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What in Your Organization is Putting Your Continued Employment at Greatest Risk?

Created by the Security Executive Council



The Security Executive Council regularly conducts Security Barometer quick polls of its Tier 1 Leader and online communities to take a snapshot of security practitioners’ opinions on specific security issues. In 2010, security leaders responded to the question “What in your organization is putting your continued employment at greatest risk?”

Overall, the results demonstrate that the risks to continued employment that security and risk management executives face are as diverse as the organizations they represent. These risks are largely determined by the state of your organization's perception of the need for security and its unique culture, or what we call "organizational readiness."

The results encourage an honest assessment of management expectations and the security organization's ability to adapt and, if needed, advance change.

These findings are consistent with what the Security Executive Council has witnessed since its launch. Below are a sample of programs the Security Executive Council has offered that directly address the risks identified in this survey.

Below are a sample of programs the Security Executive Council has offered that directly address the risks identified in the survey:

Merger or acquisition

  • M&A Optimization for Security
  • Strategic Planning Process
Inability to get necessary leadership buy-in or support for a security program
  • Security Organization: Staffing, Roles and Responsibilities, and Reporting Levels
  • Enterprise / Security Risk Alignment
  • Security Metrics: Data Discovery Process and Application
Difficulty in demonstrating the value security / risk management brings to the organization
  • Security Revenue Enhancement
  • Security Metrics: Data Discovery Process and Application
  • Security 2020™
Not sufficiently demonstrating awareness of emerging trends
  • Strategic Planning Process
  • Emerging Risks Program
  • Business Intelligence Security Integration
Security program failure or risk management program that does not meet expectations
  • Risk - Threat - Vulnerability 360
  • Enterprise / Security Risk Assessment
  • Security Leadership / Program Essentials
  • Operational Security Value Optimization
An unknown, un-planned for, or missed risk / security issue
  • Unified Risk Oversight™
  • Risk - Threat - Vulnerability 360
  • Enterprise / Security Risk Assessment
Change in corporate leadership
  • Security Metrics: Data Discovery Process and Application
  • Strategic Planning Process
  • Security Organization: Staffing, Roles and Responsibilities, and Reporting Levels


For more information on any of these and other services, visit the SEC’s Collaborative Consulting page.

For more information on corporate security career development see Corporate Security Career: Career Development

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Copyright Security Executive Council. Last Updated: March 12, 2018

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