Today's security environment has become increasingly complex and fault intolerant. Companies rely upon those providing technical support and guidance to provide timely, relevant and appropriate guidance. With legal liability and accountability becoming more prevalent in today's business environment, ensuring that education and training is credible, relevant and well-founded is becoming a key concern. IAMSP has established an approach to assisting those preparing for certifications such as the ASIS International Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) as well as the (ISC)2 Computer and Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) that takes into account the need for individually-tailored learning that leverages network-enabled technology. These coaching sessions, which can be arranged for small groups or on a one-on-one basis take into account individual learning biases, provide significant resources and do so at highly competitive rates.
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The need to secure maritime communications has been recognized by naval and law enforcement forces for decades. The ISPS Code (Part B Section 8.3.5) made this one of the key requirements in Ship Security Assessments and required those conducting these assessments to possess knowledge in the protection of radio and telecommunications systems, including computer systems and networks. The on-scene survey covered in Part B Section 8.14 required the examination of operations and controls to ensure that ship security communications, information and equipment remain available. IAMSP is contributing to the advancement of this work through its participation on international working groups, assisting its members with achieving industry-recognized certification, and providing awareness materials and references on this issue.
Advances in technology and the need to improve competitiveness is rapidly driving the shipping industry towards autonomous and remotely-controlled shipping. What does this mean for regulators, shipping companies and those that work within the maritime industry? Is the pace at which these advancements are being pushed to market moving faster that the industry's ability to grasp and address the risks that come with it? IAMSP continues its work to critically examine issues that will have a profound affect on shipping companies and their executives in its series of articles on this subject published in the Maritime Executive.
IAMSP congratulates ASIS International on the acceptance of the Maturity Model for the Phased Implementation of a Quality Assurance Management System for Private Security Service Providers. With several members contributing on both the Technical Committee and Working Group, we are pleased to have been a part of a truly transparent development process that has resulted in a standard that makes sense for the maritime security industry.
These efforts, collaborating with other credible Associations, is part of IAMSP's efforts to ensure that the maritime security industry receives useful, clear, and concise guidance that can be shown to be free of outside interference and vested interests.
We are pleased to announce that the MSB Group Ltd project has completed its pilot project and passed its oversight markers. The MSB Group is a coalition of likeminded states and private entities that have come together to offer a clearly legal and supported logistical structure. IAMSP, as the senior community of maritime security professionals available at the inception of the project, was invited to provide independent oversight. At this point in time, the various members of the groups have asked for time to prepare their own statements with respect to their specific participation in the launching of this program. We are pleased to have been able to contribute to this important exercise and look forward to the next phase and implementation.