On the second day of the conference, I didn't get a chance to attend many education sessions as the networking opportunities were endless. (If you missed it, here's my Day One report.)
In the morning, I sat down with Ray O'Hara—executive vice president of international services and the consulting and investigations division of Andrews International, current chairman of ASIS International, and a former LAPD detective—to discuss the security profession and to give me a chance to pick his brain about what security professionals are looking for in a news outlet like Security Director News. He gave me some good ideas I plan to implement in my continued pursuit of making SDN of value to security professionals throughout North America.
I then fell into conversation with two members of ASIS' Crime and Loss Prevention Council: John O'Rourke, security manager for the Montclair Golf Club and council chair, and Eddie Hall Jr., a security management consultant who focuses on small business security. We discussed the council's Small Business Initiative, and John's plans to push the initiative to its next phase. If you're interested in what that next phase will be, bookmark this website and subscribe to SDN's free weekly e-newsletter, as I will be writing about it. I also had the pleasure to hear about John's publishing career. He recently published his second book, which honors the New Jersey State Troopers who were killed in the line of duty between 1961 and 2011. (His first book, which is called Jersey Troopers, explores the more than 35 officers who died in the line of duty between 1921 and 1960.)
I then snuck off to stop in some of the educational sessions going on at that point. I heard Gene Ferraro, founder of Business Controls Inc., discuss the implications of various privacy laws on how security professionals need to do their jobs. I heard a representative from the NYPD discuss its network of 106 fixed LPR readers in lower Manhattan that send data in real time to match against a watch list. Though, by far, the most crowded session was one on workplace violence led by Bonnie Michelman, director of police, security and outside services at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a former ASIS president.
There was a special luncheon in honor of the ASIS NYC chapter's person of the year, John Miller, senior correspondent for CBS News and a former national spokesman for the FBI. Miller is perhaps best known for his 1998 interview with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. His biggest applauses came when he cited the relatively new threat of cyber crime and said that law enforcement couldn't do it alone, that it required a public-private partnership with the private security sector.
Over lunch I got to know Anthony Notaroberta, police chief for the New York City Hospital Police Department. He gave me a good run-down of all the VIPs who were sitting on the stage (see photo below), including Ray Kelly, New York City's police commissioner. We also discussed a potential story about security in the healthcare, and specifically pediatrics, field.
Milling about after lunch with Leigh McGuire, ASIS' marketing manager, and my go-to person whenever I'm looking for a source on the most obscure niche of the security profession, I met Brian Reich, director of security operations for Time Warner Cable and the chair of ASIS' Law Enforcement Liaison Council, and Steven Harris, former police chief in Redmond, Wash., and past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
After lunch, I sat down with Brian Reich to discuss the work he and others, such as Stacy Irving, a council member and senior director of crime prevention services for Philadelphia's Center City District, are doing to organize training sessions for law enforcement officials who want to transition to the private sector. He told me about some future plans that are not public yet. Log another story idea in my notebook.
During the rest of the afternoon, more networking ensued, including a great conversation with Brian Allen, Time Warner Cable's CSO, about his perspective on enterprise security risk management and how it's often misunderstood. Future collaboration will surely bring Brian's views to SDN readers.
I also discussed supply chain and transportation security with John Sharp, managing partner of Sharp Global, which offers supply chain security audits for companies throughout the world. I'm sure you'll be seeing John's name in SDN in the future, as well.
Nearing the end of the conference, I sat down with Michael Gips, who runs ASIS' CSO Roundtable. Unfortunately, the CSO Roundtable doesn't allow journalists like me to attend its sessions as its members would be more hesitant to discuss sensitive issues with someone like me in the room. I certainly understand the concern, but that didn't stop me from giving Michael some friendly ribbing on the matter. Michael and I also got a chance to discuss security journalism, which we have in common as he is a former editor at Security Management, ASIS' magazine. We talked so long Javits Center employees started rolling up the carpets around us. Michael and I capped the conference with a walk back toward the middle of Manhattan through the rain.
Overall, the conference proved very valuable. I came home with a dozen story ideas scribbled in my notebook and a stack of business cards with notes scrawled on them about what I need to follow up with particular people about.
I thank everyone I met last week for taking the time to discuss with me their jobs, professions, worries and opinions. I hope to use it all to help me improve my coverage of news that matters to today's security professionals.