Historically there has been a shortage of college and university-level education programs focused on the knowledge, skills and competencies required for effective management of corporate security risk-related activities.
According to a Security magazine poll, the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from ASIS International is at the top of 30% of security leaders’ lists of what certifications they plan to obtain this year. The CPP was closely followed by the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional, from (ISC)2).
Industry decision-makers need to re-think their hiring strategies. Sure, those credentials sound great. Problem is, likelihood of hardened mindsets is enhanced tenfold because of them. While a candidate may have the juice under the hood, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re willing to hit the gas when it counts. When interviewing seasoned candidates, focus on change.
The answer to this question is most often “a lot.” When you limit the question to the security industry alone though, the answer can sometimes be “not much,” which is a reflection of the path a candidate takes to enter the profession.
Afew years ago we published an article on security related certifications that were being marketed as a means to advance your career. At that time there were a relatively small number of certifications that we were seeing listed on resumes. Today, we are still routinely asked which certifications are needed for career advancement or which ones are being requested by hiring managers. Frankly, unless the role has a specific requirement that connects to one of the more technical certifications, for the most part, the hiring authorities are not demanding them.
How did your career in security begin? Why did you decide upon this profession? My original interest as a criminology major was to pursue a career in Federal Law Enforcement. While attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania my advisor, Dr. Jim Shannon, introduced me to the emergence of private security. Dr. Shannon was a true visionary.
We recently launched our new, long awaited, certification program. This has been met with great enthusiasm from the industry and has prompted many questions. Please join us for this short presentation designed to explain exactly what is required to become an Axis Certified Professional and what the benefits are. Read More