How to Succeed in your Security Career
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How to Succeed in your Security Career

A Primer for Protection Professionals
Highest Rated
4.8 (41 ratings)
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2,467 students enrolled
Created by Cole Morris
Last updated 9/2019
English [Auto]
Price: $19.99
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • At the conclusion of this course, the learner will understand the evolving nature of private security and the role of the corporate security leader.
  • Learn how to identify various customer groups and manage their security expectations
  • Provide a holistic definition of modern corporate security
  • Explain the concept of "convergence" between information security and physical security
  • Define security metrics and their importance to a successful security program
  • Describe the role and suggested comptenancies of the Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Evaluate your current competivness and prepare an appropriate professional development plan to increase your chances of success as a security professional.
  • Computer
  • Internet Access
  • Speakers- Sound Card

        In this course, the instructor shares his experience and "lessons learned" during a successful career in corporate security. The course is largely video-based and consists of 15 lectures. Each lecture focuses on current trends and challenges facing current and future security professionals. These include, managing customer expectations, the concept of security convergence, the importance of metrics  and the emerging role of the Chief Security Officer (CSO). Free educational resources are also provided. 

       This course will be of value to anyone seeking a career in the growing field of security-- and specifically the corporate sector. It will help the learner understand commonly required competencies, assess their competitiveness, and develop a professional development plan for future success. 

Who this course is for:
  • This course is ideal for those already working in private security and desiring to advance their careers to the managerial/professional level.
  • Criminal Justice majors and others will find the course of value as they investigate career options other than public law enforcement.
  • Those seeking "second careers" (i.e. retiring police and military personnel) will find the course a valuable resource as they prepare to transition to the private sector.
  • Business professionals in related disciplines such as Human Resources, Safey, and Risk Management will find the course useful to learn about security's role in the organization.
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 03:06:56
+ The Protection Professional
4 lectures 45:08

In this first lecture, I provide an overview of the course. This includes lesson content, length and learning outcomes. The lesson concludes with a discussion on job titles and some key elements that drive compensation in the security field.

Preview 10:49

This lecture includes a very brief historical review of the U.S. Private security industry. It also discusses the role that ASIS, International as played in the profession's advancement.

Preview 11:11

The importance of managing expectations-- of both internal and external customers is discussed in this lecture.

Customer and Executive Expectations

In this lecture, corporate security is defined as an important component of modern business.

Corporate Security Defined
+ Professional Trends
7 lectures 01:05:25

Convergence of IT security and physical security is being driven by several factors. Today's security leader must understand the implications of this trend.

The Concept of Convergence

Numbers are the language of business. This lecture emphasizes their importance to the security leader and the criticality of using meaningful metrics.

Security Metrics
The Chief Security Officer (CSO)

This final lecture provides a quick wrap-up, some important resources, and an introduction to Security Management magazine. Supplemental resources also include an introduction to the leading IT credentialing body, as well as an introduction to CSO online. Downloadable materials include a 2010 listing of academic programs focusing on security.

Resources and Course Conclusion

An 8-minute video discussing 10 trends that may (or may not ) have implications for the security professional

Lecture 9- 10 Business/Security Trends
Administrative Security

This recent addition to the course addresses questionable "educational institutions" that promise you a quick, fast and recognized college diploma. Be aware. And be sure to get educated on how these crooks operate by visiting the links in the resources section of this lecture.

Sketchy Schools- Be careful
+ Career Development
5 lectures 01:11:38

This lecture provides an overview of the supervisory role. Although not focusing specifically on the security profession, the fundamentals provided here are certainly pertinent to anyone seeking to advance in any career.Supervision is defined and the fundamental roles of this critical position are discussed.

Preview 13:44

A few general questions to assess your understanding of this section

Supervision: Basic Concepts
4 questions

Another value-added entry to the course! Here we compare supervision with management. What are the similarities and what are the differences? As for compensation, what are the differences between exempt and non-exempt positions under the Fair Standards Act?

Supervision vs. Management

A very brief review of the similarities and differences between supervisors an managers.

Supervisors vs. Managers
4 questions

In this lesson we re-focus on the security profession. Specifically, what you must know when justifying your company's protection program. Also, the importance of knowing your business, your industry and the competition is emphasized.

Preview 09:36

A few questions to test your understanding of the key points in this lecture.

Justifying the Security Program
3 questions

As discussed here, the original course was career-based and did not really address the finer points of security as a professional business discipline. This is the first of new supplemental lectures that will delve into the practices, procedures and trends of security management.

In this particular lecture, I begin a conversation about considering security as a "system" and not a stand alone entitiy.

Preview 16:49

In this lecture, Cole discusses the nature of fraud in the workplace. How do frauds get discovered? Why does most of the investigative burden fall on you, the security professional, and not the police? This lecture updates How to Succeed in Your Security Career with a reality check when it comes to white-collar crime at your company.

Perpetrators can include the kid in the mail room, Janet in payroll, or the CEO at corporate headquarters.

Preview 21:54
+ Lecture 17: Changes at ASIS, International
1 lecture 04:45

Instructor Cole Morris checks in, providing breaking info about ASIS, International. This includes a new professional certification program that will be of definite interest to people transitioning from other sectors.

Preview 04:45