According to the ASIS, the
PSP examination is for security professionals whose primary responsibility
is to conduct threat surveys; design integrated security systems that
include equipment, procedures, and people; or install, operate, and
maintain those systems.
Many PSP candidates are
experienced professional who have been in the field of security for
years, that they know most of the practical how-tos, and all they need
is to learn the principles, concepts and science that are behind the
physical security techniques. Going through all the reference material
officially listed would be quite overwhelming for these busy
The PSP exam requires that you complete
multiple-choice questions covering tasks, knowledge, and skills on a
number of topics, such as:
Physical Security Assessment
Application, Design and Integration of
Physical Security Systems
Implementation of Physical Security
Coverage is highly extensive - in fact so
extensive that I wouldn't recommend taking the exam until you are fully
drilled on the relevant topics.
The whole idea behind
professional physical security is that you need to know what are to be
protected behind the door and the values involved in order to determine
the suitable security measures to be deployed. Your security solution
must be practical and realistic and must be within budget, while being
capable of offering the level of security in need. Accordingly we found that
the topics listed below are of the highest importance exam-wise:
Physical Security Risk
Physical Security Threat
and Impact Assessment
Physical Security System
Physical Security System
Technologies and Equipment Applications
That is why we came up
with this special study guide - the PSP Special Topics Exam Study Guide for PSP
Exam Candidate. You may think of our guide as the unofficial supplement
to the official readings, or you may view it as a standalone guide with
special focus from a professional perspective.
When we developed this
guide we studied thoroughly the essential information presented in five
major security texts, including: Security Manual (Brooksbank, 2007),
Industrial Security (Berger, 1999), Security Design Consulting: The
Business of Security System Design (Gouin, 2007), Risk Analysis and the
Security Survey (Broder, 2006), and Physical Security Systems Handbook:
the Design and Implementation of Electronic Security Systems (Khairallah,
2006). We analyzed the contents, and have all useful information fully digested and re-presented in a
format highly suitable for exam prep purpose.
There are also multiple
choices practice questions included in this study guide package.
click HERE to view the
TOC of the study guide.
SAMPLE TEXT on site inspection
Closeout inspection is usually accomplished right before a
faciity is administratively terminated. During closeout inspections,
all areas and containers that have been authorized for the storage
of confidential material must be checked to ensure proper and
Important: During field inspection, it is important to also
observe life-safety and fire-code violations.
An inspection report should be produced after the completion of the
inspection. The report should be distributed to the relevant parties
in a timely manner and should require a response to any
Important: One very important area for inspection is perimeter
construction. In other words, you want to know the material used for
constructing the perimeter and find out whether they should be
When determining the resistance value of the perimeter, make sure
you place saving life as the top most concern. This would be
particularly important for facilities that are the likely targets of
terrorist attack. Generally speaking, a blast resistant design would
require a higher elastic region value, and a proper standoff
distance would allow for the most effective resistance to blast.
SAMPLE TEXT on physical security design
Given all sorts of real-world constraints, no security system can
be completely effective against all kinds of potential threats and
invasive actions. Since resources are finite, your design must be
optimized in such a way that the performance goals can be
successfully met within the specified limitations. A balanced
approach that does not allocate all resources to any single aspect
of the problem while ignoring another would be preferred.
Generally, there are three types of human adversaries that should
be considered when designing a physical protection system. They are
outsiders, insiders, and outsiders in collusion with insiders. They
may use tactics of force, stealth, or deceit in achieving their
wrongful goals. Adversary characteristics could be very different.
This is why security systems to prevent theft and security systems
to prevent sabotage (which would often include actions of vandalism)
are often highly different.
Detection, delay, and response are the basic and most fundamental
elements of a physical protection system. With these in mind when
developing a security design, proper balance between hardware and
procedural elements must be achieved. To be effective, physical
protection should include policies and procedures designed to keep
the physical protection systems functioning as intended.
NOTE: Always keep in mind, without staff commitment to the
security program, your security program will never be effective.
Integrating security into the culture of an organization is
important. You do not expect a regular staff to become a security
guard, but you should expect your full-time permanent staff force to
possess the knowledge and awareness capability to detect, discern,
and deny an outsider from causing an emergency situation within the
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Examessentials PSP Study Guide & Practice
Building your PSP Exam Readiness
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Color: Black and White
History about this product line:
first hardcopy PSP examprep book was published in March 22, 2009!
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