Insight into Security Leadership

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What Does the Board and Senior Management Need to Know About Corporate Security?

Our subject matter experts share some lesser-known benefits of corporate security and examples of ways in which corporate security can evolve beyond the typical expectations.
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Intelligence and Resilience in Next Generation Corporate Security

Here are a few key takeaways from a recent SEC forum covering operationalizing and optimizing people, process, and technology for future risk mitigation value.
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2021 Corporate Security Organizational Structure, Cost of Services and Staffing Benchmark: Selected Highlights

About This Research The data used in this analysis were provided by SLRI members and Tier 1 Security Leaders™ of the Security Executive Council. All are risk management practitioners comprising a broad cross-section of industries. The organizations represented come from the public and private sectors; they range from small and...
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Visionary CSOs

Click image to view full size Visionary CSOs are at a stimulating point in their careers because they want to address horizon and cutting-edge issues. For example, security becoming a cost neutral department. Taking on significant challenges, such as social issues, or better partnering with law enforcement for the greater...
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Practitioners New to a Leading Role

You want to make sure your first couple of years run smoothly and your plans come to fruition and add value to the company.
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Three Ways to Improve Buy-In from Your Internal Customers

A common reason security functions struggle to engage their internal users and upper management is that security does not clearly understand how those internal customers think or what they value.
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Get Ahead of Social Media Reputational Risk

A reputational risk matrix can act as a starting point for security leaders as they develop and communicate their response plans.
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Ten Actions Highly Accomplished Security Leaders Take

Over ten years of extensive research and analysis has identified key actions common to successful leaders of security programs.
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How to Get the Traction Security Needs to Influence the Organization

If you as a security leader have never asked yourself why the security function isn't gaining the influence and traction it deserves, you are in a very small minority.
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Things I Learned When Starting a New Security Leadership Role

The smartest people in the room are that way because they learned from others' mistakes.
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Budget, Staffing, Accountability: How Can a Service Technology Roadmap Help?

Let's focus now on some specific situations in which a technology roadmap can help an organization.
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Do You Need a Security Service and Technology Roadmap?

Too often, technology is implemented without regard to future service considerations like acquisition integrations, managing innovation or obsolescence.
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Twelve Indicators of Successful Security Programs

Each organization's journey to security evolution is unique, but success often shares a series of common indicators.
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Smart Security: The Quilter Cost/Recovery Matrix (Parts 1-2)

This video focuses on cost analysis through a security cost/recovery matrix, with recommendations on how to apply it and communicate its results to executives.
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Smart Security: Practices That Increase Business Profits (Parts 1-4)

This presentation does away with the concept that security is only an expense.
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Five Security Program Maturity Assessments

Online questionnaires offer immediate feedback Are your security programs as far along as you think they are? How do you know for sure? And how do you communicate your progress? There are many ways security practitioners can gauge the effectiveness or comparable state of their programs – metrics, program reviews,...
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A Brief History of Corporate Security Leadership and Its Future

In today's business world, accomplished security leaders need to have both security and business skills and an awareness of emerging issues that may affect the company.
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Wanted: A New Type of Security Leader

As the recognition of board-level risk continues to grow across the enterprise, so too does the need for highly trained business executives with security expertise.
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The OPaL+ Assessment Executive Summary

There are three main factors and two cultural attributes that play a role in the success of enhancing or moving programs ahead in any given organization. These form the OPaL+ acronym.
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After You've Moved Into a New Role in Security

Some thoughts on how to engage the business as a new Security Leader.
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Are You Considering All Your Risks?

This infographic depicts the key elements of the SEC's Unified Risk Oversight (URO)™ concept.
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Advances and Stalemates in Security

Based on SEC research and collaborations with senior security executives in all types of organizations, these are our thoughts on how security leaders have advanced and where they seem to have hit a wall.
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Eleven Ways to Encourage Strategic Thinking

Security leaders shared their thoughts on the skills that are lacking in the deputies and other potential leaders they are grooming.
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Business Evolution Requires Active Security Alignment

As business continues to change, the next generation of security leaders must be prepared to change with it in order to succeed.
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Becoming a Next Generation Security Leader

No single skill set or attribute guarantees security leadership success. Next Generation Security Leadership is a long-range goal for most.
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Security's Biggest Challenge

The role of the Security function is essentially to identify and mitigate security risks to the organization.
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Smart Security: Practices that Increase Business Profits

The key to smart security is understanding how to win and sustain executive leadership, deal with business realities, identify the root causes of business losses, and have frank discussions on loss when dealing with business risk.
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Insight into Security Leader Success - Part 2

More and more senior management are utilizing factual data and research to guide their decision making – they’re demanding better answers. We are finding this trend is reaching into the realm of Security in an ever increasing number of...
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Insight into Security Leader Success - Part 1

More and more senior management are utilizing factual data and research to guide their decision making – they’re demanding better answers. We are finding this trend is reaching into the realm of Security in an ever increasing number of...
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Why You Should Conduct Confidence Surveys

Based extensive research the SEC has been recommending a particular kind of survey that we call confidence surveys, which are used to assess the level of confidence the organization has in your programs and services.
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Preparing for Next Generation Security Leader Opportunities

Francis D'Addario has lead security programs at Starbucks Coffee Company, Hardees Food Systems, Jerrico Inc. and The Southland Corporation. He shares some of that experience in the proven practice presentation "Preparing for Next Generation Security Leader Opportunities". Whether you are new to security risk mitigation, a seasoned practitioner, or want...
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The Importance of Security's Brand Image

If the value security brings to the organization is not readily recognized, management will increasingly marginalize that function as a business.
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The Potential Realm of CSO Responsibilities

This is a visual representation of research conducted by the SEC that shows the potential mitigation services that Security provides to an organization.
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What is the Most Important Characteristic of an Outstanding CSO/CISO?

In this Security Barometer relationship building was selected as the most important characteristic of an outstanding CSO/CISO.
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The Effect Organizational Culture has on Security

In this security barometer we examining whether the organization you work for is hindering or helping you achieve your risk management objectives. Even among organizations that strongly believe in the value risk management brings to the table there are varying levels of internal support for that function. Sometimes the reasons...
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Next Generation Security Leader Graphic

This is an artistic representation of the project developed by the Security Executive Council. Each of the six "knowledge streams" represents the core leadership competencies.
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