O’Neil will succeed Michael J. Stack, who will retire at the end of 2015 following a 22-year tenure as CEO ASIS International (ASIS) recently announced that Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, has been confirmed as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organisation for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors. O’Neil will succeed Michael J. Stack, who will retire at the end of 2015 following a 22-year tenure as the organisation’s CEO. Driving business forward “It is a critical time for our association and our industry-at-large as unique threat scenarios continue to arise globally driven by world events and advances in technology. As adversaries are multiplying and becoming more sophisticated, our role in preparing security management practitioners worldwide to mitigate threats to their people, property and information has become more vital than ever before,” said ASIS President Dave N. Tyson, CPP. “Peter is definitely the leader we need at this point in time to take our organisation forward. Beyond his remarkable leadership and management skills, he has clearly demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for business and a rare passion for professional advancement.” O’Neil is currently the CEO of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an international professional society representing 10,000 occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. Located in Fairfax, VA, the association is supported by nearly 50 staff and has 73 chapters. The organisation has a consolidated $21m annual operating budget. In addition to AIHA, O’Neil also has management responsibilities for three limited liability companies, a related education oriented foundation, a foundation that establishes guideline values for exposure limits, and a newly formed Product Stewardship Society. “ASIS is an outstanding organisation with a solid, rich history of achievement and exceptional resources,” observed O’Neil. “I am honoured to have this opportunity to lead a talented staff of professionals and to collaborate with a vibrant global network of volunteer leaders and members to advance and grow the association in the months and years ahead.” Background Over the past ten years, O’Neil has served in leadership positions with the US Chamber of Commerce, Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and The Center for Association Leadership. He is a past chair of ASAE and a past chair of the ASAE Foundation. He received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification in 1998 and was named as an ASAE Fellow in 2006. An author, O’Neil frequently presents, facilitates, and speaks at various conferences. O’Neil graduated from Syracuse University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations. Additional post-graduate work was conducted in public administration, knowledge management, and association management. He resides with his family in Arlington, VA.
The event will feature 33 high-level educational sessions divided over three parallel tracks ASIS International, the world’s premier organisation for security professionals, has announced that it is accepting applications from industry leaders interested in presenting at its 7th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition (ASIS Middle East 2016) that will take place on 21-23 February 2016 in Dubai, UAE. ASIS Middle East 2016 is expected to attract more than 600 senior security management professionals and government officials from all over the region and beyond for three days of networking, professional development and learning opportunities. The event will feature 33 high-level educational sessions divided over three parallel tracks that will cover a wide range of security issues such as: oil & gas security, critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, investigations, due diligence and global business issues. ASIS - perfect meeting place for practitioners, policy-managers & stakeholders Mohammad Al Shammary, Senior Regional Vice President for the Middle East at ASIS International said: “Speaking at ASIS Middle East 2016 presents a rare opportunity for practitioners and industry leaders to improve how business is conducted and to contribute to the quality of the security profession by sharing their knowledge and expertise with a very engaged community of security professionals, regulators and technology and solutions providers. ASIS offers a perfect meeting place for practitioners, policy-managers and stakeholders, who are dependent the latest information and insights in their daily work.” Dave Tyson CPP, President of ASIS International said: “As we all work together to advance the security profession, the participation of presenters of the highest caliber at the conference is very important. Speaking at ASIS Middle East offers security professionals an opportunity to be recognised as thought leaders worldwide." ASIS Middle East 2016 will also feature a summit for Chief Security Officers (CSOs) organised by the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International as well as a trade exhibition with leading organisations and companies showcasing cutting-edge security technology and solutions.
The event will be organised around 3 days of educational sessions, keynote speakers, trade exhibition and more ASIS International, the global organisation for security professionals, has announced that it will hold its 15th European Security Conference and Exhibition on 6-8 April 2016 in London. ASIS Europe 2016 - A unique business security summit The ASIS 15th European Security Conference and Exhibition (or ASIS Europe 2016) is a unique business security summit that is expected to attract around 600 senior security professionals from all over Europe and beyond. Participants will be able to share and learn effective strategies and solutions for securing their organisations' people, property and information in today's challenging global security environment. The event will be organised around 3 days of educational sessions, keynote speakers, professional visits to leading organisations in the Greater London Area, a summit for Chief Security Officers (CSOs) organised by the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International and a trade exhibition featuring cutting-edge security technology and solutions from a select group of leading companies. A significant element of the event will be the various networking opportunities offered along the event such as the Welcome Party, the President’s Reception the lunches and networking breaks. Global exchange of best practices and experience Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor of London, said: “We are delighted that ASIS International has chosen London as the destination of its 2016 European meeting. We look forward to welcoming back this world-class event for security professionals” Dave Tyson CPP, President of ASIS International, said: “We look forward to returning to London with our 2016 European Security Conference & Exhibition. London is one of the world’s leading hubs of culture, business and finance with its own unique security challenges. ASIS Europe 2016 will be an excellent occasion for a global exchange of best practices and experience regarding those challenges”. “The security profession in Britain is one of the most developed around the world and we believe that the decision of ASIS International to return to London reflects this" Andy Williams CPP, Chairman of the ASIS UK Chapter, said: “The security profession in Britain is one of the most developed around the world and we believe that the decision of ASIS International to return to London reflects this. We look forward to working with all like-minded organisations to make this important event a great success.” Proposals for presentation on all security related topics ASIS International has invited subject matter experts to participate in the conference programme by submitting a proposal for a presentation. The organisation will accept proposals on all security related topics, including: supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cyber security and convergence, investigations, due diligence and global business issues.
ASIS International showcased Europe’s leading suppliers of security technology and solutions ASIS International held its 14th European Security Conference & Exhibition on 29-31 March 2015 at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Centre in Frankfurt, Germany. Almost 500 attendees from 46 countries gathered to take part in a rich programme composed of exciting networking events, key industry presentations with exceptional keynote speakers and an industry exhibition showcasing Europe’s leading suppliers of security technology and solutions. The event kicked off on Sunday 29 March with professional tours of the Headquarters of Deutsche Bank and the Operation and Security Center at the Messe Frankfurt and meetings of the European Advisory Council of ASIS International and the organisation’s region and chapter officers. This was, followed by the Welcome Party – Powered by Nedap. Comprehensive overview of security situation On Monday 30 March, the conference opened with a keynote presentation by Dr. Thomas de Maizière, Federal Minister of the Interior of Germany. The Minister gave a comprehensive overview of the security situation in particular for industry and introduced the economic security architecture in Germany. This included focus areas of the security authorities such as countermeasures against crime and espionage, also in cyberspace. This was followed by a day of educational sessions on topics such as “the future of security technology”, “protecting soft targets from hardline Terror”, “social media - how does policing respond to mass data in crisis” and “eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons – the security challenges for the OPCW”. In the evening delegates gathered for the President’s Reception, hosted by ASIS President Dave Tyson CPP and sponsored by Tyco Integrated Fire & Security at the Palmengarten Gesellschaftshaus. Keynote presentation on security excellence Professor Martin Gill, Britain’s foremost criminologist, opened the next day’s programme with a thought provoking keynote presentation on security excellence, after which the conference continued with sessions such as “the rise of the jihadists - the second stage of the Arab Spring”, “security awareness - sharing best practices” and “a pharmaceutical's approach to mitigating the insider threat”. The conference was closed by Axel Petri, SVP Group Security Governance at Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany, who spoke about the impact of the Snowden revelations on the telecoms industry and need to regain the trust of the consumer. Both conference days also featured a CSO Roundtable Summit, organised by the CSO Roundtable, the forum for the most senior security officers of the world’s leading organisations within ASIS International.
Check out the research available from the ASIS Foundation. It is proving to be right on the button.When the Guardians of Peace hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment late in 2014, they crashed the studio’s email, leaked films and scattered personnel data across the Internet. By mid-December, four class-action lawsuits had hit Sony, claiming that the company had not taken adequate cyber-security precautions. How about your company? Are you prepared to withstand a cyber-attack? Are you at least worried? If not, you probably should start to worry. In August of last year, a prescient research report from the ASIS Foundation and the University of Phoenix, “Security Industry Survey of Risks and Professional Competencies,” declared that cyber-security would rank as the top security risk for the next five years. The ASIS Foundation is a non-profit arm of ASIS International. It awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in security management and conducts high-quality contemporary research designed to serve the security profession. The University of Phoenix takes an interest in security through its College of Criminal Justice and Security. “The ASIS Foundation and University of Phoenix have been doing great work,” said Dave Tyson, CPP, CISSP, president of ASIS. “On the research side, they produce crisp academic studies with conclusions that make sense.” The “Survey of Risks” interviewed 483 respondents carefully selected from 1,800 ASIS members who indicated an interest in participating in the survey. The 483 respondents ranked the top enterprise security risks for the next five years as: cyber-security, crime, mobile technology, natural disasters, and globalisation. The report pointed to cyber-security risks from organised external groups, such as the Guardians of Peace, rogue hackers, terrorists or internal personnel with criminal intentions. Crime risks, as always, arise from theft, fraud and violence from inside and outside of organisations. The proliferation of mobile technology, of course, poses risks to proprietary data. The increased frequency of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and wildfires is creating ever-greater risks. Finally, the globalisation of commerce gives rise to physical and intellectual property risks related to geopolitical conflicts. The respondents also ranked 22 core competencies considered critical to responding to these risks. Topping the list of competencies are decision-making, oral communication, anticipatory thinking, maximising the performance of others, collaboration, self-regulation and persuasive influencing. The ASIS Foundation and University of Phoenix conducted a similar survey in 2013 and came away with similar results. The same five risks topped the 2013 list. Cyber-security topped the list back then as well, although the other four were in different order. Mobile technology risks, which might be considered a category of cyber, ranked second in that survey. Globalisation, natural disasters and crime, in that order, followed. The 483 respondents ranked the top enterprise security risks for the next five years as: cyber-security, crime, mobile technology, natural disasters, and globalisation The 2013 survey also cited a similar list of competencies: enterprise risk management, business and financial management, diverse leadership and communication skills, anticipatory and strategic thinking and technological knowledge and ability. Both reports recommend viewing the top competencies as a way to guide training and educational efforts for individuals preparing for careers in security. The competency rankings can also provide a frame of reference for personnel decisions. Moving forward, the focus of ASIS Foundation and University of Phoenix training is shifting, according to ASIS President Tyson. “The next step is to develop a career ladder for security professionals,” he said. “If you are a security officer today, what is the next position up the ladder for you? If you are managing a guard company, today, and you want to become a chief security officer, what are your next steps? This is the Foundation’s focus now.”
The one hour self-paced training module will be presented online ASIS International (ASIS) and the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) will present details of a new training focused on what private security professionals need to know about child victimisation. The presentation will take place on Friday, Jan. 23 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Va. ASIS is the leading organisation for security management professionals worldwide. NCMEC is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. “Security management professionals are highly trained to observe and take appropriate action in response to many different forms of risky behavior,” stated ASIS President Dave N. Tyson, CPP. “This specialized training further expands the scope of their knowledge and heightens their ability to protect and secure children globally. We are very proud of the work that has been done in collaboration with NCMEC and law enforcement agencies to bring this important training to fruition.” Kristen Anderson, NCMEC Executive Director of Training, sees it as a win-win venture. “The National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is pleased to be working with ASIS International and the private security industry on this initiative. Through this training, we will be able to harness the vast human resources of private security professionals to help make children safer.” The one hour, self-paced training module will be presented online. It will discuss the nature and scope of missing and exploited children in the United States, what the private security officer needs to know in order to assist law enforcement, and aspects of victim behaviour and how to access additional resources. Covenant Aviation Security, LLC and G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. hosted face-to-face pilots of the developing program to assist ASIS and NCMEC in finalising content.
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