On the Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast, you will hear from safety, security and protection professionals on a range of topics from real-life security incidents including acts of mass violence and high-profile kidnappings to what it takes to break the bias as a woman in the industry. Our episodes uncover the lesser-known details of pivotal events in the past, as well as stories from leaders and their counterparts that shape how we view the future of the industry.
Where Strategic Intelligence Fits Into a Company's Global Operations
Thinking beyond tactical day-to-day security operations is a goal we’ve heard time and time again. However, in today’s threat landscape it’s a choice we can’t ignore. Reading changes around the world that occur outside the boundaries of business operations is growing in importance to both corporations and non-government organizations alike.
Rodger Baker joins host Fred Burton to discuss the increase in companies incorporating geopolitical analysis into their overall business plan. However, it’s not always placed in the right area and defaults to solely a security concern. He shares why this strategic analysis can’t live alone in one department and understanding the broader landscape before incorporating it internally is crucial.
Rodger Baker is the Executive Director of the Stratfor Center for Applied Geopolitics at RANE, a global center of excellence for geopolitical intelligence and analysis. For more than 20 years Rodger has guided the company's analytical process and is one of the world's leading experts on North Korea - having dedicated extended periods of time living and working in and around the Korean peninsula. His core emphasis is the multidisciplinary approach to geopolitics and the evolution of international relations to develop mid- and long-term forecasts to assist companies, governments and other globally engaged organizations make informed decisions.
The Value of Storytelling to Prove Security’s Company-Wide Impact
Straight from the floor of GSX 2022, Jim Bernhardt, Corporate Security Leader at the Nikola Motor Company, joins host Chuck Randolph to discuss the impact of storytelling to demonstrate the value of scenario planning and addressing risk before it becomes a larger issue.
Thinking about what could go wrong is innate in nearly every security professional’s mindset — from a visitor passing through monitoring stations unnoticed to a USB drive containing valuable information getting into the wrong hands. However, these same thoughts are rarely shared by the people they protect, and communicating the need to scenario plan and manage risk to the C-suite is no walk in the park.
Jim Bernhardt, Corporate Security Leader at the Nikola Motor Company, discusses how to approach this daunting, but critical task with host Chuck Randolph. He shares what guides his risk assessment strategy, and how to use company-wide documentation such as the 10K to educate his team on risk factors and develop metrics to address them, using language that makes sense to business units throughout the company.
Jim manages all corporate security operations for Nikola Motor Company, a leading technology and manufacturing organization. He provides protection for company personnel and property by creating, implementing and maintaining security systems, policies, procedures, and practices. He also manages physical security, loss/fraud prevention, crisis/emergency management, business continuity, travel security, incident investigations, event security, and executive protection. Jim began his career as a Company Officer for the U.S. Army.
What Does Your C-Suite Need to Know? The Role of Data-Informed Decisions in Corporate Security
Straight from the floor of GSX 2022, Ken White, Expedia Group’s Senior Manager of Physical Risk, Intelligence, & Investigations, joins host Chuck Randolph to discuss the role of data-informed decisions and their effect on how information is addressed and dispersed.
In a climate of distractions and information coming in from every angle, knowing what matters to your specific business needs is crucial to maintaining a safe environment. Ken White, Expedia Group’s Senior Manager of Physical Risk, Intelligence, & Investigations, prides himself on using every tool available to inform decisions.
Ken speaks with host Chuck Randolph on how his rural midwestern upbringing inspired him to enter the security profession and shares advice that has guided him throughout his career. While he has worked in a wide range of environments, from the Indy pit crew to Expedia’s corporate headquarters, one constant that has remained instrumental to his success is listening to others. There’s an unconscious bias in each of us and listening before acting allows for a more thorough understanding of your protection stance. He also shares how Expedia responded to the global pandemic in 2020 from an internal and business perspective.
How to Get in Front of Threats at a Global Scale from Verizon’s CSO
When you have a retail footprint in nearly 40 countries around the globe, having the same security plan in each region is a straight path to chaos — or worse, harm to employees, customers, or assets. Dan Maloney, Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Security with Verizon Communications, knows a thing or two about building a comprehensive (“360”) security plan that is specific to each environment where Verizon operates.
He chats with Fred about how he puts his plan into action — from culture, to prioritizing resources in the most pressing environments, to identifying technology gaps and more. He shares how security extends far beyond the physical sides and demands a multi-layer approach with intelligence teams, GSOC, continuity teams, and executive protection — the more people are talking the greater chance you have of getting in front of an unwanted event. They end their discussion by acknowledging the stress that retail environments undergo on a daily basis and tips that his team has found successful to minimize it.
Dan Maloney serves as Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Security with Verizon Communications where he oversees 13 departments covering full-spectrum security across the global corporate footprint. He has been with Verizon and its legacy companies since 1997, and he oversees and coordinates global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprise-wide security strategy and programs, physical security, cybersecurity, legal compliance, and law enforcement matters.
Addressing the Cracks to Build a Comprehensive Security Program
Straight from the floor of GSX 2022, Bryan Flannery, President of Foresight Consulting, LLC and Protective Intelligence Honors recipient, joins host Chuck Randolph to discuss the state of violence and the importance of building a comprehensive program to effectively address it.
Bryan and Chuck discuss how protection has evolved far beyond a person standing next to you — it’s about a feeling of confidence that a space and all visitors have been vetted, that there are contingency plans in place for all scenarios, and, most importantly but often overlooked, that all teams are exchanging the information they need to keep people and assets safe. No feeling is more important.
Bryan shares the more common gaps he observes in security programs and why identifying the cracks is critical to success — risk will always be there, but it’s the programmatic responses in place (i.e. proper reporting mechanisms) that mitigate it from becoming a company-wide concern.
Bryan Flannery is the President of Foresight Security Consulting. His passion to keep people safe leads him to bring a holistic approach to security and safety, garnered over 22 years in the military, law enforcement, and as a consultant for state and federal government agencies, corporate clients, schools, and houses of worship.
LIVE from GSX 2022 with Fred Burton and Chuck Randolph
Straight from the floor of GSX 2022, podcast hosts Fred Burton and Chuck Randolph share what they’re hearing from booth 3355 as the three-day event kicks off. From threat fatigue in the news to understanding the global threat landscape and how it’s evolved from decades past, they share the most significant challenges corporations face today and lessons learned from their time in the industry. Whether you’re reading this from the event or at home, they encourage listeners to network, learn and ‘understand your blind spots' — because they are always learning something new from guests on the show. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more episodes from our time at GSX 2022.