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ASIS News

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

DHS and ASIS Sign MOU

‚ÄčThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and ASIS International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement stipulates how DHS will work in partnership with ASIS to communicate the agency’s capability gaps, technology requirements, and outreach opportunities to its vendor and member communities in an effort to provide state-of-the-art technological capabilities to its operating components and the nation’s first responders.

“As facilitator of the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, one of the world’s largest exhibitions dedicated to security technologies and products, ASIS is in an advantageous position to serve as a conduit between DHS and more than 700 security industry manufacturers,” states Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP, ASIS president. “Our expansive exhibitor community, plus our substantial member body, make ASIS ideally suited to support and expand the scope of DHS awareness in the private sector.” 

In the coming months, DHS will work with ASIS to actively communicate its public outreach activities using a broad spectrum of forums such as speaking engagements, technology demonstrations, social media platforms, e-mails, and webinars. These venues will be used to provide detailed information on DHS priorities, operations, and opportunities for potential partnership.

Representatives of DHS will be onsite to meet face-to-face with leading security technology innovators at the ASIS 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 29-October 2, in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.

AENOR to Translate Four ASIS Standards

ASIS International and AENOR, the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification, have reached an agreement under which AENOR will translate four of the ASIS ANSI standards into Spanish.

“Translation of these global standards is the first step,” observes ASIS Spain Chapter Chair Juan Muñoz, CPP, who has taken a leadership role in facilitating this agreement. “There is a very wide population of Spanish-speaking security management professionals around the world who will benefit greatly from having access to these important resources.”

The four ASIS ANSI standards to be translated are: 

  •  ASIS/SHRM WVPI.1-2011 Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention
  •  ANSI/ASIS PAP.1-2012 Security Management Standard: Physical Asset Protection
  • ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations—Requirements with Guidance
  •  ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009 Organizational Resilience: Security Preparedness and Continuity Management Systems—Requirements with Guidance for Use

Two of these four standards (WVPI.1-2011 and SPC.1-2009) are part of the reference set for the ASIS Certified Protection Professional® certification, which is recog­nized as the global standard for proficiency within the security management profession.

An ANSI-accredited Standards Devel­oping Organization, ASIS works with national and international standards- setting organizations to advance security practices worldwide through the development of standards and guidelines with a voluntary, nonproprietary, and consensus-based process. A complete list of all ASIS Standards and Guidelines currently under development can be found at www.asisonline.org.

ASIS High on Top Trade Show List

The ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, which took place last September at McCormick Place in Chicago, ranked 94th on the 2013 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. Rankings are based on net square-footage. The ASIS 2013 exhibit floor measured 229,400 net square-feet.

“Tens of thousands of operational and cybersecurity practitioners attend our Annual Seminar and Exhibits from around the globe,” said ASIS President Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP. “It is the premier education and networking event for those charged with the protection of life, property, and information.” 

The annual event draws more than 20,000 security professionals from around the globe each year and presents more than 200 educational sessions. The exhibition area 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 700 companies demonstrating cutting-edge solutions.

The ASIS 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in late September and early October. For the fourth 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 Seminar and Exhibits. Registrants of either event have access to each event’s education sessions and the exhibit hall. Both organizations also will offer review courses for their respective certifications and each will hold separate, members-only activities.

For complete event, registration, and housing information, visit www.securityexpo.org.

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