Security Optimization - Looking Beyond Traditional Definitions of Convergence

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It's long been a common assumption in security that most high-performing and successful security functions operate within a "converged" structure, with corporate and cyber security reporting to a single security or risk executive.

But is that assumption true? And are there other methods of collaboration between corporate and cyber security that produce beneficial results for organizations?

chart showing that most organizations where physical and cyber security work together do so as separate groups with routine partnerships.
In 2021 and 2022, the Security Executive Council's Security Leadership Research Institute worked with Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business to find out. Through a series of questionnaires and extensive interviews, we took a deep dive on the state of convergence that led to some fascinating findings about the prevalence of convergence as it's typically defined, the alternative structures that are and aren't bringing results for security leaders, and the factors that build strong collaboration in any framework.

The research report was initially released only to study participants. Now we're making them freely available to the security community. Where does your security function fall in the spectrum of Security Collaborative Optimization (SCO)? How can you use these findings to move closer to beneficial collaboration?

Download the full report here:
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