The ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines has released the second edition of the Chief Security Officer Guideline. The CSO Guideline is a model for organizations developing a leadership position for a comprehensive, integrated security strategy that contributes to the viability and success of the organization.
The reference section of the CSO Guideline incorporates new research papers; a “Next Generation Security Leadership” model developed by the Security Executive Council through interviews with business leaders; and a comprehensive 2007 salary study.
It includes information on the CSO position’s scope, reporting relationships, a model profile chart, and the job’s key responsibilities and accountabilities. It also provides the competencies necessary for the successful CSO, the experience that should be considered when hiring, and the education CSOs need.
The CSO Guideline applies to both private- and public-sector environments, both of which constantly evaluate and respond to the increasing and changing risks organizations are experiencing worldwide. It is also the basis for the proposed CSO Organizational American National Standard being developed by ASIS’ CSO Standards committee.
The first CSO Guideline was published in 2004. All ASIS Guidelines are re-evaluated and updated, if necessary, every three years. The ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines was established in 2001 in response to a concerted need for guidelines regarding security issues in the United States. ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security management professionals.