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Security Barometer - The Security Executive's Tenure

Many of us at one time or another have lost a job. Sometimes we know it is going to happen and other times it seems like it came without prior warning.

The Security Executive Council (SEC) set out to gather some information about why leaders in the security and risk mitigation field have been dismissed from their jobs.

As shown below 27% of respondents have lost a job as a result of a change in management or merger/acquisition. It can be argued that roughly 40% of respondents lost their position for reasons that they might have had some control over.

What perhaps is more valuable is some of the guidance your peers had toward avoiding a recurrence...

While there were many suggestions offered one common theme worth taking to heart centered around actively marketing the value the security/risk mitigation team brings to the organization. Suggestions about how to accomplish this included taking action to ensure your management is kept informed about what your team is doing and that management understands the challenges it faces.

In order to effectively communicate the value you and your team brings to the organization you must truly understand the business, and you can gain valuable insight by listening to the leaders that can be found at all levels within your organization.

When selecting ways to demonstrate this value, it is important to remember that non-security personnel do not approach risk issues the same way you do and that in business... "its not about security, its about how you deliver positive business results."

As a resource of expert experienced advice, the SEC is the premier provider of research and advisory service to the top tier of security and risk mitigation executives. If you are looking for ways to increase the value your team provides to your organization please contact us.

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