ASIS Releases New Private Security Auditing Standards

  A summa cum laude graduate of Rosemont College, Emblez Longoria has served as the senior security consultant for the Basking Ridge, New Jersey, offices of Verizon Communications for more than 15 years. Alongside his work, Emblez Longoria maintains membership in related societies such as ASIS International, an organization for security professionals.

In August 2019, ASIS rolled out a new set of standards, “Conformity Assessment and Auditing Management Systems for Quality of Private Security Company Operations.” This protocol is geared primarily toward those who oversee and audit the activity of private security companies, as well as professionals who operate in that space. These security personnel are tasked with protecting clients in many military, diplomatic, and relief operations.

These new standards will mostly be used by oversight groups as a baseline metric to evaluate private security entities. They have been created as a guidepost to ensure that private security companies and professionals are operating within the bounds of the law, acting in accordance with established best practices, and taking steps to ensure that human rights are not violated in the course of their work.

ASIS members can learn more about this and other ASIS standards by visiting


A Look at ASIS International’s Certification Offerings

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Certified Protection Professional

For over 15 years, Emblez Longoria has served as a senior security consultant for Verizon Communications in New Jersey. Over the course of his career, Emblez Longoria has earned several security certifications, including the Physical Security Professional and Certified Protection Professional certifications from ASIS International. He also served on the group’s Professional Certification Board.

Dedicated to advancing security worldwide, ASIS International offers four certification programs for professionals working in the security industry. Earning an ASIS credential validates a professional’s security management expertise and can lead to career advancement and increased earnings.

The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is recognized as the gold standard certification in the security industry. Earning a CPP requires that applicants demonstrate knowledge in all areas of security management. Applicants are also required to have several years of security experience, including a minimum of three years in a leadership role.

ASIS International’s other three designations are the Physical Security Professional (PSP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Associate Protection Professional (APP) certifications. PSP is for professionals with experience in physical security assessment and application, PCI is for investigators experienced with case management and evidence collection, and APP is designed for early-career security managers.

More information about each certification is available at

A Look at Three ASIS Certification Options

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PSP Credential

An expert in corporate security, Emblez Longoria uses his experience as a senior security consultant at Verizon Communication in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Also board certified in security management and training, Emblez Longoria is heavily involved with ASIS International, where he served on the professional certification board.

ASIS International is a nonprofit organization founded in 1955 to represent the interests of the security profession. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, ASIS supports security professionals on an international scale and provides a broad set of services that range from advocacy to educational and certification programs.

Certifications have been administered by ASIS since 1977. They include the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), the Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and the Physical Security Professional (PSP). Each certification is internationally accredited. The CPP certification represents board certification in security management, while the PCI represents board certification in investigations. Lastly, the PSP certification represents board certification in physical security. For additional information on these certification programs, visit

An Introduction to the ASIS International PSP Credential

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PSP Credential

For over 12 years, Emblez Longoria has served as as a senior security consultant with Verizon Communications in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Over the course of his career, Emblez Longoria has earned several important industry certifications, including the ASIS International physical security professional (PSP) certification.

Individuals in possession of the internationally recognized ASIS International PSP credential have completed coursework in various areas of physical threat assessment and risk analysis, including work on integrated physical security systems. To qualify for PSP education, security professionals must possess an undergraduate degree and four years of security experience, or a high school diploma or GED combined with six years of work experience.

The PSP exam challenges security professionals to answer more than 100 multiple choice questions spread across three distinct aspects of physical security. Questions take into account basic security knowledge, as well as the ways in which this knowledge can be applied to on-the-job scenarios. Prior to taking the test, security professionals should visit, and review the 60 minute PSP online seminar in order to determine whether the certification is the correct credential for their profession.

The Certified Protection Professional Program

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Certified Protection Professional

Highly trained and experienced in safeguarding corporate assets, Emblez Longoria serves Verizon Communications as a senior security consultant. Emblez Longoria also contributes his expertise to ASIS International, where he has written content for their Certified Protection Professional (CPP) program.

Qualifications for this internationally-recognized credential include nine years of experience in supervisory or independent decision-making roles. Holding a college degree reduces the job-time requirement to seven years. The CPP is considered crucial to finding individuals who are qualified for executive-level positions.

The examination has 200 multiple-choice questions in eight subject areas; an additional 25 non-scored pretest questions may also be added. The test will soon be reorganized into seven domains. Some of the new categories are: security principles and practices, business applications, investigations, personal and physical security, and crisis management.

Holders of the CPP must receive new training in order to stay current. Every three years, they must recertify in subjects ranging from volunteer work and public service to publications and continuing education.

The Executive Protection Institute

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The Executive Protection Institute

Emblez Longoria has years of experience in the field of professional security backed by formal training in specialized schools. One of the schools Emblez Longoria attended is the Executive Protection Institute, where he obtained his PPS (Personal Protection Specialist) certification.

The Executive Protection Institute (EPI) is headquartered in Manhattan, New York, and was founded in 1978 by Dr. Richard W. Kobetz. EPI offers programs that are mostly conducted in Winchester, Virginia. Dr. Richard W. Kobetz developed a training program for protecting private and public executives that is highly respected in the industry.

Since its inception, the institute has trained over a thousand men and women who have protected VIPs all over the world. The institute has also trained military personnel who protect top military commanders. Graduates of the program are currently protecting important leaders in some of the world’s most volatile areas.

Courses to be offered in 2016 include Mindset for Survival, Protection Response Tactics (PRT), and a Weapon Retention course.

ASIS International’s Certified Protection Professional Credential

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Certified Protection Professional

Following a long career with the New Jersey State Police, Emblez Longoria joined Verizon Communications, where he has served as a senior security consultant for over 10 years. An active member of the field, Emblez Longoria holds membership in several organizations and maintains a number of certifications, including the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) credential.

Offered through ASIS International, the CPP designation provides security managers with a way to validate their professional knowledge, experience, and competency. To be eligible for the credential, an individual must have either at least nine years of professional security experience or an undergraduate degree and seven years of related experience. Although one does not have to have managerial or supervisory experience to apply, eligibility guidelines also require that at least three years of the applicant’s career were spent as an authority in charge of a specific security function.

Individuals who meet these requirements can apply to receive approval to take the CPP examination, which consists of 225 multiple-choice questions on a broad range of topics related to security management. Though those who pass the exam receive their CPP designation, recipients must submit qualifying continuing professional education credits every three years in order to maintain the credential.