Managing Corporate Security: Patterns of Organization

The security function remains decentralized in most companies which can hinder accountability and coordination. Since September 11, 2001 more than half of companies surveyed are not considering creating a Chief Security Officer position.

Organizations address security in three distinct ways: physical, IT, and risk management. Of the three, IT security officers are best paid, followed by risk managers. Directors of physical security earn the least, and are most often mid-level managers reporting to the SVP for facilities, keeping the roots of security in corporate operations.

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