Those of us who joined the security industry when it was primarily “guards, guns and gates” are quite familiar with our market’s age-old struggle (pun intended) to attract young people to its ranks. Over the last decade, though, the demographics of the industry have begun a slow shift as younger people, attracted by the new possibilities and reach of new technology and higher education, are beginning to view the industry in a whole new light.
This new generation of practitioners, however, has not totally eschewed guards, guns and gates. Instead, they have combined these more basic elements of security with new, sophisticated technology platforms and high-level organizational policies. Together, these form proactive, holistic security programs that, more often than not, provide benefits far surpassing the traditional expectations of many security departments.
To recognize the accomplishments of this group of “new recruits”, the security publication Security Director News has issued their annual “20 Under 40” Awards, the winners having been selected from more than 100 individual nominees. These award winners are seen as future leaders in the physical security industry; selected not only for their youth and experience but their savvy and understanding of new and emerging technologies.
Many of those selected by Security Director News have made significant contributions, not only to their respective organizations, but to the industry as a whole, by contributing their time and expertise on industry committees. Tyco Security Products is also a direct beneficiary of the vision and expertise of two of those esteemed winners – Ralph Nerette, manager, security services, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and Kenneth Rasmussen, manager, security services, Waterbury Hospital, Conn. Both lend their time to serve on our Healthcare Advisory Council, a group of healthcare security managers/directors who rely on our Software House C•CURE security management platform, along with integrated video from our American Dynamics brand, as part of their security operations.
During his tenure at Dana-Farber, Nerette has transformed the DFCI security program from a paper-based department into one that leverages technology throughout — everything from visitor management, call center and dispatch operations to sharing of video footage to other departments within the organization.
Ken Rasmussen began his security career at age 18 as a security officer at Waterbury Hospital. He uses his “ground up” knowledge of the hospital to oversee the security of its many diverse settings — emergency room, Ronald McDonald House, child care center, inpatient and outpatient spaces, along with cafeteria, parking, administration and other areas.
Congratulations to Ralph and Ken and all of the “SDN 20 Under 40 Award” winners!
Source: Tyco Blog