Sage Conversations

The Great Conversation Forum and Review

Posted on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

After finishing two intense days (October 27 and 28 in Virginia), with their peers reviewing best practices, innovations, and case studies, the executives invited to The Great Conversation and the Next Generation Security Leader program agreed, the forum impacted them in profound ways.

The forum started with the Security Executive Council’s (SEC) Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) program. Francis D’Addario, SEC Emeritus Faculty Lead and former CSO of Starbucks, facilitated close to 100 senior executives through a powerful series of sessions designed to inform, inspire, and create the context for innovation within their risk, resilience, and security programs.

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Tags: Next Generation Security Leader, The Great Conversation, Leadership event, executive leadership

Protecting Data Centers

Posted on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

By: Danny Garrido, President, Traka USA

Protecting Data Centers provides a unique challenge for security professionals. Access control to these areas is important because they house highly sensitive business information.
Data is growing at an exponential rate, which means Data Centers and security surrounding that data is growing alongside with it. As companies in all sectors—including health care, retail, finance, and government—build these infrastructures, there are many standards to choose from when it comes to how to best secure that data and the facility that houses it. Yet as data centers continue to grow to keep up with the demand, seemingly, the security measures to protect companies’ most sensitive information are not receiving the same priority.

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Tags: The Sage Group, Security, 'The Great Conversation', Traka, data centers, hacking, critical server access

A Ring of Protection Recipe for Secure City Collaboration

Posted on Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Eight cities covering more than 200 square miles around the greater Minneapolis area have created a unique collaboration that may be a recipe for success that others might follow.

The eight cities formed a valuable relationship by connecting the municipalities’ video surveillance to protect citizens and quickly resolve incidents that can cross between their borders. They now have city-specific control over their monitoring but can quickly
connect with neighboring cities at the time and context of need.

The process included the following steps:

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Tags: Security, 'The Great Conversation', camera, Milestone, IP video management software, open platform technology, Pro-Tec, surveillance

The Right Level of Door Security Part 3: Online Access Control

Posted on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Article contributed by: Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management - EAC, ASSA ABLOY Americas

In the last of this three-part series, we'll explore the considerations for selecting online access control. Online systems are located to the far right on the security continuum and represent the highest level of security. Online systems give you real-time communications between the device and the security management system.

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Tags: Great Conversation, assa abloy, door security, online access control, security management system, Wiegand devices, power over ethernet

Security Metrics That Matter

Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2014

INQUIRE Our stakeholders, extended networks, and community members often ask: “What are the metrics that matter most for security risk mitigation?" The answer(s), like our clients, are diverse and varied. Performance measurement relevancy, like beauty, is often “in the eye of the beholder.” Oft credited to the likes of Shakespeare or Benjamin Franklin, the phrase intuitively represents a more ancient truth. Beauty, or what matters most, is subject to the cultural lens and values of your client organization.

CONSIDER Leadership imperatives are arguably job one. What are the goals and aspirations of the institution? How are they communicated in annual reporting? How are you enabling strategic objectives? Projects and programs which quantifiably and qualitatively align to achieve leadership goals, get funded.

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Tags: Security Executive Council, The Great Conversation, Sage Group; Security; Metrics, performance indicators, protection value

A Scorecard for IP Video for Mobile Applications

Posted on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

By Samsung Techwin America

Buses, subways, trains, police cars, and other transit vehicles can be a challenging environment to capture video. The changing landscape of our security has required owners and operators to take a hard look at their vehicle and determine if they need video evidence to mitigate risk. In the past, there were not many camera and recording systems tailored specifically to the mobile market, leading to installation or maintenance issues.

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Tags: The Sage Group, The Great Conversation, Security, camera, Samsung, IP Video, mobile applicaions, recording solution

Cameras Pass With Flying Colors at TX School District

Posted on Wed, Sep 10, 2014


Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) is a recognized leader in college and career readiness in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, offering a comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs of every student. The District consists of roughly 41 square miles tucked along the Texas/Mexico border and serves almost 16,000 students in four high schools, four junior high schools, fourteen elementary schools, and two special needs schools. Administrative offices and warehouses are also part of the facilities belonging to Mission CISD.


For school districts across the country, video surveillance and security systems are no longer an option – they are must-haves. Mission CISD had an analog surveillance system in place but found that its effectiveness was hampered by many limitations. First, the resolution of the images produced by the analog cameras was too low for identification. Next, after-the-fact forensic investigations were more difficult, if not impossible, to conduct due to the poor quality of the video that was captured. Finally, because the pan/tilt units were often facing the wrong direction at critical times, there was always a strong possibility that they would not capture video of an event that would be helpful in an investigation.

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Tags: The Sage Group, Security, 'The Great Conversation', Arecont Vision, megapixel camera, compression technology, surveillance coverage, remote zoom

Asset Protection: The Unstudied Subject at Universities

Posted on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

By: Danny Garrido, President, TRAKA USA

While the issue of personal security retains a high profile across universities in the United States, there is another subject that hasn’t gained quite as much attention from administrators, but is important to a well-run and safer campus. It takes a back seat because it’s not a high profile consideration for most schools – asset protection. Most of the time they are write-offs or a cost of doing business – that is until a new CFO or Manager takes over and looks at things with a fresh set of eyes and realizes they are spending a significant amount of dollars replacing or repairing assets every month. And assuming you even know what’s missing…“you can’t measure what you don’t manage.”

If you say the words “asset protection” to a facilities director, that individual may think of the money put into building a new football field or research facility and the importance of those facilities to selling the university to prospective students. A football field can be vandalized or equipment stolen from the locker rooms and materials can mysteriously disappear from important research projects. The reality is, internal theft takes place at college campuses across the U.S. every day, just like in casinos, retail stores, hospitals, or liquor stores. That’s why many of these businesses establish internal security controls to prevent theft by employees and capture or deter bad behavior.

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Tags: The Sage Group, Security, 'The Great Conversation', Traka, asset protection, universities, key management program, intelligent keys

Cameras Help MetLife Stadium Keep an Eye on Safety

Posted on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Located in the Meadowlands and part of the MetLife Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium is home to the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets. The $1.6 billion stadium was financed and built by a joint venture between the two teams, who operate it through the New Meadowlands Stadium Company. The stadium opened in April 2010 and boasts a seating capacity of 82,500, making it one of the NFL®’s largest stadiums. On February 2, 2014, MetLife Stadium played host to Super Bowl® XLVIII.

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Tags: The Sage Group, The Great Conversation, Security, Arecont Vision, automatic Identification and Mobility Association, camera, panoramic view cameras, surveillance system, command center, crowd management situations

The Right Level of Door Security Part 2: Wireless Access Control

Posted on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Article contributed by: Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management - EAC, ASSA ABLOY Americas

Last week, in Part 1 of this three-part series, we introduced the concept of using the security continuum to maximize security budgets by matching the locking technology to the specific requirements and risks for each opening.

Next, we'll move up the continuum and delve into wireless solutions. Here you begin to realize the advantages of secure wireless technologies that tie into the security management system.

Are all wireless systems the same?

There are a number of different wireless systems in the market today, and ASSA ABLOY has two distinct offerings in wireless security:

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Tags: The Great Conversation, Security, assa abloy, securing the opening, door security