Michael J. Soper, CLSD, CAPP II, is a Board Certified Lodging Security Director and a Board Certified Asset Protection Professional, Level Two and currently serves as Chairman and Law Enforcement Liaison of the Boston Chapter of the International Lodging Safety and Security Association. Michael has more than 26 years of experience in security and law enforcement.
H. Skip Brandt, CPP, is a Board Certified Lodging Security Director and Board Certified Protection Professional and currently serves as Executive Director of ILSSA. Skip has more than 35 years of experience in security and law enforcement.
After more than 10 months of careful planning for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, Boston's hotels are gearing up for record occupancy and larger-than-ever crowds of spectators both in the city and along the 26.2 mile route. This year’s Boston Marathon will be held on April 21st.
The lessons learned following the Boston Marathon bombings were many, but one lesson that was learned rather quickly was that Twitter was going to become the go-to platform for gathering timely and accurate information from city, state and federal officials regarding the rapidly unfolding events of that week.
For many of Boston's hotel security directors, the day started like so many other Marathon Mondays, a calm morning full of excitement and anticipation for the events about to begin in the quaint New England town of Hopkinton, 26.2 miles from the Marathon's finish line in Boston's historic Copley Square.
For the next generation of enterprise security leaders, is there a clear path forward to success? Enterprise security leaders discuss mentorships, education, certifications and the skills new CSOs and CISOs will need to succeed in their evolving roles and bring value to the business. But the problem is: with existing security leadership roles varying so widely, is the development of a uniform skill set even possible?