Second Edition of Chief Security Officer Guideline Available

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–([1])–The ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines has released the second
edition of the Chief Security Officer Guideline. The CSO Guideline is a
model for organizations developing a leadership position for a
comprehensive, integrated security strategy that contributes to the
viability and success of the organization.

The 2008 CSO Guideline is available at
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The reference section of the CSO Guideline incorporates new research
papers; a Next Generation Security Leadership
model developed by the Security Executive Council through interviews
with business leaders; and a comprehensive 2007 salary study.

It includes information on the CSO positions
scope, reporting relationships, a model profile chart, and the jobs
key responsibilities and accountabilities. It also provides the
competencies necessary for the successful CSO, the experience that
should be considered when hiring, and the education CSOs need.

The CSO Guideline applies to both private- and public-sector
environments, both of which constantly evaluate and respond to the
increasing and changing risks organizations are experiencing worldwide.
It is also the basis for the proposed CSO Organizational American
National Standard being developed by ASIS CSO
Standards committee.

The first CSO Guideline was published in 2004. All ASIS Guidelines are
re-evaluated and updated, if necessary, every three years. The ASIS
Commission on Standards and Guidelines was established in 2001 in
response to a concerted need for guidelines regarding security issues in
the United States. ASIS International is the preeminent organization for
security management professionals.

About ASIS International

ASIS International[3] is
the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than
36,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to
increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals
by developing educational programs and materials that address broad
security interests, such as the ASIS
Annual Seminar and Exhibits
[4], as well as specific security
topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security
management profession to business, the media, government entities and
the public. By providing members and the security community with access
to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industrys
No. 1 magazineSecurity
[5] ASIS leads the way for
advanced and improved security performance.


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