Please enjoy our SECURE acronym detailing attributes of advanced security professionals.
Solid business acumen:
An advanced security professional will understand that their role is to help the company to take risks rather than eliminate them as risk-taking is essential to successful business. They should understand what contributes towards, the company’s goals.
An advanced security professional should have the ability to find solutions to complex security problems. This will bring a broad perspective to projects which affords them the ability to accurately identify the root problem, understand your needs, and develop multiple solutions to resolve the issue. In order to check this, one could ensure they have held senior security positions in the past and check references. Another means to check their expertise is to check their qualifications in security or related topics.
There are many certifications available within the security industry, the most prominent are the CPP (Certified Protection Professional), and PSP (Physical Security Professional) from ASIS International – an American organisation for security professionals. Other certifications include CSyP (Chartered Security Professional) from the security institute in the U.K. To achieve CSyP, the professional has demonstrated a high level of competence in five key areas: Security Knowledge, Practical Application, Communications, Leadership and Personal Commitment.
Security has much more synergy with functions that are also responsible for emergency planning, business continuity, risk management and information assurance. Corporate security professionals should now have responsibilities in areas such as corporate governance, information assurance, business continuity, reputation management and crisis management… therefore the term resilience now more accurately reflects the range of their responsibilities.
Although the advanced security professional will have a wealth of knowledge, they may need to see outside assistance or guidance on a particular topic. A resourceful security professional will have many contacts to turn to and be a part of different associations that can offer assistance when needed.
According to ASIS International (2015) ‘the quality of professional security activity ultimately depends upon the willingness of practitioners to observe special standards of conduct and to manifest good faith in professional relationships’.
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