Buckinghamshire New University academic draws on sector experience for The Security Consultant’s Handbook

Richard Bingley has authored an excellent book for security professionals entitled The Security Consultant's Handbook

Richard Bingley has authored an excellent book for security professionals entitled The Security Consultant’s Handbook

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

*UK orders: http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/shop/p-1726-the-security-consultants-handbook.aspx

*USA orders: http://www.itgovernanceusa.com/shop/p-1487-the-security-consultants-handbook.aspx

*Amazon Kindle orders: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Security-Consultants-Handbook-Richard-Bingley-ebook/dp/B015XVEBUA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1443539583&sr=1-1&keywords=the+security+consultants

*To discuss larger orders, such as for staff-wide development, education provision, corporate-branded editions or for conferences contact Sophie Sayer via e-mail: ssayyer@itgovernance.co.uk or telephone: 00 +44 (0)1353 771058

About the Author
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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