The Security Institute (Syl) | Being a Member & Why?


About the Institute


The UK’s largest professional membership body for security professionals, with over 3,000 members to date and rapidly increasing.


Since 2000 The Security Institute has been working to promote the highest possible standards of integrity and professional competence in the business of security.


If you wish to find out more about becoming a member, please contact me via InMail, I will be happy to offer my advice, and further information on the process.


My Reasons For Joining


In early 2020 I embarked on the application to join the institute, which I had been postponing for sometime, in fact several years, why might you ask, I will explain.


With no meaningful academic qualifications, and having not renewed my ASIS CPP® several years ago, my application was solely reliant on my 19 years of security industry experience, the background screening was not a concern for me, as I knew I was able to evidence this to the screening company Inkerman, whom by the way offer an exceptional level of service, incredibly prompt, professional and helpful.


I was considering postponing the application as I knew that this year I would commence my ISMI® CSMP® and this allows you to apply via the fast track option, please see here for more information on the scoring matrix adopted by the board of directors.


If you have an inflated ego the process of having an assessment board made up of some of the industries most influential and professional practitioners reviewing your application and CV, scrutinizing your qualification and background may seem a daunting and intimidating process, especially if you feel you are of FSyl material, that's a Fellow membership, the highest grade you can be awarded in the institute.


For myself, I was awarded an Associate level membership, ASyl. This was of no surprise to me as I had very little, or no academic evidence to provide and to be honest, I was grateful for this alone, and to start at the bottom and work my way up based on ongoing personal professional development and my passion and commitment to the industry.

Benefits


Several people said to me that you get out what you put in, just like everything else in life. Since becoming a member my own exposure has increased significantly on LinkedIn, and my network has truly opened up to primarily seasoned corporate security directors around the globe, many of which I would not have come across if it were not for the institute.


Do I attend the CPD webinars as much as I would like to? no is the answer, I simply do not have the time. Although UK based, the institute is increasing it's exposure in the Middle East, only last week I was honorably welcomed into the Middle East Members Group (MEMG) which aim to promote better practices of security within the region and promote the institute and the mission it stands for.


The Acronyms


ASyl, MSyl or FSyl, do they matter? well that depends on ones personal opinion. Is it likely an HR Manager in the Middle East will know what they stand for? is it likely they will know what the acronyms CSMP® Dip stands for when I pass my diploma in June 2021? unlikely, so this goes two ways.


One, if a hiring person is seeking to hire a security leadership professional, then it is their job to know what the minimum hiring requirements are for that role and outline any professional memberships the candidate should possess, if any. Recently I came across a requirement for a role in Qatar stating that the applicant should hold a membership with ASIS®, I am not sure what weight that carries over a Syl membership, because anybody can have a membership with ASIS®, transparently speaking.


On the second hand, it is our job as a member to educate and explain what these acronyms mean to potential hiring persons, of course, they may know if they specialise in hiring security leadership professionals or are in fact a security entity in the first instance.


Cost


That depends, a Student membership starts at £50 annually, whereas an MSyl membership costs £170, you can also pay an overseas annual fee of £100 which is what I pay as I am located outside of the UK.

This works out at about 460 Dhs a year, which works out to be a quarter of what I would pay for my groceries on a weekly basis, so is it worth it? the answer is simply yes, as the exposure, the networking and professional development opportunities are priceless, especially if you have an open mind and think ahead to the future.


Conclusion


If anybody has any questions about joining the institute, please reach out to me and I shall point you in the right direction.


You may contact me via InMail anytime, but please keep in mind I receive a large amount of messages so please nudge me if I fail to respond within 24 hours.


Regards,


Adam Green ASyl