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Brian Allen, CSO of Time Warner Cable Keynotes The Great Conversation

Posted on Thu, Jul 09, 2015

Brian_Allen_webBellevue, Washington – July 9, 2015 – The Great Conversation in Security, the only forum focused on next generation security leadership, program development, and metrics, will feature the CSO of Time Warner Cable, Brian Allen, as a keynote at the October 13th forum in Chantilly, VA.

“Brian will be speaking about managing risk in the enterprise through business alignment and organizational convergence,” said Ron Worman, Managing Director of The Sage Group. “His story is timely since business leaders are looking for leadership in optimizing the risk management program and delivering on organizational value.”

“I look forward to sharing my story of consolidating the risk management of Time Warner Cable under one uniform approach and management,” said Allen. “The silos our industry accepts increase our risk and our cost. I hope to show there is a more efficient and valuable alternative.”

Allen will be joined by the faculty of the Security Executive Council on October 12 and 13, including the former CSO of Starbucks, Francis D’Addario; the former Fidelity CSO, George Campbell; and the former CSO of Georgia Pacific, Bob Hayes. As well, two of the most respected names in security integration, Kratos Public Safety and Security Solutions (Kratos PSS) and Aronson Security Group (ASG), will be the hosts of the forum.

“The Security Executive Council is excited to return to the Washington D.C. area,” said Francis D’Addario, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty and former CSO, Starbucks. ”The level of conversations and insight we have seen in the NGSL program is outstanding and we look forward to expanding our trusted community further in 2015.”

 

Tags: 'The Great Conversation', Next Generation Security Leader Program

Sage Partner Named Chairman and CEO of Mobile Solutions Provider

Posted on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Tom_2013_ID_World_2_(2)-resized-180Tom Miller, a senior partner in The Sage Group, has been named as Chairman and CEO of Sage's client Quest Solution, Inc. Quest is a leading provider in the technology, software, and mobile data collection systems business.

"Tom has been a strategic thought leader in the mobile data collection market and has led our business practice team in assisting Sage clients around the world, including Bar Code Specialites, Inc. (BCS) and Quest Solution," said Ron Worman, Managing Director of The Sage Group. "Tom will continue to be an independent advisor to The Sage Group as our partners help identify and navigate a Path to Value for our clients."

Miller has more than 30 years of leadership and industry experience, including executive positions with Intermec Corporation, a leader in the automated data collection, wireless, and mobile computing industries.

More information on Quest and Tom Miller’s appointment can be found on the Quest Solution website.

 

Leading Innovation and Change in the Security Industry

Posted on Thu, Apr 02, 2015

The Great Conversation™ Returns to Chantilly, VA

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Bellevue, Washington – April 1, 2015 – The Great Conversation in Security, the only forum focused on next generation security leadership, program development, and metrics, will return to Chantilly, VA on October 12 and 13, 2015 at the Westfields Marriott. Two global integrators, Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions (Kratos PSS) and Aronson Security Group (ASG), will be the hosts of the forum.

"I've been attending security conferences for decades and the Great Conversation stands out for its laser focus on sparking conversations between security professionals," said Ed Bacco, CSO, Secure Gravity, Inc.

The Great Conversation is held annually on both the east and west coast. On March 3 and 4, the forum was held in Seattle, Washington and attracted over 250 senior executives from 85 companies, including 19 states and 3 countries.

“The Great Conversation delivers security executives a path to value for risk, resilience, and leadership,” said Ron Worman, CEO of The Sage Group. “Next generation leadership is fundamental to creating a compelling value proposition for security in the organization.”

“Kratos has personally seen the value from this forum,” said Ben Goodwin, President of Kratos PSS. “We have seen the thought leaders in the industry convene and have serious conversations about how our market is changing and what practices and technology will need to be deployed to meet the challenges ahead. We are pleased to lend our hand and our voice to this premier leadership forum.”

“Aronson Security Group has always believed in leadership, innovation, and change,” said Phil Aronson, President of ASG. “We want to be seen as an advocate for positive steps that add value to our industry. We have seen how the conversations that were initiated at this forum have encouraged new ideas, new coalitions, and transformed change in security executive programs.”

Attendees have two options for attending the Forum: a one-day or two-day program.

  • The two-day program begins with the Security Executive Council’s Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) Program. This is a tuition-based program for current and emerging leaders and their teams led by CSO-level faculty. It takes place on Monday, October 12th.
  • This is followed by The Great Conversation & Technology Showcase Forum on October 13th. The second day includes interactive panel discussions with CSOs, leading technology representatives and breakout sessions showcasing the application of technology through an executive-level case study. The one-day option is for the second day only.

 “The Security Executive Council is excited to return to the Washington D.C. area,” said Francis D’Addario, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty and former CSO, Starbucks. ”The intimacy of the Chantilly, Virginia venue lends itself to capturing necessary insights and nuances from the leaders of our time and of the future.”

 

About The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation in Security is produced by The Sage Group with the support of local hosts to advance the value of all the stakeholders in the risk, resilience, and security industry through a strategically organized and executed leadership event. The Sage Group designs, produces, and manages the event for key members of the risk and security ecosystem.

About ASG

ASG is the premier independent provider of risk, resilience, and security solutions. Through a Global Security Network of partners, ASG delivers end-to-end security program services that drive value and mitigate risk. For over 50 years, ASG has been providing engineering excellence, world class service, and security expertise to premier regional, national, and global organizations.

About Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions

Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos PSS) is an industry leader in security system integration focused on access control, video surveillance, communications, and building automation. Kratos PSS provides a full array of services to its clients such as system design, custom installation, 24/7 technical support, and remote system monitoring. Kratos PSS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS). Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is a specialized National Security Technology business providing mission critical products, services, and solutions for United States National Security priorities. Kratos’ core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing, and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Areas of expertise include C5ISR, satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cyber security, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has a primarily engineering- and technically oriented work force of approximately 3,600.

About The Security Executive Council:

We are a research and advisory firm for security leaders. We have a collective of close to 100 security subject matter experts that have been successful security executives or are recognized industry experts in their field. The resources and tools we develop are constantly evolving to provide maximum value. Some engage with us by way of multi-year “retained” services agreements (Tier 1 Stakeholders). Tier 1 Stakeholders are those that want support on an ongoing basis but also want to have an active role in identifying solutions for the industry. Others come to us for a specific solution to a contained issue. In all the ways people engage with the SEC the bottom line goal is to help define and communicate the value of the Security organization.

About The Sage Group:

Fundamentally, The Sage Group is about value. Sage assists business owners and leadership teams facing a business inflection point around value – how to see value more clearly, how to grow value more effectively, and how to realize value more predictably. Sage works closely with client’s internal stakeholders and the company’s market ecosystem, creating a path to achieve optimized value for their business by defining, accelerating, and sustaining compelling personal, professional, and corporate performance.

 

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Sage Group Partner Joins Quest Solution Inc. Board

Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

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Tom Miller, Partner in The Sage Group®, was added to the Board of Directors of Quest Solution, Inc. on December 2, 2014. Miller assisted Quest and Bar Code Specialties, Inc. (BCS) through their accretive transaction that was announced in November.

"On behalf of Quest Solution, Inc's, Board of Directors, we welcome Tom to our growing roster of experienced executives," stated Jason Griffith, Chairman of the Board for Quest Solution, Inc. "We fully expect Tom to be a critical intellectual asset and to leverage his tremendous reputation and contacts."

Quest Solution is a leading provider in the technology, software, and mobile data collection systems business. In November 2014, the company announced that Bar Code Specialties, Inc. (BCS) joined with Quest Solution, Inc. The company intends on continuing to acquire existing companies with revenues and positive cash flow and, as a result, added Miller to their board.

Quest Solution serves as a national mobility systems integrator with a focus on design, delivery, deployment, and support of fully integrated mobile solutions. The company takes a consultative approach by offering end to end solutions that include hardware, software, communications, and full lifecycle management services. The highly tenured team of professionals simplifies the integration process and delivers proven problem solving solutions backed by numerous customer references.

The recent BCS acquisition is in addition to the recently announced creation of a wholly-owned division focused on commercializing intellectual property, patents and distribution of industry-specific technologies in an array of new verticals. The new division will focus on the acquisition of existing intangibles, which anticipates providing immediate value to the company.

 

About The Sage Group

The Sage Group is a management consulting company that works with executives of small to midsize companies on business transformation and revitalization strategies for value-creating events. The Sage Group has clients in multiple markets including mobile computing, wireless, automated data collection, security, and cloud services. Sage also advises private equity firms and investors in a variety of markets.

Tags: Sage Group, Tom Miller, bar code, mobile data collections systems, solutions

The Great Conversation in Security Announces Agenda and Speakers

Posted on Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Bellevue, Washington – October 1, 2014 –  The Great Conversation in Security, the signature forum for risk, resilience, and security leaders, announced its agenda and speakers for the October 27 and 28 event in Chantilly, Virginia at the Westfields Marriott.

“In a conference-weary industry, The Great Conversation stands out for delivering effective and practical guidance for current and emerging security leaders,” said Tom Mahlik, Deputy CSO and Director, Global Security Services of the MITRE.

TGC Ron webThe Great Conversation answers the question: “What does it take to be a next generation security leader?” Thought leaders and leading practitioners convene to share their best practices, core leadership principles, and the proven solutions that are changing the way security is managed and measured.

“The Great Conversation will focus on the rapid escalation of all-hazards risk, value articulation for its stakeholders, and the enabling technology that provisions next generation security programs,” said Ron Worman, Managing Director of The Sage Group.

The Great Conversation will feature the Security Executive Council’s (SEC) premier leadership executive training forum, The Next Generation Security Leader™ (NGSL) Program, on October 27. “Our industry requires a new framework for relevantly delivering value to our organizations,” said Francis D’Addario, former CSO, Starbucks. “The Next Generation Security Leader program delivers on this promise.”

The forum is driven by 18 CSO-level faculty including but not limited to, Francis D’Addario, Bob Hayes, former CSO, Georgia Pacific, George Campbell, former CSO, Fidelity Investments and Dean Correia, former Director of Corporate Security, Wal-Mart Canada.

CSO-level speakers from organizations like Delta Airlines, Dell Computer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Boeing Company and RTI International will share their experiences leading innovation and change within their organizations while implementing next generation programs.

The Great Conversation in Security forum and community has a 10 year track record of delivering a path to value for risk, resilience, and security executive leaders who are challenged by decreasing budgets, lack of security metrics to justify their value, limited bandwidth to deploy, and increasing global risk.

Besides an executive level curriculum on day one, day two promises vetted case studies and engaging key note presentations. This will include critical trends that will impact the future of security programs, a prescription for delivering value during and after "an event," and a CSO-led table top exercise that simulates the road mapping and planning process with and through a partner and vendor ecosystem.

National integrators, Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions (Kratos PSS) and Aronson Security Group (ASG) will act as hosts of the forum to the security leaders, consultants, integrators, and technology vendors that compose The Great Conversation.

“Kratos has personally seen the value of a Great Conversation to security executives,” said Ben Goodwin, President of Kratos PSS. “We have seen the thought leaders in the industry convene and have serious conversations about how our market is changing and what practices and technology will need to be deployed to meet the challenges ahead. We are pleased to lend our hand and our voice to this premier leadership forum.”

“Aronson Security Group has always believed in leadership, change, and innovation,” said Phil Aronson, President of ASG. “We want to be seen as an advocate for positive steps that add value to our industry. We have seen how the conversations started at this forum have encouraged new ideas, new coalitions, and transformed change in security executive programs.”

 

 About The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation in Security is designed and produced by The Sage Group to advance the value of all the stakeholders in the risk, resilience, and security industry. Sage does this through a strategically organized and executed leadership event. Each ‘Great Conversation’ demands attention to relationships and the best ideas come from the collective strength of the stakeholders in the industry: security and risk executives and their teams, consultants, analysts, technology vendors, and Integrators. We listen to their questions, challenges, and their answers. This is the starting point. Then, we search for the threads that seem to bind them together, creating the theme for The Great Conversation.

About ASG

ASG is the premier independent provider of risk, resilience, and security solutions. Through a Global Security Network of partners, ASG delivers end-to-end security program services that drive value and mitigate risk. For over 50 years, ASG has been providing engineering excellence, world class service, and security expertise to premier regional, national, and global organizations.

 About Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions

Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos PSS) is an industry leader in security system integration focused on access control, video surveillance, and building automation. Kratos PSS provides a full array of services to its clients such as system design, custom installation, 24/7 technical support, and remote system monitoring. Kratos PSS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS). Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is a specialized National Security Technology business providing mission critical products, services, and solutions for United States National Security priorities. Kratos’ core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing, and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Areas of expertise include C5ISR, satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cyber security, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has a primarily engineering- and technical-oriented work force of approximately 3,600.

About The Security Executive Council

The Security Executive Council provides strategy, insight, and resources to risk mitigation decision makers. Taking input from all industry segments the Council incorporates it into proven practices to provide an array of options that solve pressing issues. With a faculty of more than 100 successful experienced security executives, we work one-on-one with Tier 1 Security Leaders™ to help them reduce risk and add to corporate profitability in the process.

 

Tags: Next Generation Security Leader, Security Executive Council, The Sage Group, risk, leadership, 'The Great Conversation', resilience, innovation

The Great Conversation in Security Announces Agenda and Speakers

Posted on Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Bellevue, Washington – October 1, 2014 –  The Great Conversation in Security, the signature forum for risk, resilience, and security leaders, announced its agenda and speakers for the October 27 and 28 event in Chantilly, Virginia at the Westfields Marriott.

“In a conference-weary industry, The Great Conversation stands out for delivering effective and practical guidance for current and emerging security leaders,” said Tom Mahlik, Deputy CSO and Director, Global Security Services of the MITRE Corporation.

TGC_Ron_webThe Great Conversation answers the question: “What does it take to be a next generation security leader?” Thought leaders and leading practitioners convene to share their best practices, core leadership principles, and the proven solutions that are changing the way security is managed and measured.

“The Great Conversation will focus on the rapid escalation of all-hazards risk, value articulation for its stakeholders, and the enabling technology that provisions next generation security programs,” said Ron Worman, Managing Director of The Sage Group.

The Great Conversation will feature the Security Executive Council’s (SEC) premier leadership executive training forum, The Next Generation Security Leader™ (NGSL) Program, on October 27. “Our industry requires a new framework for relevantly delivering value to our organizations,” said Francis D’Addario, former CSO, Starbucks. “The Next Generation Security Leader program delivers on this promise.”

The forum is driven by 18 CSO-level faculty including but not limited to, Francis D’Addario, Bob Hayes, former CSO, Georgia Pacific, George Campbell, former CSO, Fidelity Investments and Dean Correia, former Director of Corporate Security, Wal-Mart Canada.

CSO-level speakers from organizations like Delta Airlines, Dell Computer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Boeing Company and RTI International will share their experiences leading innovation and change within their organizations while implementing next generation programs.

The Great Conversation in Security forum and community has a 10 year track record of delivering a path to value for risk, resilience, and security executive leaders who are challenged by decreasing budgets, lack of security metrics to justify their value, limited bandwidth to deploy, and increasing global risk.

Besides an executive level curriculum on day one, day two promises vetted case studies and engaging key note presentations. This will include critical trends that will impact the future of security programs, a prescription for delivering value during and after "an event," and a CSO-led table top exercise that simulates the road mapping and planning process with and through a partner and vendor ecosystem.

National integrators, Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions (Kratos PSS) and Aronson Security Group (ASG) will act as hosts of the forum to the security leaders, consultants, integrators, and technology vendors that compose The Great Conversation.

“Kratos has personally seen the value of a Great Conversation to security executives,” said Ben Goodwin, President of Kratos PSS. “We have seen the thought leaders in the industry convene and have serious conversations about how our market is changing and what practices and technology will need to be deployed to meet the challenges ahead. We are pleased to lend our hand and our voice to this premier leadership forum.”

“Aronson Security Group has always believed in leadership, change, and innovation,” said Phil Aronson, President of ASG. “We want to be seen as an advocate for positive steps that add value to our industry. We have seen how the conversations started at this forum have encouraged new ideas, new coalitions, and transformed change in security executive programs.”

 

 About The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation in Security is designed and produced by The Sage Group to advance the value of all the stakeholders in the risk, resilience, and security industry. Sage does this through a strategically organized and executed leadership event. Each ‘Great Conversation’ demands attention to relationships and the best ideas come from the collective strength of the stakeholders in the industry: security and risk executives and their teams, consultants, analysts, technology vendors, and Integrators. We listen to their questions, challenges, and their answers. This is the starting point. Then, we search for the threads that seem to bind them together, creating the theme for The Great Conversation.

About ASG

ASG is the premier independent provider of risk, resilience, and security solutions. Through a Global Security Network of partners, ASG delivers end-to-end security program services that drive value and mitigate risk. For over 50 years, ASG has been providing engineering excellence, world class service, and security expertise to premier regional, national, and global organizations.

 About Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions

Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos PSS) is an industry leader in security system integration focused on access control, video surveillance, and building automation. Kratos PSS provides a full array of services to its clients such as system design, custom installation, 24/7 technical support, and remote system monitoring. Kratos PSS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS). Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is a specialized National Security Technology business providing mission critical products, services, and solutions for United States National Security priorities. Kratos’ core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing, and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Areas of expertise include C5ISR, satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cyber security, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has a primarily engineering- and technical-oriented work force of approximately 3,600.

About The Security Executive Council

The Security Executive Council provides strategy, insight, and resources to risk mitigation decision makers. Taking input from all industry segments the Council incorporates it into proven practices to provide an array of options that solve pressing issues. With a faculty of more than 100 successful experienced security executives, we work one-on-one with Tier 1 Security Leaders™ to help them reduce risk and add to corporate profitability in the process.

 

Tags: Sage Group, Next Generation Security Leader, The Great Conversation, Aronson Security Group, Security, Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions

The Great Conversation in Security Launches in Washington D.C.

Posted on Mon, Jun 09, 2014

TGC EastBellevue, Washington – June 5, 2014 – The Sage Group, a strategic leadership, business planning, and marketing advisory announced the expansion of its executive leadership forum. After 12 years and tremendous success in the Seattle area, The Great Conversation is coming to the Washington D.C. area with their hosts, Aronson Security Group and Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions.

“More than ever, Risk, Resilience, and Security leaders are seeking to advance their knowledge of new leadership and security management best practices,” said Ron Worman, founder and managing director of The Sage Group. “By doing this, they are able to align their program with their organization’s mission. This helps them to identify the unique integration of people’s roles within a process using technology. The outcome is a more efficient, resilient, adaptable, and valuable program.”

“The Great Conversation is fueled by a cross functional advisory of stakeholders within the industry. This has resulted in a MBA infused curriculum, compelling use cases, and thought leaders in an intense two-day forum that we call – The Great Conversation.”

“The Security Executive Council has been attending and supporting The Great Conversation for years,” said Francis D’Addario, Emeritus faculty and past CSO of Starbucks. “We launched our Next Generation Security Leader Program 2 years ago, which now regularly precedes the forum. Combining NGSL with The Great Conversation creates an executive learning series that is unparalleled in our industry.”

“Our industry needTGCs a forum like this to constantly stretch our vision and give us tools to identify and leverage our value to the organizations that we serve,” said Phil Aronson, President of ASG.  “This is a need for security executives, consultants, integrators, and technology vendors.”

“The more we learn about the perspectives of others, the smarter we become,” said Ben Goodwin, President of Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions. “The Great Conversation is the melting pot of lessons learned and best practices in our industry.”

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About The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation in Security is designed and produced by The Sage Group to advance the value of all the stakeholders in the risk, resilience, and security industry. Sage does this through a strategically organized and executed leadership event. Each ‘Great Conversation’ demands attention to relationships and the best ideas come from the collective strength of the stakeholders in the industry: security and risk executives and their teams, consultants, analysts, technology vendors, and Integrators. We listen to their questions, challenges, and their answers. This is the starting point. Then, we search for the threads that seem to bind them together, creating the theme for The Great Conversation.

About ASG

ASG is the premier independent provider of risk, resilience, and security solutions. Through a Global Security Network of partners, ASG delivers end-to-end security program services that drive value and mitigate risk. For over 50 years, ASG has been providing engineering excellence, world class service, and security expertise to premier regional, national, and
global organizations.

About Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions

Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos PSS) is an industry leader in security system integration focused on access control, video surveillance, and building automation. Kratos PSS provides a full array of services to its clients such as system design, custom installation, 24/7 technical support, and remote system monitoring. Kratos PSS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS). Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is a specialized National Security Technology business providing mission critical products, services, and solutions for United States National Security priorities. Kratos’ core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing, and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Areas of expertise include C5ISR, satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cyber security, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has a primarily engineering-and technical-oriented work force of approximately 3,600.

About The Security Executive Council

The Security Executive Council provides strategy, insight, and resources to risk mitigation decision makers. Taking input from all industry segments the Council incorporates it into proven practices to provide an array of options that solve pressing issues. With a faculty of more than 100 successful experienced security executives, we work one-on-one with Tier 1 Security Leaders™ to help them reduce risk and add to corporate profitability in the process.

 

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Next Generation Integrators Host The Great Conversation™

Posted on Fri, Mar 07, 2014

TGC East Coast EventKratos and Aronson Collaborate to Drive Innovation

Bellevue, Washington – March 7, 2014 - The Sage Group®, the authors of the Path to Value™ methodology for driving personal, professional, and corporate value, announced today that Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos) and Aronson Security Group (ASG) will co-host The Great Conversation 2014 in the Washington D.C. area on October 27 and 28, 2014.

“We had many requests to produce The Great Conversation outside the Pacific Northwest,” said Ron Worman, Managing Director of The Sage Group, “but every Great Conversation requires a host that leads change and innovative best practices in the industry. Kratos and ASG represent that next generation of Security Solution Providers.”

“Kratos has seen what a Great Conversation looks like,” said Ben Goodwin, President of Kratos Public
Safety & Security Solutions. “We have seen the thought leaders in the industry convene and have serious conversations about how our market is changing and what practices and technology will need to be deployed to meet the challenges ahead. We are pleased to lend our hand and our voice to this premier leadership forum.”

“Aronson Security Group has always believed in leadership, change, and innovation,” said Phil Aronson, President of ASG. “We want to be seen as an advocate for positive steps that add value to our industry.
The great conversations started at this forum have stimulated new ideas, new coalitions, and have continued to create change in security executive programs.”

The Great Conversation will feature the Security Executive Council’s (SEC) premier leadership executive training forum, The Next Generation Security Leader™ (NGSL) Program II, on October 27. This has been a tradition at The Great Conversation, starting with the launch of the SEC’s physical offering of the NGSL two years ago. The inclusion of this executive leadership program has helped guide topics and content at both events.

 
About The Sage Group:
Fundamentally, The Sage Group is about "value." Sage assists business owners and leadership teams facing a business inflection point around "value": how to see "value" more clearly, how to grow "value" more effectively, and how to realize "value" more predictably. Sage works closely with its client’s internal resources and the company’s market ecosystem creating a path to achieve optimized value for their business by defining, accelerating, and sustaining compelling personal, professional, and corporate performance.

About The Great Conversation
The Great Conversation in Security is produced by The Sage Group with the support of local hosts to advance the value of all the stakeholders in the risk, resilience, and security industry through a strategically organized and executed leadership event. The Sage Group designs and manages the event for key members of the risk and security ecosystem. www.the-sage-group.com/greatconversation

About ASG
Aronson Security Group (ASG) is the premier independent provider of risk, resilience, and security solutions. By creating a Global Security Network of partners, ASG provides end-to-end Security ‘Value Stream’ Services that drive value and mitigate risk through 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.

About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) is a specialized National Security Technology Company providing mission critical products, services and solutions for United States National Security. Kratos' core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing, and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Kratos' areas of expertise include Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cyber security, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 3,850. The vast majority of Kratos' work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos' primary end customers are National Security related agencies.

About The Security Executive Council:
The Security Executive Council provides strategy, insight, and resources to risk mitigation decision makers. Taking input from all industry segments the Council incorporates it into proven practices to provide an array of options that solve pressing issues. With a Faculty of more than 100 successful experienced security executives we work one-on-one with Tier 1 Security Leaders™ to help them reduce risk and add to corporate profitability in the process.

Tags: The Sage Group, The Great Conversation, Aronson Security Group, leadership, Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, best practices

Keynote for The Great Conversation in Security Announced

Posted on Tue, Dec 10, 2013

Caitlin Durkovich

The Sage Group, a strategic leadership, business model and marketing advisory announced the first keynote for its premier leadership event: The Great Conversation

Caitlin Durkovich, is the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  In her role, she leads the Departments efforts to strengthen public-private partnerships and coordinate programs to protect the Nations critical infrastructure, assess and mitigate risk, build resilience, and strengthen incident response and recovery. She will present “Building a More Resilient Future for Critical Infrastructure.“

“The Sage Group monitors the conversations within the risk, resilience and security community” said Ron Worman, Managing Director of The Sage Group. “Over and over again we heard of Assistant Secretary Durkovich’s ability to convey the value of an integrated threat strategy involving public and private collaboration. We are honored to have her contribute her voice to The Great Conversation.”

“More than ever, security executives are realizing the need to create relationships within the private and public sector to enhance their risk mitigation efforts”, said Nigel Waterton, Corporate Strategy and Development. “Assistant Secretary Durkovich has been recognized as a gifted speaker and thought leader in this area providing her voice in The Great Conversation.” 

Assistant Secretary Durkovich will address the threat level to the nation’s critical infrastructure while providing a framework by which executives can evolve their strategies and investment in collaboration with government and other privately held companies.  As well, she will be attending the ASG President’s Dinner hosted by The Great Conversation sponsor Aronson Security Group.

“We are honored to have the Assistant Secretary join us to meet our community of leaders”, said Phil Aronson, President of Aronson Security Group. “We know her contributions will be appreciated and we look forward to her address.” 

The Great Conversation begins on Monday, March 3rd at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Seattle’s waterfront with the Security Executive Council’s Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) Program.  The NGSL will be launching Phase II of their proven leadership program.  Tuesday, March 4th will continue the event with The Great Conversation and Technology Showcase, which will include Assistant Secretary Caitlin Dukovich’s presentation as well insight from other thought leaders on the main stage, a full day of educational breakout sessions, and the technology showcase sponsors.

About The Great Conversation™

The Great Conversation in Security is produced by The Sage Group with the support of local hosts to advance the value of all the stakeholders in the risk, resilience and security industry through a strategically organized and executed leadership event. The Sage Group designs and manages the event for key members of the risk and security ecosystem. www.the-sage-group.com/greatconversation

 

About The Next Generation Security Leader™ Program

This tuition-based program was developed by a number of the industry’s “most influential leaders in security".  NGSL arms current and emerging leaders with the needed tools for professional development and continuous organizational improvement. The program is approved and tested on six continents with the acclaimed University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of International Business. http://www.the-sage-group.com/become-a-next-generation-security-leader 

 

 

Tags: The Sage Group, The Great Conversation, Aronson Security Group, critical infrastructure, risk mitigation efforts, ASG President’s Dinner, Department of Homeland Security

The Great Conversation Continues: March 3-4 in Seattle

Posted on Thu, Nov 07, 2013

The Great ConversationThe Sage Group announced the return of The Great Conversation to Seattle’s Bell Harbor International Conference Center on March 3 and 4, 2014. This year’s event will explore themes around leadership and change, the importance of a common operating picture as well as key technology platforms of security.

The host of the Seattle event will be Aronson Security Group (ASG), the premiere independent integrator of risk, resilience and security solutions. ASG continues to provide leadership within the industry by redefining the practice of integration through collaboration, best practices, and professional disciplines. ASG has become an information management business focused on creating adaptable and resilient organizations and communities.

Sage will be assembling a unique blend of industry thought leaders, security executives who have demonstrated innovative approaches to their programs, and leading technology vendors who are creating tools that optimize the way security leaders manage their programs. And, like last year, Sage is partnering with The Security Executive Council (SEC) to offer Phase II of the Next Generation Security Leader™ (NGSL) Program.

The NGSL will be presented on Monday, March 3, 2014 the day before The Great Conversation.  Sage has worked with the SEC to create an exclusive bundled package for security executives and their teams to attend both events.

The Security Executive Council is the Thought Leadership Partner for The Great Conversation contributing their value through organizing, leveraging and syndicating knowledge from many of the security industry’s knowledge leaders and practitioners.

“This is an event that focuses on bringing together security leadership from around the world to share ideas and advance solutions to industry challenges today as well as help to create  strategic roadmaps for the future,” explains Phil Aronson, CEO of Aronson Security Group. “Every year we are reminded by our attendees how valuable this event is to their programs and people. Taking part in these great conversations allows us all to direct and create positive change in the industry.”

Participants in The Great Conversation will also be able to network with other security executives, integrators, practitioners, thought leaders and leading technology vendors. “The Great Conversation is where theory and practice converge,” said Francis D’Addario, Emeritus Faculty with the Security Executive Council. ”The attendance was overwhelming last year for our NGSL Program and we are pleased to once again offer this exclusive bundled package of our first release of Phase II of the NGSL Program. The Great Conversation two-day program allows us to bring together some of the best minds in the industry to speak with and directly answer the questions that need to be answered.”

The key issues and industry trends that will be discussed in the NGSL are aligned with industry thought leaders in The Great Conversation & Technology Showcase on March 4. Anyone attending the NGSL is admitted to both events. Separate one-day registration will be available as well.

Registration for the complete Great Conversation Event includes the Next Generation Security Leader Program, a seat at The ASG President's Dinner and admission to the Great Conversation & Technology Showcase for a discounted price of only $950. Attendees can also register for the one day Great Conversation & Technology Showcase separately if they are unable to attend the two day event. 

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