Security Strategy Benchmark Study

Executive Summary

About the Study

Metrus Groups' Security Strategy Benchmark Study examined how the security functions of some of the country's leading organizations are meeting the multiple challenges of (1) an increasingly risky operating environment, (2) continuous budgetary constraints and (3) a growing demand to demonstrate the value they add to the business. Four separate populations were asked to evaluate the security function in web-based surveys:

  • Security Leaders
  • Senior Executives or Funders of the security function
  • Part-time, field-based Security Coordinators
  • A sample of non-executive employees or Users

Additionally, interviews were conducted with the Security Leaders of seventeen participating companies as well as with Craig McQuate, Chair of ASIS International's Business Practices Council.

Both the survey and interviews examined a range of topics, from current challenges and Best Practices for meeting these challenges, to visions of what the future will bring and how the security function will be expected to evolve to meet these new challenges. The seventeen interviewed Security Leaders were instrumental in forming not only the content of this report, but also in determining what issues should be addressed by this study.


At a Glance

Participating Companies:

  • Abbott Labs
  • Adobe Systems
  • Amgen
  • Baker Hughes
  • Boston Scientific
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Constellation Energy
  • Home Depot
  • IndyMac Bank
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • PepsiCo
  • Pfizer
  • Southern California Edison
  • Starbucks
  • Takeda
  • Visa International
  • Wal-Mart Stores
  • Washington Mutual
  • Williams Energy
  • Yum! Brands

Studied Populations:

  • Security Leaders
  • Security Coordinators
  • Top Executives
  • Employee

Key Findings

Best Practices

The advice and practices of the Security Leaders who participated in this study suggested a number of practices to maximize the effectiveness of the security function. Briefly, they included:

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