Doug Bedell — June 29, 2007, 7:01 am

ASIS Furthering Security Standards

Two recent developments – both involving ASIS International – have enhanced a trend toward developing “best practices” standards for the security profession.

– On May 21, ASIS announced that its Commission on Guidelines has been renamed the Commission on Standards and Guidelines. Adding “standards” reflects ASIS’ intent to “actively contribute to the process of developing professional standards in the security area.”

– And on May 29, ASIS announced that it has been granted liason status by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) – the international body of standards development.

As ASIS notes, “Standards are a set of voluntary criteria, voluntary guidelines and best practices used to enhance the quality, performance, reliability and consistency of products, services and/or processes. In the United States and globally, standards are becoming a major influence on the security scene.”

The ISO itself, ASIS advises, has launched a technical committee that is “preparing security standards that will directly impact domestic and international communities.” In its liason role, ASIS will serve on this committee and pass along insights gleaned from its 35,000 security-executive members and its own standards experience.

As a non-governmental organization, ISO has no legal authority to enforce standards. But its voluntary standards often become recognized as an industry best practice and market requirement.

ASIS was founded in 1955 as the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and changed its name to ASIS International in 2002.

In the field of vehicle access control barriers, standards for stopping power have existed since 1985, when they were first set by the U.S. State Department for the protection of its embassies and consulates worldwide.

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