University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix® College of Security and Criminal Justice and ASIS International launched the Enterprise Security Competency Model. Designed to represent the competencies that are essential for being prepared for a career in today’s ever-changing security industry, the model is the first of its kind. Careers in Enterprise Security fulfill critical roles in the protection of national and global economies, and the industry is changing. Yet despite its size and scope, until now the security industry has not yet widely endorsed a clear set of competencies and skills to enable the workforce to keep pace with expanding roles and responsibilities.
To develop a security workforce well equipped to meet a multitude of risks and challenges, the industry must better define itself by promoting its variety of dynamic career paths and required competencies. Today’s security careers span every industry, offer opportunities for specialization, and can open up paths to executive leadership roles. Security leaders need education and training that is distinct from that of law enforcement, and comprehensive enough to meet the growing need to safeguard a complex global economy.
To respond to workforce development challenges, the ASIS Foundation, partnered with University of Phoenix® College of Security and Criminal Justice, engaged in multiple research initiatives to identify the specific professional competencies and skills that are required to respond to the security risks that enterprises are most likely to face over the next five years. The goal of these research efforts was to establish consensus on which security competencies are needed across industries to close the skills gap by defining clearer career pathways for tomorrows professionals.