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August 2015 ASIS News

​Preseminar Learning at Seminar and Exhibits 

The ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits will boast some 200 educational sessions. In addition, attendees can arrive early to take advantage of a fine roster of preseminar programs. All of these will take place on Sunday, September 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information, visit 

Banking and financial institutions. This program, cosponsored by the Amer­ican Bankers Association and the ASIS Banking and Financial Services Council, will discuss current financial institution risks and cutting-edge investigative techniques. Topics will include social media and intelligence gathering; executive protection and executive-travel risk assessment program development; violent crime trends and terrorism threats; building an emergency management program founded on public-private partnerships; and strategies for the use of current security technology. 

Access control. The Smart Card Alli­ance will present “Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS, CSEIP: Requirements for Next Generation Physical Access Control Systems in the Federal Market.”

The shift underway in the federal market affects access control system manufacturers, system integrators, system design engineers, and procurement processes. This information-packed program is a derivative of the CSEIP certification course and will provide an understanding of public key infrastructure, certificate validation, the federal bridge, high-assurance identity credentials, identity management, and cryptology. 

School security. “Developing a School Security and Safety Plan for the Next Five Years” is sponsored by ASIS School Safety and Security Council. This program offers solutions and provides guidance on how to design a five-year plan. Topics will include risk assessment, addressing violent and aggressive behavior, active shooter programs, emergency planning, access control, and how technology can help schools create a safe environment for everyone.

Terrorism and social media. “Media, Money and the Anti-Establishment: Us­ing Social Media and Open Sources to Locate Assets of Terrorists and Opposition Groups” will examine the social media applications currently used by terrorists. The effectiveness of these campaigns will be explained, as will why understanding the bandwidth used by terrorists in capturing their audience is so important to corporate security. This program is sponsored by the ASIS Economic Crime Council.

Security technology. Sponsored by ASIS Security Applied Sciences, ASIS Physical Security, and ASIS Information Technology Security councils, “New Frontiers: Legal and Operational Principles for Evaluating and Managing Emergent Security Technologies” will take place Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Today’s security professionals are presented with a dizzying array of technologies, and the enormous amounts of data they generate can lead to consequences: positive and negative; intended and unintended. Attendees will learn that establishing a framework for assessing the operational and legal implications of technology is critical, and faculty will help them learn how to do it. 

Risk and vulnerability assessment. “Reducing Security Vulnerability—Miti­gation Strategies” attendees will learn that the identification of vulnerability is critical to the larger security program. Identifying, classifying, and implementing a vulnerability reduction program isn’t easy, especially in the potential absence of supportable security incident data, credible intelligence, or peer experience. The ability to understand and work effectively with the concepts of threat, risk, and impact will assist in determining vulnerability and point out how it can be effectively reduced. This program is sponsored by the ASIS Physical Security Council.

Healthcare security. The ASIS Healthcare Security and ASIS IT Security councils are sponsoring “Securing Healthcare Facilities with Future Expectations, New Programs, and Security Officer Implementations.” This program provides insight to cybersecurity risks unique to the healthcare industry, educates attendees on the latest healthcare facility guidelines, and demonstrates an effective approach to integrate a workplace violence prevention program with a hospital LMS system.

Utilities security. Sponsored by ASIS Utilities Security Council, “Security Management Program Development: A Critical Infrastructure Model” will provide security program design information using practical, real-life examples. A broad array of security program management concepts will be highlighted, all with sound protection philosophy and fully integrated, end-to-end risk management that any industry can apply. Attendees will learn how utilities security professionals are adapting to the new reality of integrated security management and will come away with valuable resources to assist their security program planning.

Security consulting. Attendees of “Successful Security Consulting” will learn to develop, market, and deliver security consultant services while avoiding the costly mistakes that can sabotage the success of security operations. This popular program provides practical information, from establishing a practice to the initial consulting assignment, through security assessments, designs and specifications, procurement, and implementation. The International Association of Professional Security Consultants is sponsoring this program.​

Global Asset Protection White Paper

The ASIS International Leadership and Management Practices Council has re­leased a white paper by Thomas A. Engel, PSP, titled  “Global Security Strategic Planning.” The document is aimed at assisting senior management of international organizations in managing risk for their people and assets around the world. 

The white paper examines the importance of a strategic plan as a foundation upon which to build an effective security program. Guidelines for a SWOT analysis, one of the most important components of a strategic plan, are featured. Other sections of the paper address issues for consideration such as laws and regulations; customer requirements; internal audit and compliance requirements; and infrastructure concerns.

The author is security administrator, physical security, at Aetna, and a previous security analyst for Westinghouse Electric Company; regional security manager for BNY Mellon Financial Corporation, and director of security for Mellon Financial Corporation. He holds an MBA from Robert Morris University.

ASIS members can download the new white paper at