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.
Our support of professional development was clearly front and center this year with the launch of our webinar subscription series. This popular offering allowed members to earn CPEs, remain current on emerging security threats, and learn best practices from experts in their fields. Also significant were the debut of the AMU/ASIS Business Essentials for the Security Executive online graduate certificate program and a revamped Wharton Security Program.
ASIS rolled-out two certificate programs—the Executive Protection certificate and the ASIS Assets Protection Course™: Principles of Security certificate. In 2015, three more certificate courses will be launched: Physical Security, Corporate Investigations, and Assets Protection Course™: Practical Applications.
In a productive year for our Standards and Guidelines program, three ANSI Standards were released: Chief Security Officer—An Organizational Model; Auditing Management Systems: Risk, Resilience, Security, and Continuity—Guidance for Application; and Supply Chain Risk Management: A Compilation of Best Practices. ASIS is leading the American effort on the international standard, ISO /PC 284, which will be the first to address managing risks to security operations while protecting human rights. In the year ahead, we also expect to conclude work on the much-anticipated ASIS/RIMS Risk Assessment standard as well as an Investigations standard.
The ASIS Foundation continued to advance leading-edge research and educational opportunities. This year two exceptional reports were released: Persuading Senior Management with Effective, Evaluated Security Metrics and The Security Industry Survey of Risks and Competencies. Both are available as free downloads.
The Foundation also awarded a record number of scholarships including 10 full tuition scholarships to the University of Phoenix and Webster University (valued at $200K+).
Another highlight has been the continued growth of our Women in Security and Young Professionals communities. These member-driven groups really took off this year and I am proud to announce they will become Councils in 2015.
As we prepare for the 60th anniversary of our society and I transition into my role as chairman of the board, I am more excited than ever for the future. From the selfless dedication of our volunteer leaders to our organization’s commitment to expanding education and professional development opportunities, I believe our best days are yet to come.
I want to say Thank You for such an enjoyable, productive, and memorable year. It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your president. On behalf of ASIS, I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
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