Identity crisis

Friday, 20 June 2003, 1:56 AM EST

Leave it to the shrinks to come up with the very best way of describing a mess. By labeling the current executive security profession as suffering through an "Identity Crisis," we mean no disrespect to individual CSOs. What we're seeing, though, is a messóan unformed role still rife with assorted uncertainties.

Not that the world itself hasn't always been rife with vulnerabilities, but never more so than it is today. As fear of terrorism and geopolitical anxiety escalate, security seems to be on everyone's mind. In the newly networked corporate climate, in particular, the need for a coordinated security effort is at an all-time high. And yet, just as the security function seems poised to make an entrance into the corporate ranks...there's a steady flow of security executive layoffs. And only a marginal increase (at best) in security spending.

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