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Security Spotlight

Welcome to Security Spotlight, highlighting ASIS resources on specific topics in security management. Some resources are free for all and others are ​members-only content. 

Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM)

ASIS recently released its Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) Guideline, which takes a different approach to traditional security. The new guideline is the first strategic security management tool of its kind, elevating the security function by establishing a partnership between security professionals and business leaders to manage security risks. Read more in the September 6 press release.

Management & Leadership

Elearning Collection: Managing Security Teams Better by Understanding Generational Differences

Today’s workforce is one of the most age diverse in recent history with up to four different generations working together. Managing these individuals with differing attitudes and expectations can be a challenge. This eLearning Collection reviews each of the generations, details their typical characteristics and traits, and identifies what sets them apart and what commonalities they share. Use this knowledge to build a better team and more effectively manage your workforce.

Earn 2 CPE credits by completing the training.

Ebook: Team Building

This collection of Security Management articles and original content on building, managing, and empowering diverse security teams.


Member's Only Webinar: Selling Security to the C-Suite

In this on-demand webinar learn how to develop a business case for a security project and how you convince the C-Suite to buy-in. Presenters share real-world examples that show how to seek approvals within various firms.

Open to current ASIS members. Learn more about ASIS membership.


Soft Target & Active Shooter

Active Shooter

White Paper, 2016
School Safety and Security Council 

According to the FBI, the frequency and lethality of active shooter incidents in America is increasing. More than one in four (29%) of these tragedies has occurred at educational institutions. Schools and universities must be prepared to not only respond to these incidents, but to also prevent them.

This 59-page paper consists of thirteen articles by twelve authors, all members of this active council, and addresses different approaches to Active Shooter situations. It concludes with five appendices that reference a tabletop exercise, two Security Management articles, a guide from the U. S. Department of Education, and an ASIS International guideline. 


Deterring and Mitigating Attack

This excerpt is a summation of security tactics that can be applied to soft targets, including pre-positioning vehicles, locks, alarms, visitor access and badges, CCTV, and public address systems.

Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Exercise

This excerpt outlines a number of relevant planning strategies, risk management cycles, gap analysis results, physical security steps, and policies and procedures.

Active Shooter: A Handbook on Prevention

Chapter: Preparing an Emergency Response Plan and 
Chapter: Self-Assessment Checklist for Organizational Preparedness
Author: Joshua Sinai, Ph.D

School Safety & Security

Webinar: Identify, Anticipate, Intervene - Steps to Prevent the Next School Shooting (2018)

Are you in a position to anticipate future safety and security challenges in you school district? Early identification, recognition of warning signs and resources for intervention are three key steps in preventing a school shooting.

White Paper: Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Place-Resource Guide (2018)

This guide, from the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, provides an aggregate of soft target resources for categorized for use by everyone, businesses, government, and first responders. These resources include fact sheets, guides, videos, in-person and online training, websites, and more.

Securing Houses of Worship

Media reports confirm what many citizens know: hate crimes are on the rise around the world. Incidents targeting religious institutions and houses of worship are especially troubling, and governments are taking action.

Hostile Surveillance Detection for Houses of Worship

We often come and go from our Houses of Worship (HOW) with very little thought about who may be watching our activities. If we have implemented basic security precautions, we are probably comfortable in our setting. However, we need to step it up a notch if we are going to detect hostile surveillance at your facility.