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...

“In focusing engineering in that area, we soon realized that was exactly what our integrators were seeking—a manufacturer of video management solutions that was creating a bridge between the traditional applications and the rising requirements of IT departments that are deeply involved in security solutions,” said Dr. Calegari.

The whirlwind of change Dr. Calegari has brought to Dedicated Micros has increased productivity, reaffirmed corporate R&D goals and procedures, and streamlined the organizational hierarchy without downsizing. Throughout this change, one constant has remained: develop product and solutions that support event management processes by facilitating connections to sensors, intelligent devices and other protocols that transcend traditional DVR applications and technology.

Dave Tyson
CSO, City of Vancouver

Many, if not most, of the experts touting convergence today come from information technology backgrounds. Many physical security professionals continue to view convergence as something for IT to deal with, something beyond the scope of their responsibilities. Others fear it will provide a doorway for IT professionals to step in on their jobs. Physical security professionals have needed to see one of their peers—someone on their side, so to speak—addressing convergence in a positive and experienced voice.

Dave Tyson has been the man behind that voice, and he has worked hard to make himself heard. Mr. Tyson originally entered the field as a bodyguard and worked his way up the ranks, becoming a respected physical security consultant. But several years ago he realized that information technology was going to be a part of the total security picture, whether he knew anything about it or not, and he decided he'd rather know it.

With that in mind, Mr. Tyson earned an MBA with a focus on digital technology management, as well as his CISSP certification. His hard-earned knowledge of both IT and physical security helped him land the position of CSO of the city of Vancouver . Many readers who've attended conferences or read ST&D or this year will be aware of some of the tremendous benefits his expertise has brought the city. These include moving camera storage from NVRs to a storage area network, to the tune of nearly $500,000 in savings, and reducing IT policy violations by nearly 90% by cross-training security officers to look for signs of IT rule breaking.

But it's Mr. Tyson's desire to share these experiences that makes him a perfect fit for our Top 10. This year he's spoken at conference after conference to educate both physical security and IT professionals on the importance of developing what he regularly calls “a common language of risk” that will help bring together technologies and management to improve the enterprise. He was presented with AESRM's 2006 Excellence in Security Convergence Award, and he represented ASIS at a conference of the European Network and Information Security Agency in Greece last month. He will also be publishing a book next year, tentatively titled “Security Convergence & Managing Enterprise Security Risk.”

David Cunningham
President, Lenel Systems International

An electrical engineer by trade, David Cunningham said he felt like a kid in candy store when he was named president and general manager of Lenel, part of United Technologies Corporation, Fire & Security. “When you look at the technology accomplishments that have been developed here over the years, it really is overwhelming,” admitted Cunningham, who took over the Lenel helm late in January after more than 20 years in various engineering-driven positions at UTC.

Cunningham has kept the focus on technology development since assuming his role with Lenel, but there have been other priorities as well. He stressed the need to cultivate a company-wide focus on customer service and to integrate Lenel into the UTC corporate culture.

Customer service has been a hallmark of other UTC divisions, and Cunningham brought that attention to Lenel his first month on the job. He has guided the expansion and investment in product management to improve understanding and tracking of customers' product needs. Other investments have included more order entry personnel, service account managers and international sales and service managers.