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MSS Global 'COBRA' Tool (Compliance through Organizational Behavioral Risk Assessment)
 
 

The COBRA tool has been introduced to help the Senior Management Teams of U.S, Government contracting companies gain true insight and assurance through the exploitation of technology.  With complex supply chains, and dispersed operations, the risk of punitive fines against FCPA, FCA and CTIPS, along with expected good employment governance regimes, is increasing the burden and risk for U.S. Government contracting companies.  Actionable behavior-based data underpins any effective compliance risk management program. Organizations who embrace technology and analytics to expand their understanding of their actual behavior are not only better positioned to safeguard against compliance risk, but are also better poised to drive business performance and exert agile competitive advantage in the marketplace. 
 
With the costs of non-compliance high, a robust compliance program will continue to prove invaluable.
 
 

 

 

MSS Global 'Recognized Progression - A Supported Path to International Certification

 

Recognized Progression is a cost-effective service designed to assist companies with limited resources or experience prepare for internationally recognized certification in a deliberate manner – it includes security sector specific support for ISO 18788 and PSC.1.  
 
It is a stepped, supported approach which, within specified time constraints, allows a company to build or improve its own management system in a logical progression. 
 
Recognized Progression helps companies generate their own capacity and knowledge in a logical manner through measured, progressive educational support. 
 
While it does not provide client specific solutions as that would constitute consultancy and risk impartiality of any assessment, it includes online education videos and downloadable generic example documents that you can draw upon to build your own management system. 
 
Our service allows a company to have key components of its management system assessed progressively and graded through an MSS Global recognized progress award.   
 
 

 

 

MSS Global Online Assurance Assessment Tool
  
MSS Global has formed an exclusive alliance with Robian Global (www.robianglobal.com) to design and deliver a suite of online assurance assessment tools to support both the private security industry as well as the larger government contractor community.  

Our jointly developed assessment tools extend beyond traditional auditing techniques. Working with the fundamental requirements of any standard (or client-defined specifics), we are able to measure both compliance and the experienced effectiveness of the system and desired business behaviors.  

Our online assessment can stand alone or be used in conjunction with traditional audit techniques. It is particularly effective at identifying risk areas which can instruct our clients where to focus on-site or internal audit resources.

Our online assessment can:

  • Produce clear, comprehensive reports that not only pinpoint areas of the business where compliance to a standard (or your requirements) is achieved, but also any areas that require attention;
  • Evaluate the level of business management effectiveness by comparing the results against recognized business drivers as well as the clauses of respective standards. By adopting this approach, we gain an indication of not only the level of compliance, but also business outcomes being experienced by employees;
  • Deliver superior, cost effective results when compared to traditional internal audit techniques alone.

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Not All Certifications Are Equal – A Simple Check To Save You Time and Money

 

If you want certification it is because you have identified that your business will make money from having it, or it is required by an organization you belong to. So you want to ensure that what you buy is going to be recognized by potential customers when you bid for contracts. 

 

If you are a private security company (PSC) looking to join the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) for Private Security Providers, then you need internationally recognized certification to one of the following: PSC.1, ISO 28007, or very soon ISO 18788 as part of becoming a full member.

 

The ICoCA has, as part of its Certification Procedure (Article 11.2.1) issued certification recognition statements for PSC.1 and ISO 28007; ISO 18788 is soon to be released.  In the recognition statements they explicitly include the words: “such certification to ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, [or ISO 28007] must have been obtained from an audit company accredited by a national accreditation body that is a member of the IAF/MLA.”

 

And the draft ICoCA ‘Certification Procedure’ includes “Members may present evidence of certification by an independent accredited certification body under the newly recognized standard as part of their completion of the ICoCA Certification Process.”  With a footnote that states “Where applicable to a given standard, an “independent accredited certification body” shall be any auditor or group of auditors who have achieved accreditation from their national accreditation service to certify companies to the proposed standard, provided that their national accreditation service is a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and its multilateral agreement (MLA). In the event that IAF / MLA organisations are not applicable to a given standard, the Board will define criteria to ensure the competence and independence of external certification bodies.”

 

You can check to ensure what you are buying will be recognized by taking 3 simple due diligence steps:

  • Ask any potential Certification Body to show their certificate of accreditation from their national Accreditation Body for the specific standard you are seeking.
  • Check on the IAF MLA website to confirm whether that national Accreditation Body is part of the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Agreement (IAF MLA) group.
  • And if they are, then check with the Accreditation Body itself to confirm they have accredited that Certification Body for that specific standard.

At present only two national Accreditation Bodies have schemes in place as part of the IAF MLA to support these specialist standards due to their highly demanding and complex nature:  The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), and the US ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

 

Announcement - MSS Global Announces Strategic International Alliance

MSS Global Ltd, a UK based international leader in the assurance and certification of the private security industry operating in challenging and fragile environments, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with US based Mosaic Solutions, LLC.  The combined entity will continue to operate worldwide as MSS Global Ltd under its existing leadership, with physical presence in the UK, US and Dubai. 
 

The merger will expand MSS Global’s geographic reach and service offering to provide regionally based support that reflects our growing, and broadening international client base.  The new company will have a particular focus on international companies operating in complex operational and regulatory environments around the world.  Through its regional presence, it will also provide the conditions to grow a cost-effective and robust offering to locally based clients.   Over the coming months, MSS Global anticipate announcing several new services supporting both commercial and governmental clients.  These new services will provide supply chain ethical assurance support, compliance assurance, and client capacity building through gap analysis support, educational services and assurance assessments.

 

About MSS Global: MSS Global provides impartial quality and ethical assurance assessments of clients and their supply chain.  MSS Global is internationally accredited as a Certification Body (CB) by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for a number of internationally recognized management system standards, including: Private Security Company Operations (ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, and ISO 18788:2015); Supply Chain Security (ISO 28000:2007), with Maritime Armed Security (ISO 28007-1:2015); Quality (ISO 9001:2015); Environmental (ISO 14001:2015); Health and Safety (BS OHSAS 18001:2007), and are currently adding Information Security (ISO 27001:2013). For additional information please contact: info@mssglobal.com, or telephone +44(0)203 6754585.  
 

About Mosaic Solutions: Mosaic Solutions provides specialty compliance support, market entry facilitation and strategy support to its clients. Mosaic Solutions is headquartered in Redmond, Washington and was formed by executives from the US Security and Risk Management industry. For additional information please email contact@mosaicsolutionsllc.com or telephone +1 202 818 8650 ext 103.

 

Appointment of Director Middle East, East Africa

Reflecting the international nature of our clients and growing market presence, MSS Global is pleased to appoint Jon Comber as our Director for the Middle East and East Africa.  Based out of Dubai, Jon brings a wealth of experience having worked in both regions for the past 8 years supporting a range of commercial sectors, including the private security, and oil and gas industries, with responsibility for compliance and effective management oversight.

Tony Chattin, Managing Director of MSS Global Limited said: “We continue to strive to provide sector defining excellence for our clients.  Bringing Jon on board, with his vast regional and sector relevant experience is further demonstration of our intent to invest in growth, building MSS Global so that it continues to effectively support our growing global client base.

Jon Comber, Director Middle East, East Africa said "I’m pleased to be joining the MSS Global team.  It is a very exciting time cross over from the security and oil and gas sectors to joining a Certification Body.  Changes in compliance requirements and external oversight relating to both sectors over the last several years make specialized certification a growth market for the foreseeable future and I’m excited to be participating with a true market leader."

About MSS Global: MSS Global provides impartial quality and ethical assurance assessments of clients and their supply chain.  MSS Global is internationally accredited as a Certification Body (CB) by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for a number of internationally recognized management system standards, including: Private Security Company Operations (ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, and ISO 18788:2015); Supply Chain Security (ISO 28000:2007), with Maritime Armed Security (ISO 28007-1:2015); Quality (ISO 9001:2015); Environmental (ISO 14001:2015); Health and Safety (BS OHSAS 18001:2007), and are currently adding Information Security (ISO 27001:2013). For additional information please contact:  info@mssglobal.com  or telephone +44(0)203 6754585.  

(Posted 21 June 2016)

 

Appointment of Non Executive Director

MSS Global is pleased to welcome Ms Oona Muirhead CBE as Non Executive Director on the company’s Board.  Oona brings to MSS Global significant experience at board level including as Chief Executive of UK’s South East England Development Agency supporting business growth, and as a non-Exec on the UK Government’s industry partner the UK Security In Complex Environments Group where she helped create an international body for industry monitoring and a new ISO standard with human rights at its heart.  Currently, Oona is a non-Exec for the Office for Nuclear Regulation chairing their Security Committee, and a Trustee of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.  Oona will provide strategic depth to the MSS Global Board.

Tony Chattin, Managing Director of MSS Global Limited said: “Oona brings significant corporate and business change experience and knowledge, within both government and commercial organizations, to the Board of MSS Global.  We are pleased that we have been able to attract an individual of her calibre to the Company as we push forward with an exciting period of strategic growth where her talents will provide essential depth and experience.”

Oona Muirhead CBE, Non Executive Director of MSS Global Limited said: “I am delighted to join MSS Global’s Board. The Company provides an important and necessary service to both governmental and commercial clients.  The impartial certification of private security companies to internationally recognized standards that test human rights approaches both at head office and in the field is a key contribution to raising professional standards, and an area of deep personal and professional interest to me.  I look forward to assisting the MSS Global team in this role.”

About MSS Global: MSS Global provides impartial quality and ethical assurance assessments of clients and their supply chain.  MSS Global is internationally accredited as a Certification Body (CB) by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for a number of internationally recognized management system standards, including: Private Security Company Operations (ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, and ISO 18788:2015); Supply Chain Security (ISO 28000:2007), with Maritime Armed Security (ISO 28007-1:2015); Quality (ISO 9001:2015); Environmental (ISO 14001:2015); Health and Safety (BS OHSAS 18001:2007), and are currently adding Information Security (ISO 27001:2013). For additional information please contact:  info@mssglobal.com  or telephone +44(0)203 6754585.  

‚Äč(Posted 1 June 2016)