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March 20, 2019 – Structured Analytic Thinking for Security Decision Making

Security and safety practitioners make decisions every day based on uncertainty, insufficient information, and too few resources for textbook solutions. Unsurprisingly, Chief Security Officers report that critical thinking, decision making, and communications skills are key characteristics for job success. But do we really understand what critical thinking is and how to improve our skillset?  Good thinking skills are really not all that complicated, but you need a bit of knowledge and continuing practice to turn the learned skills into instinctive habits. This session sets the foundation for any security professional who wants to think better on or off the job.  It shares key components of critical thinking and introduces five techniques to structure thinking about difficult issues, take into account change and ambiguity, and avoid major mistakes.

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

  • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Registration / Networking
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner / Chapter Business
  • 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Presentation
  • 7:45 – 8:00 p.m. Q&A / Meeting Close-out
  • 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Networking

Location: Ottawa Police Association.  141 Catherine St., Ottawa, ON K2P 1C3

Free parking is available across the street. You can validate your parking ticket at the end of the evening to redeem your complimentary parking.

Tickets are $25 Current ASIS/DRIE/ISSA Members / $35 Non-members and guests

All tickets must be purchased in advance online. You will receive a confirmation receipt.

Katherine Hibbs Pherson, President of Globalytica, LLC, teaches advanced analytic techniques and critical thinking skills to analysts in academia, government agencies, and the private sector. She is also a consultant to government and industry on planning, security, and analysis projects. She and Randy Pherson are co-authors of Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence, 2nd ed. (Sage/CQ Press, 2016). 

Ms. Pherson also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pherson Associates, which works with US Government agencies, and as Founding Board Member of the Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence, which promotes the effective use of critical thinking skills and structured analytic techniques.

In 2000, Ms. Pherson completed a 27-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency in intelligence and security analysis and resource management. Her leadership in the security arena led to the adoption of a risk management methodology, the strengthening and the implementation of overseas security countermeasures, and improvements in dealing with unsolicited contacts. As Director of the Director of Central Intelligence’s (DCI) Center for Security Evaluation she managed the Intelligence Community’s involvement in rebuilding the penetrated US Embassy in Moscow.

Ms. Pherson received her A.B. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College, an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and Latin American Studies from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Oklahoma. She is a recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Community’s National Distinguished Service Medal.

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