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Member Interviews

Business Espionage in the Supply Chain

Are you protecting your intellectual property along the supply chain? James Acevedo, CPP, from the ASIS Supply Chain & Transportation Security Community, explains how IP is targeted in development and transit and how organizations can better identify security lapses—both physical and cyber—through in-depth due diligence.


Frankenstein Fraud—and 6 Tips to Combat It

Isaac Trask, member of ASIS International's Banking and Financial Services Community’s Steering Committee Member and Chair of the Fraud Sub-Committee, shares his insights on how organizations can minimize both the threat and potential losses of Frankenstein Fraud.

Managing Civil Unrest | Mangesh Sawant

In February, Mangesh Sawant, Senior Vice President of Riskpro India, spoke with Security Management magazine about the changing role of The Chief Security Strategist in an Age of Uncertainty--discussing geopolitical risk, corporate espionage, insider threat, and more. Here, he shares with the ASIS Blog some of his experiences managing instances of civil unrest.

Gender Balance in Security in America, the EU, and Ukraine

Despite international and national programs promoting equal rights and opportunities for men and women in the security field, the gender balance in many countries leaves much to be desired. We interviewed female security industry representatives from America, the European Union and Ukraine to compare the gender inequality issues, cultural and traditional stereotypes, and restrictions in women's professional development exist in their countries.

Making a Difference: ASIS President John Petruzzi, CPP

An ASIS member for nearly 20 years, John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, will serve as president of the association’s Global Board of Directors in 2021. The ASIS Blog asked Petruzzi to discuss the impact of his ASIS volunteer roles on his career.


January 2022: Managing Crises, From Winter Storms to Mental Health to Evacuations

Is Texas ready for another massive winter storm? Beth Garza joins SM Highlights host Chuck Harold to explain what happened to cause the February 2021 blackouts and power shortages and what the state has done to prepare for 2022. Also in this episode, learn about crisis intervention methods and programs with Dave Weiner and how schools can practice better parent/student reunifications after an emergency or evacuation with Guy Bliesner.

December 2021: Tough Questions on Biometrics, Security Research, and Insider Threat Assessment

“The good old password really has run its course,” says Dave Lewis, Cisco global advisory chief information security officer. So what replaces it? Also, Glen Kitteringham, CPP, discusses the value of academic research to security professionals and—most importantly—how to put it into practice. Paul Wood, CPP, explains how taking a proactive, empathetic approach to threat assessment can identify and address insider threats while improving organizational morale.

October 2021: Spikes in Executive Threats; Navigating Virtual Onboarding; Cyber Hygiene

Erik Antons, CPP, PSP, explains the new nature of hiring onboarding amid remote work and how to navigate cultural and organizational pitfalls when settling into a new role. Mathieu Chevalier from Genetec and SM Highlights host Chuck Harold discuss some of the top things security managers can do to improve their physical security systems’ cybersecurity, from passwords to supply chains.

September 2021: Insider Threats and Insider Care, Plus Bystander Intervention

“Access rules the landscape—every attacker wants it, and every employee has it,” says Jon Ford at Mandiant, who joins this month’s episode, sponsored by Alert Enterprise, to discuss insider threat elements and how to address risks and resilience. Also in this episode, Willem Ryan shares insider threat vs. insider care guidance, and Emily May breaks down the options available to bystanders who could intervene in harassment.

August 2021 Bonus: The State of Jihadist Terrorism and the Situation in Afghanistan

Scott Stewart, vice president of intelligence for TorchStone Global, joins SM Highlights host Chuck Harold to discuss the history and current status of two major jihadist terrorist groups—al Qaeda and the Islamic State—and what their shift toward grassroots terrorism means for security professionals. In addition, Stewart explains the current situation in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s aims, and what the latest upheaval in the Middle East may mean for global security and terrorism.