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June 2019 ASIS News

A Mid-Year Check-In with ASIS Preside​​​​​nt Christina Duffey, CPP

As I look back on the first half of 2019, I am incredibly proud of the progress ASIS International has made advancing the key strategic priorities that will help position the association for future growth. Foremost among these priorities is the transition to our new global governance structure, which will enable ASIS to better serve members at the local, regional, and global levels.

This new structure will establish a strategic global direction and unified management system that maintains long-term integrity and allows ASIS to use best practices for global associations of our size and scope.

The guiding principles steering this work include: developing a leadership model that incorporates centralized strategic direction setting; empowering regional leadership to adapt global strategy at a regional level; centralizing a management structure that maintains operational control while providing active support to regional bodies; distributing financial authority, designed to promote and support regional identities within a unified global brand; and recognizing that various regions are at different phases of growth.

Preparations to seat a new Global Board of Directors by 1 January 2020 are underway. We are in the process of establishing a Nominating Committee—an esteemed group of elected members and existing Board members—that will select the individuals to comprise the new Board based on an established list of competencies and skill sets. The 2020 Board will be announced at Global Security Exchange (GSX) this 8–12 September.

Furthermore, we will seat regional boards in ensuing years so that every ASIS region will be represented by either a Regional Board of Directors or a Regional Advisory Committee by 2021.

We have been busy! In addition to global governance, a CSO Commission was formed to determine if integrating a chief security officer (CSO) into the staff structure was necessary. The commission decided not to hire a CSO, but instead to create a federated risk process and assign oversight of it to an ASIS Management Risk Committee, which will report to the Board at least once a year. A formal risk management process should be in place by 2020.

I hope to see you at GSX and look forward to connecting with you to discuss how, together, we are advancing our association.

Thank you.
Christina Duffey, CPP

ASIS Europe 2019—From Risk to Resilience attracted more than 900 attendees and 45 exhibitors from more than 60 countries—the most of any ASIS European conference to date. ASIS Europe was held in the lively port town of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 27–29 March. The city provided a scenic backdrop for security industry leaders to discuss the management of security initiatives and future industry trends.

Framed by plenary sessions addressing community resilience and digital transformation, the conference delivered a broad range of germane security, business, and leadership topics. ASIS President Christina Duffey, CPP, and Conference Chair Eduard Emde, CPP, presided over the proceedings.

The conference kicked off with keynote addresses by Amsterdam Innovation Program Manager Theo Veltman and Rotterdam Chief Resilience Officer Arnoud Molenaar, who discussed how these municipalities strive to create safe and resilient digital cities through climate resilience, sustainable power, and water quality.

Veltman pointed out that the success or failure of a digital city depends on whether the public accepts it. For example, citizens of Singapore have pushed back on the profusion of video cameras in the public sphere. Veltman stressed the importance of making cities livable and not too constrained. "If you don't know your environment and you don't know your people, you've got nothing," he said.

Six educational tracks were available addressing a variety of themes and engagement types: two leadership tracks, a leadership training track, a professional track, an innovation track, and a career center. For example, the four enterprise security risk management (ESRM) sessions were assigned different tracks according to subject matter and approach:

  • Fundamentals (professional track),
  • ESRM Skills Cocktail (career center track),
  • Engaging Business Executives in ESRM (leadership track), and
  • Bring It to the Board Room: ESRM Presentation Training (leadership training track).

In the latter session, a 95-minute interactive exercise, attendees divided into teams to give presentations on various security issues—such as corporate espionage, cybersecurity, and workplace violence—to members of a rambunctious C-suite.

Other educational highlights included a discussion of how Volkswagen uses tethered drones to prevent spying on its vehicle prototypes, a case study of how Innogy converged its cyber and physical security functions, a fake-news crisis management exercise, combined cyber–physical–human threat response training, and a "live case study" of young professionals in security.

In the closing plenary, presenters probed audience members on their views and adoption of digital transformation. Live polling on the ASIS Europe app triggered facilitated audience discussion on obstacles to, and the value of, digital transformation.

Multiple social events gave ample opportunity for attendees to network. These events included a welcome party sponsored by access control provider Nedap, a Women in Security breakfast, Young Professionals meetups, a CSO Center executive lunch, and a President's Reception at the Wereldmuseum sponsored by Johnson Controls.

Next year's ASIS Europe will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 1–3 April 2020. To learn more, visit

Topping a record-breaking education lineup is no easy feat—but that's exactly what Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019 will do when 20,000 security professionals gather in Chicago, 8–12 September.

The GSX session lineup in Las Vegas last year featured its highest number of security education sessions ever, in a variety of interesting and innovative formats. This year, conference attendees will enjoy more than 300 expert-led sessions designed to deliver valuable, actionable takeaways to help shape security strategy.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the important topics that will be addressed this year:

  • Cyber Attack on a Commercial Building: A Real-World Case
  • Manage Security Risk Holistically with ESRM and the NIST Cyber Security Framework
  • We Sneak into High Security Buildings and Get Paid for It
  • Evaluating the Drone Risk and Incorporating Countermeasures for Unmanned Threats

Led by ASIS and InfraGard subject matter experts, the GSX education program consists of a full curriculum of quality content in an immersive and interactive learning environment, offering insights and best practices to security professionals at every stage of their career.

To view the full lineup, visit Save $200 on the All-Access Pass when you register by the 14 June Early Bird deadline.

As part of a content development strategy seeking to bolster the content ASIS International produces in critical areas of need in the security sector, ASIS is unveiling its Management and Leadership Content Series. You can access the series online at​.

The series features webinars, Security Management articles, ebooks, council resources, podcasts, and other specially developed resources to help security professionals grow their management and leadership skills. As new content is developed or curated, it will be added to the page.

This Management and Leadership Content Series is the first of several that will tackle in-demand topics in the security function. Look for additional upcoming series in the areas of:

  • Law and ethics
  • Security operations
  • Risk management
  • Integration of physical and cybersecurity
  • Digital transformation and emerging technology

Keep your eye on for updates around these important resources.

ASIS congratulates Thomas P. Gottlieb, CPP, on becoming a life member. During his 21 years as an ASIS member, he has been active in the Mexico Chapter, serving as chapter chair and in other leadership positions. He also served as a regional vice president and a senior regional vice president for ASIS International. Gottlieb earned the CPP designation in 2000 and is now a lifetime CPP.

Congratulations to the ASIS chapters celebrating milestone anniversaries in the second quarter of 2019.


  • ​Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Queensland, Australia


  • Aegean
  • Ark-La-Tex
  • Appalachian


  • California Central Valley
  • Northern Colorado/Southern Wyoming
  • Ecuador


  • São Paulo, Brazil


  • Delaware
  • Toledo
  • Central New York


  • Long Island
  • Hudson Valley​​​