Collaborative Security: What’s in it for you?

No security organization is an island. Time and time again, experience shows that results are best achieved through collaboration between public and private sectors, among agencies, and across city departments. Threats can be identified and mitigated faster, investigations can be resolved quicker, and money can be saved.

So, what is collaborative security? Why is it a growing trend? And why should you care?

On April 1st at 11:30 a.m., I’ll be moderating a panel at ISC West on exactly this subject where three security visionaries will examine: the role of public/private partnerships in collaborative security, funding implications, how to create an effective collaborative security ecosystem, and how to extend existing security investments within a city, county or region to maximize ROI. 

Joining me for this panel will be:

  • Chris Swecker, CEO of Chris Swecker Enterprises and Chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission in North Carolina (former FBI Assistant Director and former Bank of America Global Security Director).

Many cities are now forming video sharing arrangements with private entities so they can enhance their situational awareness and response capabilities when incidents occur, and conduct quicker investigations after-the-fact. Chris will talk about these trends in video surveillance, the concept of merging public/private video systems, and the benefits from both a real-time situational awareness and forensic standpoint. He will highlight the concept of collaborative security in the context of high profile incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing. 

  • Tony Ruiz III,Security Administrator for the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department.


Tony will talk about how the Public Utilities Department, which manages one of the U.S.’s largest and most complex water storage, treatment, and delivery systems, has centralized security monitoring of its entire infrastructure (including administration buildings, laboratories, pump stations, filtration plants, reservoirs and dams). He will also discuss plans to leverage these existing security resources and technology to extend monitoring services to other City departments, such as Park and Recreation, Libraries, etc.

  • John Chaney, Mobility Architect with the Harris County Information Technology Center which supports the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office oversees security for the Houston Ship Channel and through his role as technologist, Mr. Chaney has helped support the Houston Ship Channel Security District’s core mission of deploying a well-coordinated, system-wide approach to security. The Houston Ship Channel Security District (HSCSD) is a unique public-private partnership that enables HSCSD members to collectively invest in the infrastructure and resources necessary to secure the Ship Channel’s extensive waterside and landside facilities, supply chain and industries. Another facet of the HSCSD security model is a layered protection approach that requires close coordination among multiple local, regional and federal authorities. John will discuss these two important aspects of collaborative security and highlight his vision for expanding this model regionally.

I hope you can make time while at ISC West to attend this informative panel.


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