The Security Institute

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The Security Institute
Logo of the Security Institute
Logo of the Security Institute
Abbreviation SyI
Formation 1999
Type Non-governmental organisation
Legal status Limited Company registered in England and Wales
Purpose Professional
Headquarters Caldecote, Warks., United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°33′01″N 1°28′58″W / 52.55028°N 1.48278°W / 52.55028; -1.48278
Region served
United Kingdom, Worldwide
ca 2200
Official language
Chairman of the Board
Garry Evanson MSc BA PgDip PGCE CSyP FSyl
Key people

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington FSyI (Patron) Lord Carlile of Berriew QC (President)

Rt.Hon. Bruce George MP (Vice-President)
Main organ
Annual General Meeting
Website Security Institute website

The Security Institute is a United Kingdom based professional body for security professionals.

Membership of the Institute is open to security professionals, with other individuals with an interest in security being able to become affiliated. Based on validation of experience, training, qualifications and other contributions, applicants are given one of five grades of membership. Associates (ASyI), Members (MSyI) and Fellows (FSyI) are entitled to use post-nominals indicating their level of membership in the Institute. There is a separate category for student members.[1]


The Security Institute hosts regular seminars and social events as well as an annual conference. Most of the activities are geared towards professional development.[2]

As part of its work in raising industry standards the Institute place great emphasis on the work of its Validation Board and the assessment of members' achievements before joining. Existing members are encouraged to seek promotion to a higher membership level.[1]

Continuing Professional Development[edit]

The Security Institute runs a mentoring programme[3] and an assessed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.[4]


Perpetuity Training, a Leicester based training provider, delivers certificate, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications via distance learning on behalf of the Security Institute. The Certificate in Security Management is a BTEC Level 3 qualification whereas the Diploma in Security Management is a BTEC Level 5 qualification.[5]

Chartered Security Professionals[edit]

The Security Institute operates the Register of Chartered Security Professionals of behalf of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.[6][7] The Institute was also the first licensee that can admit Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP). Membership of the Institute is separate from becoming a Chartered Security Professional, which involves a comprehensive documentation procedure of the candidate's competencies in security related subjects as well as an interview.[6] The first CSyPs were admitted in June 2011.[8]


The Security Institute was established in 1999 "to enhance the professionalism and profile of the business of security." The founders, a group of different security professionals, wished to communicate how security is a separate professional field of activity. Realising that there was no objective system for measuring and accrediting security practitioners in the United Kingdom they decided to form the Security Institute.[9]

In 2008, the Security Institute merged with the International Institute of Security (IISec), which had been established in 1968.[10]


  • 1999-2005: Geoff Whitfield FSyI
  • 2005-2009: Bill Wyllie CSyP FSyI
  • 2009-2013: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI
  • 2013-2015: Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyl FCMI
  • 2015-present: Garry Evanson MSc BA PgDip PGCE CSyP FSyI


The Security Institute awards several prizes.

The George van Schalkwyk Award was instituted in 2007 and is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of security professionalism.[11] The award is named after George van Schalkwyk, an institute member killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan in July 2006.[12]

The John Aplin Award was instituted in 1998 by the International Institute of Security (IISec). It was initially awarded to the person who sat all six modules of the Certificate in Security Management examination in one day and achieved the highest score. After a reorganisation of the Certificate course the award was not awarded but was reestablished in 2008 after the IISec merger with the Security Institute, and awarded at the Annual General Meeting in the subsequent year. The award is named after Johns Aplin, a long-standing member, director and trustee of the International Institute of Security.

The Wilf Knight Award was instituted in 2008 and awarded for the first time in 2009. The award honours a student who has made a valuable academic contribution to the development of security management through distinction and/or innovation in methodology or theorising in the general field of security management and/or professional security practice. The Wilf Knight Award is presented at the annual Security Excellence Awards ceremony organised by United Business Media.[13] The award is named after Wilf Knight (1944–2008) a former industry professional and member of the Institute.[14]

Year George van Schalkwyk Award John Aplin Award Wilf Knight Award
2007 Stewart Kidd [11]
2008 John Allan Emma Thomas
2009 Bill Wyllie [15] Danie Adendorff (Loughborough University) [16]
2010 Ken Livingstone [17] Peter Brown[18] Angus Darroch-Warren (Loughborough University) [19]
2011 Leonie Darbon (University of Leicester) and Matthew Mackmin (Cranfield University)[20]
2012 David Gill [21] Ian Middleton (Cranfield University)
2013 Mike Bluestone Lee Trumper Adam Jones (Buckinghamshire New University)
2014 Di Thomas Andy Bowers (University of Portsmouth)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "How to join". The Security Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Member benefits". The Security Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Mentoring". The Security Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Continuing Professional Development". The Security Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Security Institute (SyI) Courses". Perpetuity Training. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  6. ^ a b "News in Brief : Special Edition" (PDF). The Security Institute. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Sims, Brian (2010-06-29). "Worshipful Company and TSI join forces on Register of Chartered Security Professionals". Info4Security. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  8. ^ Sims, Brian (2011-06-07). "First batch of practitioners admitted to all-new Register of Chartered Security Professionals". Info4Security. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Security Institute Celebrates 10 Years". Security Oracle. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Security Institute and International Institute of Security merge". SecurityPark. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  11. ^ a b "Security professionalism award launched by the Security Institute". 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Security Institute Launches New Award". Security Oracle. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  13. ^ Sims, Brian (2009-09-08). "Wilf Knight Award joins The Security Excellence Awards". Info4Security. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  14. ^ Sims, Brian (2008-05-02). "Wilf Knight (1944-2008)". Info4Security. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  15. ^ Sims, Brian (2009-03-11). "Wyllie offers sage advice to new Institute Board". Info4Security. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  16. ^ "And in a Packed Programme Tonight ..." (PDF). Security Institute eNews. The Security Institute. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  17. ^ "An Excellent Year for Ken Livingstone" (PDF). Security Institute eNews. The Security Institute. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  18. ^ "Peter Brown Best in Class" (PDF). Security Institute eNews. The Security Institute. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  19. ^ "Security Excellence Awards 2010: Wilf Knight Award". Info4Security. The Security Institute. 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  20. ^ "Wilf Knight Award Winner Announced". Security Oracle. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  21. ^ "David Gill CSyP wins Security Institute Award". Linx International Ltd. Feb 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-24.