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Microsoft Global Security at ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits 2013

Brian Tuskan, Sr. Director, Microsoft Corporation
October 2, 2013

ASIS 2013 Microsoft Global Security Booth

The Microsoft booth, featuring our product partners, at ASIS 13.

Microsoft Global Security recently took part in the largest annual security industry event, ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits. The event, held in Chicago from Sept. 24-27, drew over 20,000 security professionals from around the world and featured 200+ educational sessions. During the conference, Microsoft Global Security announced a strategic partnership with Secure Strategy Group, LLC (SSG). Secure Strategy Group will drive all Microsoft Global Security business development with our partners with the goal of generating revenue for Microsoft. For more information on the partnership, see the following article in Government Security News.

Throughout the event, the Global Security Technology and Showcase teams managed our Microsoft booth and highlighted how Microsoft and our partner products can provide a best-in-class Integrated Security Solution. Microsoft CSO Mike Howard, Sr. Director Chuck Randolph and Group Manager Mike Faddis also participated in panels and educational sessions throughout the conference.

In a standing-room only session, Mike discussed how continuing his education and reaching out to others to build relationships helped him earn his seat in the C-suite.

ASIS 2013 CSO Roundtable

“Don't get too comfortable. No matter what part of the profession you're in, try to break those boundaries,” Mike explained alongside fellow panelists Tyson Johnson, CPP, head of business development for BrightPlanet, and Don Knox, CPP, Caterpillar’s security risk and analysis manager. The CSO Roundtable session gave attendees a unique chance to hear about “the road to the top” from successful professionals in the industry and how they could do the same.

Mike Howard also participated in product partner IDV Solutions’ panel, “Visualizing Risk from Security Data” with Dell, Inc.’s Security Director Jeff Hearne. The session aimed to identify how enabling trends in hardware, software and data are leading to significantly improved security and risk visualization.

"Our investment in our Visual Command Center allows us to be organized, be virtualized, and to manage incidents seamlessly,” Mike shared. He illustrated the need to mitigate risk exposure through data visualization by identifying, investigating and taking action on potential threats near people and assets.

ASIS 2013 Microsoft Sr. Director Charles Randolph on Executive Protection

Microsoft Sr. Director Charles Randolph presented on Global Executive Protection, providing an overview of Microsoft Global Security and its’ Executive Protection and Intelligence Units to an international audience consisting of new EP agents, peers, key vendors and law enforcement officials. He discussed how the basic executive protection strategy has evolved over time to fit into the security industry, but fundamentally, hasn’t changed much over the years. The environment and risk in which executive protection practitioners operate, however, has changed. Chuck outlined how recent domestic and global events contributed to paradigm shifts within the protective industry and what it takes to be an effective agent today.

“The role security leaders and agents play”, he explained, “affects how their principals and organizations function.” Chuck then expressed the importance of EPU adapting to the landscape of new challenges to enable security leadership, and to promote the principles of executive protection further into the enterprise.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard at ASIS 2013

Mike was privileged to introduce the Honorable John Howard, Australia’s 25th prime minister, to the ASIS, CSO Roundtable audience. He delivered Thursday’s keynote address before joining the session to expand on the significant themes from his keynote, discuss current economic challenges and answer questions from members of the CSO Roundtable.

Mike Howard at the Security Insights Program General Session

To end the week, Mike joined the Security Insights Program General Session, “The Security Professional as a Trusted Advisor”. The panel, including Bonnie Michelman, Director of Police Security Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Regis Becker, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Pennsylvania State University and Thomas Lubben, Senior Vice President, Corporate Compliance Officer at HCSC, presented diverse ways for security professionals to optimize and foster cooperation with the C-suite.

"It's important to engage with members of the C-suite to prove your worth and align with their business strategy,” Mike explained to the audience. “My mantra is, we’re business people first… but that business just happens to be security.”