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Corporate Security Career: Career Development

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Don't Delay Development
Each year, we traditionally look ahead and set goals for ourselves, personally and professionally. Like most things, if development is going to occur for you and your team, it needs to be embedded in the living strategic plan of your organization, rather than a one-time event.

Security Barometer: Are You Where You Want to be in Your Security Career?
There are some days that just make us doubt whether we made the correct choice in careers. It might be management we report to, it could be co-workers, maybe unrealistic assumptions about the career in the first place.

Security Barometer: The Security Executive's Tenure
In 2014, the Security Executive Council (SEC) used a Security Barometer quick poll to gather some information about why leaders in its Tier 1 Leader and online communities have been dismissed from their jobs.

Security Barometer: Are You Fairly Compensated
The results from this 2012 Security Barometer show an even split on the opinions of the 80+ security practitioners polled. Half of the respondents felt they were fairly compensated and half didn't.

Security Barometer: What 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.

Security Barometer: What Leadership Practice is Most Important to Your Success?
The survey results below are what security and risk management practitioners today feel are practices that are the most important to their success.

Security Barometer: What Business Journals are Security Practitioners Reading?
A wise risk manager needs to understand the environment security programs are operating in. One of the best ways to obtain that knowledge is to keep up-to-date on the organization, industry and the economy.

Faculty Advisor: Career Change Assessment
SEC Faculty Advisor responds to this question: I am considering making a career change and have two opportunities in addition to my current position. I'm at a stalemate trying to decide which way to proceed. Do you have any tips on how to evaluate potential opportunities?

Security Barometer: Which Educational Background Does Your Management Value More?
In this Security Barometer poll we wanted to investigate what our community felt their management was looking for in educational background for security and risk mitigation employees.

Faculty Advisor: Who Should Security Executives Report To?
Our SEC Faculty Advisor responded to this question: If you were a fly on the wall when top management is considering upgrading their security program, it’s possible the conversation might go something like this. Who should the CSO report to?

Faculty Advisor: Developing Today's Next Generation Secuity Leader
See how our SEC Faculty Advisor answered this question. With all the specialty knowledge that certain positions are requiring, how do we develop leaders that can lead these services? How do we best attract, find, develop, and retain the kind of people that are needed for an effective security team?

Addressing the Knowledge Transfer Gap
How do security executives marry business processes with the job of security risk management? Adding business value. Getting a seat at the table. Running security like a business. Aligning security with the organization. These are the contents of the Holy Grail of security leadership.

Why the CSO Is the Hardest Job in the Company - Part I
Being a Chief Security Officer has never been easy, but in recent years external and organizational changes have combined to make the CSO role much more complex.

Why the CSO is the Hardest Job in the Company - Part II
Many CSOs have built successful programs despite the challenges. While there is not a definitive set of steps that guarantees success, here are a few tips.

The Successful Security Practitioner's Top To-Dos
The SEC identified key elements security practitioners need to know before starting any new role or program. This is a summary of those elements.

Preparing Today’s Security Leaders for the Threats of Tomorrow
Former Starbucks security executive and current SEC Emeritus Faculty member, Francis D'Addario, discusses the challenges facing contemporary CSOs.

Security Barometer: Where do you go for information about your day-to-day operational needs?
In this SEC Security Barometer we wanted to get more information about where risk management practitioners most often go to gather the data they need for optimal performance of their day-to-day operations.

Assess Your Skills to Advance Your Career
Many of us don't engage in self-assessments until job searches force us to. But assessing your competencies has benefits beyond interview prep.

Key Success Factors I Wish I Had Known: Transitioning from the Public to Private Sector
An SEC subject matter expert discusses what he wishes he'd known before he first transitioned from a public-sector security career.

Key Success Factors I Wish I Had Known: Starting a New Position or New Responsibility
An SEC subject matter expert discusses what he wishes he'd known when he started in the risk management field.

Is Transitioning to Private-Sector Security a Good Option for Me?
The opportunities for hard-working and dedicated public sector professionals to excel in corporate security are everywhere.

Security Success in Your First Three Years in a Leadership Role
It is not just about doing things right - its about doing the right things.

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