Security Administration

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What is Security Administration?

Security administration is a profession that involves overseeing the security operations of a private company. Security administration requires professionals who, rather than looking out for the security of any individual part of an organization, are able to look at the “big picture” and set the organization’s general policy toward security.

Security administrators must be adept at assessing risk, organizing large numbers of employees under their supervision, as well as efficiently and effectively allocating limited resources.

Once a person has established a track record showing they’re skilled at security administration, they will likely have a rewarding and lucrative career ahead of them.

Are There Any Legal Issues Relevant to Security Administration?

As with any profession, security administration faces legal issues that most other industries don’t have to deal with. When supervising private security guards, a security administrator must always be aware that private security guards, in almost every American jurisdiction, must be licensed by the state, and it is essential to make sure that you do not hire or employ unlicensed security guards.  

Furthermore, private guards and, by extension, security administration personnel, are not subject to any of the special legal immunities that protect police officers. If a security guard causes an injury to someone while in the course of their job, they can be sued by the person they injured, and will be held to the same standard as any other private citizen. Furthermore, their employers and supervisors, including security administrators, might also be liable.

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Last Modified: 09-25-2013 11:28 AM PDT

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