ISMI® CSMP® | Current Student Journey | Units 5 & 6 | Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Unit 5 – Security Design, Evaluation & Surveying (Grade: PASS)

  • The practitioner understands the fundamental set of principles that underpin every security design and is able to apply these to produce an optimally configured security programme that is in harmony with the culture of the organisation and its mission objectives.

  • The practitioner is able to evaluate the effectiveness of security systems and programme against a defined set of parameters.

  • The practitioner is able to survey the organization’s security systems to identify areas of imbalance between risk and security and to make appropriate recommendations to optimize security resources in order to achieve greatest risk mitigation at an economical cost.

Unit 6 – Perimeter Protection (Grade: EXCEEDED)

  • The practitioner is able to select from a range of perimeter protection options to design a perimeter which is appropriate to the culture and mission of the organisation and which reduces risk of intrusion to as low as reasonably practicable.

  • The practitioner understands the range of surveillance, detection and delay technology available and is capable of selecting the right technologies for given circumstances and integrating all perimeter design elements to create an optimal protective design.

  • The practitioner understands the inherent vulnerabilities of perimeters and is capable of advising how to integrate and configure manpower to create an effective perimeter defense that provides appropriate deterrence and credible response to incursion attempts.

Unit 3 was a really enjoyable unit, covering specifically the CSO (Chief Security Officer) and his role, going through very informative ASIS documentation and some really informative background documents.

Due to two weeks leave for the Christmas period, and having family in the UAE visiting from the UK, and a new work project commencing, I am not only delayed in writing this, but also yet to start Unit 8, which is the unit for the month of January 2021, focusing on Access Control.

I hope to start n Unit 8 around the 17th January, and with two days set aside, will likely complete the unit workbook in two days.

Unit 6 was incredibly challenging, the first unit requiring extensive PowerPoint skills to develop multiple site plans, a small example is below, note that I exceeded in this unit, so if you wish to achieve the same, this is the level required to pass and exceed.

Prior to the Christmas break, I was able to submit my unit 7 material around the 17th December, ahead of schedule, as usual I aim to submit my unit finals mid month, rather than delaying until the last moment, with luck my late start on unit 8 will not cause me to submit at the last moment, as there is no draft submission for this unit.

Unit 5 was most certainly a step up in required effort, the past units seem rather tame in comparison, and looking back, I wish I were able to re-write some of the earlier units to improve my chances of exceeded grades.

With Unit 6, the focus is more on planning, and as you can see with my example above, considerable effort is required, revering back to all units previous at all times. This is one of a hand full of drawings I needed to complete for this unit, this one actually required 8 hours of continuous work on PowerPoint, which I am very competent at using, however I even learnt new tricks whilst drawing this plan.

The consecutive plans also required a lengthy computer session over a weekend, approximately 12 hours back-to-back to be precise.

You will see the requirement for drawing ability increase in Unit 7 also, which I shall go into at a later stage. The key to Unit 6 will be use of PowerPoint, I would not consider using another program, and I am able to use several. Unit 5 was focused on writing, and can only be achieved with a very good understanding of proceeding units, the material in the student folders for unit 5 will be vital.

The Indicative Content and Common Mistakes document each month is a game changer, and has helped me a great deal, as has reading the chatroom transcript and unit textbooks several times, I use an iPad on a daily basis to read, even a chapter of the student unit textbook.

My Unit 8 workbook is now formatted and ready to start, wish me luck for this month, this month at work is incredibly busy!

Happy New Year to al of you, and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Until the next update.


Adam WG Green ASyl

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