I look forward to meeting you at future Institute or industry events.”

Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyl FCMI
Chairman, The Security Institute

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