“Danger arises from executives misunderstanding their security department’s strategic focus”

Is it safe for Americans to go vote in person in the next presidential election? Your answer is largely informed by your definitions of keywords. Risk acceptance depends on accurate and relevant mental models, and those models require accurate definitions.

The first “Business English” definition for the word “security” in the Cambridge Dictionary is “the protection of people, organizations, countries, etc. against a possible attack or other crime.” Seems like that ought to be self-evident; we toss around the term “security” in business so often you’d think we’d all agree on its definition. In truth, though, it’s more common in the United States to define “security” by the first definition offered on American English focused dictionary.com: “freedom from danger, risk, etc.” That’s not quite the same thing, is it?