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.
This is for the formal certification program
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.
The International Association of Maritime Security Professionals (IAMSP) and Coventry University are proud to announce that after almost one year of rigorous development, the Dual Award online Master’s Degree in Maritime Security will accept its first intake of students in December 2012. This dual award will allow the successful candidates to earn a fully accredited Master’s degree in the Maritime Security domain while also meeting the requirements associated with the Recognized Academic Fellow or Certified Academic Fellow being launched by IAMSP. This dual award program forms a clearly measurable and credible means of demonstrating both knowledge and experience for those who are undertaking, or seeking to undertake, senior positions in the Maritime Security domain.
This program combines both the educational excellence of the academic community while also benefitting from the contributions of industry leaders across the maritime security domain. As a result, those graduating from this challenging program will be at the cutting edge of global security strategies policies, as well as technological and operational issues that make the maritime security domain one of the most rewarding and challenging efforts in industry.
Allan McDougall, President of the IAMSP, sees this program as a unique and innovative opportunity for those practicing in the domain. With this program, it is possible for security practitioners to leverage their experience and operational understanding to great effect. Further to recognizing this experience as an avenue for entry, the participation of the security practitioners from within IAMSP reflects both a clear commitment on the part of the university to assist in the formation of this critical plank in establishing professional status as well as our Association’s commitment to take on the heavy lifting needed to bring real and tangible credibility to this industry.
Capt (ret’d) Ioannis Chapsos, Research Fellow in Maritime Security at Coventry University and 1st Chair (Military) at the IAMSP, welcomes with enthusiasm the official cooperation between the two entities. This is the first agreement of this kind on a worldwide basis; it bridges the existing gap in Maritime Security studies, and reflects the required interaction between the academia and professional bodies which is critical and essential in the sensitive maritime domain.
This program challenges the motivated individual. It is broad and diverse, global in its scope and requires the candidate to explore issues and ideas. This level of effort, its unique symbiosis between the academic and practitioner communities, and its broad scope will position the successful candidates clearly at the forefront of this industry.
Further information can be found through the Coventry University website.
IAMSP is pleased to announce another milestone in our efforts to raise the level of professionalism within the maritime security industry. The Guidance on the Establishment of a Corporate Training Continuum for Ship Security Services provides clear and concise guidance to companies that intend to (or are) delivering armed security services on board vessels. With contributions ranging from the Executive drafting committee and with consultation held with experts in the field of training and development and industry, this guidance provides a clear foundation upon which companies can build the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience within their operator community.
The guidance can be found on our Standards page. The standard will also factor heavily in our vetting of training and will be integrated into aspects of our corporate vetting and upkeep program as well as being registered into our Quality Management system.
IAMSP is proud to announce the release of its first online professional development course, available as part of the Full and Associate membership within the Association. This course, the first of four, concentrates on the Duty of Care and is part of a series that is intended to set the baseline for professional conduct in the domain.
This training is intended to meet two critical needs within the industry.
First, IAMSP's offering allows its Full and Associate members the opportunity, without incurring additional costs, to demonstrate to the industry that they are willing to expand their knowledge and understanding with respect to professional conduct. This serves to meet the industry's need for a clear, verifiable means of determining the security practitioner's understanding of key concepts that can be traced back through common and accepted audit processes.
Second, this offering demonstrates IAMSP's commitment in support of its membership and the shipping industry, providing realistic, cost-effective alternatives to meet the shipping industry's evolving requirements. As a further expression of good will, IAMSP's Executive has also taken the decision to allow, assessed on a case-by-case basis, the release of the material to recognized and accredited maritime institutions as a tangible demonstration of our Association's commitment to building long term solutions to these challenges in return for proper attribution of the work.
IAMSP's commitment in this regard is to provide the industry, academic institutions, and practitioners with a cost-effective platform by which their members can broaden their knowledge and understanding of the maritime security domain. At the same time, these short courses will also be used as part of the Continuing Education and Upkeep requirements associated with the Certified Maritime Security Professional.