GICIS to partner with IPSA in forming new Security Education and Training Academy

Left to Right: Flavio Cabral, Justin Bentley and Dr Martin Wright

Left to Right: Flavio Cabral, Justin Bentley and Dr Martin Wright

The Global Institute of Cyber, Intelligence and Security (GICIS) and the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) have jointly announced a groundbreaking partnership which will see the birth of an “industry-leading” Security Education and Training Academy in London.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at GICIS’ central London offices by academic director Dr Martin Wright, head of marketing and business development Flavio Cabral and IPSA’s CEO Justin Bentley.

The MoU seals a partnership that will see GICIS providing the academic infrastructure and support to facilitate IPSA creating a Security Education and Training Academy for its current and future members.

Reflecting on the MoU, Dr Martin Wright said: “We’re delighted to finalise this alliance. We believe it will help deliver great value for all parties involved who will benefit from the well-established presence in the security industry of both GICIS and IPSA.”

Dr Wright went on to state: “This exciting partnership will certainly benefit the security industry, and we eagerly look forward to putting it into action.”

Range of Best Practice courses

GICIS will initially create a range of business Best Practice courses followed by the development of co-branded, marketed and accredited security management and industrial security programmes.

Justin Bentley added: “We’re delighted to enter this joint venture with GICIS as it will allow us to share IPSA’s expertise with a worldwide market, encouraging individuals working in the security business sector to increase their knowledge and level of professionalism.”

IPSA is one of the oldest membership bodies for the international security industry, having been formed over 50 years ago. It has a market reach of around 30,000 individuals and companies.

“IPSA has been built on a foundation of providing quality training,” concluded Bentley. “The new partnership with GICIS will allow us to offer this to an even wider audience.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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