Synergies of Guards & Technology:
Security in the Age of Cloud Computing
Thomas Hines, CPP, PSP
VirSec™ / Virtual Security
a Huffmaster company
challenges of intermixing guards and technology has been an issue since … well
… technology began. Guards, technology,
or both? And, if both, which plays what
advent of cloud computing has added a new dimension to this conundrum. If I
utilize technology, what should I manage on-site and what should I manage via
cloud-based services? What are my control and management issues? What about facility and data security? What are the potential cost savings? How will my IT department react?
security services can include Remote Managed Video, Remote Managed Access
Control, Asset Tracking, and Hosted Security Services. Virtual security can provide pinpoint
interaction with on-site security guards and can allow an organization to
redeploy officers to more human-required tasks.
The cost savings can be significant.
presentation, The Synergies of Guards
& Technology: Virtual Security in the Age of Cloud Computing, will
delve into these and other issues. Mr.
Hines will take an informational approach to present these concepts in an way
that will allow attendees to judge if the cloud is the place for them.
Thomas Hines, CPP, PSP - Senior Director, VirSec. With over 25 years in the security industry, Mr.
Hines has broad background in security technology development, security
consulting, and security management. His
industry experience includes broad-based physical security consulting, system
design & integration, product development, and manufacturing. Mr. Hines is Board Certified in Security Management and holds both CPP (Certified Protection Professional) and PSP (Physical Security Professional)
certifications. He is also an
accomplished Security Technologist and has been awarded multiple patents and
Mr. Hines is a frequent
speaker and university guest lecturer on topics ranging from security
technology, security and sustainability, and security business-related
issues. He has been involved in numerous
security industry organizations, ranging from ASIS International to Crime
Stoppers to the Security Industry Association (SIA). He co-founded and is the past President
of the Michigan Homeland Security Consortium, that state's homeland security