ASIS President Geoff Craighead, CPP, shares his insights on a range of issues in his monthly column, President's Perspective.
In the spirit of the holiday season, I am moved to reflect on and offer thanks for what has been a truly remarkable year. It has been an honor to serve as your president and to work alongside such an outstanding group of volunteers and members dedicated to the mission and vision of ASIS.
The past 11 months have been a whirlwind of developments for our association and I hope you will indulge me as I take a moment to talk about a few accomplishments of which I am very proud.
In 2013, we continued progress toward becoming a more inclusive, global organization. Membership is at an all-time high of 38,000+ worldwide. This year, all our newly established chapters were located outside North America (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Budapest, Hungary; La Plata, Argentina; and Shanghai, China). Two of the three newly elected members of the Board of Directors are from outside the United States. More publications are being translated into Spanish, including the Protection of Assets. Our global conferences continue to thrive with attendance up at the European, Middle East, and Asia Pacific events, as well as a 5.5% increase in attendance at the Annual Seminar and Exhibits.
In addition, our Standards development program continues to flourish. This year, ASIS completed work on the PSC (Private Security Company or Private Security Service Providers, collectively referred to as “PSCs”) series of ANSI standards. They are the world’s first standards designed to manage risks related to security services while protecting the rights of individuals impacted by these services. An organizational “first” was realized when the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced it would begin work on an ISO standard based on the PSC.1. ASIS will lead the U.S. work effort by serving as the administrator of the U.S. TAG (Technical Advisory Group) starting soon in Monteux, Switzerland. In addition, we have commenced a joint risk assessment standard in partnership with RIMS, plus an investigations and a supply chain management standard.