Corporate Security Program


The John Jay Leadership Academy in Corporate Security program

As companies continue to expand in a global market and world events shape our protection strategies, we must build organizational resiliency, manage change more rapidly, have intricate knowledge of our companies' business direction and develop effective programs to safeguard our organizations.

- Paul DeMatteis, CPP, CFE
Senior Advisor on Corporate Security Programs
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Are you prepared for tomorrow's corporate security challenges?

Today many corporate security professionals are evaluated on business skills as well as security expertise. They must know about organizational structure, global business concepts, marketing, and corporate direction. Benefits from a well structured and integrated corporate security program are often not effectively presented to senior management. We are competing for corporate dollars slated for ventures that have the potential to bring revenue to the organization. To ensure our companies are adequately protected we need to develop the most effective concepts, strategies and business skills to prove return on investment and compete for budget and staff resources.

You will take away from the program the ability to blend business and security skills, enhancing the security programs of your organizations and advancing your personal career goals.

Who Should Attend

  • A security professional preparing to play a more senior role in his or her organization
  • A law enforcement or military professional transitioning into a second career
  • A business professional responsible for security functions or interested in integrating security concepts into his or her organization
  • A graduate student seeking professional experience

Inaugural Session and Testimonials

"We're a research institution. Our faculty are some of the eminent academic scholars in this area."

- Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College

List of panelists at Inaugural Session

On November 8, 2006 John Jay College of Criminal Justice welcomed members of the corporate security community for a seminar and panel discussion entitled "Lessons Learned and Future Challenges for Corporate Security and Business Leaders." The event was part of an initiative launched by the College and its Leadership Academy for Corporate Security to explore the changing security imperatives of the private sector in the years following September 11, 2001. In his opening remarks, President Jeremy Travis encouraged guests to think of John Jay as a "clearinghouse" for information on best practices, proven approaches to safety, and cost-benefit analyses of particular strategies.

Peter Harvey, a partner in the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and a former New Jersey Attorney General, gave the keynote address. The panelists represented senior security and the academic community.

  • Mark Geraci, CPP, Senior Director, Corporate Security, Bristol - Myers Squibb
  • Tom Slade, Senior Director of Security, Museum of Natural History
  • Robert McCrie, CPP, Professor of Security Management, John Jay College of Justice
  • John Cosenza, Managing Partner, BizJet Security
  • Robert Littlejohn, Vice President, Global Security, Avon
  • Kevin Hallinan, Senior Vice Presidentâ Major League Baseball
  • Paul DeMatteis, CPP, Senior Adviser on Corporate Security Programs, John Jay College of Justice

"We must be creative in the way we approach security. The biggest danger is complacency and rote thinking."

- Keynote Speaker Peter Harvey, Partner
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler

"The John Jay Leadership Academy in Corporate Security program is another significant step taken by the College to advance the professionalism of security practitioners at the highest levels. I applaud its concept of providing invaluable business and security related skills to current and future CSOs to help insure they have the knowledge needed to add maximum value to their companies, and be considered an integral part of the business process."

- Mark Geraci, CPP, Senior Director-Corporate Security
Bristol-Myers Squibb

"The idea that Corporate Security can exist or operate in a vacuum at any company is not only false but is setting the program and it's managers on a course to disaster. Corporate Security must be viewed in the same light as any other company business unit. Security leadership must establish easy to understand and meaningful metrics for senior management to review. In this effort, it is essential that security leadership team with other business unit heads in order to reach mutual corporate goals. Security leadership should seek out the opinions and support of other managers in order to effectively implement all security programs. This does not mean that security principles should in any way be compromised. In fact, ongoing conversations with business unit heads are a necessary part of gaining consensus for programs and enlisting support for the programs from all employees. Communicating regularly with other managers at various levels is an educational tool so that the company security goals and objectives are fully understood and recognized as vital to company successes. Another benefit of communicating at this level is the endorsement and support that other managers will provide security in acquiring necessary funding and budget for security programs and projects. We have all said that security is everyone's job in the company. Senior level business communications with business heads will only further reinforce this concept within the corporation"

-John Cosenza, BizJet Security LLC

"The Leadership Academy's strength comes from the Council members' devotion and determination to prepare students to assume senior leadership roles in our profession and to assist those already established within the profession to meet individual goals.

- Paul DeMatteis, CPP, CFE
Senior Advisor on Corporate Security Programs
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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