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ASIS International Releases New Guideline on Facilities Physical Security Measures

Alexandria, Va 2009-06-29

ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals, has released its Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline.  The purpose of the guideline is to outline the main types of physical security measures that can be applied to minimize the security risks at a facility. 

The guideline assists in the identification of physical security measures that can be applied at facilities to safeguard or protect an organization’s assets—people, property and information. It outlines eight main categories of physical security measures used to protect facilities: physical barriers; physical entry and access control; security lighting; intrusion detection systems; video surveillance; security personnel; security policies and procedures; and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). The emerging field of security convergence is also addressed. 

“This guideline provides a methodology to select appropriate physical security measures to safeguard an organization’s assets, and is a true testament to the progression of work that took place for more than three years on this guideline alone,” said Mark Geraci, CPP, chairman of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines. “We on the commission  recognized early on that this was going to be an extraordinary undertaking, the ‘800-pound gorilla,’ but we knew that of all our work in the standards and guidelines areas, this guideline would in all likelihood have the greatest impact on, and be useful to, the vast majority of security professionals.”

“The guideline committee is to be commended for its hard work,” Geraci continues.  “The commission recognizes in particular the Guideline Committee Chairman and ASIS Board Member Geoffrey Craighead, CPP, and Commission Liaison Robert Jones for their leadership and instrumental involvement.”

The work of preparing ASIS Standards and Guidelines is carried out through the ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and its committees.  ASIS develops standards and guidelines within a voluntary, nonproprietary and consensus-based process, utilizing the knowledge, experience and expertise of ASIS membership, security professionals and the global security industry.

Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline is the ninth guideline released by ASIS International.  For a complete listing and status of all ASIS Standards and Guidelines, click here.

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