WASHINGTON – The year is 2021. The country is humming along, tech giants are on the up, the economy is humming along, lives are comforted by a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week wide reach of information, and every American is able to get more than one way to the necessary destination, with the help of a never-ending array of traveling companions. Things are good.
Then something is lost. Something awful. It’s the workplace.
And it’s been lost, for the most part, to security because most of the tools were hardcoded for only a very specific type of attack, such as a hack of a banking ATM to steal hard-earned cash from users. There was no mechanism to deal with the impeding business models, nor the implausible and ruinous business models. And security professionals were left floundering in the dark because the idea of empowering them to prevent an attack was so hard to sell.
Technology changes. So you need the right team to get the job done, with the right skillset and set of tools. With its continued flurry of machine-learning features and innovation, 5G will have the ability to profoundly change the ways business is done, and unleash the potential of the world’s best brains in science, engineering, government, and much else.
Indeed, there are great skills and talent gaps among many different professionals, particularly highly skilled technical talent. More than ever, this is something that we all need to bridge, and to deploy.
But this means, first, that you need to hire all the skilled professionals you can to assist you on this mission. And secondly, you need a meaningful role that can help them get up to speed in a rapidly evolving field, with a mission that needs to be met in the near term.
For those of us in the private sector, working with the security side of things, it can be hard to find this kind of mission-focused organizational model, as well as a whole set of tools that you and your peers can employ to get your job done. It can be hard to bring it up at the boardroom table because it’s the kind of work that people are skeptical about being able to do, but we know that the reward is so much greater.
But once you get going, the results can be remarkable. Look at the fact that CIO’s are acknowledged as “chief strategic officers,” and CEOs go as far as to appoint them as “C-level managers” of their organizations.
If we have a role as part of the transformation, it’s to help someone get up to speed quickly so that they can lead with the best of their minds, fill the gaps, and help transform their organizations to reach the great potential that they know they have inside of them. In the same way that we saw the success of BlueArc’s system for increasing security at KeyCorp, a bank of more than $175 billion, we saw another great success when the American Bankers Association made the successful move to deploy a system that gives mortgage bankers greater access to more lenders. And we’ve continued to deliver these systems in a rapid manner because we’re a delivery organization, and that goes back to our inception as a Tipping Point. That’s how we did it at Citibank, and we’re intent on making sure that it continues to be the case.
Alarm Inc. is an industry veteran, having built its business of security on advanced metrics and innovative data flows that help lead our customer’s competitive position in the world. That has earned the company a position on boards of prestigious technology leaders, and helped us deliver a superior security solution for a wide array of enterprises through our advanced monitoring and reporting capabilities. With growth and integration to help ensure the optimum deployment of our innovative products, and tremendous support from our customers, we have built a highly skilled organization that not only provides them with world-class security and other services, but also enables the private sector to provide security services on a consistent basis.
What we’ve seen from 5G, and what I see coming with next-generation networks and distributed antenna systems is an opportunity to enable new and innovative use of sensors, cameras, software, and software as well as from outside suppliers and in-house teams to go from start to finish. It’s a great opportunity for companies like Alarm to step up and provide the backbone technology to make it all work.
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