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ASIS looks to 25th

The UK chapter of ASIS International, the security management association, is looking forward to its 25th birthday next year. Strictly speaking, the anniversary is in January 2018, but the chapter is hoping to put on a year of events to celebrate – and that could include a cake, like the one they had to mark their 20th (pictured, while only a piece of it had been eaten).

Naturally there’s been change. The long-time secretary Jude Awdry has retired and now the chapter’s secretariat work is done at Mike O’Neill’s consultancy Optimal Risk.

Mike Hurst, the UK vice-president who edits the ASIS quarterly newsletter, has shown Professional Security a newsletter from 1997, and it’s striking how names are still familiar in the present. Bill Wyllie (who featured in the June 2017 print issue of Professional Security) was in the 1997 newsletter, and is still an ASIS member and still holds the CPP (Certified Protection Professional) qualification. Chris Smith, still in corporate bank security, is among the CPPs photographed in ’97. Among the advertisers is the security specialist recruitment company SSR Personnel; and the front page article is on information security awareness, by Martin Smith, who for his work on raising such awareness was among winners of one of Prof Martin Gill’s first British OSPAs (Outstanding Security Performance Awards) earlier in the year.

The chapter’s next afternoon quarterly seminar is in London on September 13.

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