Certification Profile: Shaun Thivierge, CPP, PCI, PSP
When Shaun Thivierge began working as a flex security officer in 2010, he wasn’t sure if security management would remain his chosen field. However, he decided that as long as he was doing the work, he would do his best to learn and grow.
And grow, he did. From his security officer role, he advanced into a GSOC role, then into a site supervisor role, and now he serves as global security systems manager for a financial services company with thousands of employees.
“What keeps me engaged in security management is the rapidly changing challenges, threats, and problems,” he shares. “To be successful in security, you need to be eager to learn about your function, how you affect other functions across the organization, and the unique challenges that you are mitigating.”
The client manager at Thivierge’s first contract position held ASIS International’s Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification. As Thivierge progressed in his career, he researched ASIS and learned about its certifications. In 2016, he joined ASIS and decided to pursue the Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification.
“Obtaining my PSP was a way to validate and focus my skills in project management and risk assessment while managing projects and vendors remotely,” he reflects. “Pursuing certification has given me an increased understanding of the interworking between domains and has afforded me opportunities to better advise from my current function—and even change roles entirely as opportunities have presented themselves.”
He attained the PSP in 2017 and the CPP in 2018, finding opportunities to change roles shortly after passing each exam. Thivierge completed the ASIS Triple Crown in 2021 by earning his Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) certification.
“I can directly attribute two career opportunities and many friendships to being a member of ASIS,” he says. “Through networking and collaborating with other professionals that are practitioners, integrators, suppliers, and manufacturers, I have learned about different aspects of the industry that have greatly aided in my day-to-day work.”
An advocate for young professionals within the profession, Thivierge currently serves as U.S. West Coast regional leader for the ASIS International’s Young Professional Community Global Outreach committee.
As Thivierge knows, the security profession offers individuals plenty of room to grow.
Profile by Steven Barnett, ASIS Communications Specialist