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Senior Security Executive Standard

To protect their assets, organizations often appoint a senior security executive (SSE) to implement a strategic security framework. This Standard provides organizational guidance on the establishment of an SSE role, addresses how to position this role within an organization and outlines responsibilities, key competencies, and critical success factors related to the SSE function.

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Senior Security Executive Cover Page Every organization has an obligation to protect its assets, both tangible and intangible. To support this obligation, organizations often appoint and empower a senior security executive (SSE) to develop and implement a strategic security framework to identify, evaluate, and manage security risks in a manner that contributes to the success and resilience of the organization.

This Standard provides organizational guidance on the establishment of an SSE role for creating and leading a holistic protection of assets program. As the most senior individual within an organization tasked with responsibility for the organization’s security function, the SSE role has various titles in the industry such as (but not limited to):
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Vice President of Security
  • Head of Global Security
  • Director of Corporate Security
This Standard addresses how to position this role within an organization and outlines responsibilities, key competencies, and critical success factors related to the SSE function. Utilizing the enterprise security risk management (ESRM) approach — which addresses the full scope of security risk management practices — this Standard is applicable to organizations of all sizes and types across all sectors: private, public, and not-for-profit.

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