Friday marked the close of ISC West in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Security Management team was on the ground at the Sands Expo Center to listen in on education sessions and get a first hand look at new technology on the show floor.
One focus at the show was the need for the security industry to continue to diversify itself. In two separate panel discussions on Tuesday, ASIS International members spoke about the need to integrate millennials into the security workforce and to attract--and retain--female talent.
ASIS International Young Professionals Council members Angela Osborne, regional director, Guidepost Solutions, and Michael Brzozowski, risk and compliance manager--physical security, Symcor, talked about how millennials are changing the way we work--asking for greater feedback from supervisors, more flexible work schedules, and career paths that bring value (both on a personal level and a societal level).
The panel also touched on the fact that millennials, unlike other generations, are more likely to leave a position if they do not feel valued or have a poor relationship with their supervisor. In his most recent piece for Security Management's April issue, Senior Editor Mark Tarallo explains best practices for engaging employees to retain top talent.
"Gallup researchers found that organizations that successfully sustain high employee engagement reap serious benefits," Tarallo writes. "On average, profitability is 22 percent higher; productivity, 21 percent higher; absenteeism, 37 percent lower; and there are 48 percent fewer staff safety incidents."
In another panel discussion, ASIS International Women in Security Council members spoke about the benefits of diversifying security teams and challenges they faced entering the profession. These ranged from skepticism about their professional abilities to the lack of confidence to advocate for oneself for raises or promotions.
To combat this, the panelists stressed developing strong mentor-style relationships, getting men in the industry onboard with corporate diversity initiatives, and reaching out to other women in the security industry to recruit them for open positions.
Addressing hiring practices to recruit a diverse pool of candidates is key to changing the face of security. Caroline Wong, vice president of security strategy at Cobalt.io and Donna Kobzaruk, former chair of the Women in Security Council, spoke about this need at an ASIS event in 2017.
"If a senior leader just demands diversity in hiring decisions, there will never be buy-in or a true understanding of the importance," Kobzaruk said. "Once the organization's members are educated on the concept, then it is important to look at those hiring practices."
Along with attending educational sessions, Security Management's team met with a variety of vendors on the show floor to discuss new technology and trends in the marketplace. Top of mind for many vendors was privacy and ensuring that technology is compliant with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation and respecting consumer concerns.
Some companies are meeting this challenge by embracing privacy by design concepts; others are also implementing masking techniques into surveillance, such as masking the faces of individuals in video footage unless two analysts agree that the individual's face should be unmasked due to a security concern.
Security Management's quarterly supplement, Security Technology, plans to explore more of these developments and the ethics of security in its upcoming September issue.