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ASIS Releases Chief Security Officer—An Organizational Model

Alexandria, Va. 2014-01-22

ASIS International has released a revised ANSI/ASIS Chief Security Officer—An Organizational Model Standard that provides a model for organizations to use when developing a senior leadership function responsible for providing comprehensive, integrated risk strategies to protect an organization from security threats. This standard replaces the 2008 ANSI/ASIS Chief Security Officer Organizational ANSI standard. ASIS, the leading organization for security professionals worldwide, is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

“Early on, it was determined that the standard’s purpose was to state the risks that need to be managed within an organization—of any size—and based on those risks, determine the skills and competencies needed to manage those risks,” said Jerry Brennan, technical committee chair, and chief executive, Security Management Resources™. “By identifying who owns what, who is accountable, and what is shared, organizations can then determine what is needed within its ‘senior security executive’ position and the competencies that are best suited for that role.”

The Standard’s model for a senior leadership position is presented at a high level and designed as a guide for the development and implementation of a strategic security framework. The structure is characterized by appropriate awareness, prevention, preparedness, and necessary responses to changes in threat conditions. Specific considerations and responses are also addressed for deliberation by individual organizations based on identifiable risk assessment, requirements, intelligence, and assumptions.

“The perspective through which organizations evaluate and integrate operational risk within their strategic plan continues to be a dynamic process which not only impacts the role of the ‘senior security executive’ but also the position or positions that may assume that role,” said Charles Baley, ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission Liaison and chief security officer, Farmers Group, Inc. “This Standard focuses on the importance of the function and not a single title or position.”

Applicable to both private and public sector organizations, the Standard provides a methodology to evaluate and respond to a spectrum of threats to tangible and intangible assets on both a domestic and global basis. View the executive summary.

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View the full list of ANSI/ASIS Standards at www.asisonline.org/standards.

The work of preparing ASIS Standards and Guidelines is carried out through the ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and its committees. An ANSI accredited Standards Development Organization, ASIS actively participates in the International Organization for Standardization, developing 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. View the list of standards currently under development.

ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more than 38,000 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.