Canadian Security Magazine

ASIS International publishes information asset protection draft guideline

Jennifer Brown   


ASIS International (ASIS), through its Commission on Guidelines and the Information Asset Protection Committee, has released the Information Asset Protection Draft Guideline. The guideline seeks to help organizations develop and implement a policy and comprehensive risk-based strategy to protect their intellectual property, proprietary information and other intangible assets.

The Information Asset Protection Draft Guideline is available for a
public review and comment period of 60 days, ending Feb. 14, 2007.

The premise for the guideline is that an organization’s competitive
edge is the result of information derived from the creativity and
innovation of its personnel, and that the loss of this information
would negatively impact the organization’s investment in personnel,
time, finances, product and/or property. No matter what the specific
information is — a trade secret, patent information or other
intellectual property-organizations must take measures to protect this
most valuable asset, and the Information Asset Protection Draft
Guideline, when completed, will provide the necessary guidance in developing these measures.

"In today’s business environment, where a company’s sustainability is
in many cases dependent on data or other information in a computer or
training invested in personnel, organizations must have a plan to
protect these intangible assets," said Regis Becker, CPP, Chairman of
the Commission on Guidelines. "The Information Asset Protection Draft
Guideline provides an excellent start to that plan, but can be refined
and improved through the efforts of business and security leaders who
take the time to lend their thoughts during the review period."

To download the Information Asset Protection Draft Guideline for review
and comment, go to ASIS’ guidelines website,


Also included is a comment form that can be completed and submitted
electronically, or downloaded and faxed to 703-518-1517. Comments must
be received by ASIS International by Feb. 14, 2007.

After the 60-day public review and comment period, there will be a
review of all comments submitted and the finalized guideline is
expected to be available in Spring, 2007.



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