The Importance of Risk Literacy in Security

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Learn the importance that proper risk literacy has on aligning security programs to business objectives.


With the increased importance of finding efficiency in today's complex and competitive business environment, the use of a risk-based approach has found its way into nearly all vertical markets. This presentation will explore the positive and negative influences that the application of risk has had on the security industry, while outlining common fallacies in the integration of risk with the security industry. Understand the importance that proper risk literacy has on aligning security programs to business objectives.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to present and demonstrate the ROI on security, by using established risk frameworks, rather than traditional security metrics.
  • Comprehend the impact that poor risk literacy can have on delivering a security program within an organization.
  • Understand how to effectively apply a risk-based approach in the security industry and remain clear of common pitfalls and fallacies.

Credit Information

CPE credits for ASIS-sponsored webinars will be updated in your user profile within 48 hours of completion. Self-reporting of CPE credits is not required.


Sam Stephens, MSc, COO, CRM
Senior Manager, Security Operations
City of Vancouver | City Protective Services

Sam has worked in the law enforcement and security industry in all levels of Canadian Government, including Federal, Provincial and Municipal during his career. Sam currently oversees the security operations department for the City of Vancouver, BC, Canada and strives to integrate established risk principles into security program development. He has completed his Masters of Enterprise Risk Management from Boston University, to supplement his Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) and ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designations. With diverse experience and continued education, Sam is well suited and passionate about this emerging topic.

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