Shaun Fynes, CPP, PCI, PSP, is self-admittedly drawn to the dynamic
environment of security management. His career began in law enforcement with the Metropolitan Toronto Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and grew to encompass investigations and loss prevention.
The field of security management presents persistent challenges for the veteran professional. “Every day is different. I look to recognize new risks across the enterprise and then to seek appropriate mitigation strategies,” states Fynes.
Since 2004, he has led the Government Security Office for the Province of British Columbia. Fynes reports directly to the chief risk officer, and a typical day is dedicated to providing advice and helping with policy coordination. “Our goal is to provide the best security advice to other stakeholders and foster good working relationships,” notes Fynes.
He readily admits to facing the perennial challenge of doing more with less; he works to identify creative ways to maximize his security resources through collaboration. “Being [in] a government organization presents a unique set of challenges based on the sheer scale of operations,” he notes. “Thankfully, there are a lot of dedicated folks here with diverse security expertise who partner together for success.”
Fynes is one of just 70 security practitioners worldwide to hold all three ASIS board certifications. A short time after joining ASIS in 2007, he made the decision to sit for the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) examination. He not only achieved his CPP certification in 2010, he was also inspired to pursue his Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), as well as his Physical Security Professional (PSP) credential in the same year. “I wasn’t comfortable relying simply on experience and on the job learning,” Fynes says. “I felt that to become a true security professional, I needed to pursue the CPP designation.
"In studying for certification in security management, I became aware of blind spots in my personal work experience,” observes Fynes. “I now have a greater self-trust that I am able to see and understand the big picture.” One month after Fynes earned his third and final ASIS board certification; he was appointed to his current position as chief security officer and was given an enhanced mandate for government security. “Having met a certification standard is naturally reflected in my work,” said Fynes. “It demonstrates security expertise to other business units and professionals.”