We follow the development of public policy documents produced by International Organization for Standardization technical committee 292 (ISO TC/292) because the concepts emerging from these committees for at least two main reasons:
a) find their way into the assumed vocabulary of government security management regulations
b) as an global industry, the education industry should contribute to a common vocabulary for resilience concepts as a matter of collegiality and respect for global collaborators.
Admittedly, the time frame in which the blue sky conceptions of global committees become tangible to campus communities usually spans well beyond the tenure of most college and university presidents; much less the business leaders in the education industry who would be on the front line of assuring campus security.
From what we gather, the work products of TC/292 committees seem to tip-toe around the products of other ISO committees. The Business Plan — linked below — is a starting point for understanding why an international industry, with scholars collaborating with one another from all points of the globe, needs to understand where this standard is headed:
From the TC/292 Mission Statement:
The mission for ISO/TC 292 Security and resilience is to produce high quality standards to support nations, societies, industry, organisations and people in general. The purpose of these standards is to enhance and sustain the state of being free from danger or threat and to feel safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety.
There are enough “trigger words” in this statement for the US education industry to pay attention. Based upon our experience the substance of standard will begin showing up in bibliographies of academic research papers first; then showing up in international studies course curricula, and ultimately in consensus documents setting the standard of care for strategies and management of security “systems”. We hazard a guess that it will take 6 to 12 years for this document to begin affecting security management decisions on college and university campuses; primarily in ANSI accredited safety standards — soon enough for a deep cycle industry.
The American National Standards Institute is the US Member Body to the ISO. The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) is the global Secretariat. Recently ASIS International relinquished its position as the US TAG Administrator. The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) has replaced ASIS International as the US TAG Administrator. The landing page for news on NASPO consensus products is linked below:
Any stakeholder — and we mean either an academic or business user-interest from a school district, college or university — within the United States should communicate directly with NASPO. We will not be participating in the development of this product but we will maintain it on the standing agendas of our Risk and Global colloquia. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
Category: Security, Risk, Global
Contact: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer