ASG Principal to Speak at Securing the Supply Chain Forum

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Joe Zacarria, CFDC, Principal in the Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG) of ADT|ASG, will be a featured speaker at the “Farm to Fork” Securing the Supply Chain Forum in Walla Walla, Washington on October 26, 2018.

According to the Forum, Joe is “driving the innovation and optimization of Security Risk Management Services (SRMS).” SRMS is an industry category describing end-to-end risk, resilience and security services based on Enterprise Security Risk Management principles and best practices.

At the forum, Joe will be addressing the vulnerability of the food supply chain. He will be discussing the overall preparedness, response and recovery capability needed in the food industry. This is not only critical to the viability of the companies in the supply chain but also to the health of our state and nation. Walla Walla is known for its wine industry and Joe will be spending some time addressing the unique needs of this community in addition to his broader subject matter.

This will include an overview of how risk assessments and strategic security plans reduce vulnerabilities. Food safety is a specialized field. Joe has a CFDC certification, which translates into Certified Food Defense Coordinator.

As well, Joe is a Senior Fellow with the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management representing 34 community and technical colleges, public agencies and private sector organizations.

Registration for the conference is free. Please visit the Farm to Fork website registration

Sponsors include the Agricultural Center of Excellence, the Homeland Security Emergency Management Center of Excellence and the Global Trade and Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence.

"Trust is a Currency"...Well, Yes, But...


Of the last six projects I've worked on five have included some analysis work between a client and a service provider. Sometimes it’s an Integrator, sometimes a guarding company. One project had both. With one exception (a Bangalore-based Integrator) there were relationship dysfunctions between the clients and the providers with the clients believing the problem was the providers. My job, among other things, was to figure why the provider is "bad" and what should be done to fix it. As per the link below trust IS a currency, both gained and lost between two or more parties. The degradation of trust is almost always a two-way phenomenon. We all tend to see a two-way problem as being more of the other parties’ problem, especially where we’re paying them to perform.

In two instances I found the provider's behavior to be seriously problematic and the client's concerns more than valid. Indeed, their concerns underestimated the risks and impacts. However, in the three other instances the dysfunction was more equal: The Provider was as equally frustrated with the client but felt constrained due to the financial relationship and calling out poor client behavior could jeopardize the contract. In one instance, the client’s unhappiness was driven by non-security stakeholders and the Provider was trying juggle many unaligned client stakeholder expectations and manage perceptions! So, the provider’s own behavior exacerbated the client’s doubts.

There are a variety of techniques used to bridge gaps and mend fences where client and provider problems are concerned. The two questions I always ask first is “Do you want to fix the relationship or is it beyond repair” and “Are you open to feedback that, as a client, there are behaviors you need to change”. The answers tell me what to do.

Client and provider relationships ought to be built on trust; if trust is a currency then it has to have equal value both ways. The more openness to client/provider transactions - like services, feedback, and refining the expectations - the more rewarding the trust relationship becomes. Isn’t that what we all want?

Author: William Plante, ASP ITIL V3 , Senior Principal at Aronson Security Group

Note: William is a prolific author on LinkedIn. This was syndicated from his article posted on his site

Homeland Security Emergency Management announces ASG Principal as Senior Fellow


October 9, 2018, Renton, Washington. Joe Zaccaria, CFDC, Principal with the Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG) of ASG, was named a Senior Fellow of the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) this month.

As a Senior Fellow, Zaccaria becomes a member of the HSEM Training and Education Institute that works with the Center of Excellence to pursue knowledge and best practices toward building resilience in education organizations, business and government agencies, Washington State, as well as impacting the HSEM community nationwide.

“The appointment as Senior Fellow honors your achievements, contributions and/or service within your professional domain”, said the Director of the Center of Excellence of HSEM, Linda Crerar, MA ABS in a letter to Zaccaria.

“The Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG) is focused on creating a path to value for risk, resilience and security executives by combining our market research, best practices and risk assessment methodology with innovations in technology”, said Ed Bacco, ASG Chief Security Officer. “Joe’s experience in food defense, enterprise risk assessments and hazards mitigation planning will align with HSEM’s and eSRG’s purpose and community.”

Joe Zaccaria is a 30-year security industry veteran. He is a Certified Food Defense Coordinator (CFDC) and an authority in the areas of food defense, regulated industry security, corporate risk management, and threat, risk, and vulnerability assessments.


Aronson Security Group (ASG), an ADT company, is the premier independent provider of Security Risk Management Services (SRMS). By creating a Global Security Network of partners, ASG provides services that drive value, resilience and the mitigation of risk through strategic consulting, technology solutions, and professional services. Building on a strong reputation for service for over 50 years, ASG provides engineering excellence, world-class service, and security expertise to premier regional, national, and global organizations.

State of the Market: Access Control 2018

State of the Market: Access Control 2018

SDM turns every year to industry thought leaders to understand the trends in our industry. We have provided an excerpt with a link to read the whole article. Phil Aronson was quoted in the article:

“The ability to aggregate the data, analyze it and turn it into intelligence that you can act on is the challenge. We see the emergence of a hub or platform that increasingly manages interoperable applications and sensors. Some of the access control vendors are beginning to position for just that.”

Will Security Enterprises Survive the Digital Transformation?

Will Security Enterprises Survive the Digital Transformation?

The Great Conversation producers, The Sage Group, told us they had a very compelling conversation with Michael Foynes, Senior Director, Global Security Operations for Microsoft regarding the digital transformation of business and the security program. Phil Aronson had written an article for Security Magazine in December, published in January 2018, in which he also referred to this and we offer it to you through our blog.  

Culture First, Technology Third


The Great Conversation on March 5 & 6 will feature a conversation around culture and security by the security executive of a Fortune 100 organization. In this column, by Phil Aronson, published by Security Magazine, we get another perspective on why culture, as Drucker once said, trumps strategy for breakfast. 

As a Security Risk Management Services (SRMS) provider, we understand that most security programs will be underleveraged or undervalued if there is not an assessment of the organization’s culture.

The bottom line: Culture is another way of saying “This is how we do things around here.” In most cases, what is written down or hung on the wall does not align with “how we do things around here.” People will perform their roles, work within their processes and utilize technology to get things done; but the values that under-gird their behavior and the ability to understand them and leverage them is one of the keys to unlocking the value of security.

We know from the subject matter experts in the industry that there are tools that can be leveraged to self-assess as well as form the basis for a collaboration with a consulting firm that has a practice in organizational change management.

One self-assess tool is on the Australian Government’s Organizational Resilience website. Thank you to Ray Bernard, one of the best security minds in the industry, for referring us to the site: This graphic from the site (above) is a compelling reminder of the leverage the culture has in the outcome from a serious event.

However, the culture also can be used proactively to provide a force multiplier in the reach and practice of mitigating risk.

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