Professional Bodies

Professional bodies around the globe are focused on introducing, developing and expanding standards within the security industry. There is much focus currently on the subject of enterprise security risk management (ESRM) and its position within enterprise risk management models of operation.

Amongst the professional bodies promoting standards and leadership in the security arena are:

ASIS International

The ASIS International community is a global one which was founded in 1955. ASIS International has more than 34,000 security professionals from across the security spectrum including business continuity, risk management, insider threat, active shooter incidents, IT security and cybercrime. 

ASIS International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developing Organisation (SDO) and serves on two International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) technical committees. ASIS online offers a host of resources for security professionals. It also has operations many regional groups around the world.

Paul Mercer of HawkSight SRM is a member of ASIS International and is currently project coordinator for the ASIS enterprise security risk management (ESRM) Program Management Office.

British Security Industry Association (BSIA)

Founded more than 50 years ago, some 70% of the security products and services in the UK are now provided by members of the BSIA. A thought leader in the industry, it maintains a focus on addressing standards and the potential for improvement within the industry as well as best practice and its development.

The Association of Security Consultants (ACS)

Specifically representing independent security consultants, the ASC was founded in 1991.Members are subject to both vetting process and the professional rules of the ASC. Today this organisation focuses on progressing national and international standards, policy and best practice. It also offers members access to continuous professional development, network and knowledge sharing opportunities. 

The Chartered International Institute of Security &
Crisis Management (CIISCM)

Committed to promoting integrity and professionalism in the security industry, CIISCM represents industry professionals in Asia Pacific and was founded in 2014. Its mission is to “Promote the role of security and crisis management professionals across Asia Pacific by facilitating professional development, and providing accreditation to individuals, programs and courses.”

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM)

One of the first bodies to address the need for professional qualification amongst risk managers, the IRM was founded more than 30 years ago. Support for it’s the ILMs wider role was led by The Association of Insurance and Risk Managers. Today the Institute of Risk Management works with centres of risk around the globe developing educational, thought leadership and professional development programmes.

The Security Institute

The UK’s membership body for security professionals, it focuses on promoting the highest standards amongst its 2,900 members. The Security Institute offers mentoring and professional development. Membership also includes subscription to Professional Security Magazine.


HawkSight SRM becomes ASIS International Preferred CPE Provider

HawkSight SRM’s Security Risk Assessment Methodology eLearning has been recognised by ASIS as part of its Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programme. Successful completion of the eLearning certificate carries 5 CPE points from ASIS.