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Tools

   

Online Reputation Matrix This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
This matrix lists some of the social media concerns that companies face and provides potential security strategies, including possible mitigation and remediation options. Use this matrix with key stakeholders to identify greatest social media risks to brand and personnel safety to the company.
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   

Security Awareness Program Tool v.1 This is Security Executive Council material  

This interactive tool was developed for members to record information about their security awareness program. Version 1 also includes a program review option and benchmarking capability.
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Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
    Workplace Violence Continuum This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This workplace violence continuum is a graphic overview of a comprehensive workplace violence (mitigation) program. It depicts the stages and elements from the proactive to responsive and business continuity after an event has occurred. It provides the essential elements that can be modified and adapted to fit your business structure.
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Research & Benchmarks

   Finding Time: Open-Source Policy, Assessment, and Guidance Documents This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Finding ways to multiply efforts is a critical skill for living a sane and successful life as a security leader. If policy or guidelines creation is the goal, open-source documents and templates can serve as useful building blocks and save you the time of starting from scratch.
 
   Security Barometer Results: Impact Of Terrorism Arrests on Security  This is Security Executive Council material  
We created this Security Barometer quick poll in the aftermath of the U.S. the terrorism arrests that occurred in New York and Denver in September 2009 to find out if business executives saw any connection between these events and the long term health of their own organizations.
 
   The Benefits and Security Risks of Web-Based Applications for Business, 1st Edition This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Kathleen Kotwica, Ph.D., EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, Security Executive Council
Many companies see value in using Web 2.0 apps to increase market reach or collaboration at a lower cost. Can these applications be misused? Certainly, but not unlike any other outlet that lets employees socialize or conduct personal business while on company time. The following report explores some of the current thinking and research on the topic.
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Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   Trend Research: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) To Work This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This resource was developed based on a Tier 1 Leader and their IT colleague looking at productivity around the topic of BYOD to work (e.g., if I had my own phone or computer (e.g., Apple brand device) I could increase my productivity.) The research was then expanded to include further information on what peer corporations are doing in this area (e.g., pros, cons, must haves, challenges, risks and liabilities).
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Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only

Presentation Materials

   Domestic Violence Spills Over into the Workplace This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Rosalind W. Jackson, Security Executive Council Staff Member
Problems associated with domestic violence frequently spill over into the workplace. This presentation discusses ways to assess the danger, help the survivor and keep the workplace safe. Issues such as the signs and types of abuse, developing and communicating a domestic violence policy, the cycle of violence, the cost of domestic violence to employers, developing a safety plan for survivors are addressed.
TIER 1 LEADERS: Proven Practice presentations were created to be guidelines or training tools. This version is an Adobe file but you may contact us at contact@secleader.com for an online version with audio included from the subject matter expert.
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   Media Exposure and Risk This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Kenneth Kasten, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
How valuable is personal safety? How important is it to ensure that your communications do not inadvertently cause undo harm or increased risk to those whose story is being told? This presentation was developed to help Communicators deliver security sensitive communications; focusing on the Why’s and How’s. This is a helpful tool for anyone that manages or provides communications which furnish a look into the activities and or the character of the company or its employees.
TIER 1 LEADERS: Proven Practice presentations were created to be guidelines or training tools. This version is an Adobe file but you may contact us at contact@secleader.com for an online version with audio included from the subject matter expert.
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only

Books/Guidelines/Manuals

   

Awareness Baseline Program  This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
This baseline was developed to list the minimum essentials of a corporate awareness program (industry neutral). It can be used to compare or validate the comprehensiveness of an awareness program. The baseline includes risk lists, countermeasures options and methods of delivery of awareness information. The baseline was incorporated into the awareness tool V.1.
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Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   

Personal Security Guidelines This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
Creating guidelines for dealing effectively with security risks involves a considerable amount of work and cost. The Security Executive Council’s goal in providing this guideline is to offer a template for you to use to start filling in the pieces of prevention strategies that work for your organization. TIER 1 LEADERS: To obtain your complimentary copy send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com.
 
   

Physical Security Guidelines This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
Creating guidelines for dealing effectively with security risks involves a considerable amount of work and cost. The Security Executive Council’s goal in providing this guideline is to offer a template for you to use to start filling in the pieces of prevention strategies that work for your organization. TIER 1 LEADERS: To obtain your complimentary copy send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com.
 
   

Searches and Inspections Guidelines This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
Creating guidelines for dealing effectively with security risks involves a considerable amount of work and cost. The Security Executive Council’s goal in providing this guideline is to offer a template for you to use to start filling in the pieces of prevention strategies that work for your organization. TIER 1 LEADERS: To obtain your complimentary copy send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com.
 
   

Security Risk Control Options  This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
A categorized listing of examples of various control types by subject area contributed by Tier 1 Leaders and faculty or found in open source documentation. The examples of security policies, standards and guidelines templates have been genericized; company or program identifying information has been removed. Each section covers ranges of controls from very stringent to less stringent. This document is a zipped Word file (500 pages). TIER 1 LEADERS may login to download a copy.
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Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   Selected Public Statutes This is Security Executive Council material  
These guidebooks are excellent planning resources to help define and avoid unacceptable behavior in potentially volatile situations, including labor disruptions, picketing and protests associated with your corporation. Information was thoroughly researched and compiled from numerous official sources including appropriate state criminal codes, laws, state legislative websites and other public records sources and is the result of a comprehensive search of applicable law encompassing over 80 different categories. This material is intended as a starting point for planning your response to events where these statutes may be enforced.
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Articles

    2011 Annual Report for the Security Executive Council  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This year's report covers activities, initiatives and resources in a three page condensed document. The information may be used to learn the kinds of support the SEC can offer you as well as a glimpse into what its members are tackling.
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   A Brief Introduction to the Value of Corporate Security for Non-Security Professionals This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Bob Hayes, Managing Director and Kathleen Kotwica, Ph.D., EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, Security Executive Council
Business activities that managers have overseen for years such as employee disagreements, corporate travel, protection of intellectual property and government regulations, to name a few, have recently become more complex and potentially damaging. This is a brief introduction to the value corporate security brings to the organization.
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    Balancing Board-Level Risk  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Marleah Blades, Security Executive Council Staff
The risk management failures of the financial community have left their mark on businesses of all types, through both the global economic crisis they ushered in and the resulting scrutiny of corporate risk oversight. The oversight role of the board of directors has been the target of proposed and implemented reforms including the Security and Exchange Commission’s enhanced proxy disclosure rules and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
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    Don’t Forget the Culture Check  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Marleah Blades, Security Executive Council Staff
Before implementing new security measures of any type, there are a lot of checks to make. When launching physical security technology, such as a new surveillance system, checks are made on hardware and software, policies and staffing requirements. And when you go live with new network security measures, checks are made on all the connections and rules, and with the support desk to make certain they’re ready for calls.
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   Emerging Issue Awareness This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Being aware of emerging issues affecting the security of the company means making sure your senior management is never caught by surprise. It means keeping tabs on happenings and changes within the company; its industry; the security industry; business in general; technology; crime; local, national and global politics and threats; and any other arena that could impact the organization. This article gives some insight into the challenges related to these emerging issues.
 
    How to Reduce the Cost of False Alarms  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: George Campbell
Careful logging of security alarm events can better help determine causes for false alarms, which can represent an area of significant cost reduction for a company and its security operation
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    Make Awareness Programs Count This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Eric Cowperthwaite, Security Executive Council Member
A security training and awareness program is a leadership obligation within the company. From the August 2007 issue of AC&SS magazine.
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    Metrics for Success: Demonstrate a Need for Stronger Background Vetting  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
A comprehensive background investigation program is critical to the health and integrity of any enterprise — in good times and especially in bad. A worsening of the economy can have a striking impact on the honesty of the employee candidate pool, and it can also affect the quality of internal and external background vetting. Objective: We need to demonstrate to management and HR the impact of the current recession on background investigations and their results, in order to urge greater due diligence in the selection process.
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    Metrics for Success: Determine the Exploitability of Selected Security Defects This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
You can establish standards for protection at key locations and within routine business operations by measuring and tracking weaknesses in those areas. From the August 2008 issue of ST&D magazine.
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    Metrics for Success: Measuring Security Awareness This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
By testing and affirming employee awareness of security responsibilities, we can make sure no one is uncertain of his or her role in enterprise protection. From the March 2008 issue of ST&D magazine.
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    No Size Fits All  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Marleah Blades, Security Executive Council Staff
Corporate campus security is often considered a no-brainer. Some access control, some cameras, maybe some CPTED and a guard force. Some CSOs delegate it entirely to their directors and managers and focus instead on more complicated business issues. But corporate campus security is not one-size-fits-all. Campus size, location and demographics, as well as business sector, facility type and risk factors of nearby businesses and landmarks, are all integral parts of an effective and appropriate corporate campus security plan. Microsoft, for example, makes its home base on one of the world’s largest corporate campuses. With more than 130 buildings spread over more than 15 million square feet centered around Highway 520 in Redmond, Wash., Microsoft’s headquarters campus looks imposing on paper. In all this openness, Mike Howard, General Manager of Global Security, has carved out a role for security that honors the company’s creative, casual culture while protecting the people and assets that make up one of the most recognized brands in the world. “You may spend a day at Microsoft and not be aware of security guards,” Howard says, “but that doesn’t mean Security hasn’t noticed you."
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    Preparing Today's Security Leaders for the Threats of Tomorrow This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Joel Griffin
At the Great Conversation conference in Seattle in April, Security InfoWatch had an opportunity to sit down with Francis D’Addario, the former vice president of partner and asset protection for Starbucks and an emeritus faculty member for the Security Executive Council (SEC). D’Addario leads the SEC’s Next Generation Security Leader program, which is designed to provide security executives with the business skills necessary to survive in today’s corporate landscape. For years, many businesses have seen the security department as a cost center rather than a contributor to the organization’s bottom line, so it is crucial for today’s security leaders to show how they’re delivering value to the business.
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    Resilience Requires Intelligent Preparedness  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Francis D’Addario, Security Executive Council CSO Emeritus
Read an excerpt from the new book, Not a Moment to Lose: Influencing Global Security One Community at a Time, by Francis D’Addario, which will be available through the Security Executive Council this fall.
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    Security’s Role in Corporate Social Responsibility  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Greg Kane, Security Executive Council Staff
If your Board of Directors and CEO have begun asking you about social responsibility, you’re not alone. 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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    Solutions Snapshot - How can I keep employees engaged in security awareness (long-term) without desensitizing them to awareness messages? This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council Staff
Four security professionals discuss techniques for keeping security awareness in the forefront.
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    Solutions Snapshot: How do I maintain security employee training when faced with a tight budget?  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council Staff
Four security professionals offer solutions for keeping security staff up-to-date despite budget restraints.
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    Solutions Snapshot: How might I respond to a Web-based incident that causes significant brand damage?  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council Staff
Four security professionals discuss techniques for coping with internet crises that can dramatically damage a brand's reputation.
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    Solutions Snapshot: Insider Theft/Fraud This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council Staff
Four security professionals offer solutions for protecting yourself from employee theft and fraud during hard economic times. From the March 2009 issue of Security Technology Executive.
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    Solutions Snapshot: Should I allow Web 2.0 applications to be accessed from the company’s computers? If I do, how do I avoid inherent risks?  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council Tier 1 Leaders and Staff
Four security professionals offer ways of coping with the inherent security risks that come from employees using Web 2.0 applications such as Facebook and YouTube while at work.
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    The Workplace Violence Epidemic  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Marleah Blades, Security Executive Council Staff
The challenges of securing employees, assets, clients and facilities can be difficult to meet in any environment; however, few organizations must contend with the level of daily turbulence and pressure that hospitals do. Changes due to federal health reform, compliance with data protection laws and employee safety directives, shifts in demographics and service philosophy, and increasing crime must all be addressed without inhibiting public access, reducing the speed of service, or enhancing patient discomfort and stress.
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    They're Watching You This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Walt Clements, Security Executive Council Faculty Member
A heightened sense of awareness to surveillance can be a valuable trait when it comes to ensuring the security of personnel and facility.
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    Who's Protecting America's Small Business?  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Bob Hayes, Managing Director, Security Executive Council
You hear it all the time from our political and economic leaders - small business is the engine of the U.S. economy. Of the nation's 26.8 million businesses, some 99.9 percent of them have fewer than 500 employees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, these small businesses tend to pay little attention to security issues - often because they lack the resources.
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Forums

   Faculty Advisor: A Toolbox to Develop or Validate Your Workplace Violence Prevention Program This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Rosalind W. Jackson, Security Executive Council Staff Member
As the security leader for my company, I think it is important to be proactive and well prepared for any issue that might potentially have a negative impact the business. In light of the incidences of violence in the news recently, I am planning to implement a baseline workplace violence prevention program. Can you give me some program design and implementation pointers? Read Security Executive Council staff member, Roz Jackson's, answer to this question.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Are We Using the Wrong Metrics to Measure Workplace Violence? This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Bob Hayes, Security Executive Council Managing Director; and Rosalind Jackson, Security Executive Council Staff Member
Reports show homicides in the workplace are down, yet we’re not seeing a downward trend in our organization in workplace violence incidents. What does this mean? Read Security Executive Council's Bob Hayes and Rosalind Jackson's answer to this question.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Domestic Violence is a Workplace Issue This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Rosalind W. Jackson, Security Executive Council Staff Member
I recently learned that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; this made me think what impact domestic partner violence could potentially have at my workplace. Can you give me some pointers on what steps and precautions I might take to help keep our employees safe and secure around this issue? Read Security Executive Council staff member, Roz Jackson's response to this question.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Questions Senior Management Should be Asking Their CSOs This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Bob Hayes, Managing Director, Security Executive Council and Francis D
What should senior management be asking their CSOs considering recent domestic acts of terrorism in the news? See how our SEC panel responds to this question.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Training and Awareness Initiatives During Budget Reductions This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Joseph C, Nelson, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
With massive budget reductions and travel restrictions, can you give me some pointers on how I might continue to implement training and awareness initiatives?
 

Multimedia

   C-TPAT Supply Chain Security This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
A video for companies that have joined the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism; this program educates employees about key principles of supply chain security. C-TPAT provides discernible business value to companies but only if employees are aware of the proper procedures. Viewers go inside the mind of a criminal who shows how supply chain security can often be easily subverted. TIER 1 LEADERS, send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com for discount information.
A Tier 1 Leader item available for purchase by others. Visit our store to view the video in its entirety and to purchase.
 
   Safe and Secure This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This award-winning video has been viewed by more than one million employees of leading organizations around the world. Risk awareness programs are necessary for all companies of every size that have assets to protect. An ideal training tool for heightening security awareness, the video follows the exploits of Jimmy, a thief who can help your company reduce laptop theft, data breaches, intellectual property loss and other security threats. TIER 1 LEADERS, send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com for discount information.
A Tier 1 Leader item available for purchase by others. Visit our store to view the video in its entirety and to purchase.
 
   Tabletop Exercises This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Active Shooter? Chemical Spill? Product Tampering? Severe Weather? Do you have incident response plans to cover these risks and others that may impact your business? Close coordination among all first responders will ensure, to the highest degree possible, that all available resources are effectively deployed. The swift response and recovery from these and other incidents will allow your company to effectively positively impact the protection of your people, assets, and bottom line. TIER 1 LEADERS: To obtain your discounted copy send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com.
 
   U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Nick Proctor, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
This presentation provides an overview of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and its parent, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and US Department of State. It outlines what OSAC does and how it can help American business abroad with security related information. It is designed for those American companies who have either a small corporate footprint abroad or who might be contemplating investment abroad and may not be aware of security assistance that can be provided by the US Department of State. It opens an informational portal for small or mid-capped companies to the full array of OSAC services and deliverables. These services will assist those companies in making informed decisions on how best to protect their facilities, property, information and people abroad. TIER 1 LEADERS: To obtain your discounted copy send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com.
 
   Workplace Flu Fighters This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Seasonal flu causes thousands of hours of lost productivity every year; health experts warn that a pandemic flu outbreak is likely in the near future. As the risks of flu grow, employers need to help employees know how to protect themselves. In this video, a “tribe” of employees works to survive in one of the environments most prone to disease: the office. Featuring a popular “reality show” format, the video shows how small changes in everyday business behavior can make a big difference in fighting off disease. TIER 1 LEADERS, send an e-mail to contact@secleader.com for discount information.
A Tier 1 Leader item available for purchase by others. Visit our store to view the video in its entirety and to purchase.