ASIS International receives ANSI approval for Physical Asset Protection standard
ASIS International has released its latest ANSI standard, Security Management Standard: Physical Asset Protection. Developed by a Technical Committee comprised of more than 80 members from 17 countries, the standard provides a comprehensive management approach to identify, apply, and manage physical security measures in order to safeguard an organization's people, property, and information assets.
The Physical Asset Protection Standard offers a framework for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving physical protection systems.
“All organizations face risk,” said Allison Wylde, co-chair of the Physical Asset Protection Technical Committee and Course Leader, MSc Project Management, London Business School. “The challenge is to first determine how much risk is acceptable and second how to cost-effectively manage risk to meet strategic and operational objectives. This standard helps practitioners determine the appropriate balance between these competing demands.”
Work first began on the standard in 2010, when members of the ASIS United Kingdom Chapter, led by Wylde, developed an asset protection draft standard. The draft, which was used as the starting point document for the full technical committee, was based on the management system framework described in the ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009, Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness, and Continuity Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use. This enables seamless integration with the organizational resilience standard, thereby allowing organizations to build a comprehensive management system for security and resilience management.
“Organizations need to manage the risks of undesirable and disruptive events,” said Dr. Marc Siegel, cochair of the Physical Asset Protection Technical Committee and Commissioner of the ASIS Global Standards Initiative. “A comprehensive management systems approach gives practitioners a management tool to cost-effectively protect an organization’s assets in concert with the organization’s overall mission and business objectives.”
The standard is available for download from
•Date: 31st May 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards