The main purpose of security management is to increase the bottom line and security measures must be commensurate with the threat
Effective management of an organisation is seen as an essential function to succeed in a competitive business environment.   Although, generally speaking , the overall management of an organisation is the responsibility of the managing director; depending upon a company’s size several managers are required to take control of particular functions for example; operations, human resources, logistics, to name but a few.   Although the above management areas have been the subject of vast amounts of research and academic study the area of security management has been relatively neglected. Security management has traditionally been seen as a costly necessary evil and not as a means of adding value to an organisation’s activities.   Security management can consequently be seen as somewhat separate from the other management disciplines. Although unique in nature the main purpose of security management is the same as any other management purpose and that is simply to increase the bottom line for the organisation for which it is a part of. It is through the prevention of loss that security management can contribute to the production of profits.
In order to determine that increasing the bottom line is the main purpose of security management first it is essential to analyse the work of security management. By closely looking at the work it is then possible to identify a unifying theme and therefore establish that security management’s main purpose is to increase the bottom line through the prevention of loss.
Just like the human resources, operations or logistics managers add value to an organisation by conducting specialist activities that ultimately result in an increased bottom line; it also is down to security management to do the same. It is not the overall purpose that makes security management unique amongst the other management disciplines...