Intelligence and Business Risk Integration in Corporate Security
Intelligence related activities are commonly found within today’s global security programs. Information gleaned from these functions aids in the protection of people, physical assets, finances, and intellectual property.
These programs typically relate to prevention or mitigation of obvious and known risks routinely covered in global media. Often, the problems require an immediate or near-term operational response to threats or crises. These are important and valuable processes in support of an organization’s current or future strategic objectives.
Intelligence activities do not always reside within the corporate security function but are overseen by other business units. Multiple credible sources have published information in the past year on just this topic. Their combined research shows it is common to find only one-quarter of corporate intelligence teams sit within the CSO/security function. The remainder reside across other business units.
Intelligence and counterintelligence activities support a wide range of critical and strategic business objectives. Reviewing all corporate intelligence sources regardless of where they reside in a company provides a more complete picture of risk for corporate decision makers. Senior leaders require a wide range of assessments to reach informed conclusions.
A broad view of people, organizations, geo-political and societal dynamics surrounding business objectives is a good starting point for security leaders operating relevant intelligence programs. Next, consider….
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