End Users '20 under 40' 2014—Jared Junot

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jared Junot, 31

Security specialist, IBERIABANK Corporate Security, New Orleans

Junot was promoted to his current position a year after joining IBERIABANK as a security generalist. Now he’s in charge of physical security for Lafayette, La., Mobile, Ala., and half of the bank’s New Orleans market. “It’s a really great environment that challenges you to come up with solutions. And my supervisor drives personnel to come up with those solutions,” he said.

What inspired you to get into the security industry?

I [have an] undergraduate degree in economics and business administration [and] earned an MBA in 2008, when the stock market crashed. I was fortunate to obtain a position at the bank as a security generalist, where I handled small-level cases and worked special projects. I was challenged on the technology side with equipment testing, verification, and standards to implement. Basically, I taught myself technology and designed risk assessments and other programs to guide our security equipment implementations. Essentially, I built tools to make my job as well as my coworkers’ jobs easier.

If you could have any technology you wanted, without regard to budget, what would it be?

What I would love is the freedom of infinite bandwidth and high megapixel pictures. What would be priceless is the integration of devices and systems—access control tied to the alarm panel, transaction data tied to camera data. Cameras, access control, transaction data would work seamlessly together. I haven’t seen a product that can do it intuitively without some hiccups.

What’s your biggest physical security challenge today, and what do you think it will be five years from now?

Now, it’s relationships with security integrators. I would like for security integrators to service equipment in a timely manner as delays can cause issues. Sometimes billing is a nightmare, with the same bill being sent to numerous departments. I’m shocked by the lack of attention to detail from some integrators. It’s interesting that with all the technology today the best I sometimes get is an invoice spreadsheet with barely a description of the work involved. However, we do have integrators who do get it right and are a pleasure to work with. Five years from now we will see a significant shift as branch models continue to adjust in order meet the demand of clients. The possibilities of teller-less branches or reduced staff branches using teller cash recyclers rather than traditional teller drawers will impact the branch design, camera layouts, physical security devices, and especially, security training for associates to ensure a safe environment.