Security issues are getting the attention of executive boards everywhere, mainly because of the dramatic growth in the number and kinds of threats to information and physical security.

To help organizations benchmark their security management efforts and then translate today’s International Organization for Standardization standards into a best-practices security program, the Human Firewall Council has developed an online survey, called the Security Management Index (SMI). To take the survey go to

The entire survey requires approximately 30 minutes to complete. Results are immediate in the form of an SMI score that is compared to other organizations that have taken the survey. Results are confidential, and each survey participant is provided with a user ID and password to access results online.