January 2019 ASIS News

Security by Industry

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January 2019 ASIS News
 

​As the calendar flips to 2019, the members of the ASIS International Board Management Committee assume new roles for the new year.

Christina Duffey, CPP, senior vice president and Midwest regional director for SOS Security, is president of ASIS International. With more than 25 years of experience in contract security management in the United States and Canada, she has extensive knowledge and experience in asset protection. She served as 2011 president of the ASIS Professional Certification Board and has been a member of the ASIS Board of Directors since 2014. 

Her predecessor, Richard E. Chase, CPP, PCI, PSP, serves as chairman of the board in 2019, while 2018 Treasurer Godfried Hendriks, CPP, succeeds Duffey as president-elect, and 2018 Secretary John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, takes on the role of treasurer.

Malcolm C. Smith, CPP, head of risk management for the Qatar Museums Authority, joins the Board Management Committee as secretary in 2019. Smith is a South African citizen with more than 30 years’ international working experience in security and risk management. He has held several senior management roles in the public and private sectors, including head of global security at Sasol; group head of security and safety services at Nedbank; and commissioned officer in the South African Defense Force.​

ASIS Education 2019 

From creating a new website to launching the innovative ASIS Connects platform, ASIS showed a clear commitment to enhanced technology in 2018. The Society continues to transform engagement with the security profession via forward-thinking, engaging education platforms and programs.

The ASIS Learning Exchange—launched in late 2018 at learning.asisonline.org—gives a fresh look and improved searchability to online learning programs. Learning Exchange is a one-stop shop for ASIS online education offerings, including online courses, webinars, and GSX education recordings. Programs are organized by topic, content type, and career level. Users can browse and purchase individual programs or view on-demand recordings with their webinar subscription. 

For those who prefer to attend educational sessions in​ person, here is a full schedule of 2019 classroom programming: ​

25–28 February
Savannah, Georgia, USA

  • ​CPP/PSP Review

ASIS Assets Protection Course: Principles of Security (APC I)

24–26 June
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

  • Risk, Threat, and Vulnerability Assessment

  • Enterprise Security Risk Management

  • Executive Protection

  • ASIS Assets Protection Course: Practical Applications (APC II)

8–9 September
Chicago, Illinois, USA

  • CPP/PCI/PSP Review

4–7 November
Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Crisis Management

  • Violence Assessment and Intervention

  • Facility Security Design

  • Active Assailant

To learn more about ASIS learning opportunities, visit asisonline.org/education​. ​

BOOK OF THE YEAR

At GSX 2018 in Las Vegas, The Five Technological Forces Disrupting Security was named the ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year. Author Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo, spoke to Security Management about the book and the award.

Q. What do you hope readers will learn from your book?
A. First, technological forces are creating changes in security at a faster pace than ever before, and we need to embrace them in order to keep pace with larger context in which we are protecting people and assets.

Second, much of this change can be attributed to the effects of consumer adoption of both the IT and security technologies at our disposal. Think of mobile communications, for example, and what it has meant for both convenience and situational awareness. The Internet of Things, which is a newer technology, gives us increasing amounts of data as it becomes more widely deployed.

Finally, education and training are critical, because tools don’t do anything until they are in the hands of someone who knows how to use them.  That’s one of the great things about the role of GSX in the industry, and why I’m especially honored to receive this recognition from a group so dedicated to learning.

Q. What are the challenges facing our profession today?
A. I start with recruitment and retention because without the right people, we can’t prevail, and the talent wars are at a peak right now. None of the new technologies I talk about in the book will manage themselves, and to be useful they need to be applied to the specific risk management needs of each organization.

Information security is an underlying challenge to everything we are trying to accomplish with technology, because every security technology must necessarily be secure from cyberattack. Information security is a people problem—one that only the right people can solve. 

Q. What does the award mean to you?
A. Broadly, the award means that this set of topics resonates with the concerns of security practitioners. That’s important because the natural conservatism of our industry has often meant hanging back a bit on technology decisions. But there’s no longer any room for that because both the risks and the opportunities are too great to ignore. On the risk side, no one can operate without a cyber defense plan, and that means understanding all the technologies that can be used for attack or defense. On the opportunity side, big data and analytics are among the best risk mitigation tools that have ever come along.

Hear more​ from Steve Van Till in this month’s Security Management podcast. The book can be purchased from the ASIS store at asisonline.org.​

LIFE MEMBE​​R

ASIS congratulates Roger B. Maslen, CPP, on becoming a Life Member. He has been an ASIS member for more than 29 years. During that time, he has been active with the Calgary/Southern Alberta Chapter, where he has served as chapter chair, vice chair, treasurer, and secretary. Maslen has also been an ASIS regional vice president and senior regional vice president. He was a member of the Professional Certification Board for several years and is a Lifetime CPP.​