Free online counter-terrorism training now available for security industry

Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence holders can now receive free online counter-terrorism training from the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO). NaCTSO has created special password-protected access for the security industry to its Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness training.

ACT Awareness e-Learning is a new counter-terrorism awareness product specifically designed for all UK-based companies and organisations. It provides nationally accredited corporate counter-terrorism guidance in order to help industry better understand and mitigate current terrorist methodology.

Tony Holyland, the SIA’s head of quality and standards, said: “This offer from NaCTSO means that everyone in the security field, from front line operatives to managers and directors, can access up-to-date counter-terrorism guidance free of charge. We strongly encourage everyone in the industry to complete this course, as it will help to keep security professionals and the public safe in the event of a terror attack. Please share this information with your colleagues and employees. It could save lives.”

Superintendent Adam Thomson, head of NaCTSO, stated: “Terrorist attack planning is harder to detect and is happening in a shorter timeframe. This means that security operatives are increasingly on the front line of counter-terrorism security. It’s very important that security staff, who are responsible for public safety, are able to recognise and respond to potential terrorist attacks.”

Thomson went on to comment: “We’re delighted to be working with the SIA to offer this training to everyone in the security industry. We hope this offer will be taken up widely, as it could make all the difference in the unlikely event that an attack happens.”

The training, which is modular in form, can be completed in approximately 45 minutes. Learners are able to save their progress and continue later if they don’t have time to complete all the modules in one sitting.

The following modules are included: Introduction to Terrorism, Identifying Security Vulnerabilities, How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour, How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item, What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat, How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons Attack and Summary/Supporting Materials.

*Security professionals can follow the link here to request a PIN code from the SIA that will afford them privileged access to the ACT e-Learning

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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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