Strategic Security will help security managers, and those aspiring to the position, to think strategically about their job, the culture of their workplace, and the nature of security planning and implementation. Security professionals tend to focus on the immediate (the urgent) rather than the important and essential—too often serving as "firefighters" rather than strategists. This book will help professionals consider their roles, and structure their tasks through a strategic approach without neglecting their career objectives.
Few security management books for professionals in the field focus on corporate or industrial security from a strategic perspective. Books on the market normally provide "recipes," methods or guidelines to develop, plans, policies or procedures. However, many do so without taking into account the personal element that is supposed to apply these methods. In this book, the authors helps readers to consider their own career development in parallel with establishing their organisation security programme. This is fundamental to becoming, and serving as, a quality, effective manager. The element of considering career objectives as part-and-parcel to this is both unique to only this book and vital for long-term career success.
The author delineates what makes strategic thinking different in a corporate and security environment. While strategy is crucial in the running of a company, the traditional attitude towards security is that it has to fix issues quickly and at low cost. This is an attitude that no other department would tolerate, but because of its image, security departments sometimes have major issues with buy-in and from top-management. The book covers the necessary level of strategic thinking to put their ideas into practice. Once this is achieved, the strategic process is explained, including the need to build the different steps into this process—and into the overarching business goals of the organisation—will be demonstrated. The book provides numerous hand-on examples of how to formulate and execute the strategic master plan for the organization. The authors draws on his extensive experience and successes to serve as a valuable resource to all security professionals looking to advance their careers in the field.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Strategic Thinking and Corporate Security
Chapter 2: Selling Your Security Program to the C-suite
Chapter 3: Implementing the Security Program
Chapter 4: Measuring the Security Program
Chapter 5: Maintaining the Security Program
Chapter 6: Personal Strategy: A Crash Course in Self-Development
Chapter 7: Creative Thinking and Security
Chapter 8: Summary
Jean Perois, PhD, CPP, is a fellow of the security institute and a security consultant at RMI Middle East. He is a security practitioner working in the Middle East and specializing in security risk assessments. He is a member of the ASIS International Middle East Advisory Council and serves as its regional certification representative. He is also Assistant Regional Vice President for Region 12A, which includes Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen. The only person in the Middle East with all three ASIS certifications, Jean is a co-founder of the ASIS Qatar chapter and founder and former chapter chair of their Bahrain chapter. Jean is also currently Assistant Regional Vice President for ASIS in the Middle East. He is a results-orientated security manager, with a proven record of designing, developing and implementing quality asset protection programs for major industrial projects in multicultural environments. His work experience includes expertise in strategic planning, business management, risk-assessment, security training, program development, physical security, force protection, security audits and risk mitigation strategies. He is a security analyst with a passion for international affairs, expert at monitoring security risks, able to provide in-depth report on strategic issues and tools for decisions of upper management, with a vast experience of quality liaison with local government agencies.
August 2020: Strategic Security: Forward Thinking for Successful Executives is named ASIS International’s 2020 Security Industry Book of the Year. “Strategic Security by Jean Perois provides a much-needed high-level strategic guide that is perfectly balanced with sufficient details to guide practitioners in developing a security master plan that will achieve the desired results. It is also both politically and psychologically astute in advising how to pursue one’s goals with the mix of personalities, motivations, and viewpoints that are a part of every large organization. It could well be the one book every practitioner should read at the beginning of his or her career.” —Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo, Chair of the Book of the Year Committee.
"Author Jean Perois, CPP, PCI, PSP is a seasoned security manager ... who has extensive international experience. Overall, this book is a great read for any current or aspiring manager. The information is timely and relevant, and it provides an excellent discussion building or being prepared to lead a successful security organization." —Security Management, A Publication of ASIS International, February 2020