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Big thanks to those who nominated for our ’20 under 40’ awards

Friday, August 29, 2014

I would like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination for Security Director News’ “20 under 40” awards to honor outstanding and up-and-coming end users.

I’ve just gone over the nominees' list, and once again it’s stellar! It will be difficult to choose just 20.

The Security Director News staff will be reviewing the nominees in the coming weeks and will be notifying the winners. Then, we’ll be interviewing each of them for profile articles on

The award has meant a lot professionally to past winners, and I’m so looking forward to presenting our Class of 2014 with their awards at our TechSec Solutions conference in Delray Beach, Fla., in early February.

Much more about the winners and our TechSec conference to come, so stay tuned!


Vivint creates CSO position, hires federal cyber expert Joe Albaugh

New Vivint CSO Albaugh was security chief at DOT, FAA

PROVO, Utah—Joe Albaugh, who has joined Vivint in the newly created position of chief security officer, brings significant cyber expertise, having previously served as chief information security officer at the U.S.

Off to TechSec 2014!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One of the best parts of my job is interviewing our “20 under 40” winners.  I so enjoy talking to these young pros.

In a few days I will have the pleasure of meeting many of them in person.

We know how busy our winners are with their myriad responsibilities. That’s why we are so pleased that 10 of them were not already booked with other appointments and able to take time away from their packed schedules to sign up for the TechSec 2014 conference next week in Delray Beach, Fla.

These winners will make TechSec shine (even more)! As I’ve mentioned here before, when we read our feedback surveys from the conference, the NextGen panel and getting input from the “20 under 40” winners in general are always tops among the attendees’ five-star ratings.

I’ll be reporting on the keynote speaker Harold Grimsley’s talk and a number of the conference educational sessions.

I’ll also be blogging and Tweeting about it, as will my colleagues at Security Systems News, so please follow. The Twitter hashtag will be #TechSec2014. Keep in touch!

After TechSec I’ll be headed north to Canada for the Genetec Connect14 Press Summit in Montreal. More about that to come.




Meet SDN's first five ‘20 under 40’ award winners

Douglas Farber, Ralph Nerette, Natalie Runyon, Dante Moriconi, Brian Weaver

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Director News last week named its new class of “20 under 40” winners, and this week we introduce you in more detail to five of these young up-and-comers in the physical security industry.

Under 40? Exceptionally talented in physical security? Tell us, please!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I've just reviewed the latest entries for Security Director News' 20 under 40 Awards. Every year we honor young professionals under the age of 40 in the physical security industry, and this year we've gotten, as always, some great nominees. A big thanks to all you nominators!

We haven't made any decisions yet, because the deadline hasn't arrived, so please take some time over your holiday weekend to think of the up-and-coming security pros you know who deserve to be recognized for their hard work, initiative, tech-savviness and accomplishments. (And yes, you can nominate yourself.)

For the 2014 TechSec conference in Florida in January we'll again be choosing four of the winners to participate in a topical panel discussion, which is always a highlight of the meeting. People in the industry want to know, need to know, what's on these winners' minds.

Here's a link to the TechSec conference page and here's a link to our most recent winners.

We can all stand to learn much from these young pros. Who do you know? Put the spotlight on them. Nominate them here. And thanks.


End-users survey results coming soon . . .

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I was on a conference call this morning with Will Rhodes, senior market analyst at IMS/IHS Research. Rhodes and his team are wrapping up a recent project they did for Security Director News.

Rhodes' survey of security end-users across the verticals drew nearly 200 responses—thank you! He will present the findings next month at our TechSec conference.

Will shared some of the findings this morning, and they're fascinating. Topics include where you buy your equipment, how your budgets were impacted in 2012, what factors come in to play when you decide to install new equipment or upgrade, how often you upgrade, who is involved in each stage of a security project and more.

A few sneak-peeks of interest. Will's findings show that end-users are not all that satisfied with the customer service they receive from integrators. "They should be demanding it," he said. "it's not rocket science."  Also, many of you rely on local installers. If your peers put their trust in local hands, it  might be something you'd like to consider as well, he said.

TechSec? See you there!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We’re getting very excited here about our upcoming TechSec conference, which will be held in Fort Lauderdale in February. It’s the ninth year of the popular event, and if we do say so ourselves, it keeps getting better and better. 

Keynotes this year will be Lauren Stover, security director at Miami International Airport, along with Ray Davalos, MIA’s building systems director. There’s no better match for the conference, sponsored by Security Director News and Security Systems News. MIA’s nationally acclaimed behavioral recognition program will be among the topics Stover and Davalos will discuss.

I’ll write more about this later, but for now I’d just like to say that this year’s crop of SDN’s 20 under 40 winners, who will be honored at TechSec, is amazing. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with them over the past weeks, and I’m so impressed by their intelligence and commitment to the industry. Four of our honorees will be on one of our panels, Next Gen Security: Young security professionals talk tech.

Please check out the website and plan to attend TechSec. I’d really like to meet you.

Lauren Stover, Ray Davalos to keynote TechSec 2013

Technology and vision merge at Miami International Airport

YARMOUTH, Maine—TechSec organizers have announced that Lauren Stover, security director at Miami International Airport, and Ray Davalos, MIA’s building systems director, will deliver a joint keynote address at TechSec 2013.

Mobile apps proliferate in security space


DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Speaking about the future of mobile apps at the TechSec conference on Feb. 7, Fredrik Nilsson GM of Axis Communications recalled a keynote address that he delivered at the first TechSec conference in 2005. “I predicted that mobility would change the industry,” he said.

Is video analytics ready to go 'mainstream'?


DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Video analytics is clawing its way back from a bad reputation caused by early cases of overpromising and under-delivering and one manufacturer predicted the technology would go “mainstream” within two years. Those were some of the views on video analytics shared by experts during a panel discussing the topic at this year’s TechSec conference.