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Article Review of The Security Leader by Diane Ritchey

Introduction

The article, The Security Leader: Beyond Guns, Guards and Gates, by Diane Ritchey is a comprehensive review of the emerging threats that security managers will be facing on the horizon. The author broaches the subjects of new threats that are becoming more prevalent with the advent of new technology and the ever changing workplace environment.

Overview

The author attempts to convey mainly that the most important responsibility of security managers is to be flexible and adaptable in an industry that is saturated with change. Through interviews with several Chief Security Officers, the author supports the multi-talented individuals that are needed to steer a company’s security division. The author stresses the importance of security executes being able to make the priorities of the company the same priorities for the security while still maintaining an acceptable level of protection for their company and its assets (Ritchey, 2012). The author maintains the imperativeness of security managers to embrace their role as business enables and to focus on a more well-rounded approach to protecting personnel and assets in order to enable the company to grow and compete at its maximum level (Ritchey, 2012). With security managers thinking more fiscally while maintaining a high level of protection is a balancing act that involves the integration of team members who may have not only a security background, but a firm establishment in business strategies and culture as well. According to the author, the security executive must be willing to be adaptable and patient when steering the company’s perception and acceptance of the security division’s role in providing companywide protection and support (Ritchey, 2012). In addition to focusing on security executives need to be more business minded, the author touches on the subject of the changing threats that are facing modern security divisions and how the previous solutions to hands on physical security may need to be modified and restructured to deal with the more sinister, elusive cyber-style security threats (Ritchey, 2012). On top of cyber threats, the author noted the increase in work related violence and how educating employees as well as security personnel is essential in combating a threat that the traditional method of armed guards may not be able to overcome due to workplace violence being committed by employees in good standing at the time of the incident (Ritchey, 2012). One of the main messages of the article is that the modern security executives recognize the threats that are not just limited to their traditional models of security strategies and that they stay ever vigilant and willing to adapt to the emerging trends, whether they are from a cyber-attack or a natural disaster.

Analysis

In my opinion, the author was on the mark for many the topics of concern. It is overly apparent that new threats are developing on a week to week basis and security professionals would be derelict in their duty to not recognize this and take steps to evolve with the threats they face. I also agree with the author’s assessment of the benefit of company’s using multi-talented team members in the area of security to be able to see the threats from a new and fresh perspective. Many innovations have occurred due to a different perception to a problem being evaluated. I also feel the author recognizing the dangers of cyber activity was justified. The fast paced changes associated with cyber technology will be the most difficult hurdle to overcome for future generations of security executives. The only point I have any contention with is the need for security executive to become more fiscal minded and steeped with the bottom line of a business. While I agree that improved productivity and profit is the responsibility of all employees, the security division’s first and foremost mission is the safety and protection of the company facilities, employees, and assets. Far too often high priority security needs have been overlooked do to a fatter bottom line. It is imperative for companies to realize that their most important investment is its workforce and a safe and secure workforce is a highly productive workforce. Overall I feel this was an extremely insightful, well written article that addressed many important challenges facing security managers and executive.

References

Ritchey, D. (2012). The Security Leader: Beyond Guns, Guards and Gates. Security: Solutions For Enterprise Security Leaders, 49(6), 16-20.Business Source Complete, EBSCOhost accessed October 9, 2012.

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