Exclusive Roundtable: 9/11 Lessons Learned

Five security experts take a forward-thinking look at security and public safety 10 years after the events of Sept. 11, 2001


Kambic: An emphasis on continued improvements as it relates to communications during emergencies will be key. In addition, I think that business continuity will be more mainstream, either encompassed within the Security department or as a close partner.

Harrison: While 9/11 resulted in a much more supportive corporate environment for security program improvements and advancements, absent a follow-on significant security event like 9/11, it seems that, on a broad perspective, corporate philosophy is beginning to withdraw back to pre-9/11 perspectives to include resource levels and budgetary constraints. While this is not a positive perspective, I believe advancements in security technology will continue to expand.

Villarreal: Going forward we must always look back at our history and never forget the tragic events of 9/11. Corporate security operations must always be prepared for worse-case scenarios. Planning, training and recovering from such events should always be in the forefront of security decision-makers. The future is uncertain, but one thing that we do know for certain is that we have many people that do not agree with our culture and way of life, therefore we must always employ the three D’s of any robust security operations, “detect, detour or defend” any type of threat that could affect people and buildings.

Tello: In the future, we see security evolving to meet emerging threats such as homegrown violent extremists, domestic terrorism and the potential for civil unrest and criminal activity brought about uncertain and volatile political and financial conditions.

Joel Griffin is Assistant Editor of SecurityInfoWatch.com