Meet Security Magazine's New Publisher
Anew term starts today for Security magazine – the business publication that provides solutions for enabling and assuring business. I am proud to introduce Chris Ward as publisher of Securitymagazine, both print and online.
Chris served as Associate Publisher of Security under former Publisher Mark McCourt for the past six years and managed a sales territory for both brands in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic during that time. Previously he worked for Cygnus Business Media as a sales manager handling multiple brands. Chris has 16 years of experience in business-to-business publishing, 12 of which have been in the security industry.
Chris has assumed the publisher role at a time whenSecurity magazine is growing in print and online content, as well as with our Security 500 report and conference. It is also a time when you, our readers, are in the middle of the “The Predictive Revolution,” as detailed in last November’s Security 500 report. The change is apparent in Security 500 enterprises that are moving their programs far forward to gather intelligence and connect the data points to identify trends and get in front of risk by predicting an adverse event, wrote former Publisher Mark McCourt. From insider threats to weather to protests; security has more in common with online marketing than law enforcement tactics. Indeed, you now stand taller, talk louder, call back for interview requests quicker and proudly give tours of your physical, cyber and Intel SOCs.
Associate Editor Claire Meyer, in addition to our editorial advisory board, and I are thrilled to work with Chris, to continue to provide solutions that will help you run your business. As always, we welcome all feedback, and we look forward to seeing you at the Security 500 conference in May in Palo Alto, California, and in November in Washington, DC.
A Note from the Publisher, Chris Ward
It is an honor and a privilege to work with the best media team covering the security industry. As a Sales Manager in the field for the past six years, and now as Publisher, I am committed to continuing to help you succeed in business by providing superior information through our industry expertise. Each of my professional experiences over the last 12 years has helped to prepare me for this role. I’ve developed good relationships with many of you, and I look forward to getting to know those of you who I haven’t yet met. I am thrilled to be part of the history and tradition that has surrounded Security magazine and the Security 500 for the past 50 years.
We are excited to continue the foundation that Mark McCourt established more than eight years ago with the Security 500 report. It’s interesting to review the top 10 trends in the Security 500 reports over the past five years, with issues such as budgets transitioning from “money is tight” or “justify the business case for it” back in our 2011 report, to the value of security driving budgets to new heights in our 2014 report.
Other key trends and areas of focus that I have seen staying consistent in the past five Security 500 reports include Workplace Violence, Workforce Protection, Business Resilience and Human Capital: Hiring, Training and Retention. However, the overwhelming issue that jumps out based on its growing importance over the last five years is Cybercrime. Pushing that trend forward are influences such as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies, mobility, and cloud computing, to the point that new skills are needed to protect company systems and data. Moreover, new threats posed by the Internet of Things, the idea of having appliances, objects and electronic devices all connected to each other and the Internet present additional risks.Cybercrime will continue to reach new heights in awareness, especially with President Obama’s recently proposed new law, the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which would create a basic set of rules for how companies handle their customer information. It also would criminalize international trade in stolen personal identity information.
Security magazine stands ready to assist our audience by addressing the aforementioned trends with original, thought-provoking content that you’ve come to expect from us.
We pride ourselves on the peer-to-peer editorial approach that we deliver to you in the pages of Security magazine. I look forward to working with you.