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The Institute’s View
The fact that the UK’s security industry really does
‘matter’ was evidenced by the recent
announcement concerning Her Royal Highness The
Princess Royal bestowing Royal Patronage upon
The Security Institute. Here, Bob Martin outlines
precisely why this truism will continue to prevail
SECURITY MATTERS. What
an aptly named magazine you’re
reading. The key word for what follows
is not ‘Security’, though, but ‘Matters’.
Are we focusing on the many and varied
wonderful articles always to be found in
this magazine, not to mention all of the
advertisers who absolutely ‘matter’ in
our daily working lives? Or are we
concerned with things of importance
that ‘matter’ to us in our profession? The
answer, of course, is: ‘Both’.
COVID-19 has engendered much
discussion about several security-related
‘matters’, among them ‘The Insider
Threat’. This isn’t a new threat at all. It’s
only that some of the circumstances
have changed. Did people never work
from home pre-March 2020?
Personally, I spent a good portion of
my own corporate life working ‘out of
the office’ but, as an independent
consultant, only had one client who
provided me with such an environment.
What attention was paid to the likes
of myself? Being a security professional,
none. If you cannot trust me in my role,
who can you trust? The exact same
applies to the head of procurement, IT
and finance, etc. Could these individuals
who’ve always been there serve as ‘The
Insider Threat’? Does that ‘matter’? It
certainly should if we’re to be seen to
transact our security duties correctly.
The Manchester Arena Inquiry’s
findings are emerging. Part One doesn’t
make for pleasant reading. Martyn’s Law
– itself driven forward not by the
security sector, but rather Figen Murray
– must be embraced and should ‘matter’
to us all within the profession.
It should ‘matter’ to security
practitioners that ‘misjudgments’ must
not be allowed to happen. It should
‘matter’ to us all that individuals and
organisations must receive and impart
the correct level of knowledge applicable
to their role/place in the profession.
Since March last year, we’ve all had to
learn new skills, some of which we’ll
continue to put to good use. It ‘matters’
to us how we in the profession best
apply these new skill sets.
Less time ‘on the road’ has realised more
opportunities to learn. The number of
learning-centric webinars has
burgeoned. Many of us have taken
advantage. The Security Institute alone
ran over 40 such webinars in 2020 with
titles as diverse as ‘Security Technology
as a Business Enhancer’, ‘The Science
Behind Stopping Targeted Attacks’ and
‘Coping When a Crisis Hits’.
Pandemic or not, keeping abreast of
the latest developments across all facets
of the profession – and at all levels
within it – really does ‘matter’.
The Security Institute, of course,
manages the Register of Chartered
Security Professionals (CSyPs) on behalf
of The Worshipful Company of Security
Professionals. The CSyP designation and
The Worshipful Company of Security
Professionals demonstrate exactly how
professional security really does ‘matter’.
The Security Institute also operates 14
Special Interest Groups, the members of
which have spent their own time and
energy improving and developing
sectors of specific interest including
cyber, convergence, inclusivity, front line
operations and counter-terrorism.
Security ‘matters’ to all those involved
irrespective of COVID-19.
The Security Institute’s Continuing
Professional Development scheme
demonstrates that assertion still further.
The number of individuals who’ve
completed their annual returns in record
time has been astonishing.
Security Industry Authority changes to
the licence requirements – with more
being proposed – don’t only ‘matter’ to
applicable security professionals. They
can also help to improve the entire
perception of those officers in the eyes
of the general public. First Aid skills for
certain licence holders must be
something that ‘matters’ and, indeed,
ought to be shouted about.
Within the UK, it does ‘matter’ that
we’re fortunate to have some really
robust organisations who embrace the
security profession. There are generic
‘member’-centric organisations that
really ‘matter’ to their membership. The
Security Institute and ASIS
International’s UK Chapter spring to
mind. There are also specific ‘member’-
focused organisations such as the
National Association for Healthcare
Security that ‘matter’ a great deal to
those operating within the sphere(s)
covered by their membership.
Then there’s the UK Security
Commonwealth diligently serving as an
umbrella body for over 40 security
organisations. The Commonwealth
really does ‘matter’. It’s a strong single
voice that can – and does – represent
many within the profession.
At the Governmental level, the Centre
for the Protection of National
Infrastructure is a true ‘friend’ of all in
the security profession. At the
Government level, it ‘matters’ that we in
the profession are recognised.
It must ‘matter’ to us that
organisations such as those mentioned
here are there for us all. It ‘matters’ not
whether you’re using the word ‘matters’
as a verb or a noun.
The fact is that ‘Security Matters’. It
absolutely does. So do you. •
Bob Martin JP CSyP FSyI is a Director
of The Security Institute