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Directors of Security

The Job

The director of security might, also called the security director or the director of safety and security, oversees a business's or organization's security department. The director is responsible for overall security, creating security plans and procedures, and implementing them. He or she leads their department in protecting employees, customers, visitors and property against theft, vandalism, criminal activity, accidents, and more. He or she must maintain the physical safety of the property and the people at all times and deal with emergency issues such as accidents, intrusions, or crimes committed on the property.

The director of security also ensures that the business's security protocols comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations and that plans are in place to manage a variety of possible crises, including workplace violence and natural disasters.

A key part of the job is developing and updating security and safety procedures and policies. These policies must be periodically reviewed to adapt to changes in the business, its buildings, its employees, the law, technology, and other factors. The security director also considers how plans and procedures may be improved or made more efficient.

The director of security supervises any investigations carried out by security staff, including internal investigations regarding illegal activity by employees. He or she reports such illegal activities to the proper authorities and acts as the business's liaison with state, federal, and local law enforcement.

Staff development and training are a major duty of security directors. They recruit, select, and hire new employees or participate in the interviewing process with members of the human resources department. They train new hires and coordinate the activities of the security staff by scheduling security officers and guards, giving them assignments, and ensuring they are aware of the company’s policies and procedures. He or she may also supervise the use and operation of any of the department’s security equipment. Security directors review all reports prepared by security staff regarding activities of concern and safety issues and is charged with bringing these to the appropriate executives in management if necessary.

The director of security often works closely with an information technology director to protect company infrastructure against cyber-threats.

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