Magazine article Security Management

First Wharton Course Completed

Magazine article Security Management

First Wharton Course Completed

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Making a presentation to a company's top executives can be an unsettling experience for any professional. These presentations, however, are vital to chief security officers (CSOs) who need to present security plans to senior company decisionmakers. And they must be able to do that in an environment where the competition for a piece of the corporate pie is fierce.

"When you're sitting in front of a board of directors ... wanting to put in a new security system or program, you have other people that are presenting for this finite amount of money, also, and they're vice presidents of operations and marketing," says ASIS Secretary Steve D. Chupa, CPP, director of security for Johnson & Johnson's Worldwide Security Group.

This need to be business savvy was the impetus behind the Wharton/ASIS International Program for Security Executives, which saw it first group of 24 security professionals receive certificates from the Society and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business on March 4 at the Steinberg Conference Center in Philadelphia.

The two-week course is a mini-MBA program for mid- and senior-level security executives modeled on an eight-year-old Wharton program called "Essentials of Management," which introduces participants to a business organization from the enterprise level. The intent of the Wharton/ASIS course is to provide security professionals an introduction to the fundamentals of business and help them communicate a clear business case to exercise leadership more effectively. …

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