Bruce A. Canal, CPP

Security Professional & Entrepreneur

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Bruce A. Canal, CPP

Segment Development Manager - Education
Axis Communications

Welcome to my online portfolio. Here you can find some examples of my work, current projects, and my biography.

I am a security professional by trade and I am happily employed as the Segment Development Manager in Education for Axis Communications.  I have been in law enforcement and security management for over 30 years.  I have wide and varied experiences in security management after I retired from the Indiana State Police.  I created the first security software as a service platforms to monitor school students activities on social media and I have worked as an end user in school security prior to my employment with Axis Communications.

Recently, I sold my personal project as founder of Social Net Watcher, LLC.  A software as a service provided to school districts to monitor their students social media activity for threatening comments to predict criminal behavior. 

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.  I am one of approximately 30,000 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.

 

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

1)    What is the value of a security 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 and sound security assessment provide a strategic plan, it will save the organization or institution money.  When the security vulnerabilities are defined in a hierarchy from the most egregious to the least, a strategic solution can be formulated.  Then, 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 firm 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 security 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 purpose.  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 a product.  All they have for future business is their reputation. 


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