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ASIS Assets Protection Course™: Principles of Security (APC I)

06 - 09 March 2017
Boston, MA


23.pngAdvancing your career in security demands your fundamental knowledge of the profession’s universal principles be rock-solid. Reinforce your foundation with Asset Protection Course I (APC), a program designed for both new and seasoned practitioners. The course will simultaneously provide a broad strategic overview of key security principles as well as best practices for thriving in the security profession. Discuss strategies with your peers, learn today’s innovative techniques, and identify methods to enable your career path to stay on the rise.

Immediate Benefits

  • Explore the fundamentals of assets protection
  • Acquire an understanding of the various components of integrated security systems.
  • Identify techniques and best practices to conduct investigations and prevent fraud in your organization.
  • Understand the complexity of workplace violence issues and how to protect your workplace from threats and violent behavior.
  • Obtain proven methods of analyzing and assessing security loss/risk exposure.
  • Learn steps to help you develop and implement emergency/disaster plans and procedures.
  • Examine the basic components and behavioral observations to conduct successful interviews.

Who Should Attend

  • Security executives and managers
  • Individuals with direct or indirect responsibility for security—particularly human resources, facilities, and legal personnel
  • Supervisors of security personnel and proprietary operations
  • Professionals moving into security management positions regardless of experience
  • Individuals transitioning from the public to the private sector
  • Managers who oversee the discharge of security services and personnel

Program Overview

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Review best practices in SOP preparation using specific examples within the asset protection domain.

Risk and Vulnerability Assessments
Learn about the elements of risk and vulnerability and the various types of assessment methodologies as well as where and when to apply them.

Program Management and Performance Measurement
Learn how to successfully manage programs and people through clear expectations, milestones, and measurements. Explore modern tools that help the security manager visualize data findings to identify key concerns and opportunities for improvement.

The APC series has been the cornerstone of my loss prevention knowledge and the basis for the quick rise in my career. I use the knowledge, skills acquired, and the network developed during these programs daily.
Chidi Elendu, CPO
Head of Security, Standard Chartered Bank-Nigeria

Security Force Management
Learn best practices for security force management, organizational structure, rules of conduct, and performance enhancing methods.
Explore the basic principles and practices of conducting successful investigations, including types of investigations, gathering and organizing relevant materials, and reporting the results.
Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention
Learn the motivation behind internal crime. Review proven methods and controls to reduce the opportunity and the impact of fraud.
Emergency Planning
Review contingency planning techniques for identifying foreseeable emergency risks, and establish procedures to mitigate risk, prevent incidents, and handle emergencies.
Ethics and Legal Issues
Security professionals must recognize ethical issues that are inconsistent with both their organization's mission and the law. Using actual "codes" as a guide, this session examines the importance of ethics in decision-making and organizational behavior.
Applying IT Security Principals and Best Practices in the Protection of Assets
Review the IT security risks and best practices for the physical security manager who is not an IT security professional but should understand network security requirements, identity management safeguards, and programs to safeguard company confidential and proprietary information. Identity management programs to safeguard the use of proprietary information. Security risks related to social media will also be discussed.
Intrusion Detection and Video Subsystems
Explore the advantages and disadvantages of intrusion detection technologies. Review the type, function, and purpose of intrusion sensors. Discuss natural as well as electronic methods of increasing surveillance of a property. Examine component video technologies; describe performance measures; and learn best practices for design and system integration.
Barriers/Delay Technologies and Concepts
Review barrier and locking options. Learn the benefits and implementation issues of various components in order to define an appropriate level of protection for specific threats and risks.
Entry/Access Control Concepts
Examine the purpose, theory, function, hardware, software, and layout of access control systems. Explore best practices and how to integrate components for optimal performance.
Negligent Security Liability
Part I: Review the legal foundation and key issues for negligent security lawsuits, including the concept of reasonable security. Part II: Examine employer liability for negligent hiring, supervision, and retention related to acts of violence by employees.
Principles of Investigative Interviewing
Learn how to determine if the subject is telling the truth, withholding information, or fabricating relevant information. Review how to incorporate behavior provoking questions and how to analyze verbal and non-verbal responses.
Data Collection and Analysis Methods
Knowing what data to collect and how to obtain and analyze it are essential to properly characterize assets and assess risk.
Workplace Violence (WPV)
Examine current trends in research on workplace aggression. Understand what it is, the associated legal issues, and how WPV affects your organization. Review program components and proactive best practices to manage WPV risk . This session builds on the previous "Premise Liability" module specifically related to legal issues resulting from incidents of violence in the workplace.

 Certificate Exam

This exam tests your understanding of the material covered in the APC I course and is available only to those who have attended the classroom program. The exam will be available two weeks after the scheduled course date for a period of two months.

 Hotel, Fees and Schedule


Be sure to mention ASIS when requesting the special room rate of $199 single/double (plus tax). This rate will be honored until February 13 or until the room block is full.

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA  02199
+1.888.627.7054 | +1.617.236.2000


Fees include daily continental breakfast, lunch on day one, a networking reception, and refreshment breaks. Hotel costs are not included.

Early bird
(before January 28)
​After January 28
Member​ ​$1195 ​$1295
​Nonmember ​$1495 ​$1595


Sunday, March 5

Monday, March 6

Program Hours

Monday, March 6

Tuesday, March 7
8:00am–5:00pm ​

Wednesday, March 8

Thursday, March 9
8:00am–3:00pm ​

 Policies and Discounts


If confirmation of registration and payment has not been received three days prior to the event, please email

Certificates of Attendance

ASIS reserves the right to withhold certificates, if attendance requirements are not met.

Certificates are not issued for Review Programs.

Last-Minute Registrations

While we welcome all registrations, including those on-site, the availability of handout materials cannot be guaranteed.


Business casual is recommended.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Each 50-minutes of instruction is worth one CPE.

Alternate Registration Methods

If you prefer, you can register by phone (+1.703.519.6200), fax (+1.703.519.6299), or mail.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

For a full refund or transfer credit, written requests must be received by ASIS at least 10 business days before the start date of the program. Those received less than 10 days prior will be charged a $100 cancellation/transfer fee.

Transfers will be limited to a maximum of two per original registration. No refunds or transfers are made for requests received on or after the start date. Contact us or fax your request to ASIS Member Services at +1.703.519.6298.

Tours of Third-Party Sites

When a program includes a visit to or a tour of a third-party site, the host organization may require the use of non-disclosure agreements. Subject to the requirements of the host organization, the agreements offered to nationals and non-nationals of the host country may differ.

Team Discount

Receive a 10% discount when three to five attendees register from the same organization, 15% for six or more. Email for details.

Certification Discount

ASIS members and nonmembers holding the distinction of CPP, PCI, and PSP receive a $25 discount per classroom program. This discount is automatically applied at checkout.


Mr Joseph Paul Buckley, III
  • Mr Joseph Paul Buckley, III
  • President
  • John E Reid & Associates
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Deception Detection Part 1
Session: Deception Detection Part 2
Session: Deception Detection Part 3

Bio: Joseph P. Buckley III is a forensic interviewer, detection of deception examiner, lecturer and consultant. Mr. Buckley is President of John E. Reid and Associates in Chicago, Illinois. He has been with the firm since 1971. He is co-author of four books The Investigator Anthology; Criminal Interrogation and Confessions; Essentials of The Reid Technique; and, A Field Guide to The Reid Technique, as well as numerous articles and papers. He is a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of Police Science and the Encyclopedia of Security Management. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Society for Industrial Security, as well as numerous other professional organizations. Mr. Buckley has lectured extensively to law enforcement, government and business groups.
Ms Mary Beaty Edgar, CPP
  • Ms Mary Beaty Edgar, CPP
  • Sr Vice President
  • Bank of America
  • Atlantic Beach FL, UNITED STATES
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Security Data and Metrics
Session: Risk and Vulnerability Assessments

Bio: Mary combines more than 25 years of practical security experience, including fraud prevention, investigation, physical security and security management, and a passion for statistics, measurement and fact-driven decision making. She earned her BA in Mathematics and a MS in Security Management and HR Management, and holds a designation as a Six Sigma Black Belt. Mary has led and coached projects leading to significant cost savings for the security department, including projects on robbery prevention, guard force management, and construction management. Mary previously served as the Chairman of the Fraud Prevention Oversight Committee for the American Bankers Association (ABA) in Washington, DC, focused on fraud investigations, physical security, information security and deposit operations to explore methods of reducing and preventing financial institution fraud. Her involvement with the ABA spanned more than 10 years, including work with the ABA Security and Fraud Prevention Committee, presentations at industry conventions and the Editorial Board for the Bank Security and Fraud Prevention Newsletter. Mary lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and cats. She has been quilting for more than 20 years, and recently took up knitting. Her interests also include travel, reading and music.
Dr Linda F Florence, CPP
  • Dr Linda F Florence, CPP
  • Owner / President
  • The Florence Group
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Ethics in Security
Session: Workplace Violence

Mr Edward McDonough, CPP
  • Mr Edward McDonough, CPP
  • Chief Security Officer
  • ADT Security Services
  • Boca Raton FL, UNITED STATES
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Emergency Planning
Session: Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention
Session: Investigations Part 2
Session: Investigations Part 1

Bio: Ed McDonough is the Senior Director of Global Security for Tyco International, based in Boca Raton, FL. Ed has over 30 year of progressive security management leadership including security director positions with Barnett Bank, Dominion Bancshares, The First National Bank of Pennsylvania and Sears. Prior to joining Tyco, Mr. McDonough served as principal and founder of Loss Prevention Solutions, an independent security management consulting company. He received a BA in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a former adjunct professor for Mercyhurst College. Mr. McDonough is a member of the CSO Roundtable and serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He is Board Certified in Security Management (CPP) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Currently, Ed serves as a faculty member and the faculty advisor for the ASIS Asset Protection I program. From 1988 - 1999, he was a faculty member and the program advisor for the ASIS CPP Review Program, He served for seven years on the ASIS Professional Certification Board of Directors and was appointed President of the PCB in 2007. In 1987, he was honored by ASIS with the President’s Award of Special Merit. He has contributed to numerous security publications, including the Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention, Security Management magazine, and editor and writer for the Bank Security Report. He is a frequent speaker at security conferences and seminars.
Mr Mark C Peterson
  • Mr Mark C Peterson
  • Principal
  • MC Peterson & Associates
  • Littleton CO, UNITED STATES
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Physical Security-Video Surveillance
Session: Physical Security-Entrance and Access Control

Bio: Mark C. Peterson, CIPT is the founder and principal consultant for MC Peterson Associates, LLC. Mr. Peterson has over 30 years of experience in the design, specifying, installation, service supervision, and project management of integrated electronic access control, video surveillance (CCTV), parking control, intrusion detection, and integrated security management systems. He is has a B.A degree in Management from the University of Phoenix as well as an A.A. degree in Computer/Electronics Technology.
Mr Mark Schreiber, CPP
  • Mr Mark Schreiber, CPP
  • Principal Consultant
  • Safeguards Consulting, Inc.
  • Simpsonville SC, UNITED STATES
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: IT Security Part 1
Session: IT Security Part 2

Bio: Mark Schreiber is a Security Engineer and Consultant who has been in the industry for over 15 years. Mark is an ASIS International Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and has designed all forms of physical security systems across the globe. Typical system designs are large campus, critical infrastructure systems that integrate complex access control, video surveillance, and perimeter intrusion systems for Fortune 1000 clients. As a member of the Security Architecture and Engineering Council, Mark has presented at previous ASIS Seminars. In addition, Mark is the Vice Chairman of the ASIS Critical Infrastructure Working Group (CIWG) and a member of the Information Technology Security Council (ITSC).
Mr Kevin D. Smith, CPP, PCI, PSP
  • Mr Kevin D. Smith, CPP, PCI, PSP
  • Deputy Security Manager
  • Tri-State Generation & Trans
  • Westminster CO, UNITED STATES
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Security Force Management
Session: Standard Operating Procudures

Bio: Mr. Smith has over twenty years of professional experience including service in the US Army, law enforcement, and corporate security. During his law enforcement career, Mr. Smith served as a Field Training Officer, an Operator with the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team, an instructor with the Regional Police Academy, and as an undercover Narcotics Detective with the Special Investigations Unit. Mr. Smith now works as an Enterprise Security Specialist for a utility company where he helps develop and oversee security operations, conducts vulnerability/risk assessments, corporate investigations, and develops enterprise-wide security procedures. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters of Sciences Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. He became a member of ASIS in 2009 and since that time, has earned all three ASIS Board certification designations that include: Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP), and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI). He also earned the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) designation through the American Crime Prevention Institute. Mr. Smith is an instructor for ASIS where he teaches courses in Asset Protection I Course. He serves on Boards for the FBI-Denver InfraGard Member Alliance, The International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE), and is the Certification Board Committee Chair on the ASIS Investigations Council. Mr. Smith is also an Adjunct Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where he teaches a variety of courses in the Criminal Justice Program.
Mr Norman M Spain
  • Mr Norman M Spain
  • Professor Emeritus, Safety, Security & Emergency Mgt
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Purchase NY, UNITED STATES
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Managing Security Liability Risk Part 2
Session: Managing Security Liability Risk Part 1

Mr Basil J Steele, CPP
  • Mr Basil J Steele, CPP
  • VP of Engineering
  • Piece of (i) Security Solutions
  • Albuquerque NM, UNITED STATES
  • Colleagues: 0
Session: Physical Security-Access Control
Session: Physical Security-Intrusion Detection

Bio: Mr. Basil J. Steele, CPP, VP of Engineering for Piece of (i) Security Solutions, has significant experience in physical security counter-terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, video surveillance & analytics, and vulnerability / risk assessments. In 2011, after 36 years of service, Mr. Steele retired from Sandia National Laboratories as the Deputy Director for the Weapon and Force Protection Center. In 2012, Basil was Director of Business Development for a security agency that performed global security assessment projects for universities, large oil refineries / export terminals, power plants, natural gas fractionation plants, water and desalination plants, and weapon storage facilities. Basil joined Sandia National Laboratories full-time after receiving his Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. In the beginning, he served as a staff member responsible for video assessment technology in the security systems area and was eventually promoted to Department Manager of the Intrusion Detection Systems Technology division. The department primary focus was exterior sensors, interior sensors, video technology, image processing, and alarm control and display systems. By 1996, Basil had been promoted to Program Manager for the Department of Energy’s R&D Program. His business areas included the Department of Energy’s security programs, private industry work for others, and many other federal agencies. Four years later, he was promoted to Sr. Manager and by 2001 Basil was named the Sr. Manager for the Department of Defense Weapons Security Program Office which included DoD physical security projects and Defense Program funded R&D. He was promoted to Deputy Director in 2011. Basil graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in Arlington in 1975, and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1976. He joined the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) in 1987. He was the chairman of the ASIS Standing Committee on Physical Security from 1993 to 1996 and was elected to the ASIS Board of Directors from 1996 – 2002.