One of the biggest reasons companies need security professionals on their payroll or as consultants is because as technologies and corporate procedures change and evolve, so do the security risks involved with doing business. Many security professionals enjoy the ever-changing landscape of their jobs. Houstonian Samantha Boles talks a bit about her work with her own start-up, Automated Security Integrated Solutions.
What does your current job entail?
“As COO of a small start-up company, quite a bit! I oversee the day-to-day operations of a 24/7 security command center which monitors over 100 facilities across the U.S., and which remotely manages yard traffic for 25 of those sites. I oversee new physical security installations for companies (gates, fencing, CCTV cameras, etc). In the last two years, I traveled at least 50 percent of the time. I currently read industry news daily, to ensure I am up to date on any security trends or issues customers may ask about. I also keep up with our marketing and sales, including a daily blog on Twitter, Tumblr & Instagram called “supercoolsecurityfact” which requires me to research security, laws and politics as well as create visual content.”
What is your favorite part of your daily duties?
“Being involved in the day-to-day operations. I get to experience new challenges daily. One day I might get to test out a new airplane GPS tracking device, and the next catch a criminal on camera in action.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“I attend several annual security conferences and am a member of TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association), a security council which meets three times a year. The most recent conference featured FBI, cargo task force and rail police – all who shared the current theft trends and risks in their prospective areas.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“First, If you’re in college, study a variety of fields or have at least a minor beyond Criminal Justice/Science. The most successful security professionals are well-rounded. Law, information technology, business, accounting…almost anything will help. As a corporate security professional, you may have to deal with a major IT hack which will include handling an investigation, figuring out a way to prevent it in the future, talking to the press and then preparing a budget report on the whole project! Also, go for it! This is the least boring industry out there. The job is never the same. There is a new experience or challenge daily.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.