DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The first day of the TechSec Solutions conference was capped off with a two-part Next Gen Security Series: Security directors' perspective: Young security professionals' use of new technology on the job; and Security integrators' perspective: The changing landscape of security integration. Both were great panels.
Four of Security Director News’ “20 under 40” winners were on the directors panel: Adam Parker, director of loss prevention, Lamps Plus; Ron Self, director of safety and security, Blytheville, Ark., Public Schools; Nick Santillo, director, operations security, American Water; and Mike Wiley, senior VP of security, Switch data centers, Las Vegas. You can find profiles of each of the panelists by visiting www.securitydirectornews.com and doing a simple search for them on the site by name. If you haven’t checked them out already, you’ll want to.
I had the pleasure of moderating this panel. Not only was I impressed with the intelligence of these four gentlemen, but also with the professionalism, integrity, determination and passion for their work that came through loud and clear despite their myriad on-the-job challenges.
Each panelist from across those different verticals talked in depth about those challenges. Parker, who is responsible for 43 high-end stores in seven western states, talked about mobile POS. Self, who protects six schools, 2,500 students and 450 employees, discussed his difficulties securing older buildings with too many entries and exits—and lots of keys. Santillo, who works for the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States, covering 16 states, addressed the challenge of bringing physical security information from multiple states, across 3,000 geographically separate assets, back to one centralized team. Wiley talked about his eight data centers, serving clients ranging from casinos, health care, banking, government to e-tailers and others, and how he gets those clients in and out of his highly secure facility without impeding them.
Collaborating with other departments within their specific entities was also a hot topic. Can you say IT? These folks say you can’t make it today in the physical security field if you don’t have a good relationship with IT. Self, who brought some of his IT folks with him to the conference, also works closely with his local police force.
The practical use of video analytics and biometrics was a common theme. Parker would like to be able to quickly identify fraudsters—from ORC members to individuals using stolen credit cards—from the moment they walk through one of his store’s doors and then get that information out to his other stores. Self uses biometrics at his schools to prevent students from getting more than one free lunch and would like to use it in the future to prevent employee time theft.
Another constant discussion point was seamless integration. Santillo spoke of leveraging his PSIM and using mobile technology for his access control system. Wiley said he has to keep many of his security systems separate, because he doesn’t want one going down to have an impact on the others. He'd like to see that change.
After the discussion, I heard from a number of audience members, from integrators to manufacturers to security directors, that the directors’ panel was informative and timely and provided much food for thought.
Following the integrators’ panel, Security Director News and Security Systems News honored the “20 under 40” winners in attendance at a reception.
SDN’s winners, in addition to the above four, who received their awards were:
· Greg Black, senior systems administrator, Florida Power & Light
· Demerle Lewis, security manager, New York State Insurance Fund
· Dante Moriconi, physical security manager, L-3 Communication Systems West
· Ralph Nerette, manager, security services, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
· Chris Russell, director of security and assistant director of engineering, Montage Beverly Hills
· Patrick Wood, manager, security integration, John Deere & Co.
Other “20 under 40” winners who were unable to attend the ceremony are:
· Jason Adams, national manager–organized retail crime Gap Inc. investigations department
· Molly Broniak, loss prevention and security/managing investigator, Pennsylvania State Employee’s Credit Union
· Mark Crosby, infrastructure security manager, NV Energy
· Douglas Farber, security director, World Trade Center
· Michael Lehmann, physical security specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Bath, N.Y.
· Paul Michaels, director, office of program security, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council
· Kenneth Rasmussen, manager, security services, Waterbury Hospital
· Natalie Runyon, security director, Thomson Reuters
· Jason Stone, director of security, Collegiate School, Virginia
· Brian Weaver, formerly senior asset protection specialist, Minneapolis Metro Transit Police Department
Again, you can read all about these up-and-coming industry leaders on www.securitydirectornews.com.
Day 2 of TechSec is almost here. Stay tuned!