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02/01/2016

Day 2

The second—and final—day went really well down here in Delray Beach. The first session of the day was Ross Bourgeios, Assistant Chief of Public Safety, Mercedes-Benz Superdome/Smoothie King Center/Champion Square—all of the buildings on the Superdome campus. Bourgeios said he has "One of the coolest jobs in America." From Super Bowls to concerts, he has to figure out the security needs. "The security threat for Tool is different from the security threat for Barry Manilow."

"Cybersecurity threatens the physical security stronghold" brought attendees to look at the ways in which cybersecurity and physical security interact. Physical protection has a real impact on cybersecurity, Hikvision sales engineer Joe Coe pointed out. "If somebody gets access to [your equipment], they can install things locally that give them the ability to take that over." 

Panelists Michael Campbell, president and CEO of MachineShop, Brian Lohse, director of sales, Secure-I, and moderator Steve Van Till, Brivo CEO, presented the final session of this year's conference: "Internet of things today and tomorrow." According to Lohse, the "real magic" happens when data gathered from multiple IoT sensors gets analyzed and interpreted into valuable information for the users.

Day 1

The first day started with a great keynote from Tony Cassell, global security director for Dropbox. He emphasized that trust is key when building out a company’s security. At Dropbox, he was told he could pick and choose the technology. To instill trust, he made the process transparent, detailing why certain technologies could be good for the company’s growth, or exactly why they needed to be changed out for better ones.  

“Biometrics: Battle of the body parts” four distinct perspectives of biometric technology were presented: fingerprint, hand geometry, facial recognition, and iris scan, each represented by a manufacturer specializing in the technology. A panel of four SSN “20 under 40” winners, Class of 2015, crowned iris scan the winner. Though, an attendee poll indicated a favor toward facial recognition as the most prominent biometric in the future.

Matthew Slatoff, VP of global security and content protection, for Marvel Studios presented on what it takes to protect a big-budget movie. Sometimes this requires badging and CCTV—traditional security measures. But, when it comes to content protection, you might have to get more creative—like using large umbrellas or parking a big bus in the way to block paparazzi.

In “healthy and wise?” Ashley Ditta, from Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital and Christopher C. Moore, of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Mass., talked about the specific challenges in securing a hospital. Ralph Nerette, director of security and emergency management for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, served as the moderator. Ashley brought up a tactic: following a specific technician regardless of company because they are the one who knows the building and its safety protocols.

Five of Security Systems News’ “20 under 40” winners, Class of 2015, talked about trends in the industry in “Next Gen integrators and end users face off.” A couple of the panelists said that relationships with manufacturers can help security companies and end users plan for the future by hearing about upcoming products.

The day wrapped up with the “20 under 40” reception. SSN was pleased to hand out awards to the 17 honorees who came to this year’s conference.

Monday, before the conference

I've made it down to Delray Beach, Fla., for this year's TechSec Solutions conference. To find out what's happening at the show, check back here for more information.