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International Security Management Association. ISMA MISSION. ISMA is an international leadership forum for member security executives whose expertise is used to develop, organize, and share knowledge that will enhance security professionalism and add value to their organizations. What is ISMA?.

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International security management association

International Security Management Association

Isma mission


ISMA is an international leadership forum for member security executives whose expertise is used to develop, organize, and share knowledge that will enhance security professionalism and add value to their organizations.

What is isma

What is ISMA?

“ISMA is the world’s premier association of senior security executives. ISMA members not only set the standard for excellence in corporate security, they also form a trusted network for resource sharing, and have become a powerful voice in managing global threats and insuring corporate resilience. No other organization offers as much in-depth experience in managing security.”

Membership statistics


  • 470 Members

  • 14.6 million Employees

  • 57 Companies in Fortune 100

  • 165 Companies in Fortune 500

  • 21 Countries (increasing)

  • 35 Industries represented

Geographic diversity

Geographic Diversity

  • Asia 7 2 %

  • Australia 4 1

  • Canada 10 2

  • Europe 65 14

  • South America 2 0

  • Africa/Mid-east 2 0

  • U.S.380 81

  • Total470100%

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Geographic Diversity

Membership qualifications

Membership Qualifications

  • One member per company

  • Most senior security executive

  • Assets/Sales > U.S. $500 million

  • College Degree

  • 3 Member sponsors

Benefits of membership information sharing

Benefits of MembershipInformation Sharing

  • Trusted network of shared experiences

  • Peer-to-peer problem solving

  • Benchmarking capabilities

  • Web-based resource community

  • Access to officials and information from public sector organizations

  • Access to ISMA partner organizations

  • An emergency notification network to provide 24/7 alerts

  • Foster and exchange senior job opportunity information.

Benchmarking examples

Benchmarking - examples

  • H1N1 supplies offered in the workplace

  • Security considerations in an economic downtown

  • Workplace violence prevention training

  • Background investigations on contractors

  • Hotel selections in Asia Pacific and India

  • Personal computers on company sites

  • Corporate Aviation Policies for key executives

  • Crisis Plan - “Active Shooters”

  • Travel risk management and tracking systems

  • Shareholders meeting security

Special interest working groups

Special Interest Working Groups

  • Animal Rights and other Activists

  • Aviation Security

  • Pandemics Preparedness

  • Intellectual Property - Counterfeiting

  • Olympics Security Issues

  • Mexico Border Security

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Benefits of MembershipConferences/Workshops

  • Semi-annual members only meetings

    - Current presentations on critical issues

    - One-on-One sharing of best practices

  • Regional Meetings in partnership with the Overseas Security Advisory Council – US Department of State

    - Create local networks of regional security executives

    - Foster public-private partnerships in the region

    - Presentations on regional security challenges

  • ISMA Members Meetings – ISMA Europe & ISMA Asia

  • Educational initiatives with prestigious business schools

    - Innovative executive education from leading thinkers

  • Ad hoc meetings for specific events

Conferences 2008 2010

U.S. Conferences

Naples, Florida

Washington D.C.

Chicago, Illinois

Charleston, South Carolina

Boston, Massachusetts

San Franciso, California


Budapest, Hungary

Mumbai, India

Montreux, Switzerland

Cape Town, S. Africa

Paris, France

Bangkok, Thailand

Beijing, China

Barcelona, Spain

Conferences 2008-2010

Isma europe

ISMA Europe

  • Barcelona2010

  • Montreux2009

  • Paris2008

  • Brugge2007

  • Madrid2006

  • Basel2005

  • Milan 2004

  • Munich2003

  • Prague2002

  • Brussells 2001

Isma asia


  • Mumbai2009

  • Beijing2010

  • Shanghai2011

Academic partnerships

Academic Partnerships

  • McDonough School of Business Georgetown University

  • Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University

  • The Conference Board

Public private sector partnerships

Public / Private Sector Partnerships

  • US

    • Overseas Security Advisory Council

    • Domestic Security Alliance Council

  • Government Associate Members

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Overseas Security Advisory Council

  • Liaison between US State Department and the Private Sector

  • Provides timely interchange of information

  • Recommends methods for implementation of security programs

  • 100 country councils and 3,500+ constituent member organizations

  • Partnership with ISMA formed in 1999


Isma osac partnership meetings

ISMA / OSAC Partnership Meetings

  • CairoMarch-2011

  • MiamiMarch-2010

  • Cape TownSept-2009

  • BudapestApril-2009

  • BangkokMarch-2008

  • IstanbulMarch-2007

  • Hong KongMarch-2006

  • DubaiMarch-2005

  • Mexico CityMarch-2004

  • SingaporeMarch-2003

  • PragueMay-2002

  • Buenos AiresMarch-2001

  • CairoMay-2000

  • BangkokMay-1999

Government associates


Central Intelligence Agency

Department of Homeland Security

Domestic Security Advisory Council

Drug Enforcement Administration

Federal Bureau of Investigation

New York Police Department

Overseas Security Advisory Council

United States Secret Service


Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (UK)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Public Safety Canada

Serious Organized Crime Agency (UK)

Government Associates

Security association partnerships

Security Association Partnerships

  • Asia Crisis and Security Group (ACSG)

    • Asia

  • Risk and Security Management Forum (RSMF)

    • UK

  • European Corporate Security Association (ECSA)

    • Europe

Business collaboration

Business Collaboration

  • The Conference Board

  • European Roundtable of Industrialists – Security Council

  • Global Congress:

    - World Customs Organization

    - International Chamber of Commerce

    - Interpol



  • Provide cost-effective, regionally relevant ISMA networking and education opportunities

  • Develop and demonstrate the value of security professionals as strategic business partners

  • Reflect the global landscape of business and security in ISMA activities

  • Ensure ISMA is relevant to future generations of security professionals and business leaders

Managing the risks of competing globally

“Managing the Risks of Competing Globally”

  • Meet the security challenges posed by economic downturn

  • Maintain productivity and reduce risk while merging workforces across corporate and cultural lines

  • Balance an increasing dependence on electronic networks against the need to preserve confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data

  • Balance the need for information control against the need for dissemination

  • Match global opportunity against global threat

  • Help manage mergers, consolidations, and acquisitions that involve multiple languages, customs, diversity of values – and a range of expectations

  • Balance the need for physical and cyber security

Case studies

Case Studies

  • Travel – Iceland Volcano

  • Developments in Thailand

  • Haiti Earthquake

  • Transport and security in Middle East

  • Airlines plot

Questions or comments

Questions or Comments?

ISMA PresidentISMA Office

Joseph PetroSusan Pohlmann, Business Manager


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