An organization’s security director manages a staff of security personnel, implements and enforces security policies and procedures, and generally ensures the safety of personnel and visitors to the organization’s premises.
Over the years, the role of security director has expanded to include new disciplines such as cybersecurity. More and more, security directors are also taking a “seat at the table” as integral and critical members of a company’s management team. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable:
How is the job of “security director” expanding, and what is the impact on technology?
As security becomes more sophisticated, so do the responsibilities of security directors, and technology plays a pivotal role. Security pioneers have shifted from the reactive to the proactive mode of safeguarding people, customers, critical data, and, of course, assets.
The convergence of physical and digital security has pushed security directors to adapt and embrace advanced technologies such as AI, biometrics, and analytics to enhance overall threat detection and mitigation. However, there are challenges. Security providers must ensure seamless integration of various security systems.
In years past there was more of a division between the security and information technology world. We see a partnership, moving beyond compartmentalised silos.
Empowered security directors create comprehensive security strategies that encompass both physical and digital realms. Directors are embracing technology to stay ahead of threats. It’s a term I have entitled “Horizontal Thinking,” the ability to use data to project future risk and mitigation.
As one of our Expert Panelists puts it, the role of security is increasingly woven throughout an organization, and therefore, so is the job of the security director. It is truly a complex, cross-functional role.
There is even an expansion of what the word “security” means in an organization, which also enlarges the scope of the security director’s duties. And technology is becoming more sophisticated, including digital transformation and an increasing array of physical and cybersecurity threats.
With fast-moving changes happening throughout the security discipline, it’s no wonder security directors are challenged to keep pace.
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