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Universe Assessment Identifies Gaps and Opportunities

At the Security Executive Council's May 2022 State of the Security Industry (SSOI) Briefing, SEC staff and faculty led participating Tier 1 security leaders through the new Security Success Universe Assessment, designed to help them identify gaps, find credible organizational partners, and enhance security offerings to fit the needs of their organizations.
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Strategic Planning: Security Program Life Cycle

The following is an abbreviated portion of the Security Executive Council's strategic planning process. The process represents a compilation of methods we have use successfully with several companies.
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Are You Thinking Strategically?

If you find yourself asking why you struggle to influence executives, an imbalance between tactical and strategic thinking may be part of the problem.
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The Manager's Handbook for Business Security

The Manager’s Handbook for Business Security is the quick-reference guide to successful security management. New security managers don’t always have the luxury of time to deeply research comprehensive textbooks on security fundamentals before they start taking action to build their programs. The same applies to security practitioners transitioning from the...
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Influential Strategies for Corporate Security

A good strategy can mean the difference between Security being thought of as a necessary cost and Security being thought of as an enterprise-level risk partner.
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The State of Security Convergence

Are preconceptions about the convergence of corporate and cyber security accurate in practice?
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Physical Security Strategy and Process Playbook

The Physical Security Strategy and Process Playbook concisely and comprehensively lays out the requirements of physical security management as a critical part of sound business management. The book includes an explanation of basic physical security concepts; a description of the probable security risks for more than 40 functional areas in...
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2021 Corporate Security Organizational Structure, Cost of Services and Staffing Benchmark: Selected Highlights

About This Research The data used in this analysis were provided by SLRI members and Tier 1 Security Leaders™ of the Security Executive Council. All are risk management practitioners comprising a broad cross-section of industries. The organizations represented come from the public and private sectors; they range from small and...
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Faculty Advisor: Enterprise-Wide Collaboration to Minimize Impact of Activist Events

One of my areas of responsibility is developing an action plan for dealing with activist groups.  Can you give me some pointers on evaluating and disseminating strategies that would minimize disruption and promote a safe environment during this type of activity or event?  From an information security standpoint, what are the potential risks of monitoring these groups on the Internet?
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What Should Your Corporate Security Organizational Structure Look Like?

Use research data to help support your ideas for improving security's org chart.
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Faculty Advisor: Time Utilization and Staffing Capacity Analysis

My company is in the midst of a reduction in force, and security is one of many areas being required to provide senior management with an analysis of time, cost of services and programs, and staff utilization. What is the most effective way to approach this exercise, keeping in mind that the goal is to maintain our current level of full-time equivalents?
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How Firm is Your Security Foundation

Assessing these eight elements can help you ensure that your strongest programs aren't undermined by a weak foundation.
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Why Security Needs to Understand Digital Transformation: A Primer

Security cannot ignore that their customers expect transactional experiences to be easy, fast and reliable.
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Security Barometer Results: Do Cyber and Corporate Security Work Together in Your Organization?

Both cyber/information security and corporate/physical security have roles to play in protecting and securing the organization.
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Security Barometer Results: Three Wishes 2020

What elements would add the most value to security leaders and their teams?
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Streamlining Security Programs from the Start

Beginning a new project or starting a new program can feel like an exercise in futility at the beginning. Here is how to quickly get everyone on the same page.
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Security Barometer Results: What is the Security Department's Biggest Challenge

Leading security programs is a difficult job. Not only does the risk environment evolve but the organization's managing business leaders bring their own challenges to the job.
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When Your Security Proposals Keep Hitting a Wall, Try Looking at Your Security Service Delivery Model

Sometimes the service delivery model can be a leading indicator as to why your ideas for enhancing security are not being funded by executive management.
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Faculty Advisor: Current Challenges Security Leaders are Facing

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked is what are the challenges or hot issues leading CSOs we work with are encountering?
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When Your Security Nightmare Comes True

A brief overview of the changes playing out in the legal realm of negligence, defensibility, and what constitutes a defensible security program.
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Responding to a Changing Risk Picture in an Economic Downturn

Security leaders need to proactively address the business changes.
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Forces of Change: What's on Senior Management's Radar and the Potential Impact on Your Security Strategy

We've tracked a few trends of executive interest that are likely to come up in board meetings and hallway conversations. If you're not ready to talk about your response to these issues, now is a good time to examine them.
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Corporate Security Maturity Assessment Peer Comparison

This is a comparison summary of scores from security leaders who have completed maturity assessments based on the SEC's maturity framework maturity scores.
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Dealing with Security Budget Challenges

There are many ways to deal with the never-ending challenges of reduced resources. Doing more with less is the norm, not the exception.
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Ranking Security Performance

Here are four of the most often-used methodologies we've seen for demonstrating how your security program ranks to corporate leadership team.
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Economic Espionage and the Growing Case for Corporate Counterintelligence

The theft of information and intelligence is increasingly gathered on U,S, companies by foreign entities that use the results for a variety of different type of what is now called economic espionage.
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Managing and Defending a Security Budget: Laying a Foundation

This article provides valuable insight for corporate security leaders on how to strategically address budget issues.
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Strategic Master Plan for Corporate Security and KPIs

This chart lists some of the main steps the SEC has identified for obtaining a more comprehensive view of the organization.
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Personal Electronic Devices in the Workplace

This Security Barometer poll found the number of respondents reporting using personal electronic devices in the workplace has increased to 80%. and the frequency of use of the personal devices has been growing.
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Is it Time for a Corporate Security Maturity Assessment?

The benefits that can be achieved from Capability Maturity Models are not just for IT security.
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Faculty Advisor: Are You Providing Security Services or a Comprehensive Program?

We feel we provide a multitude of security services to our organization. Senior management wants us to demonstrate we are not just providing ad hoc services but have an evolved program. Any ideas on how we approach this?
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What is Security's Role Regarding Drones

The SEC investigated how security practitioners were approaching the influx of UAS use in their respective organizations. Over 20% of respondents reported Security was involved in anti-drone policies.
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Security’s Role in Corporate Social Responsibility

The Security Executive Council has noticed an uptick in the number of security executives being asked to run corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs for their organizations.
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Emerging Issue Awareness

Emerging issue awareness means something different in every company and industry, and upper management is looking for it now more than ever.
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What is in Security's Strategic Plan

In this Security Barometer, the SEC investigated Security’s strategic planning process including what is going into the strategic plans and what the ultimate purpose of the plans are.
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Defending Your Budget

A major challenge for security leaders is how to keep the security department functioning effectively as it becomes leaner.
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Faculty Advisor: Benefits and Risks of Using Security Frameworks

We are trying to find a good security framework to manage our security program. Any thoughts?
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Security Program Maturity Models

In this Security Barometer quick poll, we asked security practitioners to provide a self-assessment of the maturity model level of their programs using the five levels described by the Software Engineering Institute. Below are the results of the poll.
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Faculty Advisor: The Pros and Cons of Managing a Consolidated Security Budget

I may have an opportunity to consolidate security costs for our site locations and international regions into one single budget for which I would have oversight. What are the pros and cons of doing this and, in your opinion, should I?
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Where Does All the Time Go?

In this Security Barometer the SEC investigated where security and risk management practitioners are spending their time. How do these results compare to your own time management practice?
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