Magazine article Security Management

Thomas G. Moser

Magazine article Security Management

Thomas G. Moser

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During his 29-year career as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Thomas G. Moser, CPP, PSP, trained for, planned, and participated in operations that infiltrated enemy defenses. He conducted clandestine tactical surveillance and bolstered antiterrorism awareness and security response at naval installations worldwide. Despite this world-class security experience, when Moser retired from active duty in 1997 and transitioned into the private sector, he felt at a disadvantage.

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"Although I saw my SEAL experience as relevant, the private sector did not really appreciate or understand how it related to their security concerns," says Moser. "I also was not that well versed in how the private sector defined and viewed security and protective measures."

Moser--having already earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's in business administration-began exploring professional certification through ASIS International, and in July 2003, he was one of the first individuals awarded the Physical Security Professional[R] (PSP) credential. He immediately began preparing for the Certified Protection Professional[R] (CPP) certification exam, and three months later, in October 2003, was awarded that designation, too.

"Preparing for ASIS certification provided me with security education and insight into the commercial sector that I was not exposed to during military service," Moser states. "The information and lexicon I learned during certification allowed me to better explain to the private sector that a terrorist threat can be viewed as a business peril and that protective measures are a means to prevent and reduce loss. …

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