By R.V. Baugus
William “Shannon” Brown, Chief, Security Planning Branch – Security Programs, Infrastructure Security Division with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), will deliver a presentation on October 6 at IAVM’s virtual ENCORE conference.
Titled “Insider Threat Mitigation – The Organization’s Role,” the session will take a broad look at Insider Threat, public facing Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Insider Threat resources, what an Insider Threat is, and what organizations need to do to ensure that they establish an appropriate Insider Threat program with policies and procedures that are suitable for their culture and mission.
In his role, Brown serves as the Chief of the Security Planning Branch where he is responsible for public facing product development and stakeholder engagement for understanding and mitigating insider threat, security and safety planning, use of fire as a weapon, and the business case for security.
Prior to moving to Security Planning, Brown served as the Chief for the Commercial Facilities Section and was responsible for facilitating information sharing with Senior Private Sector representatives, major trade associations, and Chief Security Officers from Retail, Gaming (Casino), Entertainment & Media, Lodging, Sports Leagues, Outdoor Events, Public Assembly, and Real Estate industries to strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Before joining the Department of Homeland Security, Brown worked in private industry as a senior operations and security planner leading teams providing analysis of critical infrastructure sector information requirements for decision support, planning, policy interpretation and implementation, and coordination of outreach.
He served 22 years as a United States Naval Officer and Naval Aviator prior to his time in the private sector where he lead numerous teams and maintained a myriad of responsibilities within the United States Navy; including Executive Director of an airshow, counter narcotics operations mission commander; Chief of a forward deployed operational planning cell during high tempo operations; and as an Officer-in-Charge of a Patrol Squadron.
Brown spent a few minutes with us to talk some about what attendees can expect in this timely and crucial session that will impact every IAVM member.
IF YOU WILL, JUST SHARE A BRIEF BIT AGAIN CONCERNING YOUR BACKGROUND AND CURRENT ROLE.
I have been with the Department of Homeland Security and now the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency since 2008 both as a contractor and now as a Federal employee. I am currently the Security Planning Chief in the Infrastructure Security Division and responsible the portfolio of Fire as a Weapon, Insider Threat, Security and Safety Planning, and the Business Case for Security.
OUR MARK HERRERA AND OTHERS HAVE RIGHTLY POINTED OUT THAT WHILE SO MUCH OF OUR CONVERSATION TODAY REMAINS ON THE PANDEMIC, WE HAVE THE NEED TO STAY VIGILANT ON ALL THINGS SAFETY AND SECURITY AT PUBLIC ASSEMBLY VENUES. WOULD YOU AGREE AND HOW SO?
Maintaining appropriate vigilance when comes to safety and security should be an integral part of organizational culture and is key to mitigating adverse incidents.
SHARE SOME ABGOUT WHAT YOU WILL BE SPEAKING ON AT ENCORE?
Insider Threat Mitigation – The Organization’s Role. We will take a broad look at Insider Threat, public facing Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Insider Threat resources, what is an Insider and is what is Insider Threat, and what do organizations need to ensure that they establish an appropriate Insider Threat program with policies and procedures that are suitable for their culture and mission?
I WOULD ASSUME THAT YOUR CONTENT WILL BE USEFUL ACROSS ALL OF OUR SECTOR TYPES AS IT RELATES TO SAFEGUARDING MEASURES.
Understanding Insider Threat is important for security professionals and managers at organizations large and small. Insider Threat can cause harm not only across the venue management sectors, but across all types of critical infrastructure.
HOW ABOUT A SOLID TAKEAWAY YOU WOULD LIKE ATTENDEES TO RETURN TO THEIR VENUE WITH AFTER PARTICIPATING IN YOUR PRESENTATION?
The first steps to an effective Insider Threat program are knowing what you are trying to protect and then instilling that in your organizational culture.