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Security State of the Industry: Travel Security

New research report examines travel security program trends, risk factors, policy and program elements.
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Operational Excellence in Contract Security Performance Measurement

The focus in this paper is on measuring the performance of security service providers. The Security Executive Council believes that there needs to be a more in-depth consideration of what constitutes "excellence" in these operations given the consistent growth of outsourcing to guard service companies.
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Early Fraud Detection: The Secret to Security ROI?

Internal or occupational fraud prevention or recovery could be the ROI Holy Grail security leaders have been wishing for.
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What Makes a Comprehensive Business Continuity Program?


Security directors must be ready to show the C-suite what a strong comprehensive business continuity program looks like and how their program measures up.
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GSOC: Business Drivers and Service Scope

During COVID-19 companies with existing Security Operations Centers have been able to leverage their SOC/GSOC capabilities to add value like never before.
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Protest Guide for Security Leaders

Help your organization analyze its risk and take action in areas that may be impacted by civil unrest.
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Is Your GSOC Contributing to Operational Excellence?

This brief self-assessment can help prepare you for a conversation about your GSOC's needs and capabilities with executive management
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Addressing COVID-19 Related Complaints and Reporting

Organizations need to be prepared to respond to questions and concerns about new risk mitigation procedures and protocols as well as address non-compliance.
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Access Control Fundamentals

One of the recurring themes of discussion amongst security leaders regarding COVID-19 has been the use of access control systems and procedures to mitigate spread.
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COVID-19 Security Response Tactics and Strategies to Consider for Business Resumption Plans

Created by Dan Sauvageau, SEC Subject Matter Expert. Many security departments are currently busy focusing on the immediate needs of managing their COVID-19 response plans, assessing their resources, evolving their tactics, and fielding questions from employees, executives, and other stakeholders. Some may have not had the time or opportunity to...
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Critical Incident Decision Matrix


A simple matrix can serve as a visual resource to assist in outlining and prioritizing Incident Management Team decisions.
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Event Risk Analysis Template

Use this template to identify and organize risk factors to help your organization make informed event security decisions.
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Top Security Practices for a Resilient Business


A group of security leaders gathered to share lessons they have learned from challenging experiences.
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It Happens. Are You Prepared to Respond?


This summary of an SEC Security State of the Industry briefing provides insight on preparing for and managing all types of critical incidents.
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Physical Security: Assessing the Needs of Your Business

In order to build a security system that works for business, the needs of that business must first be assessed.
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Personal Safety Guidelines for International Travel

Security and safety awareness practices should be part of any travel, but safe international travel demands special preparation.
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The Mission is Not Cybersecurity- It's Enterprise Security

Security's current business model can deliver on the routine service demands, but our role in meeting these increasingly consequential risks will require a much more inclusive and mature presence.
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When Emotions Run High: Dealing with Stress in Crisis Management


It's important to remember that when a crisis hits a company, no matter how well prepared that company is, emotions will run high.
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Uniformed Security Officer Programs Under Fire

In this Security Barometer the SEC investigated the effect that the constant pressure to cut costs while increasing effectiveness has on uniformed security officer programs.
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The Case of the Reluctant Complainant

How does the non-security professional handle the employee who reports a misconduct yet is very insistent that you promise not to act upon the information?
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Five Essential Considerations for Establishing a Valued Global Security Operations Center (GSOC)

Whether you are in the proposal stage of building your GSOC or in active operations, here are five critical elements to consider that are critical to success.
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How to Plan an Investigation

At many companies, small security staffs mean other departments— commonly human resources or legal—necessarily help conduct investigations. This is an abridged excerpt on the planning phase of an investigation.
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Economic Espionage and the Growing Case for Corporate Counterintelligence

The theft of information and intelligence is increasingly gathered on U,S, companies by foreign entities that use the results for a variety of different type of what is now called economic espionage.
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SEC Security State of the Industry: Could Your Security Program Fall Below Industry Standard of Care Resulting in a Finding of Negligence?

A summary of a SEC Security State of the Industry briefing featuring a study of recent case law involving workplace violence programs.
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Workplace Violence Cross-Functional Risk Management Teams

The roles and responsibilities of the cross-functional team are identified and documented through a process of team member selection, indoctrination, training and performance results.
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Management by Walking Around Gets You Ready for a Crisis


A chief security officer has to nurture, cultivate and respect relationships with internal and external partners who are essential to resolving a critical incident. One way to do so is to simply walk around.
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How Does Your Insider Threat Compare?

Many companies are now building or enhancing their insider threat program – and beyond classified information security.
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The Threat of the Malicious Insider: What Is the CFO's Responsibility?

Malicious insiders can do far more damage to the organization than any external attack. The insider threat should be a significant concern for both public and private organizations.
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Defining Best Practices in Global Security Operations Centers

This is the initial report from a SEC GSOC program. It incorporates extensive benchmarking of corporate security organizations to gather baseline data on participating company and security department demographics.
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Measures and Metrics for Business Continuity Programs


All security programs should be measured for performance. Successful security leaders have used the slides in this presentation to demonstrate the value their Business Continuity programs are delivering to their organizations.
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Vendor Resilience Questionnaire


This checklist provides a good starting point to help you determine how prepared your key vendors are to quickly and effectively manage disruptions to their operations that could impact you.
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Corporate Security Policy Template

A strong policy can make a significant impact on security's ability to set, communicate, and enforce requirements for managing risk. The attached template, based on research conducted by the Security Executive Council, can help guide you as you write your next one.
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Business Continuity Program Strategic Plan Cycle


BCP review and evaluation must remain connected to other company planning cycles and should be an annual strategic priority.
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Security State of the Industry: The Emerging Role of Information Protection and Counterintelligence (CI) in Corporate Security

Corporations are now being targeted at such a high rate that it's creating an urgent responsibility for corporate security to address the issue.
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Insider Threat is a Challenging Organizational Problem

Based on intensive research and insights from leading companies, the Security Executive Council (SEC) recommends a comprehensive monitoring and screening process to address ongoing perceived and real insider risk
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Next Generation Security Leader Forum: Driving Unified Risk Oversight through Global Security Operations Centers Executive Summary

This is the Executive Summary from a SEC Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) Executive Development curriculum hosted by the Boeing Company.
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Business Continuity and You - Tips, Tales, and Tools


Business continuity planning identifies potential risks and the resources needed to provide effective assessment, preparedness, response, and recovery from those risks.
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