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ASIS News July 2016

Active Shooter White Paper Released

The ASIS International School Safety and Security Council has released a highly-anticipated white paper, Active Shooter. The 60-page document consists of 13 chapters written by members of the council who hold security and safety positions at colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools, or are consultants to these institutions. 

Each author addresses a different proactive approach to preventing and responding to active shooter situations. After an introduction to active shooter programs, the following topics are among those covered in subsequent chapters: The six phases of an attack; pre- attack indicators; on-site training programs; behavioral threat assessment teams; hardening the target; primary and secondary schools as soft targets; and lessons learned

The last chapter, “To Arm or Not to Arm…Teachers,” examines both sides of this heated debate and offers advice on teacher training and the consequences of each strategy. The author concludes, however, “that both sides have the same goal, which is to keep our schools, students, and teachers safe.”

Active Shooter ends with five append­ices, which include articles from Secu­rity Management, “A Guide to Safe Schools” from the U.S. Department of Education, and conclusions from the ASIS Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Guidelines.

The white paper is available to download for ASIS members at​

Executive Protection Council Launched

The ASIS International Executive Protection Council, the newest addition to the ASIS International roster of 34 councils, has been approved by the ASIS Board of Directors. 

Members of the council work in executive protection (EP) full time, oversee EP departments, or advise clients on EP concerns, according to the council’s chair, Robert Oatman, CPP. Senior managers from Fortune 500 companies as well as from privately-held companies that provide EP services to the private and government sectors serve on the council.

Impetus to form the council began in 2013, when ASIS offered a Certificate in Executive Protection. While Oatman had been teaching a two-day program for ASIS on executive protection since 1998, growing interest in the course and the certificate led to the formation of an ad hoc council in 2014.

With its formal status now secured, council members will focus in earnest on their mission and goals, which in­clude providing education and re­sources on professional executive protection and establishing EP as a business enabler to keep protectees safe and productive. In the short term, the council will foster its active leadership, add new members, enhance content to the council’s website, and present a webinar. Longer term, the council hopes to develop an executive protection standard, and has formed a subcommittee to look into that possibility.

International interest in EP is evident by the diverse backgrounds of the students that attend the ASIS EP programs. Many are currently working in the field, but all want to learn more about the art of executive protection. In addition, says Oatman, corporations have realized the value of EP services. As a result, EP has become a viable career path for individuals transitioning from law enforcement or government positions.    

 To learn more about the council and its programs, visit the council’s website,

ASIS 2015 Earns spot on Top Trade Show list

The ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015), which took place September 28 to October 1, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, has placed 100th on the 2015 Trade Show News Network’s Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows list. The Trade Show News Network (TSNN) is the world’s leading online resource for the trade show, exhibition, and event industry since 1996. TSNN began its list of top U.S. trade shows in 2010 based on net square footage.

“Our Annual Seminar and Exhibits is the premier education and networking event for those charged with the protection of life, property, and information in our world today,” says ASIS President David C. Davis, CPP. “It is a critical time for our industry, which is reflected in the size and scope of our conference and exhibition. We are honored to be recognized by Trade Show News Network.”  

ASIS’s Annual Seminars and Exhibits draw approximately 20,000 security professionals from around the globe each year. The event presents more than 250 educational sessions and typically features more than 225,000 net square feet of the latest security technology and innovations in traditional and logical security, providing a showcase for more than 500 companies demonstrating cutting-edge solutions.

The 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhib­its will take place September 12 to 15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For the sixth consecutive year, (ISC)2, the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, will colocate its Annual Security Congress with the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits. Registrants of either event may gain access to each event’s education sessions and the exhibit hall. Both organizations also will offer review courses for their respective certifications, as well as separate, members-only activities.

For complete event, registration, and housing information, visit