Welcome to the Great Conversation!
It isn’t any coincidence that in the year ASG launches its new Blog platform that our ASG Security Summit & Expo is themed “The Great Conversation.” In fact, the Great Conversation is exactly what we want to create with this blog. And it’s exactly what the Security Industry needs.
Last year's Summit proved something we have been noticing for some time now; the Security Industry needs communication. We need to be collaborative, we need to work together, we need to be reminded that we are not alone and the challenges we face are not unique. If there is one thing that is lacking in the Industry today, it is real communication. So we have tried to find a way to reach out to the people in our industry and bring them together in a way that can foster that greatly needed communication. We hope the ASG Blog can help to fuel that conversation and keep it going all year long.
Why do a blog? Simple, because a blog is the perfect medium to deliver valuable content that will allow us to share our knowledge and experience with our clients and the industry at large. And it allows us to be engaged in a dialogue through our readers’ comments that will continue the learning, growth, and collaboration that makes us Subject Matter Experts.
Sounds pretty ambitious right? We want to change the industry and create a kind of open communication that is unique in the Security Industry. That’s a pretty tall order. But we can do it – with your help. We encourage you to submit your comments, send us your questions, point out your concerns, challenges, and issues. In short, we want you, the reader, to be just as involved in this process as our authors are.
Speaking of authors, let me introduce you to three of our primary contributors: John Harlow, Michael Rosa, and Scott Schmidt. We have chosen three of our Subject Matter Experts to write on some of the most critical, most talked about, and most interesting (at least in our opinion) subjects in the Industry: National Security Deployment, Security Technology & Service, and Security Processes & Optimization.
John Harlow has been working with some of the largest companies in the U.S. deploying security implementations nation wide for the last 10 years. John has worked with Security Managers, Directors, and Senior Executive Officers as they have strategized, designed, and deployed their national rollout strategies. And his knowledge and experience has been critical in the success of those national rollout strategies. John will be contributing to the blog by sharing with you best practices from the front lines that came as a result of the good, the bad, and the ugly experiences we have all shared.
Michael Rosa has spent the last 30 years in security; from Service Technician, to Systems Engineer, to Director of Operations. He’s designed an implemented a variety of projects, small and large, as well as a wide range of technologies. Michael will be focusing on security technology and its role in providing value to security. Michael will also discuss ways you can improve the value of your security technology over time through proper maintenance and service.
Finally we have Scott Schmidt. Scott has over 25 years in the IT and Security Integration market. His experience spans Business Process Management, Enterprise Security Architecture and Workflow, Database and Application Integration, and he spent the last 4 years as a Senior Partner of a security program management company. Scott will discuss the tactics you can use to optimize your security policies and procedures to ensure that security is working efficiency, effectively, and in alignment with the vision, mission, and goals of your organization.
So, without further ado, let me be the first to welcome you to the Great Conversation. We hope you’ll enjoy the dialogue as much as we do.