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ASIS Foundation Research: Resilience and Recovery After COVID-19

Resilience, Business Continuity, and COVID-19

To help security professionals benchmark and learn from one another, the ASIS Foundation completed a year-long project that tracked the response, continuity, and resilience of organizations during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The project featured periodic, in-depth interviews with security professionals representing different industries and organizations around the world. These interviews are summarized in the “Case Studies” section below; each case is presented with the most recent summary first followed by the preceding interviews. In addition, the ideas and actions derived from the case studies were used as the basis for additional interviews with other security leaders leading to broader reports. An initial report was published in April 2020, followed by an intermediate report published in September 2020, and a final report published in May 2021.

All ASIS Pandemic Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented, prolonged security, risk management, and business continuity crisis for organizations.

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.

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Final Report: Resilience, Business Continuity, and COVID-19

This is the final installment of the ASIS Foundation pandemic research project. It summarizes findings after following the pandemic response from specific organizations in different sectors around the globe for almost a year, and augments it with a survey of chief security officers and interviews of security leaders to glean lessons learned and opportunities moving forward.

Intermediate Report: Key Takeaways from Pandemic Response

When published in September 2020, very few companies had fully reopened offices. By and large this reflected 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.

Initial Report: Tracking COVID-19 Response Trends Across Industries

This initial report in the ASIS Foundation's pandemic research documented the security themes that emerged as COVID-19 forced lockdowns and caused economic freefall. All of the practitioners participating in the project emphasized that staff, customer, client, and contractor safety was paramount.

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