SPA

Code of Ethical Conduct

A Code of Conduct for the Security Profession – long version

All security professionals and organisations must operate to the highest ethical values to engender trust in all those they encounter in a professional capacity.

Given the security industry’s high profile, this Code of Ethical Conduct sets a standard that security professionals shall adhere to in their working habits and professional relationships. The values on which it is based apply to all situations in which Security Professionals participate and exercise their judgement.

Registered security professionals are required to comply with the Code in all of their professional activities. Failure to do so may be referred to the Security Professionals Registry – Australasia for disciplinary action.

Security Professionals Code of Conduct

The ASCP Code of Ethical Conduct requires out that a security professional must operate to the highest ethical standards with all those they encounter in a professional capacity and shall:

a. Act in the interests of the security of society and their client.
A security professional shall:

  1. act honourably, responsibly, diligently, lawfully and uphold the reputation, standing and dignity of the Security Profession within society.
  2. not act recklessly, maliciously or in a manner that will negatively impact on the reputation of other individuals or organisations
  3. act in the interests of the security of society and their client.
  4. act honourably, responsibly, diligently, lawfully and uphold the reputation, standing and dignity of the company, employer or client to which the security professional has a professional or legal association.

 b. Perform their duties in accordance with the law at all times.
A security profession shall:

  1. act in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which they are performing professional services.
  2. hold paramount the health, safety and security of others.

c. Act and behave at all times with integrity.
A security professional shall:

i. not abuse a professional position for personal gain and reject improper inducement.
ii. avoid conflicts of interest.
iii. avoid deceptive acts by actively taking steps to prevent corrupt practices or professional misconduct.

d. Be diligent and competent in discharging their professional responsibilities.
A security professional shall:

i. act for their employer or client in a reliable and trustworthy manner.
ii. never knowingly mislead or allow others to be misled.
iii. maintain currency in their security competencies through continued education and private research.

e. Protect confidential information gained in the course of their professional activities and not disclose it to any unauthorised party nor use it for personal gain.
A security professional shall:

i. protect client information in accordance with client information security policy.
ii. apply effective physical, procedural and IT controls to protect client or employer information in their care from unauthorised release.
iv. implement and follow processes for the clearance of partners, employees, contractors and other stakeholders in accordance with the classification of client or employer information accessed
v. apply the need-to-know principle.

f. Not maliciously damage the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients or employers.
A security professional shall:

i. refrain from unfounded criticism of work carried out by Security Professionals.
ii. refrain from action deliberately designed to damage a colleague, client or employer.

g. Not knowingly undertake any action that brings the profession into disrepute.
A Security Professional shall:

i. be objective and truthful in any statement made in their professional capacity.
ii. act honourably, responsibly, diligently, lawfully and uphold the reputation, standing and dignity of the profession .
iii. not engage in acts of collusion, corruption or breaches of the Law.
iv. be a positive role model for others in the profession.

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