ISMI® CSMP® | Current Student Journey | Units 9 & 10 | Chapter 5

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Chapter 5 of 7

Unit 8 – Access Management (REFERRED in January 2021)

****Re-submission to a (PASS) in March 2021****

  • The practitioner can select from a range of different access management approaches and regimes for a wide range of environments and functions.

  • The practitioner understands the primary equipment, technology and methods necessary to create effective access management and can specify and apply these proficiently.

  • The practitioner can select from a range of mechanical, electronic and biometric locking and access management devices and understands how and where each can best be utilized, while ensuring conformance with building and fire codes.

Unit 9 – Video Surveillance (PASS)

  • The practitioner can differentiate between the pros and cons of the multitude of different CCTV surveillance options available.

  • The practitioner can produce an outline specification for a CCTV surveillance concept for a range of circumstances, taking into account developments in technology and associated economical payback through diversified and dynamic return on investment.

  • Through the correct and cost-effective application of CCTV surveillance the practitioner is able to reduce the exposure of the organisation to crime and loss.

Unit 10 - Facility Counterterrorism (PASS)

  • The practitioner understands the range of typical terrorist tactics that are employed to attack an organisation.

  • The practitioner has the ability to optimize standard security measures to mitigate the most common kinds of terrorist action.

  • The practitioner is able to identify and specify those specific counterterrorism protective security measures necessary to address specific terrorist actions that can be mitigated by the optimization of existing security means.

Journey - Units 9 & 10

Upon receiving mu unit 8 results, having referred, I felt pretty demotivated moving onto unit 9, especially knowing that the subject was not my strongest area of expertise.

The unit required a significant amount of drawing ability, something I am strong at, and have been throughout the course. You will be required to base the unit around a real-life case study, so ensure you have one in mind, as the entire unit will require you to use it throughout.

I have said this before, I am unsure how anybody could do these units without having a real-life, recent case study to work from, hence the importance of an NDA from the start of the course, as you will be required to use a single, or several real-life case study throughout the course.

The unit requires a significant amount of reading, not only the unit textbook, but background materials, which includes technical information surrounding CCTV and its usage, it's design and how they vary in use, depending on the scenario.

Unit 10 and it's content proved to be the most enjoyable of the course, having now completed unit 12, I can honestly say that unit 10 was the highlight of the programme for me.

You will need to be prepared to do any awful lot of writing for this unit, and complete a significantly complex site plan for a VCP, the below plan is the one I used, which took me approximately eight hours to complete, another weekend overnight accomplishment.

''Your paper was assessed by a SME working for one of the UK’s regional police forces so the level of scrutiny was rigorous.

Unit 10 is stretching (as is CT risk mitigation in general!) and you are right to announce your achievement, but I would like to take this opportunity to go a step further and celebrate the detail of what you achieved.

In the first task you demonstrated a well above average ability to analyze and illustrate with case studies the consequential impacts of terrorism, and moving forward in Task 2 to analysis the private sector responsibilities for terrorism risk mitigation.

Task 3 required you to produce a CT management briefing for a high-profile event. Drawing on the material provided and your experience, you produced a very detailed document that would serve well as the foundation for a full CT plan.

Another task required you to devise and design a VCP to mitigate MTFA and complex attacks. This stretches student to think of multiple, different and simultaneous attack vectors. Your solution was one of the “best in class”.

You concluded your paper with a solid demonstration of the contents of a Terrorism Emergency Response Plan.

And all of this in a busy month alongside your day job!''

One area I enjoyed the most about this unit, unique to the others, was the requirement to look back at historic events, and analyze, or review them in depth in relation to terrorism.

I have just this morning submitted my unit 12 paper, the last of the course. My unit 11 results are due on 23rd May all being well, and then finally my unit 12 results on 23rd June 2021.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a truly worthwhile course, and I am thankful I took the leap last year, it has been a significant challenge, amongst everything I have going on in my life.

This time last year we were in compete lockdown in the UAE, and I was working from home, and having just become a father, thinking I would be working from home for another six months I enrolled.

One week after enrollment I was “asked” if I wanted to go back to site and support our front-line security team, I jumped at the chance.

On three occasions over the past 11 months I considered deferring onto a self-paced option, for me this was not an option at all.

Embracing challenges is what I have always believed in, pushing myself mentally, forcing myself to study after 15 hours at work, and having put my son to sleep, looking at the clock at 2200hrs knowing I need to be back at work for 0800hrs, but completing six hours of study as that was the only time I had.


Adam WG Green ASyl

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