What’s Next?

Crystal BallWhen Security Professionals let their minds explore the future of the industry, I’m curious.  Curious about what YOU see as the “next big thing”in security or how you would complete the phrase “wouldn’t it be great if we could….” relative to the industry.

I realize perspectives vary based on where one is at in their security career.  The “next big thing” in the retail Loss Prevention segment may be vastly different than it is in Healthcare security.  The same applies to Guard Services vs. IT Security segments.   That makes perfect sense.  It also means there is no “right” answer or even a “best” answer, as I see it. 

Not to be exclusionary, but I do think it’s important to note that I don’t expect the real significant “What’s Next?” ideas in the security industry to come from researchers and engineers, nor from the c-suite of security professionals.  I believe our real thought leaders lie elsewhere.

For me, I have always valued ideas from those in security operations out in the field, those new to the industry, those investigating incidents, those managing a team on the front lines, and the lifelong learners who have seen the past AND embrace the future—rare as they may be.

Our world is changing at lightning speed.  Maybe I am alone in this thought, but the security industry isn’t keeping up—on many fronts.  Except for the IT Security Pros (a very small segment of the larger security industry), I especially think the rest of us are way behind when we compare our industry to other industries on the subject of embracing relatively basic technology.  I don’t mean the cameras, sensors, barriers, alarm panels, and such.  I mean use of today’s common business technology—things as basic as PowerPoint and WebEx to Social Media and Mobile App use.

I bring those examples up not because they are the focus of the article, they are not.  But they are a sign of how much room for improvement exists within the security industry—which needs to both “catch up” and then—I would suggest—“lead” other industries when it comes to being prepared, professional, and proactive for the future.

So, What’s Next from your perspective? 

  • What best practices do we need to create and adopt?
  • What are our biggest challenges in need of solutions?
  • What are the solutions?
  • Is it industry Talent? Staffing?
  • Corporate Ethics?
  • Terrorism?
  • Operating in a more mobile society?
  • Big Data?
  • Cyber-Threats?
  • Violence—Workplace/School?
  • Redefining the role of Security?

Making it more personal………What’s Next to you?  I tossed out some ideas above to stimulate thought, but I think the list barely scratches the surface.  Surely there are hundreds of potential “What’s Next?” items for us to consider.

My security industry “What’s Next?” is a need to work on the “Knowledge Transfer” side of the equation.   We have to get our arms around helping each other become better security professionals.  It is that simple—that simple to write down in a sentence.  By no means is it that simple to achieve.  I’m not going to go into more details on “Knowledge Transfer” because that wasn’t the intent of writing today.  The intent was to seek YOUR input, your ideas, and to elicit sharing amongst security professionals.

I know the status quo in the Security Industry isn’t acceptable.  We have to be moving forward.  Any my question of “What’s Next?” is asked in that spirit.

I look forward to your thoughts, ideas and comments—on the post or in the many forums where this article will land.  What is on your mind?  What’s Next?

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About Vince Regan

Vince Regan, CPP, PSP, PCI is one of the most highly credentialed security professionals in the world. As Voice of Security President, he works full time to inform and educate colleagues in the security industry.

One Response to What’s Next?

  1. Michael Brady Apr 24, 2012 at 9:53 am #


    This answer may be a litle more meta than you’re looking for. Threats will come and go; what remains is how we think about security.

    Many security professionals have learned to approach business risk with a flexible tool kit that allows them to advance the interests of the enterprise by making sure the right things do happen, instead of simply trying to make sure that nothing bad ever happens. More of us need to replace – or at least supplment – our crime prevention model with a risk management model.