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ASIS International Releases First American National Standard

New Standard Details Chief Security Officer Role

Alexandria, Va. 2008-12-17
ASIS International has released its first American National Standard, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) Organizational American National Standard.  Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the new CSO Standard is based on the ASIS CSO Guideline.  ASIS, the preeminent organization for security professionals worldwide, is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.
 
The CSO Standard is a model for organizations to use when developing a leadership position responsible for providing comprehensive, integrated risk strategies to protect an organization from security threats. The CSO may be viewed as a stand-alone position or one that has been incorporated within an organization’s existing leadership team.
 
“The standard states that effective leadership within the top levels of an organization, especially its security functions, is imperative,” says Jerry J. Brennan, chairman of the CSO Standards Committee. “Traditionally, what has been lacking in many organizations is a single governance position at the senior level being accountable for crafting, influencing and directing the organization-wide security-related risk and protection strategies in a manner that is compatible with that enterprises’ structure and culture. The ability to effectively influence business strategy and address issues related to internal and external security risk exposures requires a CSO-type function at the appropriate level in the organization.”
 
Applicable to both private and public sector organizations, the CSO Organizational Standard includes information on a CSO reporting relationship, key responsibilities and accountabilities, key competencies, experience, education and compensation, as well as a model position description.
 
Click here to view the CSO Standard.
 
ASIS International standards and guidelines are developed through a consensus standards-development process to advance security practices. This process brings together volunteers and/or seeks out the views of people who have an interest in the topic covered. The development process is collegial, impartial and transparent. Committees are balanced and open to ensure content relevancy, credibility and broad acceptance. For more information, visit Standards and Guidelines on the ASIS Web site, www.asisonline.org.
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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.