Discovering the Total Cost of Security to the Enterprise

Discovering the Total Cost of Security to the Enterprise

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1st Edition - September 2, 2014

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  • Author: Richard Lefler
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128009215

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Discovering the Total Cost of Security to the Enterprise is a video presentation. Length: 29 minutes.In Discovering the Total Cost of Security to the Enterprise, presenter Richard Lefler discusses what security actually costs an organization in terms of operating, variable, and mandatory costs. Each of the three types of security costs are defined and expanded upon in this presentation. Lefler also explains how certain industry sectors have increasing variable and operating costs, along with the reasons behind these trends. The presentation also covers mandatory spend versus discretionary spend, chief security officer management (CSO) trends, and the critical next steps for CSOs.Discovering the Total Cost of Security to the Enterprise is a part of Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio, a collection of real world solutions and "how-to" guidelines that equip executives, practitioners, and educators with proven information for successful security and risk management programs.

Key Features

  • The 29-minute, visual PowerPoint presentation with audio narration format is excellent for group learning
  • Discusses the trends in certain industries where variable and operating costs have been on the rise
  • Includes case studies and examples to illustrate the differences between the three key elements of the total cost of security


Mid- to upper-level security executives and others with security program oversight; business executives and managers; educators who need instructional resources for their use in corporate training programs or in the classroom

Table of Contents

  • Enterprise Security Threats and Vulnerabilities

    Defining Total Cost

    Defining the Operating Cost of Security

    Defining the Variable Cost of Security

    Operating Costs vs. Variable Costs

    Finding the Total Cost of Security Programs

    Security Total Costs by Sector

    Mandatory Spend vs. Discretionary Spend

    Chief Security Officer Management Trends

    Critical Next Steps for the Chief Security Officer

Product details

  • No. of pages: 10
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2014
  • Published: September 2, 2014
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128009215

About the Author

Richard Lefler

Richard Lefler
Dick Lefler retired as the vice president for worldwide security of American Express. In addition to his security duties, Lefler managed the Corporate Aviation Unit. His responsibilities included program development and management of the security of employees, facility protection, investigation of attacks on financial products, and coordination with federal, state and international law enforcement agencies regarding security concerns.

Prior to joining American Express, Lefler was deputy special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s New York office. His 20-year career at the Service included assignments as special agent in charge of protective operations, special agent in charge of the Honolulu office (Far East), and investigative and protective assignments in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In the nation’s capitol, Lefler’s protective assignments included the Presidential Protective Division and the Vice Presidential Protective Division. He retired from the Secret Service as a member of the senior executive service.

Lefler received his undergraduate degree from the California State University, Los Angeles. He attended the Federal Executive Institute (Charlottesville, Va.), for Executive Education Program and the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University. He also completed the majority of work towards a master’s degree in public administration at Baruch College in New York.

Lefler is a past president of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) and served on the board of directors for several years. He was a member of the advisory board for the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators, and is a former member of the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Committee.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dean of emeritus faculty, Security Executive Council; former vice president for worldwide security, American Express

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