Articles by Diane Ritchey

Securing the City

Meet Miki Calero, CSO for the city of Columbus, Ohio. As the city’s top security executive, he establishes and leads the enterprise security risk management program for the 15th largest city in the nation. Calero is also one of Securitymagazine’s 2012 Most Influential Security Executives, featured in this issue. 

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Solving the Eli Lilly Drug Theft

It turned out be the largest theft of prescription drugs in United States history, as described by the authorities, and it was intricately orchestrated and meticulously executed. The late-night operation lasted five hours, with the thieves descending into an Eli Lilly warehouse in Enfield, Conn., cutting a hole in the roof of the warehouse and lowering themselves with ropes after compromising the alarm system. Over the next five hours, they used a forklift inside the warehouse to load the drugs into a tractor-trailer and made off with approximately $80 million worth of prescription drugs, which were loaded into a truck and eventually driven to Florida.
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Educating Sports Fans for Positive Security

MetLife Stadium, home of the NY Jets and NY Giants and a venue for other sporting and concert events, is cracking down on unruly fan behavior in a big way. Anyone who is ejected from the stadium not only has to pass a code-of-conduct class before being allowed to attend another game, but also write a letter of apology to Danny DeLorenzi.

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How to Physically Secure Data Centers

Heartland Payment Systems, TJX, Epsilon and Sony: what do they have in common? For one, trouble with the data center. Heartland Payment Systems, a payment processor based in Princeton, N.J., was the victim of a major cyber attack in 2008. Criminals installed spying software on the company’s computer network and stole the numbers of as many as 100 million credit and debit cards.

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The Security Leader: Beyond Guns, Guards and Gates

Jeff Berkin rarely makes a business and security decision these days that doesn’t somehow impact, either positively or negatively, the business.That business is CACI International, which provides enterprise IT and network services for the federal government employing 14,600 employees working in more than 120 offices in the U.S. and Europe. Berkin is Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, the first CSO in the company, and he also has an impressive career, first as a trial attorney and then senior executive roles within the FBI. 

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Outside the Comfort Zone

Get to know Dennis Treece, Director of Corporate Security for the Massachusetts Port Authority. Whom in his organization does he take the time to interact with, and why?
How did your career in security begin? Why did you decide upon this profession? It’s a question that I ask people who I mentor. In my case, the Army decided it for me. When I entered the Army at the end of Vietnam War, I moved from infantry to intelligence, and much of my duties involved security. During my 30 year career in the Army, I had many opportunities to get involved in security.
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Beyond the Numbers: What the Stanley-Niscayah M&A Means for You

When security integrator Stanley Security Solutions announced plans last year to purchase fellow security integrator Niscayah, one of the largest global security firms in Europe and the U.S., for $1.2 billion, the move shook the very core of the security integrator space. The acquisition was large, to say the least: with it, Stanley Security Solutions increases its global presence, and its North American team greatly increased. There are more installation technicians, service specialists, branch employees, supervisors and team leaders. It created a much larger business, growing 30 percent in overall U.S. associates since January 2011.
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Leading the Certification

Get to know Rik Lisko, CPP, president of the ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB). Lisko is also vice president and general manager, South TX for AlliedBarton Security Services.
How did your career in security begin? Why did you decide upon this profession? My original interest as a criminology major was to pursue a career in Federal Law Enforcement. While attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania my advisor, Dr. Jim Shannon, introduced me to the emergence of private security. Dr. Shannon was a true visionary.
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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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