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Source: CSO Online - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security I'm usually not one who gets into bumper sticker logic, but I like the idea of a CSO acting globally but thinking locally. By that I mean a CSO needs to devise and enforce global security policies, but also put some thought into how those policies will be implemented locally around the world. Otherwise, variations in national customs and culture can short-circuit even the most well-intentioned security policies.

I found that out the hard way, when I once tried to standardize the global procedures for the forms of identification that visitors to our facilities had to show. Based on my experience in the ol' U.S. of A., I thought that a policy requiring a driver's license, government-issued picture ID or passport would be sufficient. Surely most visitors—no matter the country—would have at least one of these forms of identification. Not so. In Tokyo, some visitors never carry government-issued picture ID cards. Not only that, but the Japanese routinely rely on business cards as a means of identifying themselves. This custom works very well within the culture of the Japanese business world, because it would be unthinkable for someone to print a false business card.

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