Security concerns aren’t just for federal and state officials; they’re for mid-level managers in small businesses and large corporations, too.
Starting in January, Scottsdale’s Keller Graduate School of Management will offer an eight-week overview in concepts and skills for identifying, analyzing and dealing with international and domestic threats to business operations.
The course, "Global and Domestic Security Management," is part of a new security management concentration offered at Keller as part of a master’s of business administration program.
Keller enrolls 400 to 500 students every eight-week session in three locations around the Valley.
John Brower, a retired Air Force colonel with 29 years of experience in military security operations, will teach the class, offered 3 1 /2 hours on site at 9201 E. Mountain View Road and two hours online for $1,345.
"Our purpose is to get managers or future managers to understand that security is a day-to-day component of American business," Brower said. "They need to be looking at security as a component of the decision-making process, and not waiting for an event to occur and having to react to it."
Brower cited the example of the power outage that occurred in the Northeast in August.
"If you were a business in New England at the time that occurred, you were either in one of two situations," Brower said. "You’re either the guy who’s smiling and says, ‘You know, I prepared for that because in the process of establishing my business . . . I had some alternative form of power.’ Or you were in the other case that said, ‘Oops, the power just went out. I didn’t prepare for this. Now what do I do?’ "
Although Frank Valenzuela, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, hadn’t heard of this specific course, he said this type of course would teach what is already happening at the state and federal level: The identification and evaluation of security risks in everyday activity.
Local officials, he added, have been trained to help other members of the community in assessing risk in their security systems.
Carol Lewis, director of the Scottsdale Keller center, said the need for this class has jumped since Sept. 11, 2001.
Protecting a company’s assets from terrorism, sabotage or infiltration, she added, has taken a higher priority, and the course will give students a basic foundation for doing so legally and ethically.
"You can’t go around accusing people," Lewis said. "You need to know what you’re capable of doing, you need to know how you can ask questions or you can’t ask questions or do an investigation in order to pre-empt something that might happen to your organization."
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To learn more about Keller Graduate School of Management’s "Global and Domestic Security Management" course, call (480) 657-3223.