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President's Perspective

In 2015, this column will be published on a quarterly schedule. Look for comments from our 2015 Presdient Dave N. Tyson, CPP coming soon.

Below, former ASIS President Rich Widup, Jr., CPP, shares his insights on a range of issues in his 2014 monthly column.


As 2014 draws to a close, it is fitting to reflect on achievements over the past 12 months while also looking ahead to the future. I feel tremendous pride in my service as your president and in all we have accomplished together. I am also excited by the energy and momentum going into 2015.

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a rewarding and refreshing holiday season. I am excited, honored, and humbled to be your President and want to thank the many ASIS leaders who mentored me over the years and helped shape my career path, as well as deeply influenced my leadership and management skills. On that note, I would like to share some thoughts with you on... Read More. 


This past month, I was pleased to attend my local chapter meeting (The Southern Connecticut Chapter) to help swear in the 2014 officers. It was deeply rewarding to witness these next generation ASIS volunteers take the reins and prepare to meet the challenges ahead.  Read More.

This past month I was fortunate to be able to preside over the 5th Middle East Security Conference and Exhibition in Dubai. As you can see from the photos, there was incredible energy at this event, which combined with great educational sessions, leading edge exhibitors, and a beautiful venue, resulted in both record attendance and high attendee satisfaction. Read More.  


As president of ASIS, I am asked at conferences and work events about my vision for the organization and our profession. I am also asked about my CPP and what it has meant to my career. I’d like to take this opportunity to share my story and hopefully convince those of you that have been holding out, to consider earning your board-certification. Read More.

This past month I attended the 13th European Security Conference and Exhibits at The Hague. The program, like the New York City and Middle East Conferences, drew record attendance from across the globe. At all these events, I’ve noticed many of the education sessions emphasize the importance of not only focusing on demonstrating ROI for our programs but also on the return on perception: the value of framing security as a help, not a hindrance to the bottom line or yet another annoyance that adds friction to the daily grind.


In recent weeks, I accepted a position with Mead Johnson Nutrition and relocated to southern Indiana. As a result of this new role, I’ve embarked on a series of “meet and greets” to get to know key law enforcement personnel within my region. These meetings have helped to reinforce that in this era of shrinking budgets and resource limitations, the need for collaboration with our public sector security colleagues has never been greater.

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In my June column, I mentioned the release of an extremely valuable “how to” guide for developing goal-oriented public-private partnerships, prepared by the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council (LELC). Well, the LELC did not stop there. Building on the theme of the new guide, the group also has developed a timely education session for the upcoming ASIS Seminar and Exhibits: “Cyberfraud: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business.”

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Eleven years ago, I attended my first ASIS Seminar and Exhibits. It was absolutely exhilarating for me….as has each Seminar I’ve attended.

I look forward to this event every year and am counting the days until I can board that plane to Atlanta and again be among the brightest minds in security. The excitement of being at the epicenter of the profession along with more than 20,000 of my colleagues from around the world never goes away.

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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.”

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Last year, ASIS completed work on a series of American National Standards that address the business and risk management of security operations conducted by private security services providers or private security companies (PSCs). The world's first standards to address managing the risks of security operations while protecting human rights, the "PSC standards" were developed by 200+ experts from 24 countries and included representation from clients, service providers, non-governmental, and rights groups from the public and private sector.

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