Does security have a seat at your company’s table?
If not, does the security function at least have a direct reporting line to those at the table?
If not, then it may be time to ask yourself why.
Many people still seem to think that security is little more than installing a few cameras, scanning a few passcards, and having a private security company and/or the police on speed dial just in case something goes awry.
Well, it is all of those. But it’s much more than that.
The fact is that security is changing rapidly, as is being discussed on several panels at the ASIS conference in Chicago this week.
For example, one panel talks about the challenges of evacuating staff out of hot-spot countries in times of crisis. Another talks about increasing cyber-security risks in the era of Big Data. And yet another discusses the expanding use of crime prevention through environmental design – also known as CPTED – for a variety of organizations.
A common thread to all of the ASIS discussions is that security stops neither at the end of the parking lot or at the end of the day. In other words, security is 24/7 risk management applied across all aspects of an organization’s operations.
And as such, security – in the form of a Chief Security Officer, for example – demands a place around the executive management table.