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The ASIS Foundation makes a difference in the security industry and communities we serve through research, grants, and scholarships for security professionals. The Foundation is supported by generous donations from ASIS members, chapters, and organizations.

About the Foundation

EducationScholarship and grant opportunities for those pursuing physical security and cybersecurity careers 

Research – We conduct timely security research on contemporary threats, best practices, and regulations providing valuable and actionable knowledge for the security profession.

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Certification Accelerator

This popular scholarship program has expanded to include all ASIS certifications: the CPP, PCI, PSP, and APP. The ASIS Foundation offers the gift of one free certification exam to EVERY ASIS Chapter worldwide. Last year, 133 chapters from 43 countries participated. Let’s increase that number for 2020!

Chapter leaders can click on the link below to learn how to administer this program. Interested applicants, please contact your local chapter for more information.

2020-2021 COVID-19 Support Grants

If you have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic—e.g. lost your job, got hours cut or gotten sick—your ASIS Foundation is here to help.

Apply now to renew your ASIS membership* free of charge or receive a complimentary online certification study program. The Foundation Board has approved up to $100,000 in grants to be awarded to ASIS members in need. The names of COVID-19 grant recipients will not be shared publicly to protect their privacy.  

*Not available for CSO Center membership.

ASIS Foundation Research: Resilience and Recovery After COVID-19

Tracking COVID-19 Response Across Industries

To help security professionals benchmark and learn from one another, the ASIS Foundation has launched a new project to track and share case studies illustrating security’s response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Read Article

Campus Security and Student Health at a Technical University

This technical university in southeast Asia—which has a 75-acre campus and serves about 15,000 students—initially treated the COVID-19 outbreak as an influenza event, activating its business continuity practices and assembling its executive level crisis management team.

Preparing to Reopen at a Furniture Retailer

Many retailers of nonessential goods have been forced to close up shop and concentrate on online sales, and this global retailer is no exception.

ASIS Foundation Digital Transformation Series

Blockchain: A Guide for Security Professionals

You may be familiar with the term “blockchain” for its use in cryptocurrency—but did you know it’s making major inroads in the security industry? This new ASIS Foundation research is designed to help you better understand the technology, its security advantages, and its implications for security management.

The report provides a practical overview of the facets of blockchain most relevant to security practitioners and considerations to be aware of before implementation. Learn how the technology is already being applied today in areas such as identity management, smart contracts, and video verification, and how the concept may be leveraged more extensively in our industry in the future.

Download the complimentary executive summary or receive the full report now available free to ASIS members.

Not a member? Join today and get this exclusive member benefit ($125 value) free with your membership.

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ASIS Foundation Grants and Scholarships

The ASIS Foundation offers security scholarships to help individuals gain certification and higher education to assist in achieving their career goals. Also available, the Public-Private Partnership Excellence Grant in honor of Matthew Simeone recognizes an active P3 program that makes communities safer.

The Security Education Grant in honor of Roy Bordes supports ASIS chapters in providing educational programs to their members. Application deadline is 1 November.

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 Making a difference in our industry and the lives of those who keep the world safe, through research and scholarships.

The State of Security Convergence Report

Sponsored by 

The ASIS Foundation has just released a new study identifying and describing the relationship between cybersecurity, physical security, and business continuity functions in organizations and the extent to which the three functions work independently, two of the three are converged, or all three are completely converged. The research also explores necessary success factors in creating a high-functioning integrated enterprise risk model, from both organizational and strategic perspectives.

Using survey responses from more than 1,000 security leaders in the U.S., Europe, and India, plus more than 20 follow-up interviews, the study provides a ‘current state’ of the relationship among physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity. It provides relevant benchmarks to compare strategies, plans, and operations and determine best practices for creating more effective and cost-efficient security and risk operations.

Download the complimentary executive summary or receive the full report now available free to ASIS members.

Not a member? Join today and get this exclusive member benefit ($195 value) free with your membership.

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Thank you, Foundation Sponsors

Research from the ASIS Foundation

Intelligent Building Management Systems: Guidance for Protecting Organizations

Produced in partnership with BOMA International (BOMA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA), Intelligent Building Management Systems: Guidance for Protecting Organizations provides a framework for decision-makers to assign a risk-based criticality or impact to their building and asks relevant security questions to develop appropriate mitigation strategies.

The guidance is based on original research that provides an exhaustive overview of identified intelligent building critical vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies.

Download the guidance document, full report, and shareable infographics today!

Scouting the Future

This innovative research initiative identifies seven key change drivers impacting the security profession. Understanding the implications of these changes will allow leaders to better navigate the evolving environment and develop effective strategies for a new, emerging future.

Executive Summary

The insights generated will inform the Foundation's research agenda and the ASIS content strategy to meet future member needs. Each change driver represents an area where change is occurring most rapidly and could have the largest impact. To learn more about each topic, please click on the links below.

Featured Report

Archaeological Site of COLONIA CLUNIA SULPICA Penalba de Castro, Burgos, Spain​

Principal Authors:
James H. Clark, CPP, Clark Security Group, LLC
Ricardo Sanz Marcos, Proarpa (Proteccion de Activos y Patrimonio)
Robert Carotenuto, CPP, PCI, PSP, New York Botanical Garden

Scholars believe that the site of Colonia Clunia Suplicia (Clunia) is the most representative of all the archaeological ruins that have been found from the Roman period in the Northern Iberian Peninsula. The objective of this assessment was to identify those conditions that could create security vulnerabilities for the site and its resources, including people, assets, and activities.

This report provides a case study, including a physical security assessment of Clunia and its surrounding environs, along with a review of other historic sites in the region.

Funded by a grant from the ASIS Foundation and presented by the ASIS Cultural Properties Council.

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Metrics Report

The research report Persuading Senior Management with Effective, Evaluated, Security Metrics was sponsored by the ASIS Foundation, in collaboration​ with the ASIS Defense and Intelligence Council, to add to the body of knowledge about security metrics and to empower security professionals to better assess and present metrics.  This report provides the project's findings, including its three practical, actionable products:

  1. The Security Metrics Evaluation Tool (Security M​ET), which security professionals can self-administer to develop, evaluate, and improve security metrics
  2. A library of metric descriptions, each evaluated according to the Security MET criteria
  3. Guidelines for effective use of security metrics to inform and persuade senior management, with an emphasis on organizational risk and return on investment