Definition/Scope: A security officer (SO) is a title that can have multiple meanings. Some of the more common meanings with the military context are: regional security officer, post security officer, physical security officer, operations security officer, information systems security officer (ISSO), or special security officer. While the title may change some of the basic functions remain the same. They are responsible to ensure that all matters relating or pertaining to security are adhered to. Some of the key aspects that will change the duties is that one SO deals with the physical security of buildings or other physical items (fence lines, intruder detection devices, etc) whereas a operations security officer is a person that deals with a units operational security (securing of classified documents, properly annotating classified documents, etc). An ISSO (also known as information assurance (IASO)) is an individual that is responsible for the security of government computers and information hard/soft ware. A security officer could also be a person guarding a location such as a guard post or guarding another person. They will patrol and inspect property to protect against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. They also protect their employer’s property, enforce laws on the property, deter criminal activity, and other problems. These workers may be armed.
Broader Terms:Antiterrorism Assistance Program