Perpetuity Academy launches ‘Technical Surveillance Countermeasures for Security Managers’ accredited eLearning course

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI

Perpetuity Academy – one of the UK’s leading developers and providers of security management training – has launched its new accredited ‘Technical Surveillance Countermeasures for Security Managers’ Level 4 eLearning course in collaboration with the Technical Security Countermeasures Institute.

The course is designed specifically for security directors and managers who develop and implement security strategies, including those focused on the protection of Intellectual Property, information assets, reputation and people.

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI, group training director at the Linx International Group, explained to Risk UK: “There’s a very real and growing threat of espionage through advanced technical surveillance, which can threaten staff as well as Intellectual Property. This course shows security directors and managers how effective countermeasures can be identified and applied to mitigate these worrying threats.”

Four modules

The eLearning course is conducted over six months and covers four modules: Principles of Technical Surveillance, Principles of Technical Countermeasures and Threat Mitigation, Principles of Threat and Risk Analysis in the Context of Technical Surveillance and The Role of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Consultants.

Armed with a wealth of informative and intriguing contributions from fellow members of the Technical Security Countermeasures Institute, John Carter designed the course with input from Perpetuity. “The course follows a logical sequence of learning to introduce students to the subject,” observed Carter. “Assignments are based upon real experiences and scenarios. The content is informative and builds as the student progresses. We look at how technical surveillance can be applied and examine highly effective ways of tackling it, as well as how this should be included in new and existing security and systems planning.”

Carter continued: “We also teach students how to find the right specialist professional advice to deal with threats and avoid the ‘cowboys’. The course examines different approaches to security planning in a variety of scenarios, the importance of fully assessing threats, risks and vulnerabilities and the legal issues pertaining to surveillance and counter-surveillance. For example, we focus on what to do if you catch a criminal in the act and the laws on personal privacy/monitoring suspects.”

Demonstrating professional expertise

The course is designed to demonstrate professional expertise through formal training and qualification, which is something that has arguably been lacking in some parts of the security industry.

Ken Livingstone elaborated: “Experience is very important and has tremendous value, but can be somewhat difficult to demonstrate. Equally, some levels of experience are not always relevant. You could have 20 years’ worth of experience, or simply be repeating one year’s experience 20 times. Specialist vocational training is filling this void by bringing all of the elements together in order to validate experience.”

Professional training also makes sound business sense. Livingstone concluded: “Research carried out by the Cranfield School of Management shows that investing in training not only saves money, but is also more efficient than searching for new talent. Staff are more likely to stay with a company if they receive great training and instruction. It’s far easier to recruit the right newcomers if you offer relevant training.”

*The ‘Technical Surveillance Countermeasures for Security Managers’ eLearning course has intakes in April and October and costs £999 per person. For further details visit:

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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