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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

ASIS Releases New Report on Security Metrics
ANSI member and accredited standards developer ASIS International's ASIS Foundation recently published a new document focused on metrics for measuring security performance in connection with corporate and organizational security management. The report, "Persuading Senior Management with Effective, Evaluated Security Metrics," draws on results gathered during a long-term research project overseen by the ASIS Foundation and includes a new tool intended to provide usable metrics for analyzing return on investment and fulfilment of organizational goals in connection with a given security program.

According to the report, the lack of suitable security metrics has forced executives to assess their security programs in an inconsistent, piecemeal manner. The report suggested that use of scientifically based metrics will better show how security programs and activities can add significant value for affected organizations.

This report is available for free download online.

Canadian Toy Association Becomes Affiliate of Toy Industry Association
The Toy Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, in conjunction with the Canadian Toy Association (CTA), recently announced that the CTA would become an affiliate of TIA in order to strengthen the ongoing cooperative relationship between the two membership trade groups.

Under the agreement, which went into effect on July 1, 2014, CTA will maintain its current mission and bylaws, but will receive financial support from TIA for its advocacy work and operational programs, including its education and information services. In addition, the two organizations will allow each of their member bases to become eligible for membership in the other group and will collaborate on a single toy trade fair and marketplace that features both U.S. and Canadian toy companies.

To learn more about TIA and its standardization and advocacy work, visit its official website.

Society of Allied Weights Engineers Now an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI's Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved ANSI organizational member the Society of Allied Weights Engineers (SAWE) as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on SAWE-sponsored American National Standards, effective July 9, 2014. For additional information, please contact Jeffrey Cerro, deputy director of the SAWE standards and practices committee, by email at [email protected], or by phone at 757-864-9151.

SIA and ISMA Announce Agreement to Boost Security-Related Information Sharing
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Security Industry Association (SIA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Security Management Association (ISMA) with a focus on improving collaborations between security practitioners and suppliers. The MoU, which is focused on information sharing, standards development, and other related topics, is intended to foster closer relations between the two organizations and to support the creation of a potential joint technology interest roadmap, among other possible collaborations.

For more information about SIA and its activities, visit


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