Bob Hayes, managing director of the Security Executive Council, and Shirley Decker-Lucke, publisher at Elsevier, were first on my agenda on Thursday, my second day at the show. They have a new collaborative venture, announced at ISC West, to produce texts on security topics, both for practitioners and for the 400 colleges with security curriculums. They aim to serve next-gen professionals as well as gathering book ideas from thought leaders in the industry. "They'll tell us what they need and we'll write a book about it," Hayes said.
Next up was Mike Howard from Microsoft. We had an interesting talk about the prevailing challenge security professionals face: Reaching out to the c-suite. "It's getting them out of their comfort zone," Howard said. Having the business acumen to "evangelize" for security and prove ROI is vital, he said. He's in his eleventh year at Microsoft and even at that corporate giant he needed to do some evangelizing of his own, he said. We talked about what he looks for when hiring to his team. Gone are the days of just hiring former law enforcement personnel, he said. He looks for the right attitude, great interpersonal skills, a willingness to learn the business, dedication, selflessness and subject matter expertise. Howard also talked proudly about Microsoft's Global Security Operations Centers, and the ''showcasing" of best-practice use of Microsoft products in a real-world operational environment. You can check that out here: www.msgsoc.com. I know I'll be visiting that site when I have more time to really delve into it.
From Microsoft I changed course to learn about Delta Scientific's portable crash barriers. They were used at the 2013 Inauguration and are used at military checkpoints in Afghanistan and Iraq, at busy ports, university football games, graduations and other events requiring other crowd-control. Simplicity is the name of the game, said Garrett Gustason, project manager for high security systems. It only takes 15 minutes to set up one of the barriers, he said, and there's no need to dig up the ground.
Saw a demo of NFC at Ingersoll Rand, quickly being adopted on campuses nationwide, making smartphones even smarter, access-wise.
Polaroid, yes, that Polaroid, is getting into security video. VP Nathan Needel explained to me the full line of surveillance solutions that will be offered to end-users starting June 1. Their solution comes with a 10-year warranty and an integrator dedicated to the user.
On the media stage, I interviewed campus security expert Berkly Trumbo, national business manager for campus solutions at Siemens. He discussed the progress of "the easy button," social media's impact and usefulness in regard to emergency management and the integrated approach to campus safety. I also went on air with Brian Johnson, network systems analyst for the Escambia County, Fla., School District, responsible for security at its 60 facilities. Video surveillance, law enforcement's access to that and active-shooter training were among our topics. You'll be able to watch Trumbo's and Johnson's video interviews soon on the SDN website. You'll enjoy them and get great takeaways.
In addition, I met with Kostas Mellos from interlogix about the company's part in the migration from analog to IP, stopped in to visit with Onvif, attended the Security 5K Awards ceremony and then a couple of receptions.
It's been a very productive show for me. Headed out now for Day 3.