Nine Practices of the Successful Security Leader

Nine Practices of the Successful Security Leader

Research Report

1st Edition - March 28, 2013

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  • Authors: Bob Hayes, Kathleen Kotwica
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124165656

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Nine Practices of the Successful Security Leader lays out a series of best practices for security managers. Collected from interviews with security leaders at public and private sector organizations, ranging from small- and mid-size all the way up to large international entities, these practices are a sampling of what is vital and what works. Recommendations such as close communication with management, alignment of security agendas with business goals, and creating internal awareness programs are just some of the effective initiatives detailed in the report. With this information, security professionals can gain insight into the practices of their peers, measure their own success, and mentor junior colleagues. Nine Practices of the Successful Security Leader 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

  • Based on extensive interviews performed by the Security Executive Council with today’s top security leaders
  • Summarizes the insights taken from these interviews into nine practical ideas
  • Provides actionable advice and strategies for earning the respect and trust of senior management and colleagues


Top-level security managers and executives; mid-level security practitioners and managers who want to develop or enhance their leadership skills; and educators who want experience-based information for shaping the next generation of security professionals

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary

    What is a Research Report?


    Nine Practices of the Successful Security Leader

    1 Create a Robust Internal Awareness Program for the Security Department, Including Formal Marketing and Communication Initiatives

    2 Ensure Senior Management Knows What Security is and Does

    3 Walk-and-Talk Methodology—Regularly Talk to Senior Business Leaders About Their Issues and How Security Can Contribute

    4 Converse in Business Risk Terminology, Not Security Terminology

    5 Understand the Corporate Culture and Adapt to It

    6 Win Respect by Refusing to Exploit Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

    7 Base Security Program Goals on the Company’s Business Goals

    8 Have Top-Level Support from Day One

    9 Portray Security as a Bridging Facilitator or Coordinator Across All Functions

    About the Authors

    About Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio

Product details

  • No. of pages: 22
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: March 28, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124165656

About the Authors

Bob Hayes

Bob Hayes
Bob Hayes has more than 25 years of experience developing security programs and providing security services for corporations, including eight years as the CSO at Georgia Pacific and nine years as security operations manager at 3M. His security experience spans the manufacturing, distribution, research and development, and consumer products industries as well as national critical infrastructure organizations.

Additionally, he has more than 10 years of successful law enforcement and training experience in Florida and Michigan. Bob is a recognized innovator in the security field and was named as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry” in 2007 by Security magazine. He is a frequent speaker at key industry events. He is a leading expert on security issues and has been quoted by such major media outlets as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Bob is currently the managing director of the Security Executive Council.

Affiliations and Expertise

Managing Director, Security Executive Council; former CSO, Georgia-Pacific

Kathleen Kotwica

Kathleen Kotwica
Kathleen Kotwica has a PhD in experimental psychology from DePaul University and has had a career as a researcher and knowledge strategist. Her experience includes positions as information architecture consultant at a New England consulting firm, director of online research at CXO Media (IDG), and research associate at Children's Hospital in Boston.

She has authored and edited security industry trade and business articles and has spoken at security-related conferences including CSO Perspectives, SecureWorld Expo, ASIS, and CSCMP. In her current role as EVP and chief knowledge strategist at the Security Executive Council she leads the development and production of Council tools, solutions, and publications. She additionally conducts industry research and analysis to improve security and risk management practices.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive vice president and chief knowledge strategist, Security Executive Council and Security Leadership Research Institute

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