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.
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.
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.
More than 26%, or one in four, of the nation’s bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. While some progress has been made in recent years to reduce the number of deficient and obsolete bridges in rural areas, the number in urban areas is rising.
Is a Threat Analyst a part of your team? It’s a large part of Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies, with 55,000 employees, facilities in 72 countries and operations in more than 90 countries. Brian Hogan, regional security director (Latin America) & director, strategic analysis, leads the company’s threat analysis team.
Monitoring makes a difference. Surveillance is not a monitored Video Intrusion Alarm. Security video and DVRs (whether on-site or the newer DVRs in the cloud) provide remote viewing and document what has happened – but their primary use isn’t catching burglars.
Southwest Airlines, the airline known for making it fun to fly, has a director of corporate security who has created a vision and who successfully communicates it to his team. “Each employee [at Southwest Airlines] is expected to demonstrate include, a Warrior Spirit, a Servants Heart and a Fun LUVing Attitude,” says Vance Toler, director of corporate security.
There’s no ‘I” in team…or is there? When it comes to the security director-integrator relationship, the “I” – the security integrator – can often help an enterprise’s security operations to achieve goals, maximize resources and create partnerships that have long-term benefits.
Celebrate 30 years of OSAC's Information-Sharing Partnership. Also, learn how to create risk-aware culture through privacy by design and how to protect assests with temporary security installations. Check out Security's October issue for all this and more!