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ASIS Foundation Offers Significant Resources

Just last month, five active duty military members  received full certification scholarships to support their efforts to earn CPP and PSP security certifications.  This is just one of the many scholarship programs offered by the ASIS Foundation, whose mission is to “provide actionable research and scholarship opportunities to enhance and advance the security profession.”

Full tuition scholarships (market value of $180,000 to $270,000) were awarded this year to 10 security practitioners from around the world to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Phoenix and Webster University, and prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded to four undergraduate and graduate students for outstanding papers on security issues. These programs—that help individuals pursue education, certification and research make me proud of my membership in ASIS.

The Foundation supports the profession in numerous ways, giving a helping hand to the security leaders of tomorrow. As an association, we must care about the future of our profession—the ASIS Foundation is our vehicle for doing so.

In addition to scholarships, the Foundation recognizes excellence in action today and thereby encourages future good work.

At ASIS 2014, I look forward to meeting members from the ASIS Puget Sound Chapter—the recipient of the 2014 Matthew Simeone Award for Public Private Partnership Excellence. The public-private partnership tackled a major problem of organized retail crime that was causing economic devastation to retailers in Washington State.

The Piedmont chapter will benefit from two days of a physical security education program thanks to the Roy Bordes Award for Physical Security, which the chapter won this year for their efforts to expand membership and educational offerings.

Research is a major focus for the ASIS Foundation, which commissions industry, academic, and government thought leaders to research security challenges and issues. This year the Foundation released a study on security metrics and a companion tool that security professionals can self-administer to develop, evaluate, and improve security metrics within their organization. Persuading Senior Management with Effective, Evaluated Security Metrics is the culmination of a year-long research project funded by the ASIS Foundation.

Key findings from a national roundtable and a broader survey of 3,000 security practitioners to examine top security risks and necessary competencies for security professionals was published recently in Security Industry Survey of Risks and Professional and Professional Competencies.

Think about the gaps in industry knowledge that would exist without these Foundation- supported research projects and publications!

Attendees of ASIS 2014 have the opportunity to support this work by purchasing tickets for themselves, staff, clients, and colleagues to attend the Foundation’s two signature fundraising events—the annual golf tournament and Foundation Night.

Kickoff your Seminar week at the Golf Tournament, Sunday, September 28, at the Stone Mountain Golf Club and then wind down at Foundation Night on Wednesday, October 1, at Der Biergarten in downtown Atlanta. If you cannot attend, please consider becoming a ‘Friend of the Foundation’ by making an online donation.

These are just a few highlights of the remarkable work done by the ASIS Foundation.  How can we possibly advance the security profession without investment in programs such as these? We can’t and therefore I hope that you will take up my challenge by attending Foundation events or making an online donation.