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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. We have identified a group of security executives across the globe representing different industries and organizations, and we are checking in with them regularly to learn how they are responding to this crisis and planning for recovery.

All ASIS Pandemic Resources

The coronavirus outbreak (also known as COVID-19) has had a major impact on the security and business continuity of organizations with significant ties to China. It has also created global travel issues, and its potential spread is a good reason for organizations to re-examine their plans in case a pandemic hits a geographic region vital to that organization’s business interests.

Case Studies

Clothing Retailer Experiments with UV Fabric Cleaning

Updated 7 August: The economic downturn has savaged retail businesses, though stores with significant online operations have been able to keep some operations going. That is the case for a U.S.-based clothing retailer with close to 1,000 corporate-run brick-and-mortar locations throughout North America, as well as franchised locations globally.

Recovery Goes Granular at Global Bank

Updated 28 July: Because this Canada-based global financial institution has major operations in Asia, corporate security was alerted to the coronavirus early on. Business continuity, HR, legal, corporate security, real estate, and executives came together to sort out roles and responsibilities.

Polytechnic Gearing Up for Fall Activity

Updated 23 July: 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.

NGO Navigates Differing Attitudes on Masks and Temp Checks

Updated 23 July: The pandemic has had a significant impact on all of this NGO's operations around the world. Office and administrative staff now work from home, and travel has been largely shut down, putting connectivity and technology to the test.

Restarting Travel and Opting Against Temperature Screening

Updated 29 June: This large Europe-based chemical company, which has facilities all over the world, responded quickly to COVID-19 because 15,000 staff work in China—about 10 percent of their total global workers. The virus triggered immediate emergency action by the company.

COVID-19 Response Enhances Security’s Image and Standing

Updated 17 June: A Europe-based polymer company with hundreds of facilities around the world has taken a glocal approach when responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Country security managers have established their own crisis management teams, so they could pull information from local plant and site managers.

Latest Trends

Key Takeaways from Pandemic Response

When it comes to urban, white-collar workers, very few companies have fully reopened offices. By and large this reflects a combination of a newfound comfort level with the productivity and profitability of remote work and ongoing concerns about the social distancing required to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.

Tracking COVID-19 Response Trends Across Industries

Several dominant security themes have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown and economic freefall. All of the practitioners participating in this ASIS Foundation research project emphasized that staff, customer, client, and contractor safety is paramount.

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