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NATION'S SECURITY CHIEFS MOBILIZE TO SOLVE PRESSING SECURITY PROBLEMS

IDG’s CXO Media Launches New Professional Organization for Chief Security Officers

Security Executive Council Invites You to Ask the Experts

The Security Executive Council has launched an exciting new online feature: Faculty Advisor. Faculty Advisor (http://secleader.typepad.com) gives security professionals access to the extensive knowledge and experience of SEC faculty to answ…

Metrics for Success: Who's Accountable for Metrics?

Where does accountability lie for the maintenance of a proactive measurements and metrics program?

Metrics for Success: Business Alliances and Security's Due Diligence

Mergers with or acquisitions of other companies, outsourcing of key business processes to vendors and other strategic alliances may align external organizations with the reputation and well being of your company.

Metrics for Success: It's Time to Get Security Metrics Savvy

Security-related metrics are a must. Every business needs to develop and deliver measurable results, including security.

Metrics for Success: The Risks of Outsourcing Information Security

Outsourcing has become a fundamental business strategy for most major corporations, but they often overlook the risks that accrue due to the loss of effective business controls over sensitive activities.

Metrics for Success: Security Issues in Leased vs. Owned Property

A company's leasing arrangements may lack the risk-based due diligence appropriate to a standard of protection enjoyed by owned space.

Metrics for Success

Creating security metrics is so important that nearly all security leaders interviewed by the Security Executive Council (SEC) for a recent survey stated it was a top priority for them.

How to Use Metrics

CSOs generate security data every day. Knowing what to look for and how to analyze it can spell success for a security operation and the organization it serves.

Security Executive Council Launches SEC Live with Nelson at Helm

Building upon its reputation as a creator of innovative security industry leadership solutions, the Security Executive Council (SEC) will officially launch its new Security Executive Council Live online presentation series on February 17.

Metrics For Success: Working with Customers for Better Access Control

If you have been reading this column each month, you know of my passion for testing and reporting on the effectiveness of the safeguards we have installed to protect our people and assets. You will not influence anyone with metrics that jus…

Metrics for Success: Demonstrate a Need for Stronger Background Vetting

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 candida…

Metrics for Success: Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Emergency Response

Employee and invitee safety is a core mission of corporate security. Unfortunately, both business and local government resources are under budget pressure that could potentially impact emergency response. We need to encourage continued supp…

Security Executive Council Live Seminars Now Available on Demand

The Security Executive Council now offers archives of its Security Executive Council Live webinars in its online Leadership Store.

Metrics For Success: Empower Customers Through Awareness

Security has a unique perspective on risk that comes from gathering, analyzing and understanding threat and risk data. This insight obligates us to make our customers aware of the risks that could affect them...

Security Leadership Research Institute Launches This Week

The Security Executive Council officially announces the launch of its research arm, which will provide independent and actionable research on risk mitigation and security practices.

Metrics for Success: Accuracy & Integrity

There is an old saying that there are three types of lies: “lies, damn lies and statistics.” I won’t dwell on the obvious downside of lies or damn lies in our job, but I will underscore that statistics, when calculated hastily or from…

Tier 1 Leader

Are you a security executive looking for a holistic way to produce strategic corporate security programs and drive change in your organization? The Tier 1 Leader option was formed for security practitioners that want a different kind of adv…

Working Groups

Practitioners and SEC Faculty (former security executives) come together in a virtual format to work on a diverse set of topics. The goal of this initiative is to build a trusted venue to develop through collaborative efforts a set of diver…

Hayes

Bob Hayes is the Managing Director of the Security Executive Council, an organization comprised of industry leading Corporate and IT security executives from both the public and private sector. The SEC is the only security organization devo…

Security Executive Council Collaborative Consulting Services

The Security Executive Council's (SEC) collaborative consulting services are geared for security executives. We draw on the expertise and experience of successful former CSOs and CISOs and our pioneering relevancy-based research to deliver …

Results from the survey:
What in Your Organization is Putting Your Continued Employment at Greatest Risk?

Brought to you courtesy of the Security Leadership Research Institute (SLRI) Overall the results demonstrate that the risks to continued employment that security and risk management executives face are as diverse as the organizations they…

Metrics for success - What is the cost of a bad employee?

The knowledgeable insider is at the top of the list of threats to any organization - public or private. Part of our job is to make business leaders aware of the seriousness of this threat by using metrics that catch their attention. This mo…

Metrics for Success - What's state-of-the-art in security metrics?

File this in the opinion folder. I have always pinned my metrics hunt to that day very early in my CSO career when the boss asked what kind of metrics we had in the can. As I stumbled for a defensible answer, he said, "I want you to think a…

Proven Practices Library Built Upon Experience of Successful Practitioners

The Security Executive Council’s newly launched Proven Practices Library shares on-demand learning and executive presentation resources that have been created and proven effective by successful security practitioners.

If You Had Three Wishes

If you could have anything you wanted for your risk management program what would it be? In this poll we wanted to find out what elements would add the most value to security leaders and their teams. Participants in this poll were allowed …

Security Executive Council Consulting Services

If you have a small but growing business, chances are you are considering new opportunities that come with potential security risks. The Security Executive Council's consulting services draw on the expertise of successful former security ex…

Metrics for Success - Nuisance alarms are more than a nuisance

The reliability of our programs is an essential ingredient of executive confidence and support. If you are looking for a place to focus your quality assurance, shine it consistently on alarm system reliability and response. Whether they be …

Next Generation Leader Course on Risk Management

This course covers advanced content and is geared toward designated successors and second generation leaders. It covers six elements essential for leading world class risk management for public and private organizations: All-hazards globa…

Metrics for Success - Measure Your Metrics

Why measure, why metrics? The fact that established metrics for the full range of security programs are few and far between tells a story about the historical disconnection of these functions from the core businesses they serve. We all know…

Where do you go for information about your day-to-day operational needs?

Created by the Security Executive Council We frequently must make decisions without having all the information we would like to have to know which alternatives are the best. Sometimes we just have to go on instinct. In other cases it makes …

Metrics for Success: Good metrics tell a story

I am constantly hunting for metrics examples, and I am intrigued by the variety of ways experienced organizations present data. One vital measure of good data is its ability to inform and drive action in a specified direction.

Correia

Former Affiliation: Wal-Mart Canada Corp. Dean has had a career in operations and loss prevention in Canada spanning more than 20 years, holding senior leadership roles with global br…

Research Shows the 6 Influential Issues to Tackle for Career Growth

Created by the Security Executive Council The Security Executive Council has performed extensive analysis of the risk management industry and its practitioners. This research has led to the identification of the following six critical issue…

New Executive Development Program Bridges Security-Business Gap

Cost-effective program developed and taught by business professors, security practitioners, and security thought leaders.

Metrics for Success: Tracking Preventable Risk

When you track the results of your incident post-mortems to identify root causes of incidents, and when you conduct risk assessments to prospectively document vulnerabilities, you have the data to impress management on the consequences of f…

Next Generation Security Leader Development Program: Inside View
By Marleah Blades, Senior Editor, Security Executive Council

This blog covers the Council's newest initiative, an online executive-level program for security practitioners, led by Council Faculty (current and former CSOs/CISOs) and USC Faculty. Learn more about the program here. June 25, 2012 Until …

Metrics for Success - What is a reportable security violation in your organization?

How serious is the notion of compliance in your company? Is your reputation in the marketplace linked to conformance to an established set of laws, rules or standards? Are there protection mandates in the contracts you have with your custom…

What You Need to Know When You are Facing a Change in Leadership

Dealing with risk is something we do every day but there is one that is probably not on any of your risk management plans -- how to handle a change in reporting whether it be due to an internal organization structure change, an external hir…

Exploring Our Value Story

Our value has to be connected to our success in measurably impacting risk. What are the measures, and how are you communicating the critical messages? Sure, every program is delivering some statistics — typically lists of incidents or act…

Enterprise Security Metrics: A Snapshot Assessment of Practices

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty Introduction An Important Note on the Scope of this Assessment Where Are We Today? Obstacles A Multi-Track Focus on Metrics State-of-the-Art Benchmarking and Security M…

The Roadmap for Security Leadership Success Interviews, Practice #7 - Running Security as a Business

Kathleen "K2" Kotwica, EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist for the Security Executive Council (SEC), interviews Herb Mattord PhD, SEC Content Faculty Expert: Information Security and Assurance. The discussion delves into one of the 10 Roadm…

The Roadmap for Security Leadership Success Interviews, Practice #7 - Question 4

The following is an excerpt of a discussion with Herb Mattord PhD., Content Faculty Expert: Information Security and Assurance. The discussion delves into one of the 10 Roadmap for Success practices - the importance of running security as a…

Persuading Senior Management with Effective, Evaluated Security Metrics

ASIS just published their well funded survey of available literature on measures and metrics. The most often referenced original material in the report came from the Security Executive Council (SEC). The ASIS publication makes clear to thos…

The Successful Security Practitioners Top To-Dos

Created by the Security Executive Council This document is a concise summary of the key elements you need to know before starting any new role or program. These practices have been identified by the Security Executive Council through our wo…

Security's Most Meaningful Metric

In a recent security barometer quick poll we asked what your peers think would be the single most meaningful metric to have for their security function. Some example entries from the "other" category were: ROI, cost avoidance through se…

Case Study: Risk Management and Security Metrics at Boeing

Written by Greg Niehaus, professor of insurance and finance at the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business, this is the first SEC case study created for the purpose of educating the next generation of managers of enter…

Background Investigations Benchmark - Exclusive Preliminary Results

How is your company handling background investigations compared to others? Created by the Security Executive Council INTRODUCTION Hiring the right people for your workforce is critical to the success of the organization. Identifying who th…

Security Leadership Research Institute

The Security Leadership Research Institute (SLRI) is dedicated to providing independent and actionable research to the corporate security community. The SLRI was formed as a result of the need by the security industry to document the entire…

Frequently Asked Questions for Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) Event

What is a Next Generation Leader Event? Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) Events are peer-reviewed, research-based sessions that recognize evolving global hazards that require collaborative and cross-functional security risk mitigatio…

SEC's Next Generation Security Leader Event Geared for the Evolution of Security

SEC research revealed there was a need to develop a venue where security practitioners had the opportunity to interact with proven leaders and apply strategic best practices to real world issues successfully.

Security's Biggest Challenge

Created by the Security Executive Council The role of the Security function is essentially to identify and mitigate security risks to the organization. However difficult that may be, it is arguably not the biggest challenge Security faces. …

Demonstrating the Value Security Brings to the Organization

For over ten years the Security Executive Council (SEC) has been working with leaders of security programs worldwide. While doing so we have been collecting information about what separates world-class security leaders and programs from …

A Guide for Building Your Corporate Security Metrics Program

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty A Short Primer for Security Managers (Abbreviated version - full report is available for download bottom of page.) Over the past decade, my SEC colleagues and I have w…

Security Executive Council's Next Generation Security Leader: Driving Unified Risk Oversight through Global Security Operations Centers

April 12 and 13, 2017 A Collective Knowledge Learning Experience sponsored by The Boeing Company. A two-day SEC Next Generation Security Leader™ (NGSL) is scheduled for three Boeing Company locations in Renton, WA, Mesa, AZ, and Cryst…

Advances and Stalemates in Security

Created By: Bob Hayes, Managing Director and Kathleen Kotwica, Ph.D., EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, Security Executive Council At the start of each new year, we always find ourselves reflecting on who we are as an industry, what we’…

Eleven Ways to Encourage Strategic Thinking

Created by Bob Hayes, Managing Director and Kathleen Kotwica, Ph.D., EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, Security Executive Council Security Leaders we have worked with have shared with us their thoughts on the skills that are lacking in t…

NGSL Research Results: Influencing Change for Nimble Global Risk Mitigation

In November 2016, MITRE Corporation hosted an Security Executive Council (SEC) Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) forum. Sessions took place at two campuses and virtually via Skype. NGSL events are peer-reviewed, research-based sessions…

What Role Can the SEC Play for You and Your Organization?

What are the solutions offered in the different tiers of services that the SEC offers? This question takes a little time to answer because the SEC offers something for just about every leader and their team in the corporate security realm. …

A Brief Introduction to the Value of Corporate Security for Non-Security Professionals

Created By: Bob Hayes, Managing Director and Kathleen Kotwica, Ph.D., EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, Security Executive Council Have you ever wondered how companies prevent or respond to issues that could result in injured or killed e…

SEC's Most Popular Content 2016

The Security Executive Council (SEC) creates a large amount of content and resources for the corporate security community. Below are the top content for 2016. The SEC's niche is security leadership-level issues and research; which continual…

Next Generation Security Leader Forum: Driving Unified Risk Oversight through Global Security Operations Centers Executive Summary

Created by the Security Executive Council Introduction In April 2017, The Boeing Company hosted a Security Executive Council (SEC) Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) forum on three campuses in the United States. The all-hazards execut…

Is Your Security Program Viewed as Effective? Warning Signs of Security's Decreasing Influence

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member How can you assess if your corporate security program is effective? To start, you should be able to answer “yes” to these three questions: 1. Does manageme…

Measuring Key Performance Indicators

Created by: George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Most of us have heard of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): they are measures of progress toward some goal that often reflect how well a business process is bei…

Don’t Neglect Key Performance Indicators

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member We have mentioned balanced scorecards and KPIs, but it is useful to occasionally revisit these concepts because they can be so much a part of a corporate managem…

How to Use Metrics

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty How to Use Metrics CSOs generate security data every day. Knowing what to look for and how to analyze it can spell success for a security operation and the organizatio…

Who's Accountable for Metrics?

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Where does accountability lie for the maintenance of a proactive measurements and metrics program? The answer, as shown in this graphic, is that it is shared up …

Security Metrics: How to Get Started with Security Metrics

How to Use Metrics CSOs generate security data every day. Knowing what to look for and how to analyze it can spell success for a security operation and the organization it serves. Measure Your Metrics Why measure, why metrics? The…

Empower Critical Business Process Owners Through Awareness

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty Security has a unique perspective on risk that comes from gathering, analyzing and understanding threat and risk data. This insight obligates us to make our customers …

Create a Measures Map

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Objective: To visually convey our understanding of and response to a risk event, to show how that risk links to applicable metrics, and to demonstrate that meas…

Tracking Leading and Lagging Indicators

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Senior management and analysts in the businesses we serve are constantly tracking and evaluating a host of economic and programmatic indicators to provide alert…

Be a Learning Organization

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Do you routinely dig into your incidents to identify the root causes and pass on the learning to those who need to know? If not, plan on logging more of the same…

Incident Analysis Identifies Business Practice Risk

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Knowledgeable insiders are a serious threat to an organization, since they live inside protective measures. They have a unique understanding of the company's vul…

Measuring Alignment Using Key Risk Indicators

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member I get a lot of questions about how Security can demonstrate with metrics that we have a positive connection to the core business strategy and objectives. Here’…

Assess the Probability of Business Loss

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Objective: To estimate the probability of loss in areas of concern, given known vulnerabilities. Results Sought: Help management to recognize that the business …

Investing in Security’s ROI

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member We hear a lot about the difficulty of documenting Security’s return on investment. Consider this example. A global manufacturing organization is highly dilig…

Building a Metrics Program that Matters

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member; and Marleah Blades, Security Executive Council Senior Editor In a 2007 Security Executive Council survey, nearly 70 percent of respondents stated that they do …

Security Metrics in Context

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member Why go through the trouble of applying metrics to your program? George Campbell explores this question in his book, Measures and Metrics in Corporate Security. I…

Demonstrating Value: Measuring Value

"Garbage In" Can Cost You Your Job We recently conducted a poll on our Web site asking visitors the question, “What in your organization is putting your continued employment at greatest risk?”If you don’t start with high-quality …

The OPaL+ Assessment Executive Summary

Created by the Security Executive Council The Security Executive Council (SEC) has developed an assessment based on over ten years of research and trending on successful corporate security leaders and programs. What became clear is there a…

Security State of the Industry: Measuring Security Leader and Program Value Potential and its Relation to Being Valued by the Business

After the Next Crisis Happens, Will You be Ready to Quickly Explain Security's Value to the Business? Corporate security success is multidimensional. It's complex and interrelated: a fluid and ever-changing value proposition. With close to…

Measures and Metrics for Business Continuity Programs

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty All security programs should be measured for performance. However, creating a truly effective and valuable measures and metrics process is not easy. To that end we ha…

Measures and Metrics for Business Continuity Programs

This presentation consists of a compilation of slides that successful security leaders have used in the past to demonstrate the value their Business Continuity programs are delivering to their organizations.

Driving Excellence in Enterprise Security

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member. Introduction. The delivery of excellence in a business’ products or services has always been a widely accepted objective. But expectations took on a more form…

Operational Excellence in Contract Security Performance Measurement

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty member This report continues our series of considerations for the application of operational excellence (OpEx) concepts to corporate security programs (see the first in…

Program Best Practices: Global Security Operations Centers (GSOC)

Defining Best Practices in Global Security Operations Centers: Initial Output from the SEC GSOC Best Practices Working Group This is the initial report from a SEC GSOC program. It incorporates extensive benchmarking of corporate secur…

Exploring the Value Story

How metrics proved the importance of one security executive’s internal first responder program Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty Our value has to be connected to our success in measurably impacting ri…

Contract Security Challenges and Strategies: Part I and Part II

Created by Heather O'Brien, Security Executive Council Content Expert Faculty This is the first part of a Faculty Advisor Q&A column on best practices for security services contracts provided by Heather O’Brien, SEC Content Expert Faculty…

Security State of the Industry (SSoI): Measuring Security Leader and Program Value Potential and its Relation to Being Valued by the Business

Created by the Security Executive Council After the Next Crisis Happens, Will You be Ready to Quickly Explain Security's Value to the Business Corporate security success is multidimensional. It's complex and interrelated: a fluid and ever-c…

Defining Best Practices in Global Security Operations Centers

Initial Output from the SEC GSOC Best Practices Working Group Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty and Co-Lead GSOC Best Practices Working Group Introduction. Forty plus multinational brands answered a cal…

Program Best Practices: Resilience

Security Barometer Results: Which is the Most Popular Business Continuity Standard? This Security Barometer quick poll explores what business continuity standards security leaders were using when developing their programs. Rememb…

Demonstrating Security Program Value to the C-Suite

Created by Dean Correia, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty In a recent online presentation, Dean Correia, Emeritus Faculty - Canada, Security Executive Council (SEC), participated in a panel with other security practitioners to di…

Wanted: A New Type of Security Leader

Created by Bob Hayes, Managing Director, Security Executive Council (SEC); Kathleen Kotwica, PhD, EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, SEC; and Francis D'Addario, SEC emeritus faculty and former VP, Partner and Asset Protection, Starbucks Co…

Thank You for Participating in the Security Value/Success Potential Survey

The SEC has been helping security practitioners generate value for their organizations for over a decade. Below are a few selected action items that have been shown to increase the potential value of Security programs: Identify the enterp…

New Knowledge Corner in Progress

Our new Knowledge Corner will make it easier for you to find the SEC resources you need. The pages below consolidate SEC resources like tools, articles, templates, and research by category, with more to come. Still can't find what you're lo…

Five Essential Considerations for Establishing a Valued Global Security Operations Center (GSOC)

SEC Faculty Collective Knowledge 1. Communicate the Value Story: Align mission and vision with culture Leadership and strategic plan 2. Make the Compelling Business Case: Improved Duty of Care compliance Optimized people/asset/reve…

Why the CSO Is the Hardest Job in the Company - Part II

Created by the Security Executive Council In the first article in this series, we discussed the reasons the CSO has become one of corporate America's most complex jobs. But the SEC knows many CSOs who have built successful programs despite …

Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Emergency Response

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty Employee and invitee safety is a core mission of corporate security. Unfortunately, both business and local government resources are under budget pressure that could po…

Security Operations Control Center Metrics

Created by George Campbell, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty There are few functions performed by a corporate security organization that are more critical than the operation of the security operations control center (SOCC). It is…

Dealing with Security Budget Challenges

Created by J. David Quilter, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty There are many ways to deal with the never-ending challenges of reduced resources. Doing more with less is the norm, not the exception. So, what can you do to shore u…

Security Executive Council's Next Generation Security Leader* Event: Driving Current and Future Corporate and Municipal All-hazard Resilience
May, 2019

Limited Time Offer Pricing for In-Person and Virtual Continuing Education Network Registration May 6 - 7, 2019 The City of Calgary, The Security Executive Council and our media partner, Annex Business Media are excited to present our next c…

Demonstrating Safety and Security Program Value to Executive Management with Metrics

Created by Dean Correia, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty Healthcare security professionals can learn from their business counterparts who use metrics to demonstrate that security and safety are not cost centers, but profit cente…

Transitioning from Risk Assessment to Plan

Conducting a security risk assessment is an essential first step in developing successful security programs. But what should the security practitioner do with the results? A brief aside here: The SEC has found that many security leaders ar…

Twelve Indicators of Successful Security Programs

Created by the Security Executive Council Over the last 15 years, the SEC has helped hundreds of security leaders guide their programs to the next level. Each organization's journey to security evolution is unique, but success often shares…

Are You Ready to Make Your Business Case?

By the Security Executive Council All security leaders have, at some point in their careers, had to make the case for a change in security—whether it's a simple shift in staffing or the implementation of an entirely new program. You may…