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Industry News

- ASIS International releases its first American National Standard, which addresses how companies can develop a chief security officer (CSO) position, and Lisa Dolan, CPP, is profiled.

International Security Programs

- A new benchmark study sponsored by the Security Executive Council collected information on international security programs. Security leaders can use it to compare and improve their programs. Read a summary report of the first-stage findings online.

Industry News

- ASIS participates in drafting new national security standards, three new board members are elected, and Werner Cooreman, CPP, PSP, is profiled.

Security Lessons Learned

- Highlights from the keynote speakers and educational sessions of the ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits.

Brokaw Talks About America's Search for a Balance between Freedom and Security

- "We’re still struggling to find the balance between freedom and the new security considerations," said NBC's Tom Brokaw during his keynote address at the ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits.

Certification Profile

- This month's certification profile is Keith Blowe, CPP.

Learning from Industry Leaders

- The ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits will present more than 175 education sessions; here's an advance look at a few of them.

Cybersecurity Vendors Form Alliance

- A dozen security IT vendors have established the Cyber Security Industry Alliance with the aim of improving cybersecurity "through public policy initiatives, public sector partnerships, corporate outreach, academic programs, alignment behind emerging industry technology standards, and public education."

Statistical analysis

- A recent workshop on that topic, sponsored by the National Research Council (NRC), discussed specific ways in which math experts could help the cause of deterring attacks. "Mathematics, operations research statistics, and computer science provide the fundamental tools for extracting relevant information from the flood of data of all types that our senses receive," Peter Bickel, chair of the NRC's Board on Mathematical Sciences and Applications, told the attendees

National Institutes of Health Report Fails to Analyze Lab Risks

- A National Institutes of Health draft report on risks associated with a proposed biocontainment laboratory is not credible, according to the National Academies.

Did You Know That?

- The security certification industry gets increasingly competitive as organizations target subsectors of the industry. The Security & Loss Prevention Management Council of American Trucking Associations is taking the wraps off a new Certified Cargo Security Professional (CCSP) designation, which will require applicants to pass a multiple-choice exam and obtain continuing education credits. @ Link through SM Online for more information.

Cyberpros on the March

- The number of security professionals will nearly double, rising to 2.1 million by 2008, predicts the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2. The rate of growth will vary by region, however, according to the group's Global Information Security Workforce Study. For example, growth of about 12 percent annually is anticipated in the Americas, while growth of about 18.3 percent is expected in the Asia/Pacific region.

Fighting Diploma Mills By Degrees

- Surely you’ve heard of the University of Berkeley, Hamilton University, St. Regis University, and the American University of London. Or have you? In fact, these schools are suspected “diploma mills”—colleges and universities offering worthless degrees that require no work. They use familiar sounding names intended to make prospective employers mistake them for real institutions, such as the University of California at Berkeley, Hamilton College, Regis University, and the American University in London. The problem came to the fore when it was found that many government workers, including staff in the Department of Homeland Security, had these phony credentials, prompting Congress to hold a series of hearings.

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