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.
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Reposted from 11 November 2010 - The IAMSP is proud to be amongst the first Industry Associations lending their support and signatures to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. Allan McDougall represented ISSG Holdings, Evolutionary Security, APPDSand IAMSP at the signing ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland on 09 November 2010.
This Code of Conduct, often referred to as the ICoC, is the first major step in a vital effort to ensure that companies operating in complex environments (where the rule of law has been significantly eroded) conduct their operations in a way that is respectful of the human rights that have been enshrined in such documents as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This ICoC builds upon the foundations that were laid with the Montreux Document and so it may be seen as an appropriate evolutionary step rather than a revolutionary step. This is important because we need to understand that this is not a sudden and short term effort. It is something that is going to be built, implemented and maintained over time.
To date, we have been involved as an original signatory. We are currently involved in the process that will become the Maritime Security appendix and also involved in the ASIS International efforts associated with the development of the Technical standards. In short, the Association is proud to be able to say that it is at the leading edge of the development of this important effort.
For those interested in participating in the development of this Code, a discussion forum is being set up in this space within the controlled members area where specific elements can be discussed, collated and then presented to the drafting authorities.