Keith Denton, security account manager at Corps Security says the negative perception of security professionals is being forgotten in favour of a new image: smart, proactive and critical in protecting assets, brands, buildings and lives.
Solidifying the true image of the security professional.
Where are we now?
The security industry as a whole is in a much better place than it was 10 or even 20 years ago. Security professionals are slowly being recognised for their skills and as an essential component for the successful operation of any organisation, large or small. It’s no longer considered as simply just an overhead.
While the long-standing negative perception of a security officer asleep at a desk with their feet up is gradually dissipating, the challenge is solidifying the image of security personnel as smart, proactive professionals that perform a critical function in protecting assets, brands, buildings and the safety of lives.
Where do we need to get to next?
We need to get to the point where the perception of the security operator is recognised and respected within the workplace to the same level as the IT team or the emergency services. The general public also needs to realise that the security industry is multi-faceted. In addition to the more commonly known manned guarding, people often forget, or aren’t aware of, protective intelligence, cyber security, security operations centre (SOC) environments, travel risk monitoring or close protection. All of these areas require a great deal of formal training and dedication.
How do we get there?
In short, awareness, education, recognition and regulation. As industry leaders we must relentlessly educate our teams on the importance of their roles as security professionals and the impact they have on people. It’s not just a job, it’s a profession.
Whilst industry regulations have already recently progressed with the review of SIA licensing and the introduction of ‘top up training’ to improve the skillset of licence holders, we cannot afford to lose traction with this. Security companies need to maintain constant communication with regulatory bodies to enhance the professionalism of the industry.
Keith Denton is security account manager at Corps Security