ICMS acts as the main advisor to ICOM and its membership in matters of security, fire protection and disaster preparedness. The objectives of ICMS are to provide education, training and assistance and to protect persons and cultural property from theft, vandalism, fire and destruction. ICMS has established working groups on Physical Security, Technical Security, Fire Security, Disaster Preparedness, Training, Publications and Rules. Committee members receive security publications and newsletters. Members may participate in annual meetings during which the international situation of museum security is discussed and analysed.