Title

The Physical Security Professional: Formulating a Novel Body of Knowledge

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Routledge

School

School of Computer and Security Science

RAS ID

19466

Comments

Originally published as: Coole, M., Brooks, D.J., Treagust, D. (2015). The Physical Security Professional: Formulating a Novel Body of Knowledge in Journal of Applied Security Research, 10(3), 385-410. Available here.

Abstract

Physical security cannot be considered a profession until its practice is based on a consensual body of knowledge and educational standards. Therefore, this study undertook a cultural domain analysis of physical security professionals' knowledge. The study applied a multiphase approach: conducting expert interviews, quantitative validation and group analysis. Study findings demonstrate that the physical security body of knowledge is a matrix, which is broad and ranges from facility contextualization to explicit aspects such as locks. Such knowledge has a hierarchical structure, organized on the tasks of diagnosing the security problem, inference to reach the optimal resolution and finally, treatment.

DOI

10.1080/19361610.2015.1038768