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ASIS International Accepts Membership Applications for CSO Roundtable

Alexandria, Va. 2008-05-09
The CSO Roundtable, a by-invitation-only group of ASIS International that serves senior security executives in major organizations, is now accepting membership applications. Launched by ASIS in 2004 to give top security executives a stronger voice in business and public policy, the CSO Roundtable has now become a full-service membership group offering an exclusive array of benefits. ASIS is the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide.
“The CSO Roundtable is dedicated to assisting security executives in their careers and to elevating the status of security professionals in the C-Suite and the boardroom,” says Regis Becker, CPP, Global Director of Security and Compliance of PPG Industries and co-chair of the CSO Roundtable Advisory Board. Another key goal is “developing the next generation of security leaders,” Becker adds. That’s why CSOs will be able to nominate up to four direct-reports for membership.
Among the benefits of membership are a password-protected Web site containing policies and procedures, metrics, articles and other knowledge items; free resources and tools provided by partners; CSO-specific news; and a private-messaging function.
The most popular aspect of the Web site so far has been the Discussion section, notes Don W. Walker, chairman of Securitas USA and co-chair of the CSO Roundtable Advisory Board. In that area, Roundtable members post items and comments on topics ranging from guns in the workplace to contingency planning in Africa. “The Discussion area allows for frank, open exchange among CSOs on issues critical to the industry,” says Walker.
The CSO Roundtable held its inaugural meeting in April in Washington, D.C., highlighted by keynote presentations by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former homeland security presidential advisor Frances Fragos Townsend.  Attendees called the event “outstanding in every way,” “a complete success,” and “well worth the investment.”
Membership in the CSO Roundtable is by invitation. Eligibility criteria can be found at and clicking on the Membership tab.
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