Articles by Mark McCourt

Getting Realistic Results from Security Technology

As the security industry heads to the largest technology trade show in the world, ISC West in Las Vegas, it is a great time to do an inventory and reflect on your security technology investments and systems

There will be more than 1,000 exhibits at ISC West plus another 100 or so new technologies and solutions presented in hotel suites and meeting rooms off the show floor. Robust discussion about the movement toward IP, mobility and the cloud will buzz across the show floor, as it should.

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Why Cyber is a Business Risk Issue

The cyber crisis impacting U.S.-based enterprises is often swept under the IT rug as a technology issue to be delegated to and resolved by information technology experts who have little to no view on the overall organization’s business or risk issues. At the recent RSA Security Conference, session after session and meeting after meeting, researchers, CSOs and consultancies voiced the same issues: It’s a business problem, not a technology problem, because you're not securing IT – you need to secure the business.
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Top Lessons Learned from the Security 500 Conference

From the highest technology solutions against cyber crime, to the low-technology sandbags that saved $4 billion of Goldman Sachs’ New York City and Jersey City buildings against Superstorm Sandy, to the far-reaching and thought-provoking keynote presentation by Roland Cloutier, Vice President & Chief Security Officer of ADP, the Security 500 Conference gathered security’s thought leaders for a day of provoking and valuable networking.
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Evaluating the Role of Security Officers Today

The role and value of private security officers has always been clear to those in the security business. But “guard jokes,” from cartoons to movies are taking a back seat to reality as Newtown and other (now routine) mass shootings awakened the general public’s consciousness to the value and need for trained, professional security officers.
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Push Ahead of Cyber Security Legislation

The rise in global security incidents, diminished budgets and downsized security programs have left organizations to deal with security risks that are neither well-understood nor consistently addressed. Executives around the world feel confident that they’re winning the high-stakes game of information security despite the growing number of obstacles, according to The Global State of Information Security® Survey2013 by PwC U.S. in conjunction with CIO and CSO magazines.
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2012 Security 500 Report: Earning Your Stripes

While many enterprises still have the risk tiger by the tail, Security 500 leaders are earning their stripes by taking risk head on and proactively taming it. In short, they are moving risk to their organization’s top line.
The business-minded leaders in this year’s Security 500 survey have spoken: they are going beyond their enterprises’ boundaries and redefining security’s traditional role to assess and manage risk, contribute to organizational goals and to ensure resilience. But with the events of 9/11 far in the rear view mirror, many security leaders also work to battle complacency across their organizations and engage stakeholders to participate in their own security, as well as protect the physical and logical assets of their organizations.
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Security 500 Trends: Thanks for Nothing

Really, Security 500 Members, when we add up all of the leadership, subject matter expertise and business acumen you bring to your enterprises, what happens? Absolutely Nothing. Well, it is my turn, with the publication of the Security 500, to say to each of the 500 who have been ranked on this year’s prestigious list: “Thanks for Nothing.”
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Preparing Proactive Sports Security

“Sport reflects both good and bad aspects of our broader society, whether economic or political issues are in play. The fan that buys a ticket may feel with or against the team, entitled or angry; often as a result of the broader societal environment,” explains Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. The work at NCS4 primarily benefits its members, professional leagues and division one universities, individual teams and venues. Ultimately, NCS4 serves the fans by providing safety for the enjoyment of spectator events.

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Catching Up With the Clery Act

Alison Kiss is the Executive Director at Security on Campus, the organization co-founded in 1987 by Connie and Howard Clery, following the rape and murder of their daughter Jeanne at Lehigh University. The result of their effort is The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires institutions of higher education to release campus crime statistics and security policies to their current and prospective students and employees.
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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.


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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In this June 2015 issue of SecurityIs the security director business’s new “corporate rock star?” Find out how CSOs can become the new leaders of their enterprises through mentorships, partnerships and creatively adding business value. Also, learn how security professionals are training employees in cyber security through games. And why are deterrence and detection so important when it comes to thwarting metal thieves? Find out in this issue.

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Body Cameras on Security Officers

Body cameras are being used increasingly by police in cities across the U.S. Will you arm your security officers with a body camera?
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Effective Security Management, 5th Edition

 Effective Security Management, 5e, teaches practicing security professionals how to build their careers by mastering the fundamentals of good management. Charles Sennewald brings a time-tested blend of common sense, wisdom, and humor to this bestselling introduction to workplace dynamics. 

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Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

criticalhomepagethumbFrom terrorism to vandalism, it’s preparedness, response, training and partnerships. Learn about some of the critical security issues facing this sector.

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