Continuing to deliver on its mission to help security practitioners lower the cost of their programs, make program development more efficient and establish security as a recognized value center, the Security Executive Council has added three books to its Leadership Store.

All three books have undergone an SEC vetting process that is designed to verify high quality and proven value. Ralph Welborn and Vince Kasten, co-authors of two of the books, are new subject matter experts who have developed a relationship with the SEC. These recognized business experts can help security and risk practitioners view their organizations from a business perspective.

CISO Softskills: Securing Organizations Impaired by Employee Politics, Apathy, and Intolerant Perspectives, by Ron Collette, Michael Gentile, and Skye Gentile presents tools that empower security practitioners to identify the intangible negative influencers of security that plague most organizations—such as employee apathy, employee myopia (tunnel vision), and office politics—and provides techniques to identify, minimize, and overcome these pitfalls.

The Jericho Principle: How Companies Use Strategic Collaboration to Find New Sources of Value, by Ralph Welborn and Vince Kasten, likens your company to the Biblical walls of Jericho, which fell at the blast of Joshua’s trumpet. In this metaphor, the trumpet is competitive uncertainty that stifles innovation. By aligning your activities and processes with those of other organizations, you can create shared value and manage shared risk. This book provides models, maps, and tools for using collaboration to help managers, executives, and consultants understand the patterns, explore the options, and exploit the opportunities for effective collaboration.

In Get It Done: A Blueprint for Business Execution, Welborn and Kasten identify effective ways to improve business execution. In far too many organizations, disconnects exist between what executives want to do and what really gets done—leading to personal and professional frustration, finger pointing, higher costs, and lost time. Knowing the underlying causes of these disconnects is the first critical step to overcoming them, and it is this key insight that Welborn and Kasten use to identify and then manipulate the “DNA of business execution” to bridge the gaps between what executives demand and what really happens.

All three books are available at a discount to Council participants and strategic alliance partners.

About the Security Executive Council

The Security Executive Council is a risk mitigation research and services organization for senior security and risk executives from corporations and government agencies responsible for corporate and/or IT security programs. In partnership with its research arm, the Security Leadership Research Institute, the Council is dedicated to developing tools that help lower the cost of members’ programs, making program development more efficient and establishing security as a recognized value center. For more information about the Council, visit