ASIS Foundation, University of Phoenix collaborate to respond to industry needs

PHOENIX, OCT. 3, 2013 — Security industry executives and educational leaders address the top security risks and workforce skills required in the next five years as well as the projected security talent shortage in a report released by the ASIS Foundation and University of Phoenix®, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ: APOL).

The ASIS Foundation, which provides research and educational opportunities to the security management profession, and University of Phoenix recently convened a national roundtable on security industry talent development. The resulting report features key insights from security industry executives and thought leaders from higher education and government on how best to address the risks and talent deficits facing the $350 billion U.S. security industry.

The current number of full-time security workers is estimated at between 1.9 and 2.1 million. Consistent with the widespread talent shortage due to skills gaps and baby boomer retirements, the need for well-qualified security professionals is expected to grow, according to roundtable participants.  To help security leaders improve their talent development strategies, the report describes the key skills security professionals will need to demonstrate for career effectiveness.

"Today's security professionals must possess skills related to both physical security and technology to effectively do their jobs," said Geoffrey T. Craighead, CPP, president, ASIS International. "These professionals may be charged with protecting physical or intellectual property, supply chain integrity, financial assets, enterprise data, and even the human capital of their organizations—duties that are complicated by mobile technologies, globalization, natural disasters, and crime."

"We see a critical skills gap in the security industry workforce that University of Phoenix can help address," said Dr. Tim Welsh, Senior Vice President of the University of Phoenix Industry Strategy Group. "Through our collaborations with industry association partners, we can continue to develop industry-endorsed curriculum that creates successful career pathways."

"The University is working with the ASIS Foundation to establish educational programs that align security industry standards with academic certificates and degrees," added James Ness, Dean of the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security.

The ASIS Foundation and University of Phoenix entered into an academic partnership in 2012, and their collaboration continues with the launch of a new research survey focused on security risks and required workforce skills that will complement the roundtable report findings. The survey was distributed to ASIS International members on Sept. 25, 2013, at the ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Chicago. The partnership also offers academic scholarships, industry webinars, and other collaborations in support of security industry talent development.

"Together with the University of Phoenix, we are identifying future risks, helping to prepare security professionals, equipping them with the skills to develop mitigation plans and manage against risks facing their organizations," said John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, president of the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. "Our work will help position the security industry to identify and resolve the ever-evolving challenges our members encounter on the job."

Read the full roundtable report, Enterprise Security Risks and Workforce Competencies: Findings from an Industry Roundtable on Security Talent Development.

To learn more about the University of Phoenix efforts to better equip the U.S. workforce through innovative partnerships, learning tools, and educational programs, visit

About The ASIS Foundation

The ASIS Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high-quality and contemporary research and education opportunities that enhance the security profession and support the mission of ASIS International. The topics researched by the Foundation produce valuable and actionable knowledge for the security professional. Additionally, through the awarding of scholarships, the Foundation ensures that those pursuing a career in the field of security management are able to realize the highest academic achievements.

Foundation programs are supported solely by contributions from individuals, ASIS chapters, and other organizations who share its vision of advancing both the security profession and the professional. For more information, visit


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

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