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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Department of Homeland Security and ASIS International Sign MOU

Agreement aimed at promoting the adaptation of technological innovation for use at
the federal, state, and local levels

Alexandria, Va.  (March 26, 2014) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Science and Technology Directorate and ASIS International (ASIS), the leading
organization for security professionals worldwide, signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) at the ASIS headquarters in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday, March
6, 2014. The agreement stipulates how DHS will work in partnership with ASIS to
communicate the agency’s capability gaps, technology requirements, and outreach
opportunities to its vendor and member communities in an effort to provide state of
the art technological capabilities to its operating components and the nation’s
first responders.

“As facilitator of the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, one of the
world’s largest exhibitions dedicated to security technologies and products, ASIS is
in an advantageous position to serve as a conduit between DHS and more than 700
security industry manufacturers,” stated Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP, ASIS president.
“Our expansive exhibitor community plus our substantial membership body, make ASIS
ideally-suited to support and expand the scope of DHS awareness into the private

In the coming months, DHS will work with ASIS to actively communicate its public
outreach activities using a broad spectrum of forums such as speaking engagements,
technology demonstrations, social media platforms, emails, and webinars. These
venues will be utilized to provide detailed information on DHS priorities,
operations, and opportunities for potential partnership.

Representatives of DHS will be onsite to meet face-to-face with leading security
technology innovators at the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits,
Sept. 29-Oct.2, in Atlanta, Ga. at the Georgia World Congress Center

ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more
than 38,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the
effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational
programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS
Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also
advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the
media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security
community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing
the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced
and improved security performance.

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