ASIS revamps POA reference for security professionals

First published in 1974 as a subscription service, the Protection of Assets (POA) has been a continually updated reference for the security professional that covers the full spectrum of physical, information, and personnel security. The latest version is an eight-volume, hard-bound set that ASIS said has been completely re-written, edited and critiqued by “hundreds of security subject matter experts.” POA is also available as an online subscription, as individual books and on Kindle.

“Due to a tremendous effort by hundreds of subject matter experts, POA has become the premier reference for security professionals,” said Michael Knoke, Certified Protection Professional (CPP), and POA managing editor. “Having also served on the ASIS Professional Certification Board as president, I am very pleased to incorporate this body of knowledge into the CPP exam reference material.”

The revamp comes as ASIS is celebrating the 35th anniversary for its security certifications. The first ASIS board certification was awarded in 1977.

The organization’s security certification program encompasses three certifications: CPP, Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) and Physical Security Professional (PSP).

“With the increasing mobility of security practitioners and the need to work together across functional areas and across borders, an established mark of professional proficiency is vital,” said ASIS President Eduard J. Emde, CPP. “In this competitive job market, the importance of certification to one’s career cannot be overstated,” he added.

ASIS has lately been stepping up its global collaboration initiatives for cybersecurity, such as membership in the vendor-neutral Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative (C3). C3 brings teams together to form an information security certifications collaborative and to provide a forum for collaboration among vendor-neutral information security and privacy and related IT disciplines certification bodies.

C3 will sponsor programs and activities to advance the craft and practice of certification program development and provide a forum to collaborate on matters of concern to the founding members.

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