ISMI® CSMP® | Current Student Journey | Units 11 & 12 | Chapter 6

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Chapter 6 of 7

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Unit 11 – Protection of Information (PASS)

  • The practitioner is able to advise line and senior management on a range of current and emerging threats to information in hardcopy and electronic form, and advise on the unique respective implications of targeting trade secrets, proprietary information and personal data.

  • The practitioner is able to recommend a range of human, technical and procedural countermeasures designed to reduce the exposure of sensitive information to compromise.

  • The practitioner understands and can advise on threats to information in specific circumstances (e.g. travel, telephonic, spoken in meeting rooms and office etc.) and can advise on specific counter-technical surveillance measures to address each.

Unit 12 – Protection of at-Risk Personnel (PASS)

  • The practitioner can produce policies and program's designed to manage workplace violence risk.

  • The practitioner can specify a range of security measures to reduce exposure to robbery in cash-handling areas.

  • The practitioner can develop proactive program's and emergency response measures which will be implemented in the event of an active shooter or disturbed person(s) with weapons on site.

  • The practitioner can implement a programme of measures designed to manage the security business traveler's while overseas.

Journey - Units 11 & 12

Unit 11 was one of the most enjoyable of the program for me, primarily because it offered an insight into an area of security often not thought about, and honestly, an area I do not have much knowledge about.

A significant amount of writing was required in this unit, and I comfortably felt I went above and beyond in several tasks, even implementing a full SRA into one of them, as you shall see below.

Upon commencing the course you will be reminded that throughout that you will be continuously reverted back to use previous content in units, especially units 1, 4, 5 and 7, in my experience throughout the course.

You will see above that I have shown reference to unit 1 and other external documents which it vital to the success of the course, and of course, at this stage, you do not want to be plotting incorrect information in the SRA!

One task within the unit sets the scene of you being a consultant tasked with developing a technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) plan for an organisation preparing to hold an extremely sensitive meeting with a potential merger partner. Produce an outline for the TSCM plan, identifying actions and timelines.

This tasks allows for those with any Advanced Security knowledge, to think outside the box and implement a plan which might be suitable. Those with EP experience should be able to elaborate on this task and give some good depth, a very enjoyable unit.

Unit 12 gave me the impression it was focused on EP, but it was focused on; Workplace Violence, Armed Robbery, Active Shooter, Business Travel Security.

The unit is presented completely different to previous units, with a case study for both, proceeded by either a requirement for a risk management mitigation strategy, critical analysis and future recommendations. The below is an extract from one segment of a task answer.

I am under the impression that each unit is slightly tweaked by David depending on the intake, so what maybe a case study in unit 5 for me, might have been different in the previous, or proceeding intake. That being said task 4 of my unit was based on a chap named John, who worked for a very large global company, and was sent on business overseas.

Based on significant blunders by the company, one of the requirements of the task was to produce a critical analysis of the events in the case study, focusing specifically on any management failings.

One thing I have learned from this course, do not be like George in unit 3, or John in unit 12!

You will need to refer back to unit 11 for a vast amount of this unit, and revert to the background documents which are provided. This unit has some very in-depth material to support your assignment, be sure to read most of it in full, but be sure to read the textbook cover-to-cover and as I mentioned, do this for all units, this should be your single source of truth, with the supporting material to buffer up the assignments.

An incredibly insightful document which is well worth an in-depth read; CPJ Journalist Security Guide.

In task 4, you will be required to adapt on any kidnapping risk, or a kidnapping that has taken place, the unit background documents has significant information in this regard.

My unit 12 results came back yesterday (06/06/2021) and the next step is to have all 12 unit submissions assessed by an external verifier before the accrediting body and ISMI confirm I have achieved the CSMP®.

I am looking forward to spending my free time with my 17 month old son (whom was 5 month old when I embarked on this course), my wife, and hopefully more nights watching Netflix, instead of focusing on studies.

That being said, a void is occurring, so perhaps this is not the end of my study journey? only time shall tell...

Chapter 7 of 7 coming soon, and I sincerely thank everybody for their kind messages, and most importantly time they have taken to follow my student journey over the past 12 months.

Thank you.

Adam WG Green ASyl

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