These proposed standards will be designed to be incorporated into the family of Societal Security Management System Standards, which integrates a range of interconnected disciplines, including asset protection (human, physical, environmental, financial and intangible), security, risk management, recovery management and disaster management. Societal Security standardization addresses the challenges an organization, group or society may face before, during and after a disruptive event. That disruptive event may be natural, technological and/or human, either unintentional or intentional.
“Given the finite resources of organizations, it is imperative that they have business-friendly tools to address any array of threats, hazards and risks they may face,” says Marc Siegel, ASIS Intl.’s security management system consultant. “Standards will be playing an ever-increasing role in the management of operational risks organizations face. An integrated approach can help avoid segregating, or siloing, risks.”
Specifics on 15 ASIS standards and guidelines are available at www.asisonline.org (click on Standards and Guidelines in the left navigation).
F. Mark Geraci, CPP, CFE, is senior director of Corporate Security for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He holds memberships in ASIS Intl., and was elected and served as a member of the ASIS Board of Directors from 1993-1999. In 1998, he became ASIS’s 43rd President, and in 1999 its Chairman of the Board. For more information, or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 519-6200.