Who Specified This?

The title of this column arises from a question that I have heard from integrators, end-user customers, and consultants (including me) who have been called in to troubleshoot a problem situation with a particular system or piece of technology. Q: Who...

Certified Security Consultant
Recently, I was very happy to see an RFP for security consulting services that stated: “Preference — the consultant has the CSC (Certified Security Consultant) designation” (for more information on this certification, visit the IAPSC at www.iapsc.org). The CSC certification is available not only to independent consultants, but also to security managers (i.e. the company’s internal security consultants) who meet the qualifications.
To my thinking, any security practitioner who manages or intends to deploy hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars of physical security technology should work to achieve this certification. Being able to effectively deploy security technology can be a career maker; not being so able can be a career breaker.

Finding Security Specifiers
When you need specifications for a security system or a particular security technology, how do you find a qualified design specialist? Until recently it was not always easy. Now it is, thanks to SecuritySpecifiers.com. I am proud to say that I’m on its consultant Board of Advisors, and am in excellent company there. Even if you don’t have an immediate need for a design and specifications consultant, or if you are a consultant and haven’t been to the website, check it out. ?

Ray Bernard, PSP, CHS-III is the principal consultant for Ray Bernard Consulting Services (RBCS), a firm that provides security consulting services for public and private facilities. Mr. Bernard has also provided pivotal strategic and technical advice in the security and building automation industries for more than 23 years. He is founder and publisher of The Security Minute 60-second newsletter (www.TheSecurityMinute.com). For more information about Ray Bernard and RBCS go to www.go-rbcs.com or call 949-831-6788. Mr. Bernard is also a member of the Subject Matter Expert Faculty of the Security Executive Council (www.SecurityExecutiveCouncil.com).