To better address the changing role of senior security executives in today's global business environment, ASIS International's Chief Security Officer (CSO) Roundtable is rebranding.
The new CSO Center for Leadership & Development remains a mainstay of ASIS International, the world's largest membership association for security management professionals. The CSO Center will continue to serve as a standalone membership organization within ASIS to support the development of leading security executives. The new identity will be launched officially at the 9th Annual CSO Summit, scheduled for May 22-24 at the Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock in Marin County, CA.
"Our new identity reflects our commitment to thought leadership, to developing the next generation of CSOs, and to our evolving suite of benefits," says 2016 CSO Center President Mike Maloof, CPP. The CSO Center's new mission, A Safe and Secure Global Community, is "an explicit acknowledgement of our shift in direction and focus," adds Maloof, who also serves as the vice president of global physical security for Oracle.
To meet the goals of the new mission, the CSO Center will continue to offer content on the following topics: executive development, direct report advancement, educational programs, collaborations and alliances, and research. A new program, CSO Nexus, encourages industry leaders to serve as confidential peer advisors to members seeking either to advance their security careers or to receive advice on senior security operations, a step beyond the traditional mentoring services.
"Expanding educational opportunities is a key thrust of the CSO Center going forward," says Maloof. To that end, the CSO Center will hold multiple live and virtual programs, including CSO-only tracks at ASIS global conferences, half-day CSO Conversations that target specific security concerns such as industrial espionage, and webinars on emerging business trends.
Partnerships with educational institutions including the Wharton School and the IE Business School is another way the CSO Center helps members develop business, management, and leadership skills. The center will continue to work closely with complimentary organizations "to ensure that the voice of senior security executives is heard in strategic planning, research, and government affairs," says Peter J. O'Neil, ASIS's CEO. Collaborative efforts have involved the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the Domestic Security Alliance Council, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Membership in the CSO Center for Leadership and Development includes 350 senior-level security executives from more than 30 countries. The organization remains open to security executives and their deputies at Fortune 1000-size companies and their business units as well as those who work at large government agencies or organizations with major business or organizational footprints. For more information, visit https://www.csocenter.org