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Newswire leftovers

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I wanted to put this on today's newswire but it came into my inbox a few minutes too late to be included in the blast. So, you get the news here instead.

ASIS International today released its second American National Standard titled "Organizational resilience: Security, preparedness and continuity management systems — Requirements with guidance for use." (Now, that's a title ...)

The association says the standard "provides a comprehensive management framework to anticipate, prevent if possible, and prepare for and respond to a disruptive incident. It focuses on resilience — the adaptive capacity of an organization in a complex and changing environment — as well as protection of critical assets."

That's a mouthful but here is what it boils down to: Organizational resilience is all about multiple departments, including security, working together to build a proactive approach to managing risks that is tailored to a specific business sector.

I think the concept of organizational resilience wouldn't be as critical as it is know seen if it were not for the rise of the security professional within the ranks of a business. Remember the days when security leaders had little or no interaction with senior executives? Those days are long gone, thankfully, and with this new power comes more responsibility, such as developing an organizational resilience program.

On that note, I am working on a special report for our May issue on the evolution of the security director. If you are interested in throwing your two cents in about this topic, vote in our newspoll or e-mail me at —Rhianna Daniels

Welcome wagon

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hi Steve, and welcome to Security Director News' new blog. I'm very excited about giving everyone in the security market a place to contribute and share ideas and issues, and maybe, just complain in general. And in case you didn't read the intro above, anyone who is interested in adding their two cents to the mix or posting a topic we haven't talked about yet, e-mail me at The more the merrier.

Steve, in one of your posts yesterday you mentioned that everyone, but your cat and your bicycle shop, was developing security standards. It certainly seems that way — if they are not developing, they are talking about it.

Obviously, manufacturers and integrators are heavily involved in standards development, but what about all of you end users? Are technology standards an issue you are concerned with?