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ASIS Foundation Security Report: Scope and Emerging Trends - Executive Summary

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Sponsored by
  • NIJ Pasek Corporation
  • ASIS Boston Chapter
  • Toepfer Security Corporation
  • Robert D. Hulshouser, CPP
  • International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety
  • ASIS Calgary/Southern Alberta Chapter
  • ASIS Phoenix Chapter
  • ASIS Greater Milwaukee Chapter
  • ASIS Columbus Chapter
  • ASIS Greater San Antonio Chapter
  • Michael R. Cummings, CPP
This study represents one of the more current works describing the present status of security within organizations throughout the United States including what impacts, if any, 9/11 has had on security measures and budgets.

Prior to this study the most noted and often quoted studies on the security industry have been the Private Security Task Force study which was conducted by the National Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals in 1976 and the Hallcrest I and II Reports, the first published in 1985 and the second in 1990. Since that time there have been many other narrower studies, often of particular security sectors or individual security professionals. The current study differs from these other research efforts because the unit of analysis was companies of all sizes located in the United States. An important point to note is that in the survey of companies many of the respondents had no formal affiliation with the ASIS International and would not describe themselves as full time security staff. Therefore, this study provides a picture that may, in fact, be more generalizable to security within companies located throughout the United States than studies in which the ASIS membership was used as the primary sampling frame.

Over the last 30 years there has been tremendous change in the security profession, which began primarily as an industrial security function strongly influenced by the Department of Defense but has evolved to a profession that is multi-faceted and present across all types of organizations and sectors. The profession has also begun a process of self examination in the wake of the tragic events of September 11th and the formation of the Department of Homeland Security. This study provides some insights as to the initial impacts of 9/11 along with the scope of security as well as emerging trends for the security profession through four surveys used to collect data and information on security within organizations throughout the United States.

This document is available in its entirety only as a free download (PDF).

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