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 email@example.com.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.