Class 607 Discussion 1

Class 607 Discussion 1

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Class 607 Discussion 1

The role of a private industry security officer entails enhancing the company’s capability to meet security requirements, ensuring compliance with industry security these prerequisites, and being accountable for contract security programs. So, the roles of the officer include protecting and safeguarding organizational property and people from criminal activities, monitoring areas continually for security, reporting incidences of insecurity, instructing security personnel on security engagements, and maintaining organizational security clearances. Also, the private industry security officer secures assets and information, conducts security briefings and drills, raises security awareness, and updates and upgrades individual security reliability statuses. The role of a chief security officer in the development of a business continuity plan for a corporation involves ensuring data protection, conducting due diligence of dealers, facilitating compliance management, addressing security risks, and integrating risk mitigation strategies (Wackrow, 2017).

The evolving threats and security priorities that are of greater concerns to private industry security professionals than to public security professionals are business intelligence, digital information security and cybersecurity, functional threat intelligence, identity management, and security information and event management (SIEM) as suggested by Fruhlinger (2018). In the last 20 years, the role of the chief security officer has evolved to become a mission-critical business service spanning broad risk areas that range from vendor due diligence and data protection to business continuity regulatory prerequisites, addressing the ever-changing security risk landscape, and managing compliance (Wackrow, 2017). The integration of security in business operations impacts the skills, knowledge, and traits needed to be an effective chief security officer in two ways. Firstly, such integration necessitates a CSO to be endowed with technical skills in information technology, along with the knowledge of comprehending the relationship between information technology security strategy and business strategy (Karana, 2017). Secondly, the integration impacts a CSO’s traits and skills by requiring them to be an effective strategist with sound collaboration, negotiation, and communication skills, strategy formulation and execution competencies, and change management capabilities (Onibere, Ahmad, & Maynard, 2017).


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