The Top 10 Movers & Shakers of 2006

Welcome to our first annual listing of the year's Top 10 Movers & Shakers in security. In the past 12 months, remarkable numbers of security professionals have distinguished themselves, advancing education, technology and best practices in every...

James Connor
Senior Manager, Global Security Systems, Symantec

James Connor's active involvement in industry convergence initiatives and his determination to lead by example have brought him recognition as a security convergence visionary.

Mr. Connor is responsible for the design and implementation of global strategies for technical security systems at Symantec. His more than 17-year history in security includes stints at Simplex (now SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco company) and PeopleSoft (a division of Oracle). Mr. Connor has always promoted a converged physical and IT security management approach to provide a comprehensive view of global operations.

Realizing that all facility-based physical security systems, devices and services operated in silos, he initiated a convergence program at Symantec to coordinate information maintained across the company's many departments and projects, including human resources, IT directories, building access, disaster recovery, smart cards, background checks and visitor management, under a single policy framework. This program not only increases security and information management, it saves in total cost.

Mr. Connor does not keep his ideas or experiences bottled up; he uses them to help advance convergence in the industry at large. This year he has spoken on convergence at several industry meetings, presenting before such organizations as the ISACA Silicon Valley Chapter and the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of ASIS. Mr. Connor is also on the Open Security Exchange's Convergence Council and has been assisting in the development of an OSE convergence road map.

Laurie Aaron, vice chair of the OSE and director of strategic sales for Software House/American Dynamics, said of Mr. Connor's participation, “As an active member of the Open Security Exchange Convergence Council, James plays a vital role as the organization works to define the roadmap to security convergence. James is a visionary grounded by sound business practice and backed by his willingness to execute on innovative approaches to convergence. The OSE is very fortunate to have the benefit his real-life experience and contribution to our initiatives.”

Dr. Alan Calegari
President, CEO, Dedicated Micros

Dr. Alan Calegari has never been one to let technology dictate the needs of his customers. His previous leadership roles at Siemens Building Technologies and Johnson Controls molded his philosophy of providing solutions, not just products. And since assuming the job of president and CEO of Dedicated Micros Inc. in May, Dr. Calegari has quickly integrated his business mindset into his new environment.

The first order of business at Dedicated Micros was for Calegari to implant his solutions approach and look at solving customers' problems with an integrated plan. Under his leadership, the company has established new business and technology partnerships with other industry vendors and created a strategic business model that addresses the dynamic issues facing today's security industry.

“Dr. Calegari has re-energized Dedicated Micros to elevate superior customer support and training to an even greater level,” said Mark Provinsal, DM's vice president of marketing. “Our new focus on the real-world needs of the end user is reshaping how we do business. Dr. Calegari has ignited critical parts of the business to ensure the company experience extends well beyond the purchase of a DVR.”

Dr. Calegari has recognized that the security industry is moving in the direction of identity- and event management-driven systems. His end game is to identify where his company's technology and solutions fit into this emerging sector.

To this end, the company has strengthened its engineering group to develop event management functions into its DVR product line, network archives and IP surveillance.