Articles by Mark McCourt

Curing Nephophobia

Will the next budget go around cloud your executive career aspirations? Think ahead to this fall, when you are at the round table patiently waiting your turn to present your strategy, plan and budget, including your CapEx request. Surely, you have worked hard on the budget this year. Zero-based it? Completed risk assessments? Tied the security processes to measurable business benefits? 


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No Dodging Risk

For those of you who do not know the name, Bryan Stow, I encourage you to learn about him and how disrespect for all things related to risk management and resultant poor security programs should be a lesson to those that approve your budget. Stow is one of the reasons Frank McCourt lost control of the Los Angeles Dodgers (no relation by the way...the Dodgers are not my fault).


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Self-Reliance Drives Resilience

 During the past few years, my Security 500 research has identified the move of business resilience under the security umbrella in many organizations. Business resilience is defined as business continuity, emergency management and disaster recovery.  


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2011: Year of the OSAC

While the Security 500 report identifies the best programs, biggest investors and brightest leaders in 16 sectors, the fact remains that all of these organizations are inextricably entwined with smaller organizations across multiple supply chains.
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New Threats Demand New Alliances

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Forget Ipads, Facebook and even the latest video game, Call of Duty-Black Ops, which sold $300 million plus in its first day, as hot companies and can’t lose businesses. They have nothing on cyber crime. At the recent Security 500 Conference, Tom Mahlik, former Section Chief for the FBI’s Domain Section Counter Intelligence Division, pointed out that not only are U.S. businesses and government agencies losing north of one trillion dollars from cyber crime globally (yes, about 8 percent of the U.S. economy); but that most victims are not aware of it and do little to defend against it.
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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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2015 June

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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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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