The Security Institute launches free security training during Covid-19
The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership organisation for security professionals, has worked with its partners to launch a series of webinars and a variety of different resources to assist security professionals during the lock down period.
Help during a time of uncertainty
The recent COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in unprecedented social change and uncertainty; the security industry has been presented with unique challenges that make it particularly hard for security professionals to undertake networking, career and professional development at this time.
To help members and the wider community adapt and ensure they are prepared for success during and after the crisis, the Institute has introduced a range of different resources available via their website and digital events.
Firstly, a series of weekly webinars has been launched. Leveraging the vast knowledge of the corporate partners and members, a diverse range of topics will be presented in half- day CPD workshops and shorter webinar presentations. These events can be booked via the Security Institute website and the smartphone App, with new webinars being announced continually. All webinars will be presented live with interactive features that allow attendees to ask questions, ensuring that everyone can gain an in-depth understanding of the topic. Each event will also be recorded so that members can download and watch all webinars at their convenience.
Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Application Workshops
For the immediate future, Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Application Workshops will be delivered live to small groups via webinar. These workshops can be booked on a first come first served basis. As with the physical workshops, the group will be kept to a small cohort to allow individual development. Details are available on the website with events planned for 2nd April and 7th May 2020.
These free-to-attend webinars present an opportunity to participate in the Institute’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Scheme from the comfort and safety of your own home. Attending a Security Institute webinar will acquire 2 formal CPD points for each hour of learning. All attendees will be sent a certificate of attendance, to support their future 2020 CPD submission.
COVID-19 Remote Working Pack
Also in response to the current situation, the “COVID-19 Remote Working Pack” has been designed and embedded within the Security Institute’s professional development platform. It has a range of resources for those working from home, helping them to adjust, considering wellness and workspace in order to achieve the same levels of productivity. The resources address the challenges of working remotely as a team, coping with a changing work environment, maintaining a healthy mindset and a host of other issues that working from home can present.
The COVID-19 Remote Working Pack, along with thousands of self- assessments, articles and advice can be found in the resource library within the professional development platform available to members via the secure area of the website and smartphone App.
Security Institute’s Chief Executive Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI
Speaking on the subject of professional development, the Security Institute’s Chief Executive Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI stated: “During these challenging times, it is paramount that we continue to understand emerging threats and how our community is collectively mitigating them. Being well-informed and well-connected as a security professional in a community such as the Institute, has never been more important. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback following our first webinar which was attended by over 60 people. This illustrates to me that digital learning using technology and remote platforms is the new norm and that will resonate after this crisis is over. We will continue with a programme of web-based learning from now on”.
“At its core, the Institute is a community of security professionals. In times of hardship, communities support each another. In the past month, Institute members have each contributed thought leadership to international, national and local security initiatives. They have shared their problems and successes for the benefit of others and the impact is being felt across Government, business and wider society. I encourage anyone wanting to contribute to our efforts to get into contact with myself or a member of my engagement team”.