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ASIS In US

by msecadm4921

Two pieces of ASIS news (www.asisonline.org) from the States.

Department of Homeland Security transition team members invited ASIS International (ASIS) President Steven Millwee, CPP; President-Elect Daniel Kropp, CPP; Executive Director Michael Stack, and Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Jack Lichtenstein, to meet with them on November 14. The transition team is comprised of people on detail from the various agencies that will be brought together under the umbrella of Homeland Security. They are responsible for building the new Department from Presidential directives and Congressional legislation.

Exchange of Information

This meeting marks the beginning of what is anticipated to be a permanent relationship between personnel at DHS and ASIS International, according to the association. The DHS’ Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection has
asked ASIS to help it develop long-term systems for the exchange of information between private security officials and the new department. Millwee said: ?Members of the team are quite familiar with ASIS’ reputation. They are receptive and enthusiastic about working with us.? Millwee went on to emphasise that this represents just a start; various ASIS members with differing areas of expertise will be taking part in discussions that are of importance to Homeland Security as the department develops its policies and procedures.

First Priority

One area of immediate concern for the transition team is shopping centre security. Not only are malls designed to attract large numbers of people; they receive tons of cargo daily, which is generally unchecked for threats to security. Thus, the DHS team asked ASIS to bring together a representative group of its experts to focus on various security issues of specific concern to shopping centers. Michael Crane, CPP, senior vice president and senior counsel of IPC International, and a council vice president for ASIS, will be the point of contact between the DHS transition team and the ASIS group regarding shopping centre security. The group also will look at what role federal government and local police forces should play in conjunction with private security managers.

On the team

Other members of the ASIS team are: Howard L Kaplan, president of IPC International; David Levenberg, CPP, vice president of security and loss prevention for General Growth Properties; Gene Thompson, vice president, corporate security for Macerich Company; Steven A Crumrine, CPP, director of corporate security and safety for The Rouse Company; and Thomas W Cernock, director, corporate security for Simon, which operates the Mall of America. ASIS say they will continue to work to bring more if its members, into the Homeland Security process. This is true not only of shopping centers but of all infrastructures.

Crisis speakers

Also in the US, The Conference Board had its first Corporate Security and Crisis Management Conference in New York City in November. The event underscored the need for corporate leadership to devote time to security issues, work directly with their security chiefs, and have crisis-management plans in place before an incident happens. ASIS International (ASIS), as a member of The Conference Board and a sponsor of the conference, was instrumental in securing many of the speakers. Senior executives from nearly 200 companies were in attendance, discussing critical issues such as The Mission and Objectives of Corporate Security, The Discipline of Crisis Management, Strategies for Risk Assessment, Planning and Security Audits, and Cyber Threats and IT Security. ASIS members presented at the event, including Marene N Allison; Regis W. Becker, CPP; Jeffrey R. Bedser, CPP; Lawrence K Berenson, CPP; Gregorie Bujac; Edward G. Casey, CPP; Steve D. Chupa, CPP; John P. DeRegt; John J. Devine; F. Mark Geraci, CPP; Patrick A. Keefe; Jack Lichtenstein; Robert F. Littlejohn, CPP; Richard E. Mainey; Henry A. Nocella, CPP; Basil J. Steele, CPP; R. John Theriault, Jr.; and William L. (Lance) Wright.

One discussion concerned the art of crisis management and the need to be ready and prepared now for any crisis. Critical questions were addressed, such as what the firm’s initial response should be; who should be involved in continuity planning; who should participate on emergency response teams; and who should speak on behalf of the company in a crisis.

Ron Pressman, chairman and CEO of GE Employers Reinsurance-the company that had insured the Twin Towers and two of the hijacked planes-said there were four stages following a crisis of any kind: shock, paralysis, recovery and learning. Regarding the recovery phase, he said, he CEO needs to be visible and reassuring to employers and family, emphasizing that the company will survive. Any crisis management plan needs to be practiced by all employees, not just security, and audited by an independent outsider.

Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, III, chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis
Consulting, reiterated Pressman’s points: ?Crisis management is not optional. It is a measure of good corporate governance.? He pointed out that 80 per cent of anti-American terrorist attacks are aimed at American businesses. Thus, how the CEO handles a crisis can affect that company’s stock price as well as the value of its brand.

IT topic

Another topic of interest was security’s approach to information
technology. Alan Brill of Kroll Worldwide said events that affect IT need to be investigated much like any crime-the chain of evidence needs to be protected and maintained. He said: ?Terrorists are creative Davids; we are the Goliath. High-tech evidence is the responsibility of the corporation.? Of particular interest to ASIS members were two presentations on major society initiatives. In the first, Lance Wright, vice president of Boyden Global Executive Search, and Jack Lichtenstein, director of government affairs and public policy for ASIS, presented Boyden’s work on a Chief Security Officer (CSO) position description. It had been developed in conjunction with ASIS’ Guidelines Commission, and is part of an ongoing effort by ASIS to promote the significance and raise the stature of corporate security officers. In the second, Lichtenstein, who also served on TCB’s Advisory Council, which planned the conference, joined with TCB’s Thomas E. Cavanagh to discuss the study being done jointly by ASIS and TCB regarding changes in security costs, roles and responsibilities since 9-11. Lichtenstein explained how the study originated as a request to ASIS from the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress, and Cavanagh talked about the methodology of the survey, expected to be completed in January.

In summary

ASIS say there must be both internal and external crisis management plans in effect. CEOs need to sign on at the Board level-the plan must be a corporate mandate. Bruce Blythe, CEO of Crisis Management International and a clinical psychologist, cautioned the group about an emerging trend in employment law, the negligent failure to plan: ?Crisis-management planning is a clear way to avoid such a claim.? While planning, companies need to figure in local hospitals, how law enforcement will interact with key media relations people and executives, the families and the remaining employees, he said.

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