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Joe Gustafson likes to “think out of the box.” So when his team at the Twin Arrows Casino in Flagstaff, AZ, had a lull in staffing and needed solutions to assist security officers with their job duties, Gustafson asked for a security robot.
"The most difficult part of the job is prioritizing given the number of incidents that could occur," says Gordon MacDonald, Senior Director, Corporate Security for Wells Fargo. "We have 265,000 employees, so ensuring their safety is like overseeing a medium-sized city that is spread across the globe.
A GSOC's value is now recognized as a necessity to support an enterprise's global business goals and operations. On August 17, 2015, three terrorists bombed the Erawan Shrine in the Pathum Wan district in Bangkok at 6:55 p.m. local time, killing 20 and injuring 125.
When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Katherine Collins knew exactly what she and the team were going to do. She was less than two months into her role as Global Manager of Corporate Security for Waters Corporation, but has been in corporate security for more than 30 years, handling situations such as natural disasters.
In the security field, which is a historically a male-oriented industry, many women are successfully advancing to leadership roles. Whatever path they took, and how they got there, today, they are all successful women in the security industry, with titles such as Vice President, CSO, Director of Global Security and more.
"Acts of violence such as active shooters aren’t random,” says A. Benjamin Mannes. “From events such as Adam Lanza and Newtown, Nikolas Cruz and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Jin Yu Park at Virginia Tech, and even Jared Loughner, who shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, all were planned.”
The city of Birmingham, Alabama, packs a lot of history into its relatively short 140 years. It's also home to some recent political protests, to which no U.S. or global city is immune, including The Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham (Birmingham Water Works), which is the largest water system in Alabama and has been named one of the Top 5 Water Systems for clean water in the U.S.