ASIS Certification Director Gayle Rosnick details new changes to Certification policies and procedures, designed to make the certification and recertification processes easier than ever before.
Chapter BI Tool and the New ASIS Website
With the launch of the new ASIS website, specific features of the current site will be replaced, including the Chapter Business Intelligence Tool. Programming for the tool will not function with the new site or within the ASIS Connects platform.
We recognize that chapter leaders have traditionally used this tool to view member rosters, track membership and certification statistics, and more. The Member Engagement team is working collaboratively with the Digital/Technology division to assess needs from a reporting standpoint, and there are plans to survey chapter leaders for additional feedback. The survey will be launched in late January.
In the interim, if you need specific chapter or membership information after 26 January, email your request to
Reporting Your Volunteer CPEs
Later this month, ASIS will be launching a new user friendly recertification application process. As before, you’ll use the online application to keep track of your CPEs as you earn them. Once you’ve completed your recertification requirements, you will be able to submit your application. With this new process, ASIS staff will no longer verify each CPE as you report them. When you submit your recertification application, your CPEs will be reviewed all at once.
In this new system, volunteers will also have a new method of reporting their volunteer activities. When your volunteer term ends, ASIS staff will issue you a certificate listing the type of volunteer activity you've completed, the dates the activity occurred, and the number of CPEs that you earned. You will use this certificate to claim your CPEs, just as you now do for other CPEs in your online application.
Please email email@example.com with any questions, and stay tuned for more Certification updates in the coming weeks.
January Leadership Conference Preview
The 2018 Leadership Conference takes place 17-19 January at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, USA. More than 200 of the top ASIS volunteer leaders—council presidents, chapter chairs, board members, and more—will gather to develop strategic priorities and participate in sessions matching the conference theme of Educate. Engage. Empower.
The agenda for general conference sessions is as follows:
Headshot Lounge, 9:00am-4:30pm
Tuxedo Measurements and Rentals, 10:00am-1:30pm
Opening Session/ASIS Strategic Plan Status Report/Scouting the Future Research, 8:00am-12:00pm
Networking Lunch, 12:00pm-1:00pm
What Does the ASIS Strategic Plan Mean for Your Volunteer Group?, 1:00pm-2:15pm
Managing ASIS Volunteers for Optimal Success, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Casino Night (benefitting the ASIS Foundation), 6:30pm-9:00pm
The New ASIS Website-A Sneak Peek!, 8:00am-8:30am
Creating a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion for ASIS International, 8:30am-9:30am
Mitigating Hostile Work Environments-Why It Matters to ASIS, 10:15am-11:30am
Networking Lunch, 11:30am-12:30am
ASIS Annual Meeting/Volunteer Awards/Town Hall, 12:30pm-2:00pm
President's Reception, 7:00pm-9:00pm
ASIS Government Relations Session: FBI Private Sector Outreach, 9:00am-10:00am
Volunteer Leader Roundtables and Closing, 10:30am-12:00pm
Can't make it to Arlington? Submit your
Town Hall question
now. We will share many updates from the conference over the coming weeks.
ASIS Vice President, Certification, Standards & Guidelines Susan Carioti explains the decision to introduce the 2018 Commission on Standards & Guidelines to open applications and previews the department's focus for the next year.
New Year, New Website
With a clear directive to transform the organization through the strategic use of technology, ASIS is currently engaged in a broad range of innovative projects—including a major redesign of its primary website, www.asisonline.org.
Late next month, ASIS launches Phase One of a multiyear project focused on improved and personalized content access, user-centric search and commerce, online community, and integrated systems for learning and certification.
The website facelift includes a more graphical and modern interface for both desktop and mobile devices. One of the key strategies driving the new site is to create a powerful search function that will unify content from a variety of ASIS sources. By creating a search-centric site that allows users to filter results, ASIS will meet its goal of helping members at their "moment of need."
www.asisonline.org website may experience outages from 26-28 January, as the upgrades are implemented. From day one, the entire website will be mobile responsive. However, more features will roll out with time.
These changes over the first few months of 2018 are Phase One of the process, with a critical emphasis on design, taxonomy, search, and commerce. Two other phases are planned for 2018.
Meet the 2018 Professional Certification Board
The ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB) will be led in 2018 by Dana Adams, CPP, director of corporate security for TELUS, a telecommunications company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Adams has served on the PCB for six years and was the board’s vice president in 2017. William Moisant, CPP, will assume the role of vice president in 2018.
The PCB oversees the ASIS board certification program and ensures the domains of knowledge and the exams reflect the duties and responsibilities of security professionals. Adams succeeds 2017 President Per Lundkvist, CPP, PCI, PSP.
“I would like to thank Per for his able leadership of the PCB, as well as for his guidance, support, confidence, and friendship,” Adams says. “In 2018, priorities include continuing the work to explore an entry level certification, maintaining the leadership role of ASIS board certifications across our profession, and ensuring global representation and diversity of the PCB.”
New to the PCB in 2018 are Kevin Peterson, CPP, President, Innovative Protection Solutions, LLC; Jeffrey Leonard, CPP, PSP, Area Vice President, Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc.; and Vasiles Kiosses, CPP, PSP, Physical Security Services Manager, Schlumberger Oilfield Services.
ASIS extends its thanks to departing PCB members, James Bradley, CPP, PCI, and Ann Trinca, CPP, PCI, PSP.
16 November Town Hall will review ASIS 2017 and offer strategic updates directly from headquarters leadership. Director of Membership and Volunteer Engagement Teshia Birts discusses the value of attending and keeping yourself up to date with headquarters initiatives.
ESRM Revving Into High Gear
Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) activity at ASIS will be kicking into high gear in January 2018, when work begins to infuse its core principles into the Society’s DNA.
For those new to ESRM, it is a security philosophy and approach that links security activities to an enterprise’s mission and business goals. Applying ESRM entails educating business leaders on the realistic impacts of identified risks, presenting potential strategies to mitigate those likely impacts, then enacting the option chosen by the business that is in line with acknowledged levels of business risk tolerance.
In 2016, the ASIS Board of Directors committed to making ESRM a strategic priority for the Society. Since then, a board-led commission inventoried all the Society’s ESRM content, identified subject matter experts and interested volunteers, developed a primer, and held scores of interviews and meetings with members to gain additional insights on how ESRM should be integrated into ASIS activities.
This week, the Board has approved the next phase of this important work. Going forward, the ESRM Commission will disband and be replaced by four workstreams that will guide the appropriate development and implementation of ESRM materials into ASIS offerings. These workstreams include ASIS standards and guidelines, education and certification, marketing and branding, and creation of a digital maturity model tool. Each workstream will include a Board member sponsor, an ASIS staff member, an ESRM subject matter expert, and a team of member volunteers.
Are you an avid ESRM advocate? Have you put ESRM into practice? Or do you know a member who would be a good fit for this effort? ASIS is looking for member volunteers with direct experience in these areas to serve on these four workstreams.
Please note: these are working groups with tight deadlines and high-input deliverables. For details, please contact Chief Knowledge & Learning Officer Michael Gips at
ASIS Announces PSP Virtual Study Group
Beginning 1 December, ASIS is introducing a new eight-week online program to help prepare members that aim to take the PSP certification exam in 2018-- the PSP Virtual Study Group.
Over the course of the program's eight interactive sessions, expert faculty will lead participants through a review of the complete reference set for the PSP exam. Participants will benefit from the opportunity to receive immediate feedback from faculty and to network with peers who are also preparing to test.
Each session will last approximately two hours and be held every two weeks, with a one-week break in late December. Recordings will be made available for playback to all registrants. The program's faculty includes H. Lee Neutzling, PSP, Corporate Security & LP Manager, Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.; Donald McInnes, PSP, National Training Instructor, Stanley Security; John Bekisz, Jr., PSP, Vice President, Engineering, Sentinel Consulting, LLC; and Andrew Barker, PSP, Senior Project Manager, Axis Communications.
For more information and to view the program's full schedule, visit the
Closing of ASIS Information Resource Center
After an analysis of the IRC, its holdings, and its frequency of use, a decision has been made to close the library on November 30. An analysis of the of in-person visits to the IRC over the past several years indicated that only a handful of people used the resources in their current form. In addition, making the ASIS-owned information currently stored in physical form in the IRC available in a digital format is paramount for all of our members globally, most of whom cannot physically come to the headquarters office in person.
Much of the IRC knowledge and information will be transitioned to our new website that will launch in January 2018. We will maintain an online and physical archive of historical materials produced by ASIS, including back issues of Security Management, selected seminar materials, and other historical documents and photos. ASIS will also continue to sell books via the online store. The physical resources in the current IRC that ASIS does not own will be donated. Several universities with security management or criminal justice degrees are interested in taking the entire collection. We will provide updates as this work progresses.
Registration for the 17-19 January Leadership Conference in Arlington, VA, USA is opening soon. CEO Peter O'Neil prepares you for the themes and topics that will be discussed at the event.
Updates to Certification Online Review
In early 2018, ASIS is introducing its new CPP Online Review—a 24/7 interactive program that will help candidates master key security management concepts and principles—from the device of their choice. Course materials are being prepared by a team of ASIS subject matter experts, comprised of Philip Deming, CPP, J. Nicole McDargh, CPP, and Loretta Veney, CPP.
Check out the attached video for more information, and stay tuned for more details in the coming months.
Sale of ASIS Headquarters Building
The ASIS Board of Directors has approved a plan to sell the ASIS headquarters building in Alexandria, VA, USA. The Board considered making renovations to the building that would support a more collaborative environment and increase organizational performance, but it ultimately opted to relocate to a different location within the Washington, DC metro area, to be determined at a later date.
The Alexandria building has served as ASIS's headquarters since 1998, and it will remain so until the building is sold. The Board estimates that the building will be placed on the market by December 2017, and that the process of selling the building may take up to two years.
Reaffirmation of the ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 Standard
The PSC.1-2012 Standard, Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations—Requirements with Guidance, has been reaffirmed. The standard, which defines best practices for private security providers to adhere to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and the Montreux Document, was evaluated by a committee whose members span the range of society—from industry managers, to to service providers, to government, to academia. When considering the standard with respect to new laws and regulations, the committee determined that no substantive changes were necessary.
All ASIS members are entitled to access one free PDF download of each published
Standard and Guideline as a valuable benefit of their membership.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the ASIS Foundation's fundraising efforts in Dallas this September! From Sunday's golf tournament, to the bull riding competition at Sunday's Opening Night Celebration at Gilley's, to the Headshot Lounge on the show floor, the Foundation managed to raise more than $35,000.
It's thanks to your contributions that the Foundation is able to support its mission of education and research. Visit the
ASIS Foundation website to learn more about the Foundation's scholarships and the research it's conducted.
This month, 2017 President Tom Langer, CPP discusses the process of cleaning up and modernizing ASIS International's Bylaws and Policies & Procedures.
He also encourages chapters to start the officer nomination and election process. Starting
earlier in the year will provide 2018 officers time to get up to speed before the formal transition on 1 January, and allow the incoming Chair more time to plan for travel to the January Leadership Conference.
Bylaws and P&Ps
This year, ASIS International has been focusing on making transformational changes that were identified by leadership and management through the strategic planning process. Governing documents—such as bylaws and policies and procedures (P&Ps)—are foundational to any organization. ASIS discovered that its bylaws and P&Ps needed reorganization and modernizing to help the society operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. In some cases, the bylaws and policies and procedures were not being followed as current practice.
The Bylaws Review committee—with the support of legal counsel—reviewed the bylaws and some of the P&Ps in depth and recommended changes. The Board of Directors adopted those amendments in late July and they were ratified in early August. They are now available for review:
As we move through the remainder of 2017 and 2018, more ASIS policies and procedures will be reviewed and amended. We will keep you apprised of that work.
Reduced Student Dues, Group Payments
In July, the Board of Directors approved two changes that positively impact how members pay for membership.
First, the Board approved a reduction to student dues, which will drop to $20 (from $60) in 2018. Renewing students will pay the new fee with their 2018 membership dues renewal invoice. New student members will pay the new $20 fee starting October 1, 2017 (and on-site at ASIS 2017 in Dallas) when ASIS launches the 15 months for the price of 12 campaign.
Reflecting current strategic objectives, ASIS is confident this fee change
will help increase engagement of young professionals and will infuse the Society with future security leaders, as we provide these students a path for professional development from the start of their careers.
The board of directors also approved a group billing option to pay dues. ASIS currently has arrangements (on request only) with a limited number of chapters to collect dues payments for groups of members to join or renew. This option has proved particularly invaluable for members outside of the United States. As a result, ASIS will be working to make these arrangements easier to implement. In addition, this option will be extended to government agencies who wish to process one single payment for a group of employees.
For more information on both initiatives contact Teshia Birts, Director, Membership and Volunteer Engagement,
Plotting a Course for Government Relations
ASIS Government Relations Director Kristin Rubin has been busy this year—not only continuing to collaborate with government officials and outside organizations and to stay apprised of legislative developments, but also convening a task force to develop recommendations for the future direction of ASIS Government Relations.
High-level activities this year have included:
Support of Legislation
H.R. 2105, NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017
S. 770, MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act of 2017
H.R. 3010 and S. 1475, Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act
Working with Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) to reintroduce the Security Officer Screening Improvement Act (SOSIA)
Renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and discussed partnership benefits for ASIS members and exhibitors
Expanding involvement of the Department of Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection Division into ASIS programs and Councils
Beginning discussions with the FBI about a membership package for employees with private sector roles and responsibilities
Securing high-level government speakers for ASIS events
And much more
During the July Board of Directors meeting, the Board was briefed on the recommendations of the task force and approved a new path forward to better engage members and align efforts with their wants and needs. The task force determined that current GR activities are valued and should continue, but also supplied recommendations to maximize and expand upon the current work, including more effective communication with members about ongoing efforts.
Other recommendations include regularly surveying members to determine which issues matter the most. Creating a process for ongoing feedback and dialogue with members—especially the ASIS Councils—will help inform the GR agenda and enable members to better interpret its value. The task force also identified a knowledge gap in the field that could be filled by developing a collection of resources on U.S. state security laws and regulations.
If you have any comments or suggestions related to the work of ASIS Government Relations, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saddle Up For a Cause... the ASIS 2017 Chapter & Council Challenge
ASIS is excited to announce a special
mechanical bull riding competition for our chapters and councils during the Opening Night Celebration at Gilley’s Dallas on Sunday, September 24…and your quest for braggin’ rights—and a special prize—begins now!
Learn more about how to nominate a team representative, and begin raising funds to secure your seat in the competition. Only the top five fundraising teams will compete in the onsite ride-off. All proceeds from the challenge support the great work of the
https://securityexpo.asisonline.org/highlights-events/Pages/Saddle-Up-For-a-Cause.aspx for complete contest details.
Resources on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion:
Intelligent Buildings Research Project (ASIS Foundation)
Thanks to a grant from the ASIS Foundation—in collaboration with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA International) and the Security Industry Association (SIA)—scholars at Edith Cowan University (ECU) are undertaking groundbreaking research on securing intelligent-building systems.
Launched earlier this year and expected to take 12 months to complete, the research began with a survey of ASIS, BOMA, and SIA members on current practices. The research is expected to produce a framework and guidelines for security practitioners’ use in securing building management systems. The data will provide an understanding of the level of awareness about intelligent-building vulnerabilities and inform the development of practice guidelines.
Active Assailant Technical Committee Formation to Open
Monday, 17 July
Please get the word out to your constituents about this opportunity to contribute to this important work. Security personnel, legal counsel, human resource practitioners, law enforcement personnel, threat/violence assessment/risk managers, and other related stakeholders are invited to participate. ASIS members can earn Continuing Professional Education (CPEs) for their involvement in standards work.
“Workplace violence is one of the most significant security and personnel safety challenges facing organizations today,” said Gene Ferraro, CPP, PCI, SPHR, SHRM-SCP chair of the standard technical committee and chief executive, Forensic Pathways, Inc. “This effort is to capture current best practices to develop the protocols to prepare, respond and recover from an active assailant incident… regardless of when and where it occurs. Thought leaders from industry, law enforcement, academia and the various fields providing emergency response have indicated their desire to embrace a new standard that can address this challenge.”
Those interested in serving on the technical committee for developing the Active Assailant Supplemental Standard should complete the application form that will be on the website and email it to
email@example.com before the August 25 deadline for consideration.
Council Globalization Pilot Program
In the spirit of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, ASIS has been working to strengthen relationships among our network of 242 chapters and 34 professional interest councils around the world. This summer, we launched a Council Globalization Pilot Program to improve information sharing and engagement. Through this effort, we will begin executing on our strategic objective to ensure members worldwide all reap the full rewards of their ASIS membership. Through this expanded collaboration and dedication toward inclusion, future council work will directly align with member needs around the world.
The pilot program is underway with five councils: Investigations; Security Architecture and Engineering; Supply Chain and Transportation Security; Cultural Properties; and Women in Security. These councils will retain their current structure and leadership, but each will now be referred to as a "global council." More details will be discussed at the 21 July town hall and at Seminar.
ASIS 2017 will kick off in less than 10 weeks! Read on for some more exciting changes and additions to this year’s program.
We have joined with more than 25 supporting organizations and 30 media partners to bring news about—and from—ASIS 2017 to attendees and audiences around the world. This new program focuses on uniting organizations allied to security for greater collaboration, increased peer-to-peer sharing, and heightened professional development opportunities. Check out the full list of 2017 partners.
Previously known as Security Week, we are launching
Security Cares at ASIS 2017—a local outreach program that offers free education focused on easily implementable prevention and preparedness strategies and best practices to managers of small- and medium-size businesses and cultural/community institutions. This initiative is supported by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection and is part of a commitment to give back to the communities we visit and ensure they benefit from the collective wisdom and product knowledge amassed at this seminal event. More details coming soon!
New this year, Global Access LIVE! will provide live streaming of select education sessions and keynotes from ASIS 2017. We understand that reduced training budgets and increasing workloads can make it difficult to get approval to attend conferences and tradeshows. With Global Access LIVE!, security professionals can get valuable education and inspiring keynotes delivered directly to their desktop in real time—no travel required! Registration will be available in late July.
Entry-level certification survey
ASIS is currently conducting a market analysis on the viability of creating a certification for those new to or transitioning into the security profession. ASIS engaged Tagoras, a consulting firm with deep expertise in the field of continuing education, to oversee the analysis. This includes focus groups and a survey that was sent to approximately 6,500 security professionals. Results of this market analysis will be used to help ASIS better understand the needs of professionals new to the security field, as well as help us determine the types of programs to develop to meet these needs.
Certification 40th Anniversary
This year, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ASIS International Board Certification Program which was initiated in 1977 with the launch of its first certification credential—the Certified Protection Professional (CPP®). ASIS was the first organization to offer a credential specifically for security managers, and our program remains the global standard for professional excellence.
The four individuals who have remained CPPs for all four decades will be honored at the Leadership Luncheon on Monday, September 25, 12:00 – 1:30 pm: James Calder, CPP; James Carino, CPP; Kenneth Fauth, CPP; and Don Walker, CPP. Newly certified individuals as well as all certificants will be acknowledged during the luncheon.
Per Lundkvist, 2017 president of the Professional Certification Board (PCB), invites all CPPs to join him in a champagne toast to these CPP pioneers on Tuesday, September 26, at 2:15 pm in the Certification Lounge located in the exhibit hall. Pick up a commemorative cup of the anniversary, while they last.
A message from ASIS International CEO Peter J. O'Neil
ASIS 2017 News
We are participating in the U.S. Department of Commerce
International Buyer Program (IBP), which reinforces the event's importance to the global security industry. Members outside the United States can take advantage of special registration prices (50% off the ASIS member rate!) and other benefits when traveling with a delegation through your U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
This year's event includes a number of program and schedule enhancements to maximize attendee and exhibitor ROI, including new and revitalized
networking events, improvements to
scheduling, and a focus on innovating our learning formats and providing the most comprehensive educational program in Seminar history.
The marketing plan has been overhauled to attract new—and more—attendees in Dallas. New strategies include geofencing campaigns, targeted social ad buys, and strengthening relationships and collaboration with allied security
organizations and media partners.
We have engaged a
PR agency with strong IT and operational security experience to elevate the event's profile and attract more media coverage/attendance. Work in progress includes connecting headline news to our education content and speaker expertise, as well as showcasing the breadth of security services and solutions.
Looking ahead, we have hired a
creative services agency to evaluate the Seminar's brand for 2018 and beyond to ensure our flagship event is closely aligned with the growth of the profession.
New ASIS /ANSI Standard released:
Security and Resilience in Organizations and Their Supply Chains (ORM.1)
This standard combines and replaces two legacy standards that are part of the CPP reference set. We have developed a helpful
fact sheet for you to reference and supply to your constituents.
Download the fact sheet.
Improved Member Engagement and Customer Service
ASIS has brought back member certificates for new members, which will be sent in all welcome packets. If current members would like a certificate, they can
email member services.
Launched in March, the
#MyASIS member news social media campaign has seen hundreds of members and posts from all over the globe each month, which are aggregated on the ASIS website and featured on the homepage.
We have redesigned and will be providing certificates for our three board certifications. In the coming weeks, all those who recertified in 2015 and 2016 will receive a certificate as well as any newly-certified professionals.
Additionally, one of our primary goals has been to improve our ability to provide great customer service. Certification Director Gayle Rosnick has recently completed a process assessing the structure of the department and the distribution of responsibilities. To ensure our projects stay on course, we are pleased to announce the following staff changes:
Janine Oney-Schmitt has accepted a full-time position as Certification Specialist. Among Janine's duties, she is the Project Lead for our conversion to the new certification module.
Lisa Currie has been promoted to Certification Specialist. Lisa is now the Project Lead on our ANSI accreditation.
Iris Casco's title is now Certification Specialist. She is Project Lead for the department's customer service duties. While the whole team will continue to answer our customer's emails and phone calls, Iris will ensure that inquiries are addressed within 24 hours. She will also be working on the certification department's Seminar activities, as well as PCB responsibilities.
Mark Pino will continue as Certification Coordinator. He will now serve as our primary customer service representative.