Security Leader Insights for Success

Security Leader Insights for Success

Lessons and Strategies from Leading Security Professionals

1st Edition - March 6, 2014

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  • Editor: Dave Komendat
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128008447
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128009086

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How do you, as a busy security executive or manager, stay current with evolving issues, familiarize yourself with the successful practices of your peers, and transfer this information to build a knowledgeable, skilled workforce the times now demand? With Security Leader Insights for Success, a collection of timeless leadership best practices featuring insights from some of the nation’s most successful security practitioners, you can. This book can be used as a quick and effective resource to bring your security staff up to speed on leadership issues. Instead of re-inventing the wheel when faced with a new challenge, these proven practices and principles will allow you to execute with confidence knowing that your peers have done so with success.  Security Leader Insights for Success 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

  • Each chapter can be read in five minutes or less, and is written by or contains insights from experienced security leaders.
  • Can be used to find illustrations and examples you can use to deal with a relevant issue.
  • Brings together the diverse experiences of proven security leaders in one easy-to-read resource.


New or experienced security managers and executives; security practitioners and consultants; business managers and executives with security program oversight; instructors of and students in security programs

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Part 1: The Skills Needed for Successful Security Leadership

    Chapter 1. The Art of Leadership

    1.1 What is Good Security Leadership?

    1.2 What Knowledge, Skills, and Characteristics do you Need?

    1.3 Where Can you Get those Skills?

    1.4 Can Leadership be Learned?

    Chapter 2. Be the Great Motivator

    2.1 It’s Not Always Easy

    2.2 Learn as You Go

    Chapter 3. Becoming a Business Leader

    3.1 The Elements of Leadership

    3.2 Aerodynamic Security

    3.3 Focused, Online Training

    3.4 Educational Resources

    3.5 Custom Programs

    3.6 Business will Become the Language of Dialogue

    3.7 Everyone is a Leader

    Chapter 4. Finding Time: Time Management Strategies for the Busy Security Leader

    4.1 Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

    4.2 Learn from those Who’ve been there

    4.3 Build a Staff you can Count on

    Chapter 5. Leading Up: Or, How to Build a Positive Relationship with Your Manager

    5.1 Be a Leader First

    5.2 The Role Goes Beyond Security

    5.3 Number of Incidents is Not the Only Metric

    5.4 Proactive Communication

    5.5 Are you Leading Up?

    Chapter 6. Understanding Your Corporate Culture

    Chapter 7. Rebuilding Influence after Corporate Restructuring

    Chapter 8. Managing Expectations

    Chapter 9. Running Security Like a Business

    Chapter 10. Becoming a Next Generation Security Leader

    10.1 Assess to Find the Best Executive Development Resources

    10.2 Finding a Job that Enables Next Generation Leadership

    Part 2: Building Your Toolkit

    Chapter 11. Developing Meaningful Security Metrics

    11.1 Are your Metrics Tied to Business Goals?

    11.2 Do any of your Metrics Show Value by Reliably Measuring Avoided Costs?

    11.3 Do you Collect both Forward-Looking and Backward-Looking Metrics?

    11.4 Do Metrics Measure Direct and Indirect Impacts?

    11.5 Are you Creating Metrics in a Vacuum or Soliciting the help of other Functions?

    11.6 Do your Metrics Tell a Story?

    Chapter 12. Setting Realistic Goals That Align with Business Interests

    Chapter 13. The New Security Assessment

    Chapter 14. Expect the Best: Evaluating Your Security Staff

    Chapter 15. Business Evolution Requires Active Security Alignment

    Chapter 16. Emerging Issue Awareness

    16.1 Challenges to Emerging Issue Awareness

    16.2 Tips for Staying Aware

    Chapter 17. Planning for Change

    17.1 Stronger Influence and Better Security

    17.2 Align, Align, Align

    17.3 Security as a Nimble Function

    17.4 Efficiency vs. Flexibility

    Chapter 18. Reinventing Security

    18.1 Common Circumstances of Reinvention

    18.2 Milestones to Reach

    18.3 How to Lead Reinvention

    Part 3: Looking Forward

    Chapter 19. Security’s Role in Corporate Social Responsibility

    19.1 Why Security?

    19.2 What’s in it for you?

    19.3 How to Get a CSR Program Started

    Chapter 20. Advances and Stalemates in Security

    20.1 Advances

    20.2 Stalemates

    Chapter 21. Addressing the Knowledge Transfer Gap

    21.1 Seven Characteristics of a Knowledge-Sharing Program

    Chapter 22. Eleven Ways to Encourage Strategic Thinking

    Chapter 23. Risk at High Velocity

    Chapter 24. What Will Security Look Like in 2020?

    24.1 How should Security Evolve to Excel in this Environment?

    24.2 What Security 2020 Could Be: A Case Study

    24.3 Elements of 2020 Security

    About the Editor, Authors, and Frequent Insight Contributors

    About Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio

Product details

  • No. of pages: 140
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2014
  • Published: March 6, 2014
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128008447
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128009086

About the Editor

Dave Komendat

Dave Komendat is vice president and CSO at a Fortune 50 company. He has responsibility for the security needs of the commercial and defense sides of the business, in over 70 countries. Komendat's team is responsible for protecting people, property, and information, as well as for making the business resilient. His 2,000+ person team works to embed security and safety expertise within the business units, projects, and sales teams of one of the largest companies in the world. He is recognized as a strong industry and organizational leader and is involved in many professional organizations. He has received numerous industry awards. He is involved in the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business and its Risk and Uncertainty Management initiative, where he serves on the board of advisors.

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Vice president and chief security officer at a Fortune 50 company

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