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ASIS International and Sustainability Pty Ltd Offer Industry’s First Internationally Accredited Security Lead Auditor Course for ISO 28000

Alexandria, Va. 2008-10-08
ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals worldwide, and Sustainability Pty Ltd, a specialist consulting, auditing and training organization, have announced plans to create the industry’s first customized, internationally accredited security lead auditor course.  The course, designed specifically for industry professionals involved with the development of security management systems and managers responsible for improvement outcomes, meets the requirements for ISO 28000:2007—Specification for security management systems for the supply chain.
Course participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to assess security and supply chain risks, maintain and improve security management systems, and successfully conduct security management systems audits. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Lead Auditor Competency Certificate. The first five-day course, accredited by Registered Accredited Body, USA, and Quality Standards Australia (RABQSA), will be announced in the coming months. 
“Most organizations rely on the supply chain to ensure business continuity and are vulnerable if supplies are interrupted,” says Tony Webster-Smith, founder and CEO, Sustainability Pty Ltd. “The partnership between Sustainability and ASIS will see the delivery of accredited specialist lead auditor training, which will greatly assist organizations in the prevention and management of security risks within their supply chains, which in turn will help achieve continuity of supply.”
ISO 28000:2007—Specification for security management systems for the supply chain outlines the requirements for an organization to establish, implement, maintain and improve a security management system, including those aspects critical to security assurance of the supply chain.
“This standard defines auditable criteria to identify and manage the risks associated with natural or man-made incidents to minimize their impact on organizations,” says Mark Geraci, CPP, chairman of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines. “Built on the same process approach and Plan-Do-Check-Act methodologies as other ISO standards, ISO 28000 allows for independent third party assessment and certification.”
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About ASIS
ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 36,000 members worldwide.  Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.
About Sustainability Pty Ltd.
Sustainability Pty Ltd is an Australian-based firm of management consultants specializing in occupational health and safety, environment, security and training services. Sustainability’s core activities are auditing, consulting and training. Sustainability has global experience in the development of integrated business solutions—from initial risk assessments to the integration of quality, safety, security and environmental management systems.