ASIS President Rich Widup, Jr., CPP, shares his insights on a range of issues in his monthly column, President's Perspective.
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.
The recent media spotlight on security contractors has brought these standards back to the forefront. Contrary to what many media reports indicate, government, civil groups, and security industry professionals have long recognized the need to work together to address the use of private security contractors. It was this awareness and need to "raise the bar" that led to the development of the PSC standards