As business changes, so does – or so should – security. The direction of business can have significant consequences for security, both internally – in terms of influence, funding and organizational structure – and externally – in new threats, new risk, new mitigation requirements.
Are you watching business trends and thinking about how they should impact security and your strategies to mitigate risk?
Though we deal with risk everyday, there is one risk that rarely makes it into our risk management plans – a change in organizational leadership. Whether the result of an internal structural shift, an external hiring decision or a merger/acquisition, a change in leadership and reporting can signal a challenging time for security.
A security manager visiting a company manufacturing floor noticed a curtain hung around a work area. He asked if proprietary work was being done behind the curtain. “No,” he was told, “that’s just how we deal with Bill.” Bill had long, loud, demonstrative conversations with God while he worked on the floor, so they’d put up the curtain to shield the other employees from his disturbing behavior.
Two-way communication is key for Director of Security Brian Reich at Time Warner Cable, who strives to push his security officer partners to expand their role beyond the daily responsibilities of traditional security functions, striving to support the goals of the business. Also in this annual report, learn how consolidation is changing the guarding industry, how technology can support security officers and how a proposed ANSI standard could change the way enterprise security leaders fulfill officer training and selection. Also learn about building a network of influencers and data privacy clauses.