ISO 18788 Consultant for Private Security Operations Management System

ISO 18788 certification is now desirable for any type of organization conducting or contracting security operations. Protecting both tangible and intangible assets is a critical task for the viability, profitability and sustainability of any type of organization. It requires a combination of strategic thinking, problem solving, process management and the ability to implement programs and initiatives to correspond with the context of the organization's operations and their risks. ISO 18788 specifies requirements and provides guidance for organizations conducting or contracting security operations. It provides a business and risk management framework for the effective conduct of security operations. Though ISO 18788 is applicable to any organization conducting or contracting security operations, it is specifically applicable to organizations operating in circumstances where law and order and security is a cause of concern due to any human or naturally caused events. The purpose of this standard is to improve and demonstrate consistent and predictable security operations maintaining the safety and security of their clients within a framework that aims to ensure respect for human rights, national and international laws, and fundamental freedoms. ISO 18788 private security operations management system can be easily integrated with other management systems within an organization, such as ISO 9001 quality management system, ISO 14001 environmental management system, ISO/IEC 27001 information security management system, etc. As ISO 18788 :2015 was last reviewed and confirmed by ISO in 2021, therefore certification is still being issued as per this version.

ISO 18788:2015 Certification

ISO 18788: 2015 Certification is issued by an ISO/IEC 17021-1 accredited Certification body, which is competent to provide such a certificate. The ISO 18788 certificate for private security operations management system of an organization conducting or contracting security operations is issued by the Certification body initially for a period of three years after successful completion of pre-assessment and registration (Final) assessment. Surveillance audits are conducted by the Certification body within the period of three years at the interval of six months, nine months or twelve months depending upon the nature and size of the organization. Upon completion of three years, renewal audit is conducted for the new cycle of three years and upon successful completion of such audit, ISO 18788 certificate is re-issued for further three years.

Steps for ISO 18788 Certification Consultancy

Punyam.com, a well-known ISO 18788 Certification Consultancy provider in India, is having a rich experience of system implementation and certification for various ISO standards across different types of organizations. Punyam helps its clients in implementing ISO 18788: 2015 system and achieving ISO 18788 certification through any stringent audits by accredited certification bodies. Our ISO 18788 consultant mainly follow these steps:

  • Initial gap analysis and survey of the existing system
  • Awareness program for all the employees on ISO 18788 security operations management system (SOMS)
  • Forming a steering committee and task-force for documentation
  • Defining policies and establishing objectives
  • Preparing ISO 18788:2015 documents for security operations management system based on detailed study of all activities of the organization. The documents include:
    • SOMS Manual,
    • Mandatory procedures required by the standard,
    • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various activities covered under the scope of SOMS,
    • Formats to establish the objective evidence of implementation and to ensure control over all the management system,
  • Implementation and training of all personnel in the use of procedures and formats
  • Training to employees related to risk identification evaluation and control
  • Training of internal auditors for ISO 18788:2015 certification
  • Assess the system through first internal audit
  • Carry out management review meeting in presence of top management of the organization
  • Suggest corrective actions for nonconformities
  • Application for ISO 18788:2015 certification
  • Assess the system through second round of internal audit
  • Facilitate pre certification audit by certification body (Optional)
  • Support in taking actions on suggested by certification body.
  • Final audit by ISO 18788:2015 certification body
  • Support in taking corrective actions on the nonconformities and audit findings of the certification body
  • Get ISO 18788:2015 certificate.

Benefits of ISO 18788 Certification

ISO 18788 Certification and effective implementation of SOMS ensures that a robust security operations management system has been established and employees of the organization are fully aware of their role within the system, if an incident occurs. Following are the key benefits of achieving ISO 18788 certification:

  • Increases quality of service and efficiency: ISO 22301 system provides a framework which is based on 'Plan, Do, Check, Act' concept. This framework helps to increases organizational productivity.
  • Competitive Advantages: Ensures customer's confidence in your organization, as ISO 18788 certification is internationally acknowledged.
  • Imposes credibility and helps protect your reputation
  • Boosts the probability of operational success
  • Provides assurance for customers, governments and communities
  • Demonstrates accountability to law and respect for human rights
  • Presents consistent and comprehensive means of demonstrating effective corporate governance from the top management to the service delivery level
  • Improvements in Organizations: ISO 18788 security operations management system certification increases awareness in your entire organization. This can help you to gain new opportunities for improvement.

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