What do Security Managers do?

Direct an organization's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.

  • Create or implement security standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate security activities to safeguard company assets, employees, guests, or others on company property.
  • Supervise subordinate security professionals, performing activities such as hiring, training, assigning work, evaluating performance, or disciplining.
  • Analyze and evaluate security operations to identify risks or opportunities for improvement.
  • Collect and analyze security data to determine security needs, security program goals, or program accomplishments.
  • Communicate security status, updates, and actual or potential problems, using established protocols.
  • Conduct physical examinations of property to ensure compliance with security policies and regulations.
  • Conduct, support, or assist in governmental reviews, internal corporate evaluations, or assessments of the overall effectiveness of the facilities security processes.
  • Monitor security policies, programs or procedures to ensure compliance with internal security policies, licensing requirements, or applicable government security requirements, policies, and directives.
  • Identify, investigate, or resolve security breaches.
  • Prepare reports or make presentations on internal investigations, losses, or violations of regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Recommend security procedures for security call centers, operations centers, domains, asset classification systems, system acquisition, system development, system maintenance, access control, program models, or reporting tools.
  • Respond to medical emergencies, bomb threats, fire alarms, or intrusion alarms, following emergency response procedures.
  • Arrange for or perform executive protection activities.
  • Assist in emergency management and contingency planning.
  • Attend meetings, professional seminars, or conferences to keep abreast of changes in executive legislative directives or new technologies impacting security operations.
  • Coordinate security operations or activities with public law enforcement, fire and other agencies.
  • Develop budgets for security operations.
  • Order security-related supplies and equipment as needed.
  • Plan security for special and high-risk events.
  • Review financial reports to ensure efficiency and quality of security operations.
  • Train subordinate security professionals or other organization members in security rules and procedures.
  • Write or review security-related documents, such as incident reports, proposals, and tactical or strategic initiatives.

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