The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, has announced a working relationship with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) designed specifically to promote security professionalism. The Security Institute will now collaborate with the CPNI and help identify opportunities to promote professionalism in the security business sector in the areas of physical, personal, cyber and information security with the overall aim of raising standards. This may include opportunities relating to education, research and the distribution of advice and guidance. Institute chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented:” I’m delighted to announce this initiative and look forward to working with the CPNI on driving forward professional standards. This year is the 15th Anniversary of The Security Institute and, during our time of operation, we have helped define and move forward the agenda for growing professionalism within the security sector.” The Security Institute now boasts the highest number of members in its history and over 1,000 students have completed the organisation’s distance learning qualifications. Indeed, 2014 will see the largest number of students studying in any one year. Shaw continued:” We were instrumental in the development of The Register of Chartered Security Professionals which was created by The Security Institute in 2011 on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Applicants have to go through a rigorous staged assessment process which is why this represents ‘The Gold Standard’ in professionalism for the sector.” In conclusion, Shaw stated:” The Security Institute’s membership continues to grow. We plan to launch a Professional Development Framework later this year which will assist anyone working within the profession to develop their skills.” The UK’s national infrastructure: the detail The UK’s national infrastructure is defined by the Government as:” Those facilities, systems, sites and networks necessary for the functioning of the country and the delivery of the essential services upon which daily life in the UK depends.” The national infrastructure is categorised into nine sectors: Communications, Emergency Services, Energy, Financial Services, Food, Government, Health, Transport and Water. There are some cross-sector themes such as technology wherein there may be infrastructure which supports the delivery of essential services across a number of sectors. Infrastructure is characterised according to its value or ‘criticality’ and the impact of its loss. This categorisation is completed using the Government’s Criticality Scale which assigns categories for different degrees of severity of impact. Not everything within a national infrastructure sector is ‘critical’. Within the sectors there are certain ‘critical’ elements of infrastructure, the loss or compromise of which would have a major detrimental impact on the availability or integrity of essential services and potentially lead to severe economic or social consequences or even loss of life. These ‘critical’ assets coprise the nation’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and are individually referred to as ‘infrastructure assets’. Infrastructure assets may be physical (eg sites, installations or elements of equipment) or logical (for instance information networks and systems).
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.