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The Risk and Security Management Forum (RSMF) is a non-partisan, non-profit making organisation established in 1990 with the aim of promoting professionalism in risk and security management and to provide a forum in which members can discuss problems in an atmosphere of confidentiality (all meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule).

It consists of some 60 senior security practitioners and risk managers drawn from a wide range of commercial and industrial organisations, government departments, the armed forces and the police. There are, in addition, a number of academics with an interest in such things as crime prevention and public order.

Membership is by invitation only and most have a background at a fairly senior level in the police, armed forces or other public sector departments. It meets four times a year to discuss topics of mutual interest and to exchange ideas and information. The aim of the RSMF is to advance the effective management of risk in all areas of security and to bridge the gap between the public, private and government arms of the security profession. [1]

It works in association with a number of groups including:

RSMF uses the expertise of its members to:

  • identify and communicate effective risk and security management;
  • promote the benefits of effective risk and security management to senior executives;
  • advise opinion formers in the public and private sectors on these issues; and
  • develop inclusive ways of identifying, analysing, assessing, and controlling risk for the public and private sectors.

Information assurance is becoming a more significant part of RSMF work, particularly the areas of data centre protection — both physically and electronically and the impact of e-crimes on corporate brands, including market value.

RSMF holds four seminars each year on a wide range of information security-related topics. Recent subjects include the Government’s counter-terrorist programme and Crown control in emergencies. RSMF has run master classes for senior security professionals focused on communications and the human resources issues associated with response management of major terrorist attacks. While these activities are aimed primarily at members, other senior security professionals are invited to attend.[7]

In some RSMF security fora in which there is high interpersonal trust, businesses also learn from private information sharing about unpublicised cases, these operate under 'Chatham House rules.' [8]


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  2. 'Welcome to AKJ Associates', AKJ Associates website of 9 March, 2005. (Web archive accessed 29 April, 2009)
  3. Information Security Forum homepage
  4. Serious Organised Crime Agency homepage
  5. Supporters: The Home Office', e-Crime Congress 2005 website, accessed 29 April, 2009.
  6. Office for Civil Nuclear Security, 'The State Of Security In The Civil Nuclear Industry And The Effectiveness Of Security Regulation, April 2002 – March 2003', BERR website, accessed 29 April, 2009.
  7. Nick Coleman, 'Information Assurance: A review of UK Government and industry initiatives', Cabinet Office website, October, 2004. (Accessed 29 April, 2009)
  8. Foresight homepage
  9. Perpetuity Staff: Prof. Martin Gill - Director', Perpetuity website, accessed 29 April, 2009.
  10. 'The Security Institute Yearbook and Directory of Qualifications 2003', The Security Institute website, 2003.
  11. 'The Security Institute Yearbook and Directory of Qualifications 2002', The Security Institute website, 2002.