ASIS International turns Enterprise Security Risk Management into global strategic priority

ASIS International, the association for security management professionals operating across the globe, has pinpointed Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) as a global strategic priority for the organisation and committed to infusing its concepts into all programmes and services.

Both a philosophy and a management system, ESRM uses globally established risk management principles to help security professionals manage the varied security risks facing today’s organisations. By making ESRM a strategic objective, ASIS International is looking to shift the profession from a siloed approach to security management towards a more collaborative process.

“Threats today are increasingly more sophisticated, targeting organisations in myriad ways,” explained David Davis CPP, president of ASIS International. “In addition, the rapidly evolving business and compliance landscape requires a more holistic and strategic approach towards managing organisational risk. As the only global professional association representing the total spectrum of security, ASIS International is uniquely positioned to lead this effort.”

ESRM covers not only traditional security issues such as loss prevention and counter-terrorism, but also a broad array of topics including brand protection, business continuity, corporate espionage, cyber security, information security, resilience and white collar crime.

Davis also noted: “By embracing an ESRM mindset, our members will become more effective security professionals and more valuable members of their organisations.”

Foundation of an ERM Commission

To lead this initiative, the Board of Directors has established a two-year ESRM Commission headed by Dave Tyson CPP, ASIS International Chairman of the Board in 2016. Tyson believes that, while ASIS has been involved in ESRM for some years now, it has never committed to driving the approach in this manner or emphasising its vital importance to the work ASIS members transact on a daily basis.

“The ESRM Commission will develop a framework for integrating ESRM into all ASIS education, White Papers, research and other professional offerings,” said Tyson. “We believe the end result will be a more empowered membership, safer enterprises, a more strategic approach to risk and a more cost-effective security function.”

Serving alongside Tyson on the ESRM Commission are Brian Allen CPP, Raymond O’Hara CPP, John Petruzzi Junior CPP, John Turey CPP and Volker Wagner, senior vice-president at Deutsche Telekom. Additional members from across the globe, industries and specialties are expected to boost the Commission’s cohort number going forward.

ASIS International will also look to collaborate with other organisations in order to advance the richness and value of the content it develops.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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