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ASIS International Extends Deadline for 2012 Student Writing Competition

Alexandria, Va. 2012-10-22

​The ASIS Academic and Training Programs Council and the ASIS Foundation have extended the deadline for the 2012 ASIS International Student Writing Competition. The writing competition rewards college and university students who conduct research, engage in thoughtful deliberation and write an academic paper between 3,000 and 6,000 words on an issue relevant to the security and assets protection profession.

“The objective of this competition is to encourage critical thinking to help make our world a safer and more secure place to live, work, govern, and conduct business,” says Kevin Peterson, CPP, coordinator of the Student Writing Competition and a member of the ASIS Academic and Training Programs Council. “Each year, students offer valuable new insights into some of the most prominent challenges facing security practitioners around the world. Their research into topical issues and best practices provides the security profession new perspectives and strategies for risk mitigation, technology implementation and business resilience today and in the years to come.” 

Students have the option to select one of six topics for their paper. The topics: the most promising technologies to meet tomorrow’s security challenges; improving the image and reputation of the security profession; protecting information and intangible assets in the 21st century; leveraging low-cost/low-tech solutions for contemporary security challenges; the impact of globalization on security, assets protection and organizational resilience; and the challenge of securing cyberspace: man or machine? Click here to view an expanded description of the topics.

The competition is open to any student, full or part-time, studying at an accredited institution pursuing an associate, bachelor or master’s degree. Cash prizes include $1,500 for the graduate winner, $1,000 for the undergraduate winner and $500 to honorable mention winners at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Each winner also receives complimentary registration to one of ASIS’ annual events—the Annual Seminar and Exhibits (to be held in Chicago, Sept. 24-27, 2013), the ASIS European Security Conference, the ASIS Asia-Pacific Security Conference, or the ASIS Middle East Security Conference.

Download the 2012 ASIS International Student Writing Competition application here or go to Deadline for submission is Dec. 14. A three-person review committee affiliated with academic institutions, including a member of the ASIS Academic Programs Council, will judge the submissions. For more information and requirements for the 2012 Student Writing Competition, visit   

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