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https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/How-to-Implement-ESRM.aspxHow to Implement ESRMGP0|#28ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997;L0|#028ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997|Strategic Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465<p>​International Paper (IP) is one of the world's leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp, and paper. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, IP employs approximately 52,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 24 countries serving customers around the globe. </p><h4>The Challenge</h4><p>When IP's director of security announced his retirement, the IP team—Deon Vaughan, vice president, deputy general counsel, chief ethics and compliance officer; Casey Yanero, HR manager, corporate staff groups; and Jennifer Carsley, director, legal operations—recognized it was time to transform corporate security to an enterprise level function.  </p><p>The ever-changing threat landscape and IP's core values of "Safety, Ethics and Stewardship" underscored the need for IP to transition to a proactive security posture. To lead this transition, IP hired Art Fierro, CPP, in February 2017 to fill the newly created chief security officer (CSO) role.</p><h4>ESRM Solution</h4><p>Enterprise security risk management (ESRM) links security activities to an enterprise's mission and business goals through risk management methods. </p><p>The CSO's role in ESRM is to manage risks to enterprise people and assets in partnership with the business leaders. ESRM involves collaborating with business leaders on the realistic impacts of identified risks, presenting potential strategies to mitigate those impacts, and then implementing the strategy in line with accepted levels of business risk tolerance.</p><p>Fierro's background is rooted in ESRM in both the government (FBI) and the corporate space. To move IP from a traditional security organization to an ESRM enterprise model, Fierro conducted an extensive security analysis to identify where the organization excelled and where the data showed opportunities for improvement.  </p><p>The analysis included conversations across business groups and corporate partners. It served as the foundation for IP's ESRM strategy and helped create its vision statement: "To protect IP people, information, products, and the corporate brand in support of business objectives and enterprise success."</p><p>IP's new enterprise security strategy is grounded in the principles of security mitigation steps based on risk and using cost-benefit analysis to ensure a return on security investment. The strategy also aligned with IP business operations and is designed to help achieve business objectives—meaning security would not just be a cost center but also a business enabler.</p><h4>Partnerships</h4><p>Sharon Ryan, senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary, embraced ESRM as IP's new enterprise security strategy, because the strategy was aligned with IP's core values and business strategy.  </p><p>"We recognize that by adopting the latest risk management strategies in enterprise security and bringing on experienced security professionals, not only are we helping protect our people and property, we are also reducing the risk of negative exposure related to our brand and reputation," she says. </p><p>Ryan supported the strategy by rebranding IP Corporate Security to Enterprise Security Management and creating three new positions reporting to Fierro and designed to address IP's enterprise risks: global threat manager, global physical security manager, and global investigations manager. The three functional roles cover the spectrum of enterprise risk and each has a deployment roadmap, which ties into the larger Enterprise Security Management global strategy.</p><p>Vaughan also supported the effort by endorsing a campaign for Enterprise Security Management to build partnerships across business lines, such as IP's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department, and to partner on initiatives to protect IP's employees—one of Enterprise Security Management's strategic objectives.</p><h4>Outcomes</h4><p> With the endorsement of ESRM at the leadership level, Fierro was able to work with partners to create a risk-based security program to focus security resources on identified risks. The program also provides the operating manual for vulnerability and risk assessments, so IP can make informed business decisions about its risk tolerance.</p><p>Enterprise Security Management created a new concept, a virtual operations center, which produces a global threat picture that helps it identify and address emerging global threats to IP employees and facilities. The virtual operations center is outsourced to leverage economies of scale, leading edge technology, and professional threat analysts and operators, while providing an excellent return on security spend.</p><p>Over the past year, Enterprise Security Management focused on a number of strategic initiatives. One is the geospatial traveler-tracking program for IP's traveling employees. </p><p>The program provides real-time mobile device GPS monitoring, on a voluntary basis, with a panic button for emergencies. The program is monitored  at all times by the virtual operations center.  </p><p>Another initiative is the corporate campus security capital improvement project. Enterprise Security Management is leading a security improvement project for IP's corporate headquarters based on ASIS International physical security standards and guidelines, as well as geographic risk demographics and the return on security spend. </p><p>Enterprise Security Management also launched its first national security guard force contract to consolidate and standardize guard force operations across certain U.S.-based facilities. The consolidated operations agreement helps ensure consistency and reduce cost.  </p><p>Enterprise Security Management is also working with EHS to add a security aspect to the current field assessment process to identify actual risk at IP's global locations. Assessment results will be used to develop security recommendations, including leveraging security technology.      </p><p>Additionally, Enterprise Security Management created a new active shooter response training program for employees. The training included Virginia Tech shooting survivor Kristina Anderson, who shared a survivor's perspective, as well as the Memphis Police Department, which provided training for employees on Run. Hide. Fight. The active shooter plan is also available on IP's internal website for employees to reference.</p><p>Working across business groups and with critical internal partners, Enterprise Security Management developed new crisis communications reporting, dissemination, and functional requirements that include mass communications features for a unified enterprise response to manmade or natural disasters.  </p><p><em><strong>Art Fierro, CPP,</strong> is CSO at International Paper. He formerly served as CEO of Ronin Option - Cyber; executive vice president at Resilient Integrated Systems; and vice president at 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. He is a member of ASIS International. ​</em></p>
https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Cyber-Goals-Past-Due.aspxCyber Goals: Past DueGP0|#91bd5d60-260d-42ec-a815-5fd358f1796d;L0|#091bd5d60-260d-42ec-a815-5fd358f1796d|Cybersecurity;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465<p>​On May 15, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its cybersecurity strategy for the next five years.</p><p>"The cyber threat landscape is shifting in real-time, and we have reached a historic turning point," said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement on the strategy's release. "Digital security is now converging with personal and physical security, and it is clear that our cyber adversaries can now threaten the very fabric of our republic itself."</p><p>Between 2006 and 2015, the number of cyber incidents on U.S. federal government systems that were reported to DHS increased more than tenfold—including the massive Office of Personnel Management breach that compromised the records of more than 4 million U.S. federal employees and affected 22 million people.</p><p>"The growing interconnection of cyber and physical systems within critical infrastructure also creates the potential risk for malicious cyber activity to result in direct physical consequences," according to DHS. "For example, the December 2015 overriding of controls in the Ukrainian electric grid resulted in widespread loss of power."</p><p>More recent incidents, such as WannaCry and NotPetya, have also demonstrated the threat of using the Internet of Things to conduct cyberattacks with far-reaching consequences.</p><p>Because of this, Nielsen said DHS is "rethinking its approach" to cybersecurity to confront systemic risks by issuing its strategy guide. The guide was a requirement under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 and lays out a five-part approach to manage national cyber risk: identifying risk, reducing vulnerability, reducing threat, mitigating consequences, and enabling cybersecurity outcomes.</p><p>"Through our efforts to accomplish seven identified goals across these five pillars, we work to ensure the availability of critical national functions and to foster efficiency, innovation, trustworthy communication, and economic prosperity in ways consistent with our national values and that protect privacy and civil liberties," DHS said.</p><p>To understand the cybersecurity landscape and its risks, and address vulnerabilities, threats, and consequences of DHS's cybersecurity activities, the department must first be able to identify risks. </p><p>The department's first goal in this pillar of its strategy is to assess cybersecurity risks so it understands the "evolving national cybersecurity risk posture to inform and prioritize risk management activities," according to the strategy.</p><p>To do this, DHS said it plans to work with stakeholders—sector-specific agencies, nonfederal cybersecurity firms, and others—to understand trends in threats, vulnerabilities, interdependencies, and potential consequences so the department can prioritize its activities and budget accordingly.</p><p>"DHS must also take stock of gaps in national analytic capabilities and risk management efforts to ensure a robust understanding of the effectiveness of cybersecurity efforts," the strategy explained. "We must anticipate the changes that future technological innovation will bring, ensure long-term preparedness, and prevent a 'failure of imagination.'"</p><p>As part of this goal, DHS has set specific objectives, including identifying evolving cybersecurity risks that affect economic security, public health, and national security; identifying and creating plans to address gaps in analytic capabilities; and developing plans and scenarios for future technology deployments that could be disruptive.</p><p>Another pillar of DHS's strategy is to reduce the vulnerability of U.S. federal agencies across the board. </p><p>"DHS leads the effort to secure the federal enterprise and must use all available mechanisms to ensure that every agency maintains an adequate level of cybersecurity, commensurate with its own risks and with those of the larger enterprise," according to the strategy.</p><p>To assist the rest of the U.S. federal government, DHS will work with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to address systemic risks and interdependencies between agencies. </p><p>"DHS must also support agency efforts to reduce their vulnerabilities to cyber threats by providing tailored capabilities, tools, and services to protect legacy systems, as well as cloud and shared infrastructure," the strategy explained. "Within its own systems, DHS must continue to adopt new technologies and serve as a model for other agencies in the implementation of cybersecurity best practices."</p><p>As part of this pillar, DHS laid out sub-objectives to more clearly define how it will achieve this goal. These include developing and implementing a clear governance model for U.S. federal cybersecurity; issuing new or revised policies and recommendations to ensure adequate cybersecurity across the enterprise; and providing agencies with integrated and operationally relevant information necessary to understand and manage their cyber risk.</p><p>One example of this in action prior to the release of the strategy was DHS's binding operational directive 18-01, which required U.S. federal agencies to increase their email and Web security. Specifically, DHS mandated that agencies implement Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) for their email systems. (See "Spoofing the CEO," Security Management, October 2016.)</p><p>Another goal of this pillar of the strategy is to protect critical infrastructure by partnering with stakeholders to ensure national cybersecurity risks are managed. This partnership is key because a majority of the critical infrastructure in the United States is owned and operated by the private sector.</p><p>"DHS must partner with key stakeholders, including sector specific agencies and the private sector, to drive better cybersecurity by promoting the development and adoption of best practices and international standards, by providing services like risk assessments and other technical offerings, and by improving engagement efforts to advance cybersecurity risk management efforts," the strategy stated. </p><p>An example of this in action was DHS's response to the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. During the attack, DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate partnered with other agencies and the private sector to help U.S. hospitals—a major target of WannaCry—ensure their systems were not vulnerable to the malware. It also released an unclassified technical alert to help defenders defeat the malware and prevent is spread.</p><p>In addition to reducing vulnerability, DHS's strategy also outlines a goal to reduce threats in cyberspace overall. </p><p>"In partnership with other law enforcement agencies, DHS must prevent cyber crime and disrupt criminals and criminal organizations who use cyberspace to carry out their illicit activities and leverage identified threat activity and trends to inform national risk management efforts," the strategy explained.</p><p>To do this, DHS will create investigative priorities related to illicit cyber activity, identify and conduct high-impact investigations of cybercrimes by transnational criminal organizations, disrupt online marketplaces for malicious cyber activity, and develop options to disrupt, counter, and deter transnational criminal organizations.</p><p>The final portions of the DHS strategy are to mitigate consequences and enable cybersecurity outcomes. </p><p>With the rise of cybercrime and illicit cyberactivity, DHS must have a role in limiting the impact of significant cyber incidents, the department said. </p><p>"Many cyber incidents do not require a national response," the strategy explained. "But when they do, DHS plays a unique role in responding to cyber incidents to mitigate potential consequences by providing technical assistance to affected entities and other assets that are at risk and investigating the underlying crimes."</p><p>DHS took this role, for example, in July 2017 when the U.S. Secret Service—part of DHS—worked with international law enforcement to arrest a Russian national who allegedly operated BTC-e.</p><p>"From 2011 to 2017, BTC-e is alleged with facilitating over $4 billion worth of Bitcoin transactions worldwide for cyber criminals engaging in computer hacking, identity theft, ransomware, public corruption, and narcotics distribution," DHS said. "Researchers estimate approximately 95 percent of ransomware payments were laundered through BTC-e."</p><p>While the strategy is an important framework for the U.S. federal government, it has been met with criticism. </p><p>Ray DeMeo, chief operating officer of Virsec, says the DHS strategy is high-level and is missing an implementation plan.</p><p>"One of the document's guiding principles is to foster innovation and agility—this is a big ask, where existing time horizons must be reduced from years down to months," DeMeo says. "We need to dramatically accelerate collaboration with the private sector, where meaningful security innovation is happening daily, if we are going to change the asymmetric nature of today's threat landscape."</p><p>DeMeo also says he will be looking for more information from DHS—a department with a domestic mandate—about how it intends to address cybersecurity globally.</p><p>"The reality is that a large portion of Internet crime is driven from the international Wild West, from areas with lax law enforcement or actional nation-state sponsorship," he explains. "This problem is as much diplomatic as it is technological."</p><p>Two of the most vocal critics have been U.S. Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and U.S. Representative Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), ranking member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee and author of the legislation that originally mandated the strategy.</p><p>In a joint statement, Thompson and Richmond said the strategy is overly focused on policies and procedures that DHS needs to develop further. </p><p>"It also fails to mention—at any point—one of the most pressing cybersecurity challenges of the moment: election security," they said. "The fact is, because of the department's failure to adhere to the statutorily-mandated deadline, it lost time and missed opportunities to make progress maturing its cybersecurity posture and capabilities."</p><p>The congressmen added that they hoped to see more information about how DHS plans to implement its strategy in another report, which is due to Congress by August 15, 2018.</p><p>"In particular, we expect it will provide greater detail on the roles and responsibilities that components will undertake, a description of any new authorities it needs to fulfill its mission to secure federal networks, as well as an explanation of what resources the department will need," Thompson and Richmond said.</p><p>As of <em>Security Management</em>'s press time, DHS had not submitted an implementation plan to Congress. ​</p>
https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Checking-in-for-Safety.aspxChecking in for SafetyGP0|#cd529cb2-129a-4422-a2d3-73680b0014d8;L0|#0cd529cb2-129a-4422-a2d3-73680b0014d8|Physical Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465<p>​A penny can go a long way. This concept that many small contributions add up to a big sum was the inspiration for a one-cent sales tax in Georgia, known as the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST).</p><p>The public funding effort has helped further an environment of safety and security at local schools, says Mike Sholl, director of operations for the Catoosa County Public Schools.</p><p>Catoosa County Public Schools, made up of 17 elementary, middle, and high schools, plus a performance learning center, is currently in the fifth phase of the ESPLOST funding. Sholl explains that community members were polled on how they would like to see the public education dollars spent.</p><p>"We have townhall meetings and we do surveys, and the number one priority for parents is the safety of our schools," he tells Security Management. "So when we started ESPLOST V, that led us to implement all the safety initiatives we have." </p><p>Those initiatives include collaborating with local law enforcement to prepare for emergency response, and a variety of technological solutions to support security. "We have door buzzing systems, we've added cameras to our schools, so we've spent a lot of time and money on making our schools as safe as we possibly can," Sholl says.<img src="/ASIS%20SM%20Callout%20Images/0818%20CS%20Stats%20Box.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:550px;" /></p><p>The local sheriff's office works closely with the district. There are plans to add live monitoring capabilities for police, allowing them to view events as they happen via campus cameras and provide dispatch. In addition, the district employs several school resource officers who either work full-time on a campus or divide their time among the schools. </p><p>Among Catoosa County's top concerns is the possibility of an active assailant situation at its schools. It wanted to be able to quickly notify law enforcement and provide teachers and students with the ability to quickly react, all while following policies and procedures. The district knew investing in this type of solution would aid in all types of hazardous situations, including medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other incidents. </p><p>At a regional school safety conference in 2015, Catoosa discovered SIELOX CLASS (crisis lockdown alert status system), a daily incident and crisis reporting tool. The district chose Tiger Creek Elementary, one of its 10 elementary schools, as its test case for the product, and installed it in early 2016.   </p><p>SIELOX CLASS operates via a Web or mobile interface that provides teachers or administrators with several customized options for sending different alerts, so it can be pulled up on any mobile device or computer. A dashboard with customized alerts allows teachers and administrators to perform a variety of tasks. Colored buttons make it easy to distinguish what type of incident is being reported, from a medical alert for the nurse's office to a 911 call in a life-threatening situation.  </p><p>"Our playgrounds are a good distance away from the school building. So—say a child gets injured on the playground, and could break a leg or an arm or hit his head or her head—that teacher can initiate the blue medical alert and get someone on the way out there," Sholl notes.</p><p>Teachers use CLASS daily for their morning check-in to let administrators know that they and their students are in the building. In the event of an incident, a chat box will pop up for all CLASS users where communication can take place. </p><p>"An important part of bringing in SIELOX was communication, and the ability to check-in," says David Beard, principal at Tiger Creek. "Each of the individual classrooms is represented by a different color and a different square, and we know the status of those rooms based on the color system that SIELOX uses." </p><p>CLASS also gives first responders and administrators a clear picture of where students and teachers are at any given moment. "If teachers leave the building or take students off campus, they will use SIELOX CLASS to let us know that they are no longer on the premises," says Braden Moreland, assistant principal at Ringgold Elementary, adding that it would help responders to know that they are not on campus in the event of an emergency. </p><p>The district also tied SIELOX CLASS to its cameras throughout the building, setting up an alert that would notify users of motion detection in a lockdown situation. </p><p>"We decided that we would like to use CLASS to detect motion in the building, so that if we did go into a hard lockdown there would be no traffic in the halls," Beard says. "If everybody else is locked down and out of the building, the sheriff's office has a good idea of where that perpetrator would be." </p><p>The district regularly conducts drills for all types of hazardous scenarios, including its dangerous situation protocol, known as "Run, Hide, Survive." With a panic button on the app, any teacher can initiate a lockdown at the school. </p><p>For enhanced situational awareness, the district incorporated camera views into the lockdown feature of CLASS. "The teacher gets the popup that says 'lockdown' and gets a bullet list of instructions on what to do, as well as two camera views of the hallway outside their classroom," Beard explains. "So, if he or she wants to do the run part of Run, Hide, Survive, he or she can see if there's any danger outside the doorway, and then make that decision to run with the children. So that's another layer we've added with SIELOX, and it works very well." </p><p> The district notes that, thankfully, no lockdown procedure has ever been necessary outside of a drill. However, an accidental activation of the lockdown feature by a receptionist at an elementary school proved the value of the product. </p><p>"She was trying to log out and she accidentally hit the lockdown icon, and of course I immediately received a text and I was on the phone calling the principal," Sholl says. "He went and found out that it was a false alarm, and within two minutes, the sheriff's deputy had pulled into the campus, because he had been notified and dispatched to that school." </p><p>The district plans to have SIELOX CLASS deployed at all 17 schools by the end of the 2017–2018 school year.</p><p>"CLASS provides a very quick response and gets the word out very quickly to lots of people," Sholl says. "The accidental lockdown just proved to us that it's very efficient and works how we want it to work." </p><p><em>For more information: Karen Evans, </em><a href="mailto:karen.evans@sielox.com"><em>karen.evans@sielox.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.sielox.com/"><em>www.sielox.com</em></a><em>, 856.861.4568. ​</em></p>
https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Critical-Risk-Management.aspxCritical Risk ManagementGP0|#91bd5d60-260d-42ec-a815-5fd358f1796d;L0|#091bd5d60-260d-42ec-a815-5fd358f1796d|Cybersecurity;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465<p>​Private sector companies are not the only organizations that are embracing enterprise risk management. The U.S. government continues to do so too, albeit slowly. And recently, one U.S. federal agency released new draft guidelines on how risk management principles can be applied to critical infrastructure's information systems.<img src="/ASIS%20SM%20Callout%20Images/0818%20NT%20Chart.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:289px;" /></p><p>The proposed guidelines come from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). For the last few years, NIST has worked on refining its Risk Management Framework (RMF), which is aimed at helping organizations integrate information security principles and practices into enterprise risk management programs. </p><p>The RMF includes, among other components, a structured process for valuing organizational assets for selecting, implementing, and assessing security controls; and for monitoring security controls. Government officials say this RMF is especially necessary because threats to U.S. critical infrastructure are outpacing efforts to reduce vulnerabilities. </p><p>"There is an urgent need to further strengthen the underlying information systems, component products, and services that we depend on in every sector of the critical infrastructure," writes Ron Ross, a NIST computer scientist, in the foreword of the new guidelines.</p><p>The guidelines have seven objectives: strengthen the links between high-level risk management efforts and lower-level operational activities; institutionalize risk management preparatory activities; demonstrate how the RMF can be aligned with NIST's Cybersecurity Framework; integrate privacy concepts into the RMF; promote the development of secure software systems; integrate supply chain risk management principles into the RMF; and provide an alternative approach to selecting security controls. </p><p>In addition, the new guidelines include instructions for tasks that will help prepare organizations to use the RMF for their information systems and programs. These tasks are divided into separate categories—organization level and system level.   </p><p>On the organization level, these tasks include assigning risk management roles to employees, establishing an overall risk management strategy, assessing organization-wide risks, establishing and documenting baselines for stakeholder protection needs, categorizing the comparative impact levels of different information systems, and developing an organization-wide strategy for continuous monitoring. </p><p>On the systems level, the tasks include identifying the business mission that the system supports, identifying stakeholders that have an interest in the system, categorizing the types of information the system uses, conducting a system-level risk assessment, identifying the system's protection and privacy requirements, and registering the system for purposes of management and oversight. </p><p>"Given the significant and ever-increasing danger of the threats, it is imperative that organizations remain vigilant and that leaders and managers at all organizational levels understand their responsibilities and are accountable for protecting organizational assets and for managing security risks," NIST says in the guidelines.</p>
https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Five-Not-So-Easy-Pieces.aspxFive Not-So-Easy PiecesGP0|#28ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997;L0|#028ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997|Strategic Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465<p>​Alignment is in. Many cities, municipalities, corporations, and school systems are taking steps to align their physical security systems so that security programs across locations will be fully integrated.</p><p>The benefits of such a move are numerous. Uniformity across systems makes it easier for end users, and converged systems are easier to manage from operation centers. Moreover, having only one system makes maintenance and upgrades easier, and this can help provide long-term stability. </p><p>But achieving alignment is no easy feat. Navigating a physical security installation across several facilities can be a difficult undertaking; often, such a project includes wrangling a mish-mash of individual products to get them to function under one cohesive system. Alternatively, some take the approach of completely redesigning the physical security system so that it reflects current best practice design standards. Both paths can be difficult.  </p><p>In addition, the potential pitfalls of attempting a unification project are numerous. What is the installation environment in each facility? Which key players need to be involved at each facility, and at what level of involvement? What type of network infrastructure must be in place to integrate the systems? </p><p>In hopes of avoiding pitfalls, many organizations will hire project managers and consultants to spearhead alignment projects. This type of management, however, is usually complex and unpredictable work. Thus, one of the most useful attributes a security practitioner can have is experience in project management.</p><p>Although there is no one roadmap for successful project completion, and despite all the caveats, most projects can be broken down into five stages. The main purpose of this article is to walk the reader through these stages, which experts sometimes refer to as "process groups." The five process groups are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. For our purposes, the second process, planning, can be considered the design process, and the third process, executing, can be considered the installation process. </p><p>Although these stages will remain consistent, the role and scope of a project manager's responsibilities will change from project to project. And, there may be many project managers on a single project: one for the design team, one representing the owner, one who serves as an installation project manager in the field, and others. Each will have different responsibilities.   </p><p>Primarily, this article is written from the point of view of the project manager who is outside of the org­anization and is hired by an owner to design and manage a project that will be installed by a third-party contractor, either through a public bid or the solicitation of proposals. Typically, this type of manager would be a consultant who works on a project-by-project basis with different teams and organizations, for the procurement and installation of a multi-facility physical security system.</p><p>However, the concepts and best practice guidance offered here could be applied to almost anyone involved with the management or supervision of physical security projects, whether that person is inside or outside the organization.​</p><h4>Initiating</h4><p>As a project kicks off, the act of project management is often the act of discovery. The project may be ill-defined, just a blurry picture of the needs and goals of the project's owner. But an ill-defined project cannot be effectively managed, so it is often the project manager's task to focus the project with the owner into a clear and actionable roadmap.</p><p>For the project manager, one of the main goals of the initiating process is to get up to speed with the requirements, history, and expectations of the project. This includes understanding who the project stakeholders are and determining the project's requirements, constraints, and assumptions.  </p><p>Physical security projects can be sponsored by a range of departments in an organization, including security, facilities, IT, finance, and general management. But these departments may have different levels of familiarity with physical security systems, so the project manager must gain an understanding of how well the owner's team knows physical security. This understanding should then inform the project manager's general approach, including the process of assembling the design team. </p><p>This understanding can be gained during the meetings that take place during the initiating process. For example, the design or project management teams may be akin to experts—they will design and demonstrate how the systems work and function together and explain design best practices. In another project, the design team may merely be documenting the project for an owner who already has a strong grasp and understanding of physical security best practices and the needs of each facility. </p><p>Another key task of the initiating process is to learn the requirements and goals of the project. What is the general scope? What physical protection systems will be affected? Will this be a replacement project, or will it integrate with existing systems? Is there a deadline for installation completion? If grant money is involved, is there a deadline for spending funds? Each answer is part of the roadmap.</p><p>Once the initially hazy picture has come into focus, the project manager may take the next steps. These include developing a rough estimate of how many days will need to be spent in the field documenting existing conditions and systems, and how many designers should be hired to create design documents. Other decisions involve who will sit on the project stakeholder's team, whether the owner will require manufacturer demonstrations, and what a reasonable cost for the project looks like. </p><p>During this stage, the project manager may discover that the existing team of stakeholders is inadequate. In this case, the project manager should try to ensure that all decision makers are included, and that, if applicable, teams not directly associated with security are also represented, or at a minimum made aware of the project. Other stakeholders, for example, could include facility directors, senior management, service providers, IT teams, and grant funding representatives. If the project is for a municipal, city, or public organization, the owner may prefer to involve law enforcement in the early stages and throughout the process.</p><p>By the end of this first stage, all stakeholders should understand their roles within the project, what will be expected of them, and the type of work that will be performed on their systems or the facilities they manage. Accomplishing this early is important. It is never a good idea to inform an IT director of an IP video surveillance project a week before the network electronics are scheduled to be installed.​</p><h4>Design</h4><p>The greatest indicator of a well-executed project is a well-executed design process. The overall objective of this process is to create a complete set of project documents that a third-party contractor or integrator can then use to create a proposal or bid. </p><p>These documents, typically referred to collectively as the project manual, will typically include plan drawings, wiring diagrams, and riser and elevation drawings. They also include specifications explaining the scope, the installation standards, the configurations of various systems, and other pertinent information. Front-end documents in the manual often describe the nature of the project and any general requirements that the bidding contractor must adhere to. </p><p> To create a thorough project manual, it is important for the project manager to assemble a qualified design team. Physical security projects can be derailed by subpar designs that do not consider each facet of each system's requirements. The design team must be able to accurately document the correct configuration requirements among systems; all installation best practices and requirements; the code requirements and testing parameters; and the closeout tasks such as training.</p><p>Once the design team is assembled, the project manager begins the process of creating progressively more detailed designs and reviewing them periodically with the owner. A good guide is to review the design documents at 50 percent completion, 75 percent, 98 percent, and 100 percent. At each review, it should be conveyed to the owner what was refined, changed, omitted, or added from the last review. </p><p>The overall cost and the installation schedule should also be reviewed at those junctures. Most likely, the project will have a specific budget and installation schedule that the design team must adhere to. At each design milestone, the project manager must ensure that the owner understands the budget and schedule. Any major design change should be reviewed with the owner.</p><p>If the project does not have a predetermined budget, the project manager should have a usable estimated cost range after project initiation. At the halfway point, an estimate within a few percentage points of the actual cost should be completed and reviewed with the owner. It is also important the owner understands how any future requests will affect the budget and installation schedule. </p><p>Ideally, the project should leave 10 percent of the total budget in contingency to cover unforeseen costs. For example, for a project with a budget of $1 million, the design team should allocate up to $900,000 and leave $100,000 for contingencies. Aside from this practice, some projects also contain a management contingency designed to cover changes in project scope directed by management. However, this contingency may or may not be shared with the project manager, and it may not be included in the total project budget. </p><p>When it comes time to estimate individual costs, the environment and condition of existing facilities should be kept in mind. Areas likely to add surprise costs to the project should be reviewed. Take ceilings, for example. If the facility has open ceilings, will the low-voltage cabling need to be run in conduit? If so, how much cost will that add? Or, consider data closets. Is there adequate wall space to mount patch panels, switches, and servers? Is there wall space to mount security panels? Other areas that should be reviewed for cost impact include power requirements, configuration fees for integrating systems, and software fees for updating out-of-date systems, among other items.</p><p>Taken together, the overall goal of the planning and design process is to create a project manual that is fair to both the owner's needs for attaining the project goals, as well as the contractor's needs to correctly price the project. </p><p>Many potential headaches that could occur during the installation process can be mitigated by giving the contractor a realistic schedule for procurement and installation of the systems, and by ensuring that the project comes in at or under budget. This is done by informing the owner early and often of the realistic requirements that the scope of the project will require. All cost-saving measures should be considered during the design process when at all possible.</p><p>Throughout the design process, the project manager and design team should constantly ask themselves, "If I were a contractor, would I be able to properly price this project based on the project manual documents without adding change orders in the field?" Many projects are soured by an incomplete project manual that puts the contractor in the disadvantaged position of having to constantly submit change orders to correct their fee. ​</p><h4>Executing</h4><p>If the goals of the planning process were accomplished—including properly and completely documenting the physical security systems, their installation requirements, and all responsibilities required by the installation contractor—then the executing process should run relatively smoothly.</p><p>During the executing process, the contractor who was awarded the project proceeds with installing and testing the systems. Sometimes the project manager and design team stay on to manage the schedule and invoices, review the installation and test results, and generally ensure that that the project is being installed to the quality standards documented in the project manual on behalf of the owner. </p><p>The relationships among designers, consultants, project managers, and contractors should be built on teamwork and based on the shared goal of providing the owner with a well-executed project and physical security system. The best projects are those where a mutual respect and a spirit of genuine collaboration are exhibited by all parties and where the project manager has the best interest of all parties in mind.</p><p> Although, careful initial documentation of exactly what is expected of the installation will help avoid oversights and miscommunications, it is still prudent, and often mandatory, for the project manager to review and approve the work being completed. During this process, the manager's best strategy for ensuring that the project is executed well is to stay vigilant in correcting all possible holdups.</p><p>If the overall budget fails to capture all installation costs, change orders can occur during the installation process, after the project has been awarded to a contractor. A change order is a claim to a change in scope that usually comes with an associated cost. It is used by the contractor to seek fees for the change. Change orders can be owner directed or project directed, and they can be legitimate or illegitimate. </p><p>Here's an example of a legitimate, owner-directed change order. After a project manual went out to bid and the project was awarded to a contractor, the owner requested to add access control hardware to a door. This hardware was not included in the design, so the contractor was not allowed to give a cost associated with it. Seeking a fee to now include that door in the installation was a legitimate change order. </p><p>Here's an example of a legitimate project-directed change order. The contractor discovered that 100 feet of conduit was needed to mount a video surveillance camera in an open-ceiling mechanical space. The project manual did not clearly document that the contractor would need conduit at this location, so the contractor sought to submit a change order for the cost of procuring and installing the conduit.</p><p>Illegitimate change orders occur when a contractor seeks fees for a task or product that was clearly documented in the project manual and, therefore, should have been included in the proposal or bid. It should be noted that legitimate or illegitimate status will not determine if the change order will be accepted by the project. Change order acceptance or rejection is determined by the project manager, owner, and other applicable stakeholders.</p><p>One benchmark of success for the project is the number and scope of change orders. In other words, how close was the executed project to the agreed upon budget and original design?​</p><h4>Monitoring and Controlling</h4><p>If the project manager's responsibility is to review and sign off on the installation, it is best to do so early and often. The goal is to correct minor issues before they grow into major issues. </p><p>For example, let's assume a contractor completes a 200-door access control project across 20 different facilities, but does not properly secure the cabling above the ceiling grid as designed. The longer the project manager waits to get on site and review the work, the more difficult it will be to fix this mistake. If the cabling contractor is a subcontractor of the prime contractor and is finished with the scope of work, by the time the project manager is on site to review the work, it may be impossible to correct these mistakes.</p><p>The project manager should be on site to review, at a minimum, the first few devices that are installed to ensure that the installation is clean and to specification. Indeed, many contractors prefer this method of installation kickoff because it will ensure that the installation is on the right track. </p><p>Common installation mistakes found on physical security projects can include sloppy or exposed cabling to devices; installation of sensors, cameras, and other devices that are not plumb or properly secured; low-voltage cabling strung across the ceiling grid and not on cabling support; failure to firestop applicable penetrations; and poor cable management and cable terminations in the data closets and control panels, among other things.</p><p>All site visits, communications between owner and contractor, issuances of work that need to be fixed, and approvals of work done correctly should always be formally documented and distributed to the entire team in field reports and punch lists. In turn, the contractor must document any corrections or installation requirements that are completed. </p><p>Requests for information from the field, product submittals, invoice submittals, and general project housekeeping should be reviewed and answered by the project manager in a timely matter to ensure that the project is not delayed due to lack of direction for the contractor or owner.  </p><p>Sometimes, the biggest roadblocks to completing a project on schedule are the tasks that must be completed by the owner. It is important that the project manager also manage this side of the project. He or she should inform the owner early and often when tasks will be due and should sometimes advise them on how they can be best completed. These tasks may include providing IP addresses for cameras, printing and issuing badges for new access control systems in time for system cutovers, providing configuration on network electronics if required, and configuring and relaying information related to VLANs, among other things. </p><p>Often, contractors are only allowed to invoice for work completed or for devices that were purchased and delivered to the facility. If the project manager is tasked with reviewing invoices, it should be easy to approve or reject fees based on work completed because the project manager has periodically seen and reviewed the work in person.</p><p>Most projects will require that the project hold a retainer against the contractor's fee until the project is 100 percent complete. This retainer is held until the end of the project, after all the installation and miscellaneous responsibilities of the contractor have been met. Each project may have specific requirements in terms of payment and proof of work for payment that should be reviewed and adhered to by all parties.  ​</p><h4>Closing</h4><p>The closing process can be initiated when 10 percent of the project is left to complete. Common tasks to be completed during the closeout process include administering training, delivering operation and maintenance manuals, final testing of systems, reviewing the system test results, reviewing cabling test results, and handing over the systems to the owner. </p><p>It is a good idea to start closeout tasks when the project is around 75 percent complete. However, getting the owner and relevant stakeholders together for training and close-out meetings can be a difficult task depending on their schedules. If the project is being completed in a school district, for example, training may need to wait for a professional development day, so it is best to book training as soon as the trainer is available. </p><p>Depending on the owner's level of expertise, it may also be beneficial to include additional training in the project manual two to six months after the project is handed over to the owner. This will allow the owner to schedule refresher training if desired. </p><p>Once the project manager and design team accept the final installation; all closeout deliverables are finalized; and all final fees, contingencies, and invoices are paid; the project is handed over to the owner and the project is considered complete. </p><p>Successful project completion requires improvisation, teamwork, thoroughness, and foresight. All are skills that are developed over time and through hands-on experience on projects of different sizes and types. The best project managers are those who learn from their mistakes, document their lessons learned, and share those insights with the project management and security management communities.  </p><p><em><strong>Nicholas D'Agostino, </strong>PSP, PMP, is a senior manager of system design for D'Agostino & Associates, a technology consulting firm. He has spearheaded multiple city-wide physical security upgrade projects throughout the Northeast. He can be reached at NickD@DA-Technology.com. D'Agostino is a member of ASIS International.</em></p>
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