December 7th Webinar: How the Pandemic Has Reshaped Security & Risk

Dec. 7, 2022
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This event was originally held on December 7, 2022 and is now available for on demand viewing
Sponsor(s): Brivo Systems, Inc, Dataminr, dormakaba
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How the Pandemic Has Reshaped Security & Risk

AT A GLANCE - 5 things you will learn from this webinar

  • How security leaders can manage staff, technology and social pressure in the post-pandemic environment
  • Security risks to remote workers
  • How to maximize remote work
  • How to leverage real-time intelligence for situational awareness
  • Why it is important to collaborate among departments to achieve these objectives

Extended Overview

While the COVID-19 pandemic brought heavy costs for all, it’s important to look at what we have learned and how we can become more resilient as a result. During a time when everyday life was so different, each day brought new lessons for people, corporations, societies and nations, some of which came across clearly.

There are the obvious things most organizations learned early on and have continued to employ to ensure continuity. We learned that face-to-face isn’t as necessary to business as we thought. The new normal of remote working, more Zoom meetings and less business travel is here to stay. The digital divide was larger and sharper than most organizations ever imagined and companies, people, or nations, those that had the digital tools ready were able to take on and surmount pandemic challenges, while those without only fell further behind. And one of the most important lessons has been that agile is the new buzzword. No matter how large the company, those that were quick, clever and adaptable were clear winners.

Secure planning and quick implementation were keys to success. As the pandemic morphed, business continuity and security frameworks were tested. With workforces quickly shifting away from offices, and online platforms became essential to every aspect of our lives, a multitude of security threats followed suit. Cyber threats were everywhere and have only multiplied, so defenses had to be multi-pronged. Physical security approaches had to quickly adapt as well. Those organizations who were forced to bring in staff saw new advances in hands-free technology for access control and video surveillance using people-tracking analytics to ensure safety of employees.

This paradigm shifts in how security is framed during COVID-19 will endure for decades and our panel will discuss some of these changes, like:

  • How have security leaders learned to be more flexible managing their response efforts for staff, technology upgrades and increased social pressures?
  • How has collaboration become an important tool for security and risk professionals during a time of crisis?
  • Remote working as a threat vector – e.g., imposters, heightened insider risk, poor control of info in the home environment, etc.
  • Remote working as a resilience mechanism – e.g., geographically distributed workforce, multiple time zones in some cases
  • Intelligence as a growing need in post-COVID world – e.g., as workforces continue to disperse and outsourcing increases, the need for insights/intel grows.
  • How has the need for real-time intelligence and situational awareness data emerged as an invaluable tool to gauge, monitor and mitigate risk?
  • How has boardroom attention shifted to security leadership and why is that important to organizational risk/security planning?

The Panel

Eddie Meltzer
Founder and CEO
Security Cloud & Mobile Partners

Eddie Meltzer is the Founder and CEO of Security Cloud & Mobile Partners. He is a 30-year veteran of the electronic security industry and a champion for big data analysis of security operations. In addition, Eddie is a subject matter expert in bringing electronic security systems into InfoSec/IT compliance, service and support programs, and global business development. He welcomes your calls at 816.215.9398 or emails at

Mark Freedman
CEO & Founder
Rebel Global Security

Mark Freedman is CEO & Founder of Rebel Global Security, which provides security risk management consulting services to help businesses protect their assets from sophisticated threats. Mark brings strategy consulting, security management, and national security experience to help clients assess risk holistically and develop a stronger security posture. He has led consulting engagements focused on risk assessment, strategy development, insider threat, crisis management, and other security issues.

Prior to his career in consulting, Mark was an officer with the U.S. Department of State, in which he held a variety of roles advising senior officials, including as Chief of Staff to the Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism. As Chief of Staff, Mark ran bureau front office operations for an organization of more than 150 people with more than $1 billion in foreign assistance funds under management. He also managed the flow of all briefing materials to the Secretary of State and other senior U.S. government officials.

In previous assignments, Mark led interagency surge teams to tighten security cooperation with European allies in the wake of the 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris; developed strategic plans to contain weapons proliferation during the Arab Spring; and created a first-of-its-kind multilateral forum for security information sharing. Mark received numerous awards while with the State Department, including the Superior Honor Award.

Mark has a Master's in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He is board certified in security management (ASIS CPP). Mark is originally from New York City.

Moderator: Steve Lasky
Editorial Director

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