Bruce A. Canal, CPP

Security Professional & Entrepreneur

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Bruce A. Canal, CPP
Security Professional & Entrepreneur

Welcome to my online portfolio. Here you can find some examples of my work, current projects, and my biography. I am an entrepreneur at heart and have developed businesses and worked as a security professional, based in Avon, IN, for over 30 years.  I have created security related businesses from the ground up: from security technology to software as a service platforms., and I continue to grow new opportunities.

My professional position is Director of Security Operations for STANLEY Security Solutions Global, based in Fishers, IN.  This is a challenging position and I enjoy working with all levels of management and the different business units within SSS.  

My two ongoing personal projects are Founder/Chairman of Social Net Watcher, LLC, and Director of Security Solutions Group, Inc., a security consulting group for businesses and school districts.  Recently I have partnered with Healthcare Anywhere, a mobile app allowing people to access a physician via a mobile app.  This product will combine with SNW and be offered to school districts around the country. 

What most sets me apart from my peers is my diverse experience and transferable skills.  I retired from the Indiana State Police, pursued careers as an end-user security practitioner, developed security business ventures and have developed a security software as a service product.  I have also focused my time on my passion to protect our planet with green / environmental issues.  Not many professionals can say they are experts in more than one field.  However, I have testified in federal / state court as a  security professional and have been trained by the world's experts on climate change; making me a rare expert in two entirely different markets.

I draw from police experiences to enhance my security talent, and pull from my passion to protect our planet from climate change to develop new green opportunities.  I have attended two intensive climate change training courses, sponsored by The Climate Project, over the last two years.  I am one of approximately 9,000 trainers recognized as an expert on "An Inconvenient Truth"  and "An Inconvenient Sequel" written by former Vice President Al Gore.  In fact, VP Gore was the lead instructor along with scientists from around the world.  These trainers are an elite group of people chosen for their diverse backgrounds and their passion for protecting the planet.

My security projects have been featured in many security trade publications and I have been invited to speak of my experiences around the country.  I have been a guest speaker for many ASIS International seminars and webinars and I am recognized as a subject matter expert in school security and security technology.

I am currently employed as the Global Director of Security Operations for STANLEY Security Solutions based at the world headquarters in Fishers, IN.  SSS employs nearly 10,000 employees with over 165 sites all around the world.  SSS is arguably the 2nd largest security technology integrator in the United States and it building its presence around the world.


Bruce A. Canal, CPP
(317) 447-9980
Avon, IN  46123

1)    What is the value of an assessment?
By Bruce A. Canal, CPP

We have all heard the old saying, 'can’t see the forest for the trees?’ Ever wonder how it can be applied to the security management industry?

As a security manager, we must evaluate every piece of the security plan.  Many times there are pieces that get little or no attention because those managers get caught up in the minutia of their security plan and fail to see the forest.  That’s where a bona fide security assessment proves most beneficial and is a true investment in the overall protection picture.

A security assessment by an outside firm is an investment in the big picture.  An outside firm, when given the freedom to assess freely, can not only pick apart the vulnerabilities, they can help build a strategy to better protect people and assets.  

Not only will a proven security assessment provide a strategic plan, it will save the organization money.  Ask for the vulnerabilities to be defined in a hierarchy from the most egregious to the least.  Therefore, the organization can apply the correct amount of resources to attack the vulnerability.

While an outside assessment is critical to a sound security plant, be careful to avoid the serious failure many companies make when contracting an outside firms for an assessment.  First, failure to give the assessment team freedom.  Allow the firm to make an independent assessment without any cumbersome objectives.  Yes, everyone recognizes an assessment can be an opportunity to move a pet project along by shaping the assessment, however, it takes a more confident manager to allow the firm an opportunity to work independently and illustrate both the strengths and weaknesses of the present security plan.  Give direction, but only as far as organization operations and function.  Ask for an honest assessment.

Second, ask the firm for clear solutions.  Many times, managers restrict the assessment team:  lack of funding, or an objection to a specific type of technology or practice is defined from the beginning, which inhibits the assessment team from offering a truly objective opinion.  Ask for the best case solution.  Ask for a solution with contemporary security measures, not out-dated plans.  Ask the firm to prioritize its solutions from what is immediately necessary to what may be put into next year's budget.

Consider an assessment as an investment.  The assessment team is the organization’s ally and can save funds by not over-buying unneeded equipment or end-of-life technology.  The single difference between an assessment team and all other security programs, is the team sells their talent and not product.  All they have for future business is their reputation. 

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