Richard Bingley PGCLTHE, senior lecturer in security and organisational resilience at Buckinghamshire New University, has written (and now had published) an excellent tome entitled The Security Consultant’s Handbook.
The modern security practitioner has shifted from being a predominantly protective site and assets manager to become a leading contributor to overall organisational resilience. Accordingly, The Security Consultant’s Handbook sets out an holistic overview of the essential core knowledge, emerging opportunities and approaches to corporate thinking that are increasingly demanded by employers and buyers in the security market.
Published by IT Governance (Cambridgeshire), the book (ISBN 9781849287487) provides essential direction for those who want to succeed in security, either individually or as part of a team. It also aims to stimulate some fresh ideas and provide new market routes for security professionals who may feel that they’re somewhat under-appreciated and/or overexerted in traditional business domains.
Distilling the author’s 15 years’ experience as a security practitioner, and incorporating the results of some 50 interviews with leading security professionals in tandem with a detailed review of a wide range of supporting business literature, The Security Consultant’s Handbook draws together a compendium of security practices covering areas such as:
*Entrepreneurial practice (business intelligence, intellectual property rights, emerging markets, business funding and business networking)
*Management practice (the security function’s move from the basement to Boardroom, fitting security into the wider context of organisational resilience, security management leadership, adding value and professional proficiency)
*Legislation and regulation (relevant UK and international laws such as the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Geneva Conventions)
*Private investigations (surveillance techniques, tracing missing people, witness statements and evidence and surveillance and the law)
*Information and cyber security (why information needs protection, intelligence and espionage, cyber security threats and mitigation approaches such as the ISO 27001 standard for Information Security Management)
*Protective security (risk assessment methods, person-focused threat assessments, protective security roles, piracy and firearms)
*Safer business travel (Government assistance, safety tips, responding to crime, kidnapping, protective approaches towards travel security and corporate liability)
*Personal and organisational resilience (workplace initiatives, crisis management and international standards such as ISO 22320, ISO 22301 and PAS 200)
Fully-referenced Case Studies and check lists are also included.
Nurturing business thinkers
Speaking about the venture, Bingley told Risk UK: “Like most other sectors, security management in this day and age is very much about nurturing business thinkers and enablers and allowing them to flourish once they’ve learned their core competences. This book is designed to marry both strands of the business requirement, namely entrepreneurship and solid, professional proficiency.”
Priced at £39.95, The Security Consultant’s Handbook aims to be a practical and enabling guide for security officers and contractors. According to Bingley (course leader for the MA in Leadership and Management and the Certificate in Security Management at Buckinghamshire New University), its purpose is to “plug information gaps or provoke new ideas” and provide a real-world support tool for those who want to offer their clients safe, proportionate and value-driven security services.
“My motivation for writing the book was really to help security professionals become more commercially confident,” asserted Bingley, “and better understand business and entrepreneurial environments and practices while also providing a wide range of practitioner knowledge for any committed resilience professional.”
Bingley is the co-founder of City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN), the popular business security advisory network. As stated, he has more than 15 years’ sector experience in a range of high-profile security and communications roles, including as a close protection operative at London’s 2012 Olympic Games and in Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
He’s a licensed close protection operative in the UK and holds a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education.
Bingley is the author of two previous books, namely Arms Trade: Just the Facts (published back in 2003) and Terrorism: Just the Facts (2004).
The Security Consultant’s Handbook
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