CSM® Programme Content


The 12 .pdf books that make up the ISMI® Security Management Body of Knowledge form the basis for the examination questions.  The following subject areas are addressed:


1.           Security Risk Analysis

You will learn a simple methodology to help you determine and prioritise security risk by evaluating threat likelihood, impact and vulnerability.  The methodology is portable; you will likely want to use it in your own organisation. 

2.           Crime Prevention

Much crime can be avoided by understanding the reasons why people commit crime in the first place.  You will study crime motivation theories and, through the unit, develop these into crime prevention theories that you can apply to your workplace.

3.           Managing the Security Function

This unit provides a great reference to the daily “nuts and bolts” of managing a security programme.  It includes models for interacting with the business, and good practice for getting the best out of security manpower.

4.           Leadership and Management

Who doesn’t think they’re a good leader?  Feedback on this unit from experienced leaders has been highly complimentary. The unit will help you improve your day-to-day generic management skills, and will provide in-depth instruction on how to develop management into leadership.

5.           Security Design & Surveying

“I have been doing this instinctively for years but after studying Unit 5 I finally understand it” was one student comment.  The unit presents a wide range of tools, templates, models and good practice in how to optimise security management and design to get the best return on investment. 

6.           Perimeter Protection

An applied unit in which you will study the essential elements of a perimeter (design basis threat, design, civil works, fencing, lighting, surveillance, intrusion detection etc.). 

7.           Protecting Buildings

A detailed study of buildings security, addressing design, security vulnerability analysis, core security principles, structural hardening, locking systems and key control, intrusion detection, surveillance etc.

8.           Access Management

Perhaps the most important aspect of physical security, this unit builds on the previous with an in-depth operation and technical study of access management and automated access control systems. 

9.           Video Surveillance (CCTV)

For many companies, a CCTV system represents a large part of the physical security budget.  This unit will help you understand the subject in depth, from image acquisition, through transmission to storage. 

10.         Facility Counterterrorism

This unit brings together experiences in protecting facilities in many different environments and packages it into a very comprehensive set of good practice principles that will enable you to optimise your protection against a wide range of threats.  

11.         Protection of Information

Information compromise, often hidden, threatens the wellbeing of many businesses as market share and competitive edge decline. Learn how to protect information in its many forms, from know-how, through hardcopy to digital data.

12.        Protection of at-Risk Personnel

People are the primary resource of most businesses.  Learn how to protect staff against violence and other forms of harm, in the workplace and outside on assignment.