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CSO standard released by ASIS

ASIS International : 19 December, 2008  (Technical Article)
The role of Chief Security Officers detailed in new ANSI approved standard released by ASIS International
ASIS International has released its first American National Standard, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) Organisational American National Standard. Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the new CSO Standard is based on the ASIS CSO Guideline. ASIS, the preeminent organization for security professionals worldwide, is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

The CSO Standard is a model for organisations to use when developing a leadership position responsible for providing comprehensive, integrated risk strategies to protect an organisation from security threats. The CSO may be viewed as a stand-alone position or one that has been incorporated within an organisation's existing leadership team.

'The standard states that effective leadership within the top levels of an organisation, especially its security functions, is imperative,' says Jerry Brennan, chairman of the CSO Standards Committee. 'Traditionally, what has been lacking in many organisations is a single governance position at the senior level being accountable for crafting, influencing and directing the organisation-wide security-related risk and protection strategies in a manner that is compatible with that enterprises' structure and culture. The ability to effectively influence business strategy and address issues related to internal and external security risk exposures requires a CSO-type function at the appropriate level.'

Applicable to both the private and public sector, the CSO Organisational Standard includes information on a CSO reporting relationship, key responsibilities and accountabilities, key competencies, experience, education and compensation, as well as a model position description.

ASIS International standards and guidelines are developed through a consensus standards-development process to advance security practices. This process brings together volunteers and/or seeks out the views of people who have an interest in the topic covered. The development process is collegial, impartial and transparent. Committees are balanced and open to ensure content relevancy, credibility and broad acceptance.
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