End Users '20 under 40' 2015—Larry Gladhill
Larry Gladhill, 35
Senior global security specialist, Boston Scientific
Larry Gladhill was introduced to security through a work-study job as a campus patrol officer at the University of New Hampshire. After graduation he took a uniform security position working second-shift at an international company’s data center and was intrigued by the security technology.
“From that point forward, I have focused my career on the niche of access control technology and command center operations,” he said.
Today Gladhill works with enterprise management of access control systems, video management systems and a mass notification system. He’s responsible for project management, vendor management, investigations and oversight of the company’s GSOC operation—which oversees Boston Scientific’s worldwide access control, alarm management, incident recognition, travel security and facilities.
If he could have any technology, Gladhill said, he’d like to “deploy mobile technology within my current security operation. Having the ability to manage and document an incident on-the-move is empowering and could save a company critical time and money.”
How might mobile technology help? Gladhill cited two examples: a patrol vehicle with a mobile camera conducting a sweep of license plates in a parking lot, looking for unauthorized vehicles; and, a patrol officer wearing a camera, reporting everything back to a command center in real-time and archiving the video through a video management platform.
“Mobile alarm notification and management is becoming more and more common today and will be essential for the security guards of tomorrow,” he said.
Gladhill believes the greatest challenge posed to physical security in the next five years is the convergence of physical and cyber security.
“Today, the network team’s risks are also our risks and vice versa. It is a best practice to understand each other’s vulnerabilities as we are all in the same foxhole at the end of the day. In doing so, we can work to protect our workforce, the clinicians and patients we serve, our facilities, data and our intellectual property through one streamlined team approach,” he said.