ASIS develops new guidelines and standards

SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, February 1, 2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In response to what it perceives as a concerted need for standards regarding security issues in the U.S., ASIS International has created the ASIS Commission on Guidelines.

Chad Callaghan, co-chair of the commission, said the commission would play an important role to help protect business and critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks.

“ASIS previously had chosen not to promulgate guidelines and standards, but we felt that whatever concerns we’d had in the past paled in comparison to the need for a professional security organization to be at the forefront of this initiative,” said Callaghan.

“After all, America’s private sector controls 85 percent of the critical infrastructure that makes our economy run. We needed to stand up and take this initiative.”

“In creating the Commission, we also recognized the unique needs of other security groups,” said Don Walker, the commission’s other co-chairman.

“Therefore,we included representation from organizations such as the International Security Management Association, the National Association of Security Companies, the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Security Industry Association to be certain we had the broad representation needed to lay the groundwork for... guidelines and standards,” Walker said.

The commission has developed a General Security Risk Assessment Guideline, soon available at www.asisonline.org.