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The Chief Security Officer’s Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128183847, 9780128183854

The Chief Security Officer’s Handbook

1st Edition

Leading Your Team into the Future

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Author: Michael Allen
Paperback ISBN: 9780128183847
eBook ISBN: 9780128183854
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th June 2019
Page Count: 254
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The Chief Security Officer’s Handbook: Leading Your Team into the Future offers practical advice on how to embrace the future, align with your organizations mission, and develop a program that meets the needs of the enterprise. The book discusses real-life examples of what to do to align with other critical departments, how to avoid spending time and resources on unnecessary and outdated methods, and tomorrow’s security program. Today’s security executives need to help their industry, their organization and the next generation of security leaders to pioneer, optimize and transform every aspect of our programs, technologies and methods.

The book is ideal for current chief security officers, aspiring security executives, and those interested in better understanding the critical need to modernize corporate security.

Key Features

  • Offers suggestions on the do's and don’ts of professional development
  • Provides tangible examples on how the CSO works collaboratively with internal peers
  • Instructs CSO's on how to align with the business while remaining agile
  • Illustrates the various paths to becoming a CSO
  • Demonstrates ways to move your program into one that embraces enterprise security risk management, convergence and automation


Chief Security Officers, aspiring security executives and those interested in better understanding the critical value in modernizing corporate security; i.e. managers, entrepreneurs, consultants, (Vice)President, CxO, etc.

Table of Contents

1. Corporate Security Today
2. Enterprise Security Risk Management
3. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
4. The Chief Security Officer
5. Revitalizing the Programs
6. Corporate Security Tomorrow
7. A Roadmap for Succe


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About the Author

Michael Allen

Mike (Michael) Allen is a Canadian security executive specializing in enterprise security, premises protection and risk assessment. Mike has years of experience in security metrics, facilities emergency response, international security operations and leadership. Mike has held security management roles for hotels, commercial office towers, and a major Canadian bank. Mike has more than 20 years of progressive experience in the security field, most of which have been in premises and financial institution security management. Mike is an advocate of public & private partnerships, convergence of related practices and elevating the security profession. He has earned numerous professional designations including the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP) and the Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International). He has also earned the Certified Fraud Examiner(CFE) designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Certified Anti-Terrorism Officer (cATO) from the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals, his Certified Protection Officer (CPO) from the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO); and the Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD) designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Mike completed a certificate in Security Management from New Buckinghamshire University in the U.K. Mike is currently the Chief Security Officer for a premier Canadian financial institution. Mike has lectured for the ASIS International Toronto Chapter certification program sessions for several years. Mike served as the secretary and treasurer for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in Toronto. Mike has written articles, provided interviews, presentations and commentary on various topics with Canadian Security Magazine. Mike is an occasional guest speaker at local colleges and various associations on travel security, personal security, cyber security and risk management. In 2009 Mike was named among a few upcoming security professionals in Security Director News’ 20 Under 40.

Affiliations and Expertise

Michael Allen, Chief Security Officer, Financial Services, Toronto, Canada


"The book provides insightful and meaningful direction for a CSO or anyone aspiring to grow and lead within the industry. While the author highlights the CSO’s responsibility in planning and managing critical security programs across a wide area, so too does he give emphasis to the most important part of the position - leadership. The author does a superb job of translating complex information into practical prose. The Chief Security Officer’s Handbook would be a solid addition to any security practitioner’s professional library - especially for those who aspire to leadership roles." --Security Management

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