Security Glossary - Q

This glossary has been created to assist security professionals in defining security terms commonly used by the profession and the industry, worldwide. It is a developing list that will be maintained, and where appropriate, modified, and changed over time. Terms borrowed from related fields, such as engineering, investigations, safety, etc. will be included when deemed necessary for the security professional.

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Definition
qualitative

​Relating to that which is characteristic of something and which makes it what it is.
[ASIS GDL GLCO 01 012003]

quality assurance and security management program

​Ongoing management and governance process supported by top management, resourced to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to identify the root causes of potential undesirable and disruptive events to minimize their likelihood and consequences; maintain viable adaptive, proactive, and reactive strategies and plans; and promulgate safety and security of their operations and clients within a framework that aims to ensure respect for international, national, coastal and flag state, and local statutory and regulatory laws, and human rights; thorough planning, exercising, testing, training, maintenance, and assurance.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.4-2013]

quality assurance and security management system (QASMS)

​Systematic and coordinated activities and practices through which an organization manages its operational and security risks, and the associated potential threats and impacts therein; consistent with respect for human rights, legal obligations, and good practices.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.4-2013]

quality assurance management (QAM)

(1) ​Coordinated activities to direct and control an organization with regard to quality assurance.

  • Note: Direction and control with regard to quality assurance management generally includes establishment of the policy, planning, and objectives directing operational processes and continual improvement.

[ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012]

(2) Systematic and coordinated activities and practices through which an organization manages its operational risks and the associated potential threats and impacts therein; consistent with respect for human rights, legal obligations, and good practices. 
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.3-2013]

quality assurance management program

​Ongoing management and governance process supported by top management, resourced to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to identify the root causes of potential undesirable and disruptive events to minimize their likelihood and consequences; maintain viable adaptive, proactive, and reactive strategies and plans; and promulgate safety and security of their operations and clients within a framework that aims to ensure respect for human rights, national and international laws, and fundamental freedoms. Thorough planning, exercising, testing, training, maintenance, and assurance.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.3-2013]

quality assurance management system

​Quality assurance management system - A set of interrelated or interacting elements that organizations use to direct and control how policies are implemented and objectives are achieved for quality assurance management.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.3-2013]

quality assurance objective

​Something sought, or aimed for, related to quality assurance.
Note 1: Quality objectives are generally based on the organization's quality policy.
Note 2: Quality objectives are generally specified for relevant functions and levels in the organization.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012]

quality assurance policy

​Overall intentions and direction of an organization related to quality assurance as formally expressed by top management.
Note 1: Generally, the quality assurance policy is consistent with the overall policy of the organization, and provides a framework for the setting of quality assurance objectives.
Note 2: Quality assurance management principles presented in ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 can form a basis for the establishment of a quality policy consistent with the principles and obligations outlined in the International Code of Conduct (ICoC) and Montreux Document.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012]

quantitative

​Relating to, concerning, or based on the amount or number of something, capable of being measured or expressed in numerical terms.
[ASIS GDL GLCO 01 012003]

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