Magazine article Security Management

That Thing You Do

Magazine article Security Management

That Thing You Do

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Physical security is the most widely cited job responsibility of security managers with Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designations, according to a new study of CPPs prepared for ASIS by the Professional Examination Service (PES) - 80 percent of the survey respondents rank it among their primary duties. High percentages of CPPs are also responsible for employee theft (71 percent), crime prevention (70 percent), security management (70 percent), investigations/auditing (69 percent), and loss prevention (67 percent).

The survey, mailed to 500 security professionals who had obtained the CPP designation, is designed to assist the PES in developing topics for CPP examination questions and thus help validate the exam. Two hundred and seventy-six CPPs representing a variety of business types, sizes, and locations responded.

The survey asked participants to weigh the importance of eight topics, or domains, tested on the exam. Domains currently include emergency planning, investigations, legal aspects, personnel security, physical security, protection of sensitive information, security management, and substance abuse. CPPs were then asked to rank in importance thirty-seven discrete tasks within those domains. Respondents also ranked each domain and task by how much time it consumed and how much potential for harm would exist if the domain or task were ignored.

At the domain level, the respondents on average spent most of their time on security management (31 percent of their time), physical security (20 percent), and investigations (19 percent). Those subjects were also deemed the most important to CPPs. Carrying the highest potential for harm if neglected were physical security, legal aspects, and protection of sensitive information.

As for specific tasks, on average the most important was conducting physical and electronic surveillance to gather evidence. …

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