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ASIS News October 2015


The U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and ASIS International (ASIS), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaboration and information sharing between the two security organizations. 

As a result of this agreement, OSAC affirms its willingness to provide U.S. government representatives, such as regional security officers, intelligence analysts, and other subject-matter experts, to ASIS in-person and online events globally. ASIS will designate space on the Global Terrorism Council, as well as other councils as needed, for an OSAC representative. In addition, the organizations will investigate opportunities to colocate OSAC regional events with ASIS global conferences.

“ASIS and OSAC members possess significant expertise in identifying and mitigating risks to people, property, and information,” says Michael J. Stack, chief executive officer, ASIS International. “This MOU strengthens our strategic relationship, promotes private and public sector cooperation and collaboration, and provides practitioners with a greater understanding of global security threats facing multinational organizations.”

Directed by a council of 34 representatives from companies and government agencies concerned with overseas security, OSAC promotes dialogue between the U.S. government and the American private sector on security issues abroad.​


ASIS International is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s newly launched Cybersecurity Leadership Council, a group of businesses and associations that have come together to promote cybersecurity policy that advances the adoption of best practices and market-based solutions.

“Although recent headlines have focused national attention on cybersecurity, the Chamber has long been active in calling for information-sharing legislation and updated cybersecurity policy,” says Ann Beauchesne, senior vice president for national security and emergency preparedness at the Chamber. “This new group will help us foster greater collaboration between government and the private sector to improve our nation’s cybersecurity policy.”

In addition to ASIS, the Leadership Council members include the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, BlackBerry, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Duke Energy, Dynology, Edison Electric Institute, Food Marketing Institute, Juniper Networks, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, NCI Building Systems Inc., Prescient Solutions, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., Southern Company, Splunk Inc., The Boeing Company, J. P. Morgan Chase, and USTelecom Association.​


The next iteration of the Wharton/ASIS Program for Security Executives will take place November 15 to 20 at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. 

The security risks facing your organization are greater than ever, yet these rising challenges may not be reflected in your organization’s budget. This joint venture between Wharton Executive Education and ASIS International, the Program for Security Executives: Making the Business Case for Security, will help you work more effectively with other leaders in your organization and communicate the bottom-line impact of security decisions.

In this week-long certificate program, renowned Wharton faculty will cover the core concepts of business to help you broaden your managerial and strategic perspectives; enhance your business instincts and sharpen your ability to tackle management challenges; communicate a clear business case for investments in organizational information security policy; learn how to better present your strategy so the C-suite will listen and approve your recommendations; and discover how to manage your own resources to make the most impact for your organization.

For more information or to register, visit​


ASIS International and the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, will offer the sixth iteration of Effective Management for Security Professionals from May 31 to June 3, 2016. The program’s courses are delivered by faculty members from the IE Business School, one of Europe’s leading business education institutions. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded an IE Business School/ASIS certificate. The cost for the four-day program is €3,600 for ASIS members and €4,500 for nonmembers.

The custom-designed program is built around interactive discussions, case studies, and teamwork. Participants are exposed to the frameworks and tools they need to become a more effective manager and business leader. Key topics covered through the program include strategic core concepts, the application of financial information, business case development, leadership skills, and influence, as well as corporate governance and ethics. 

The program concludes with a case study: “You’re the New CSO.” Participants are tasked to evaluate the enterprisewide security efforts of an organizations and work together to recommend solutions to management challenges and security gaps.

For more information in the program, visit