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Knowledge Corner - Security Programs

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Research & Benchmarks

   14 Effective Solutions for Creating Successful Security Programs This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This paper highlights brief case studies that depict solutions using Security Executive Council tools and processes. These are based on what the SEC has gleaned in the last 10 years working with security practitioners. At the end of the document don't miss 10 Tips You Can Learn from our Experience with Successful Programs.
 
   Are Core Security Programs Being Neglected?  
Created By: The Security Executive Council
In this Security Barometer we wanted to see how prevalent this is and what participants felt are the hurdles that get in the way of improving the core programs that need updating or expansion.
 
   Assessment Quiz: Organizational Readiness for Security This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: By: Security Executive Council
The Council has spent years researching this topic and has found that understanding what management thinks Security "is" and "does" is critical. You need to know how management perceives Security in order to educate them on the reality - and to get appropriate buy-in for resource requests or advancement of your goals.
 
   Background Investigations Benchmark - Exclusive Preliminary Results This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
A preliminary summary of the SEC benchmark on background investigations has been just published. The information gathered in the research can be used to compare against your background investigations program, identify areas where improvement is possible and generate ideas. It provides a preliminary look into some of the results that have been gathered to date from this valuable benchmark research. For example: While all the participating organizations conducted background investigations on employees, over 50% of them also had their vendors undergo checks.
 
   Case Study: Risk Management and Security Metrics at Boeing This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Greg Niehaus, Security Executive Council Board of Visionary Leaders; Professor of Insurance and Finance, University of South Carolina
Here is an opportunity to get the inside story on building a superior metrics program for a world class enterprise security program. This first ever business case study focusing on security risk is being used at South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business to introduce students to the security metrics program that is used by Boeing to improve decision making. It also provides insight into their workplace violence program.
 
   Corporate Security Organizational Structure, Cost of Services and Staffing Benchmark This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: The Security Leadership Research Institute
The Security Leadership Research Institute (SLRI) has published ground breaking results of their Corporate Security Organizational Structure, Cost of Services and Staffing survey. The full report covers such metrics as security budgets, staffing, program drivers, governance and oversight. This executive summary provides a glimpse into some of what is contained in the full report. If you participate in the SLRI surveys you can receive the next edition of the full report. For more information about SLRI click here
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Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   Defining the Total Cost of Security: Programs and Services Survey Showing Interesting Security Program Results This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Selected preliminary analysis from our ground breaking research initiative is shown below. This represents only a small portion of the information being collected. You can expect much more in-depth analysis once the data collection phase of the process has concluded.
 
   Driving Excellence in Enterprise Security  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
This paper provides a starting place for security leaders who are interested in operational excellence or are considering applying it within their programs. It includes: Range of approaches gathered from discussions with a number of Tier 1 Leaders™; insight into how to achieve a critical baseline assessment of security’s value; potential measures of excellence in security programs; and a template to help investigate and identify initial targets for application of operational excellence.
 
   Five Factors that are Key to Your Success This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Over ten years in the business of assisting security executives advance their programs and careers has provided the SEC with unique insight into what makes security initiatives successful. Our research has identified a few critical factors that play a significant role and understanding how these factors interact and affect security initiatives will lead you to better results on your projects.
 
   Global Security Operations Center Best Practices Survey Results This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
The SEC conducted a survey within its GSOC Best Practices Working Group investigating such topics staffing structures, services provided, geographic scope, budget ownership, incident dispatch, location selection, alarm system management, and performance measures. The full report was distrbuted to members of the SEC GSOC working group.
 
   

International Security Programs Benchmark Report This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
This is the full report that Security Executive Council Tier 1 Leaders™ and participants receive. This project began as a Tier 1 Leader™ driven strategic initiative to ascertain the what and how of international security programs. Based on in-depth Tier 1 Leader™ interviews earlier in the project, it became clear research was necessary to fully grasp the breadth and scope of programs currently in place and any differentiators. This is the first of three projected reports from this data.
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Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   Investigative Confusion - Who Owns Investigations? This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Some organizations spread responsibility and ownership for different types of investigations among their business functions. Whether you want to bring investigations in under your department or just help eliminate investigative confusion this paper will help you get started.
 
   Security Barometer Results: Centralized Risk Repository This is Security Executive Council material  
A centralized repository of risks provides a robust foundation for an effective risk management program. While 90% of respondents felt a central repository was valuable less than half had one. See more about results of our poll here.
 
   Security Barometer Results: Security Program Maturity Models This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Maturity models are a framework that can be used to benchmark processes and procedures against clearly defined best practices. This Security Barometer quick poll asked security practitioners to self-assess their security programs using the framework created by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
 
   Security Barometer Results: What is the Security Department's Biggest Challenge  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Leading a successful security program is a difficult task. Not only does the risk environment evolve but the organization's managing business leaders also bring challenges to the job.
 
   Security Barometer: Security Policies that Organizations Have in Place This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This Security Barometer peer poll looked at what security policies organizations have in place and corporate security's responsibility.
 
   

Security Budget Research Report This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: The Security Executive Council
This is an analysis of data collected from survey of security program budgets that was conducted by the Council January 2009. This report, available to Council members, provides detailed information on the changes in budgets over the past two fiscal years segmented by industry as well as budget category. In addition the report provides a list of some of the creative efforts that security executives are undertaking to counter the effects the economy is having on their security programs.
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   

Security Budget Research Report: Impact of the Economic Downturn
Executive Summary This is Security Executive Council material  

An executive summary of the results of a survey was sent to qualified security practitioners (over 85% at the director level or above) to gather information on the state of their security budgets and to assess any impact the economic downturn has had on their programs.
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   The Biggest Challenge to the Success of Security Programs This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This Security Barometer offered a tough question to answer. There are many possible challenges to the success of security programs but in this security barometer the respondents had to choose the single one they felt was the most significant.
 
   The Top Action to Combat Insider Threat This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
How Many Organizations Have A Formal Insider Threat Program? What was voted the most important action to combat insider threat? This SEC Security Barometer polled security practitioners to answer to these and more questions on insider threats. Insiders, malicious or not, are frequently cited as one of the top risks to organizations. This poll reveals some interesting observations from your peers.
 
   The Top Security Risk Organizations are Facing Today? This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Here are the results from our latest Security Barometer quick poll of security practitioners. The top two risks look similar to last year but there has been an interesting shake up within the list you might be interested in knowing about.
 
   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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OTHER VISITORS: Click the title to order this SEC resource.
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
Resource is for Tier One Leaders only
   Uniformed Security Officer Programs Under Fire  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
In this Security Barometer quick poll we investigated uniformed security officer programs and the burden they face to cut budgets. Roughly four out of five programs are experiencing significant budgetary pressure from their executive management.