In 2005, ten companies came together to commission a white paper to explore the future of corporate security. Just a few years after 9/11, corporate security was fast rising up the agenda for these corporations and their Chief Security Officers wanted to understand how best to align security with the business. The white paper that resulted – The Business of Resilience – presented a vision and a roadmap for corporate security in the twenty-first century.
Today, ten companies have come together to take a fresh look at the role and purpose of corporate security in the light of the significant changes in the intervening years. It will explore how changes in both the external threat environment and key business trends impact the corporate security function and what this means for the value proposition of corporate security, talent, leadership, areas of responsibility, posture and relationships across the business, technology and data, and external stakeholders.
The research will assess the impact of a number of key trends to the external threat environment, including geopolitics, the use of technology by adversaries, data, the rise of mis- and disinformation, ESG, societal license to operate, and regulation. Some of the key business trends it will consider, include digital transformation, big data, open source intelligence, supply chain vulnerabilities, remote working, generational change in the workforce, and the growing focus on staff wellbeing and mental health.
The research process includes: interviews with Chief Security Officers of multinational corporations, non-security leaders, and a range of industry experts; surveys of Chief Security Officers and next generation security leaders; and a thorough literature review.
The project is kindly supported by: Astra Zeneca, Barclays, CRH, Holcim, ICF, Johnson Matthey, Proman, Shell, Sibylline and Sky.