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Understanding the Consequences of Skipping Fire Suppression

Having smoke and fire detectors without fire suppression technology is like having video surveillance without alarm response.
November 5, 2013

 A fire in 2013 that began in the attic of a Colorado sorority house burned for hours before anyone detected it, resulting in a million-dollar loss. Why? The three-story, wood-frame house had no fire detection system, and a sprinkler system covered the living spaces but not the attic. 


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Frank Taylor: Enabling the Mission

“Leaders get recognized for their ability to mitigate problems and choose effective strategies. The same is true for security… The status quo or yesterday’s success is never good enough.”
November 5, 2013

“Security is about enabling a mission. Business leaders are able to take our tools and apply them to a variety of settings to create success. Our job is to create an environment of success for the enterprise. It is not what we do, rather, it is how we enable the enterprise to achieve its goals,” shares Frank Taylor, Vice President and Chief Security Officer for The General Electric Company. It is important to note that as you read this, one of America’s (not just security’s) greatest leaders and thinkers will have retired, again.


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Gordon M. Snow: Investing in Human Capital

“Our job is to provide exceptional care, service and quality through cost reductions, by performing more powerfully and continually refining our security and business acumen in parallel.”
November 5, 2013

“There is no longer a time in any field that you can be a good leader and be deficient in any area of managerial core competency. Leaders have to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” says Gordon Snow, chief of protective services for The Cleveland Clinic. “The environment is increasing in complexity. Education and training can provide you with many of the tools you need to make better decisions, but there isn’t always a formula to help you make the right decision.


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Stephen Scharf: Ensuring Trust

“Being satisfied with a program now does not mean you will be satisfied with it tomorrow. The threats, attacks, types of attackers are always changing.”
November 5, 2013

“Leadership isabout making the team better than the sum of its parts. Leaders look for people who will bring out the best from others and make the whole team better. Great leaders are force multipliers,” shares Stephen Scharf, the leader at Experian entrusted with protecting the business’ brand and customer information from ever changing and expanding threats.


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Dan Ryan: Rising Star

“We have a complex community with many tenants, people and events that include measurable risks. We identify both minimal and elevated risks, build security programs around them and measure our results.”
November 5, 2013

Dan Ryan’s story is classic, happy and all-American that those entering the profession can learn from and hope to emulate. “I guess you could say I started at the bottom and worked my way up.” Yes, you could say that Dan, but that would be understatement – Dan’s expertise and perfection have helped him rise through the ranks at a meteoric pace.


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Joseph Perchetti: Tomorrow’s Leaders

“I believe our greatest contribution to every student, staff member, parent and community member is the availability of services from our security department.”
November 5, 2013

“We treat everyone, from kindergarten on up, with respect,” says Joseph Perchetti, Supervisor of Security for the Radnor, Penn., Public School District. “They are our customers, and their taxes pay our salaries. We go the extra mile to make sure they are secure and to ensure that they can focus on education.”


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Patrick Murphy: Securing a World of Opportunity

“It is important for CEOs to understand that the safety and security departments provide an important role in protecting the brand reputation.”
November 5, 2013

“Leadership is best done by leading by example and through respect for others,” says Patrick Murphy, Senior Director, Global Safety and Security Services for Marriott International Inc. The black belt martial arts professional turned CSO has set the example for leadership during his outstanding career. “After martial arts, I asked myself, ‘Now what?’ I saw an advertisement for an executive protection academy. One thing led to another, and before I knew it I was a bodyguard for the Chairman and President of what was at first a small, fast-growing company.”


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Bijan Karimi: Bringing Order to Chaos

“We discuss risk as a concept beyond just the financial exposure… From supporting the community’s planned events to planning for the unknown, our job is to both be ready today and to look ahead.”
November 5, 2013

No one better defines the adage “Find what you love to do and then figure out how to make a living at it” better than Bijan. While he held a successful career in financial services, he also volunteered as a member of the Marin (California) County search and rescue team. Following the events of 9/11, more government funding became available to help local jurisdictions prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.


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Mike Howard: Leading Security Innovation and Business Growth

“Leadership must also come from the C-Suite to positively influence security’s mission in a holistic manner. Security’s goal is to be viewed as a significant business enabler and partner.”
November 5, 2013

“Leadership is about understanding yourself first, recognizing strengths and weaknesses, and targeting continuous improvement,” says Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer at Microsoft. “It is an attitude and mindset to focus on the team and organizational goals first. Leaders are able to change focus from subject matter expertise to a focus on their team by setting strategic goals, letting go of the details and steering the team through execution.”


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Dr. Gerald Robert Harkins: Doctor, Soldier, Leader!

“Each year, 25 percent of our population turns over, and we start over to get buy-in, keep their attention and have them take appropriate action for their safety.”
November 5, 2013

“When I had the opportunity to move from parking and transportation at the University to leading the strategic security and safety effort on campus, we made a very strategic and important decision to build the structure to be broader than law enforcement. We incorporated all aspects of campus safety and security,” says Dr. Bob Harkins of the University of Texas, Austin. “That decision speaks volumes about the leadership at the University. It was a decision to make this department an enabler for the business of protecting and educating students, faculty and staff. That was a very strategic decision encompassing law enforcement, campus safety and security, business continuity and risk management as core missions.”


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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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