Facility security officers (FSOs) are in charge of managing security in their organization's facilities. They are responsible for creating a secure environment for employees, vendors, and company visitors. They manage daily activities regarding entry, video security, and other security devices. FSOs use a personal computer to log personnel and entry records, as well as review closed circuit recordings and provide functional support for physical security requirements. They manage access control to restricted areas, coordinate with upper management on security protocols and legal requirements, and analyze identification forms.
Other tasks performed by FSOs include preparing and reviewing authorization requests for access to sensitive data, conducting employee investigations, providing security clearance, and providing assistance in training sessions for new security programs. They also conduct security updates in computer equipment, manage classified materials, and develop and implement effective security plans and evacuation initiatives. FSOs act as a liaison for government agencies and provide security information to new hires. Generally, FSOs report their progress and any work-related incidents to the security manager in their department.
A bachelor's degree in industrial security or a similar field is required for this job. Industry certifications may be preferred, and previous experience in a similar profession is generally needed. FSOs must possess strong interpersonal skills and pay strong attention to detail to ensure security protocols are followed. They need to be able to work independently with minimal supervision and make sound decisions with minimal information available. Additionally, FSOs must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, and multitask on a variety of projects.
Facility Security Officer (FSO) Tasks
Supervise daily security activities and enforce government and company security policies.
Perform access control responsibilities including managing badges, access cards and visit requests.
Participate in the development and execution of security education programs.
Create and update security plans, procedures, and instructions.
Maintain working relationships with government agencies.