The Four Signs of a World-Class FSO

The job of a Facility Security Officer, or FSO, is critical to the functioning of a company, especially in the area of data security. Their decisions have a huge impact on the policies of an organization and the security that those businesses utilize. Below are the four characteristics that a great FSO exhibits, according to a recent report by

  1. 1. Develop Top-Down Policies: The most important step to take when developing a security plan is to make sure that the senior executives are on board. Get the top-level decision makers involved and excited about the process, make them realize that it is their money they are playing with and could potentially lose if data is stolen, and strike home just how easy such security breaches are without the proper protections in place. It is guaranteed that this will not only get their attention but assure total compliance with necessary facility-protection steps.

  1. 2. Answer Only to the Top: Rather than be buried under many layers of bureaucracy and administrative red tape, set up a structure that requires only answering to top-level executives as they are the final authority on decisions. This saves both time and money. At the very least, make it so that reporting is done at the same level as human resources or other higher-level managers.

  1. 3. Understand the Customers Requirements: Understanding what a customer expects of a company is important in developing policies geared toward protecting the company’s and customer's interests. Also, involving the customer in the security process is a good idea. If customers have a personal interest in the outcome of a security policy, then they will be more apt to help facilitate those policies and procedures going forward.

  1. 4. Make Security a Part of the Company’s Goals: And include the Mission Statement in there as well. Successful FSOs do not limit themselves to individual tasks and busy work. They try to link what they are attempting to accomplish with their security policies with the goals of the company and its top executives. By wording their policy with the stated mission and goals of the company, they are tying that security policy even closer to the company’s goals.


Successful FSOs not only keep security policies up to date, they also get senior leaders involved by stressing the importance of sound security practices, as well as tying their overall security program to the Mission Statement and long-term goals. Doing this, they help ensure the company’s long-term success.

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