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Six Sigma Security  

The role of the Security Professional has, for many years, been limited to responsibilities within the Security Department. 

That is to say that Security management has often focused their attention on such things as:  guard force management, electronic alarm and access control administration, investigation reporting, and surveillance monitoring.   

Although these security controls are certainly critical to any reputable security program, Security Professionals today, i.e., the Next Generation Security Leader (NGLS), as coined by the Security Executive Council, are expected to bring even more to their employers.


As stated by George Campbell, Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council, in his paper Driving Excellence in Enterprise Security;

"If enterprise security is to be effectively aligned with it's company's strategy and processes, it must be driving a focus on operations excellence (OpEx) into every corner of its suite of products and services.


Focusing on Operations Excellence (OpEx), Security Leaders should ask themselves such questons as:      

  • How can data be used to quantify and improve the ROI of security expenditures?
  • How can measurements be used to guide risk mitigation, prevent loss and aid in decisions?
  • How well understood is the workflow process of the organization?  What is the risk exposure?
  • How can the security department quantify or demonstrate their impact on operational costs?
  • How can the supply-chain be examined for evaluation of loss and risk interruptions?

Regardless of your employer’s specific industry, it is only by expanding the operational vision of the Security Professional within a company that new and critical security risks be identified.  


By learning and applying Operational Excellence tools, like Six Sigma, Security Professionals can begin to identify opportunities within their business for improving security and mitigating risk. 

Opportunities for Benefits of Six Sigma Security and Risk Management Include but not Limited to:

  • Determine performance targets for the enterprise’s processes
  • Determine the best overall design for security cameras
  • Quantify how much uncertainty the enterprise may accept
  • Reduce theft from a manufacturing plant shop floor
  • Reduce losses from tampering in a mail order pharmacy
  • Meeting regulatory requirements for risk management


Consider carefully the following statement by Francis X. Taylor CSO, General Electric

A methodology like Six Sigma “requires a change in how you think about your organization and how it works,” it requires shifting loyalties from how your organization operates to how those operations affect customers-the people and organizations who determine the value of what you produce. Performing well in this task adds value to your organization, can help security executives anticipate risks and identify resources to mitigate them, and it enables your leadership to pursue new opportunities for growth.


Six Sigma Security offers the following deliverables, including orgainzational analysis, training, project advisory, and security assessments.


Contact Six Sigma Security at 513-315-4440 or email at info@sixsigmasecurity.com for more information.
















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