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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Edward Levy remembers the days when those in the security industry were looked upon as “knuckle-draggers” beholden to a strategy of “guards, gates and guns.” Levy says a lot has changed in the security industry over the past two decades.