Lower travel budgets could limit security training

Last week, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), a not-for-profit association of the global business travel industry, announced the results of its latest Business Travel Spend Survey. The survey showed that 71 percent of respondents expected to spend less on travel in 2009 than in 2008.

For security executives, this means travel for training and educational events is likely to be cut or eliminated until the global economy gets back on its feet. Since the prospects for a speedy recovery look grim, security professionals must find an alternative way to access training and enhancement for themselves and their staff.

With this in mind, the Security Executive Council (SEC) officially launched its new Security Executive Council Live online presentation series on February 17. SEC Live will give security practitioners in any location worldwide access to live seminars, presented by industry thought leaders, that deal with executive-level leadership concerns such as industry research and benchmarking, career and influence issues, security measures and metrics, emerging issues, innovative solutions, strategic planning, security operations and policies, standards and regulatory compliance.

The first SEC Live event is The Impact of Economic Recession on Security Program Management: Recognizing and Managing the Shift in Business and Risk Assumptions, presented by Richard A. Lefler, Dean of Security Executive Council Faculty and Former CSO of American Express; and George K. Campbell, Security Executive Council Faculty/Contributing Editor and Former CSO of Fidelity Investments.

For a full list of upcoming events and for more information about SEC Live, contact seclive@secleader.com. To learn more about the Security Executive Council, visit www.securityexecutivecouncil.com.