As the practice of security becomes more complex, with information security and physical security merging to become the single discipline of risk management, the responsibility of protection officers is becoming more complex as well.
And with analytics technology, AI, and increasingly advanced software solutions entering the market, it is more important than ever for protection officers to demonstrate the unique value they bring to organizations.
As a result, it’s important for you to continue to build your knowledge and capabilities. The varieties of threat are growing and changing rapidly, and with the right education and expertise, protection officers can help to mitigate all of these risks. The more you know, the more you have to offer, and the better your career prospects.
As a security professional, it can be difficult to find the time in busy schedules for additional education, reading, and studying. This is what makes an event like GSX a valuable for protection officers. Not only can you stack several educational sessions into a small time window, you also have the opportunity to network with peers and subject matter experts in an environment that is custom-built around professional development for the security industry.
For example, just looking at the session tracks you can find 11 sessions on the subject of enterprise security risk management. There are over a dozen sessions on professional development. In all, there are more than 300 educational sessions to help you build your expertise and your professional value.
There’s time to unwind with your peers as well, with diverse events ranging from a sharpshooter competition to raise money for the ASIS Foundation to an ‘80s theme party.
The IFPO emphasizes the need to use the correct terminology – protection officer, or certified protection officer – and never use the term “guard” or “security officer." This helps to validate the professionalism you represent. By continually improving your skills and knowledge, and by building your relationships with peers and industry leaders, you can maintain the highest level of professionalism and bring the best possible value to your career as a protection officer.
Learn more about what GSX 2019 has to offer you at GSX.org/IFPO.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.
We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”