The ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines is soliciting comments on suggested revisions to the Chief Security Officer Guideline. The CSO Guideline, up for a 60-day public review-and- comment period, was first published in 2004. All ASIS Guidelines are re- evaluated every three years, with the possibility of revision, if warranted. ASIS International (ASIS) is the preeminent society for security management professionals.


To provide input, go to the Guidelines section of the ASIS Web site at Comments must be submitted by Dec. 21, 2007. The CSO Guideline can be downloaded, free of charge, on the site. 


The CSO Guideline serves as a model for organizations to use when developing a leadership position having the responsibility to develop, influence and direct an organization-wide protection strategy. It applies to private and public sectors, both of which must continually evaluate and respond to the constantly increasing and changing risks facing organizations worldwide.


Included is information about the position's scope, reporting relationships and the job's key responsibilities and accountabilities. The guideline also identifies the core competencies necessary for the successful CSO, as well as recommendations regarding experience and education requirements.