This Blog is intended to offer a Plan of Attack on how to study for the exam; however, according to the rules of engagement, I am not permitted to offer example/actual questions, answers, etc. Instead, this Blog is really a "How To" prepare for the test using a process I developed after searching the Internet and reviewing any ASIS resources that could offer ideas.
Be sure you take a look at the ASIS Board Certification Handbook as you prepare for this journey.
STEP 1: ASSEMBLE ALL RESOURCES
Collect/assemble all your resources to study for the test. The first set of resources is listed on the ASIS site here.
These documents include:
- ASIS Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline
- ASIS Business Continuity Guideline
- Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems, 2nd Edition, Mary Lynn Garcia
- Effective Physical Security, 4th Ed, Lawrence J. Fennelly (Editor)
- Implementing Physical Protection Systems: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition, David G. Patterson
- Introduction to Security, 9th Edition, Robert J. Fischer, et al
- PSP Reference (Excerpts from the Protection of Assets (POA)), 2nd Edition (See * Below)
- Risk Analysis and the Security Survey, 4th Edition, James F. Broder, Eugene Tucker
STEP 2: OUTLINE THE ASIS GUIDELINES
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STEP 3: START READING, OUTLINING, REVIEWING
- First: Read the Protection of Assets - Physical Security cover to cover with a pen and highlighter in hand.
- Second: Read the PSP Reference (Excerpts from the Protection of Assets (POA)), 2nd Edition focused on Part 3 -- High Rise Structures. (The other three Parts are repeats from the original POA book I just read).
- Third: Read Mary Lynn Garcia's Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems, 2nd Edition, This is a fantastic read and compliments the two books and Guidelines you've read above. Her book structure follows the figure below, "Design and Evaluation Process for Physical Protection Systems (PPS)." Take time to memorize this chart and know it cold.
Also, at the end of each one of her chapters she included a few paragraphs called "Security Principles." These are very helpful to read, know, understand -- and if you don't restudy the chapter.
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- Fourth: Read and study Implementing Physical Protection Systems: A Practical Guide, Be sure you understand the six phases of PPS life cycle planning and what goes into each one of the phases. Overall this is a very helpful book in your future life as a security project manager and the words of wisdom offered by David Peterson are very helpful.
- Fifth: Read and study Effective Physical Security, Each chapter offers a wealth of information on various technical topics you've already learned in the POA above and in Mary Lynn Garcia's work. This book is also great for quick reference when you need a few more details when studying on such topics as locks, lighting, etc.
- Sixth: Read the remaining references in any order.
STEP 4: START STUDYING, MEMORIZING, LEARNING, REINFORCING
WHAT ABOUT OTHER PSP TEST PREPARATION OPPORTUNITIES?
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