Corporate security and the stratum of security management

Document Type

Book Chapter


Palgrave Macmillan


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Computer and Security Science




This chapter was originally published as: Brooks, D. J., & Corkill, J. (2014). Corporate security and the stratum of security management. In Walby K. & Lippert, R. (Eds.). Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective (pp. 216-234). England: Palgrave Macmillan.


Corporate security is a sector within the greater security domain, unique from contract private security, public policing and national security. Corporate security transverses both the private and public sectors and is embedded in small and large organisations. The Corporate Security Manager requires a set of skills and knowledge depending on their level of management as a line-, middle- or executive manager. At the line level, the Security Manager has high security-specific technical skills and knowledge; however, these are internal and isolated. As the Security Manager moves vertically in their organisation, skills become broader and less technical, encompassing risk management, business continuity, and physical, personnel and technical security. Security management may reach a glass ceiling at this level. To break into the executive requires generic skills such as an ability to understand business fundamentals as well as an external focus and an ability to shape the environment.

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