Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

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Security: Contract

  • Anthony GentileEmail author
  • Lauren R. Shapiro
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_31-1

Definitions

Contract security refers to an organization that vends their security services for an organization that needs to protect their assets using physical security (manpower) with a degree of technology, if applicable.

Introduction

Most of the USA’s critical infrastructure systems are privately owned and are protected using private security officers (Strom et al. 2010). Large and small businesses, residential housing, educational facilities, governmental agencies, and other segments of business may decide for a variety of reasons to outsource security by hiring a company or guards to protect employees, property, and customers. In fact, most chief security officers when surveyed by ASIS International (see Nemeth 2018, p. 129) indicated that they used contract security (63%) over in-house/proprietary (6%) or hybrid (31%) security. At the beginning of 2018, the total worldwide revenue generated by contract security firms exceeded 26 billion dollars (Perry 2018).

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Keywords

Outsourcing Nonorganizational security Physical security Private security firms 
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Future Readings

  1. Fay, J. (2011). Contemporary security management (3rd ed.). Burlington: Butterworth-Heinemann.Google Scholar
  2. Sorrells, E. (2016). Security litigation: Best practices for managing and preventing security-related lawsuits. Amsterdam: Elsevier.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Security, Fire, and Emergency ManagementJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA