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Session 2: Corporate Security – The Challenge of Good Management

Session 2: Corporate Security – The Challenge of Good Management

In partnership with M:tel a.d. Banja Luka

A survey undertaken in 2012 showed how senior managers saw cybersecurity, violence in the workplace, an organization’s resilience and the way it selects and screens its employees as the top security risks they face. With individuals hacking their way into corporate networks, insecure employees (overworked, afraid of losing their job, not integrated properly into their work environment) and volatile markets this comes as no surprise. Fears old as corporations themselves – of theft and fraud – have not, of course, been washed away by the advent of technology, quite the opposite.

Faced with their stakeholders’ expectations, corporate boards must turn to professionals. And they need help. For instance, a recent (2014) survey found that “55% of directors do not believe a public company board can ever fully anticipate the different aspects of risk in the current corporate environment, particularly emerging risks like cybersecurity and social media”. It is no wonder, given their primary concern has become daily risk oversight, filling-in top positions and running government affairs. One company that has managed to implement a demanding standard aimed at averting exactly this threat in the region of the Western Balkans is M:tel, with the ISO 27001 standard on information security management.

Another concern is the “professionalization” of a figure that is still new in this region: the corporate security manager. How to achieve greater recognition of this actual need is one of the questions our panel will ask.

Discussion topics:

1. What are the challenges of good management in one system of corporate security (examples from practice)?

2. What are the principal issues (organizational, legal, from the standpoint of human resources) in Western Balkan countries, in the field of corporate security?

3. What is the relationship between subjects of national, private and corporate security?

4. How can international standards of security be implemented in corporate sector?


Zoran Keković‚ Faculty of Security, University of Belgrade

Dejan Pavlović‚ Deputy Director, Function for Corporate Protection, NIS

Miro Miskin‚ Head of Security and Internal Control, Security and Internal Control, M:tel

Moderator: Gorislav Papić‚ Editor, Radio Television of Serbia