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Choosing the Right Security Vendor

When choosing a security vendor, cost is most often a primary determinant. However, you will likely get a better return by making sure to go beyond the bottom line and evaluate the vendor by these six criteria.
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Security Optimization - Looking Beyond Traditional Definitions of Convergence

It's long been a common assumption in security that most high-performing and successful security functions operate within a "converged" structure, with corporate and cyber security reporting to a single security or risk executive. But is that assumption true?
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Security Barometer: How Will Current Economic Conditions Affect Security

There is little debate that economic conditions affect businesses, but we want to investigate if the economy is expected to have a significant impact on the Security function within organizations.
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You Are Here: How Knowing Where You Are Can Help Get You Where You’re Going

Understanding your current conditions, culture, circumstances, and resources helps you to make the right choices for your situation, so you can find the combination of security elements that will best serve you.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reimagine Risk and Security: Evolving Beyond COVID

If we want to adapt to an uncertain future, we first must look at what we’re doing now, why and how we’re doing it, and then examine whether that model matches the reality we are facing.
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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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Budget, Staffing, Accountability: How Can a Service Technology Roadmap Help?

Let's focus now on some specific situations in which a technology roadmap can help an organization.
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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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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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The OPaL+ Assessment Executive Summary

There are three main factors and two cultural attributes that play a role in the success of enhancing or moving programs ahead in any given organization. These form the OPaL+ acronym.
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Making the Case for an Operational Risk Leadership Advisory Council

We find that, despite best intentions, enterprise risk management often fails. Risk mitigation assurance requires that we get beyond one-dimensional, compliance-only, enterprise risk "list" management.
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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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