Leadership & Management Column

Focusing on critical issues facing security leaders, Jerry Brennan and Lynn Mattice – with more than 60 years of combined experience – share solutions to today’s CSO’s quandries.

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How Much Do Certifications Help Your Career?

 Afew years ago we published an article on security related certifications that were being marketed as a means to advance your career. At that time there were a relatively small number of certifications that we were seeing listed on resumes. Today, we are still routinely asked which certifications are needed for career advancement or which ones are being requested by hiring managers. Frankly, unless the role has a specific requirement that connects to one of the more technical certifications, for the most part, the hiring authorities are not demanding them.  


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Investing in Personal Branding for Security Careers

Personal branding is a consideration that is frequently overlooked by those who are seeking a career change or wanting to improve their upward mobility within their organizations. Too often, it is misunderstood and seen as being self-aggrandizing, egotistical or even perceived as “brown nosing.” While there are ample examples of this, these reflect poorly thought out and executed strategies.


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Investigating Your Search Firm and Consultants

At some point during your career you will find yourself interacting with a search firm and/or a recruiter who has been assigned a project to fill a professional level security risk related role. This firm may or may not have a specialty security risk related practice and may or may not be a firm that you have ever heard of.  


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Who is Facilitating Insider Threats?

Are enterprises in an impossible situation when it comes to dealing with insider threats?

While legislators have passed a multitude of statutes to aid in the protection of our economic interests pertaining to data systems – non-physical assets and privacy – frequently any course of action is still determined by the concept of monetary loss and treated as if someone was stealing or damaging physical assets, or as in the case of the Stored Communications Act (SCA), creating a statue that has been described as dense and confusing to even legal scholars.


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Extending Dignity and Respect to Security Officer Contracts

Virtually every company will have a statement of some kind extolling the senior leadership’s commitment to treating people with dignity and respect.

Another thing to consider is that cleaning crews and security officers generally have unfettered after-hours access in most companies and are doing their work when virtually no one from the company is around to oversee them.


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Managing Risk Across the Enterprise

The key to the risk-based security program is that no matter what issue you examine, every one of them affects the reputation of the enterprise in one manner or another.

Once the risk matrix has been populated, management must then prioritize the risks and determine which are the most critical to the viability, survivability and resilience of the enterprise. When that prioritization has been completed, various functions within the organization can be tasked to design the appropriate solution for the risk involved.


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Controlling Brand Risk

How the market perceives a company and its brand(s) ultimately dictates success or failure.

Constant vigilance in the marketplace is vital to understanding, responding to and mitigating incidents that can have a devastating impact on your enterprise’s brand and reputation.


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How to Keep Up with Emerging Technologies and Risks

consumers hundreds of billions of dollars annually. In the United States, credit card fraud resulting from cyber intrusions has skyrocketed.

Whether you are in a private or public enterprise, developing a solid base of intelligence on new and emerging technologies is a critical element in developing strategic and tactical responses to maintain operational continuity.


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Earning Security Success by Monitoring the Marketplace

Knowing what is happening in the marketplace is vital to the success of your enterprise

Monitoring emerging trends, customer likes and dislikes, and understanding unmet customer needs can determine how rapid a rate of incline or decline your business experiences. Companies spend millions of dollars conducting surveys of customers, potential customers, industry experts and key opinion leaders to determine if their products or services effectively meet, exceed or miss market expectations.


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How Dependence Can Ruin A Supply Chain

The economic horizon was showing signs of new life and your business-improving Orders were up, but you have concerns that you have stretched the length of your supply chain

The economic horizon was showing signs of new life and your business-improving Orders were up, but you have concerns that you have stretched the length of your supply chain


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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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2014 December

This issue of Security Magazine covers our 12th annual Top Guarding Firms list. Check out the best of the best as of December 2014. The 21st century has brought with it new types of security threats. Read how to combat and protect against these threats.

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