Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
June 15, 2018

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Revealed: The IFSEC Global security & fire influencers 2018

After consultation with a panel of highly respected judges, we’re delighted to reveal the IFSEC Global security & fire influencers 2018.

The roll call of influencers across the security and fire industries is broken down into seven categories – which you can click on below to reveal the final rankings.

We defined ‘influence’ in the following ways:

  • Someone who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Someone who has been a driving force in changing regulationstandards/guidance or best practice
  • Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues
  • Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by
  • Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media

The process

The process consisted of two stages. First, we invited nominations from the IFSEC Global audience and beyond. Then, a panel of judges, drawn from across the industries and barred from featuring in the list themselves, assigned points to each nomination based on the persuasiveness of the nomination, their research into the nominee and their own knowledge of the nominee’s contributions to their field. The judges were also permitted to submit nominations themselves, which were then scored by the other judges.

Ultimately, ‘influence’ cannot be measured objectively, but each year we believe we’re making the process a bit more exhaustive – and we’ll do so again next year. Doubtless, there are industry figures whose absence from the list you might find baffling. But if you feel someone deserves recognition then we suggest that you nominate them next year!

We’d like to thank Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, for his tireless efforts as lead judge. Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, appointed the panel of judges (which you can also view below) and coordinated the nominations and judging process. Thanks also to Bonnie Butlin, also co-founder of the Security Partners Forum and number one in last year’s international thought leader rankings, for helping to coordinate the process.

Grant Lecky commented: “I want to thank IFSEC for this great honour and privilege of serving in this capacity. Having won my share of awards and accolades – including having been named to the IFSEC Global Most Influential list on more than one occasion – I think now is the perfect time to ‘send the elevator back down’, so to speak, and help highlight those across the UK and the rest of world who are making a difference in the security and fire domains.”

You can network with some of the influencers during a meet-and-greet session during IFSEC International, 19-21 June 2018, ExCeL London – between 4-5pm on Wednesday 20 June in the ASIS Lounge.

IFSEC Global security & fire influencers 2018 – the categories

Security tech leaders

Security management

Security thought leadership

Security executives

Cybersecurity

Fire safety

System design, installation & integration

Judging panel 2018

Lead judge: Grant Lecky

Grant, an Expert Network Member (Risk & Resilience) at the World Economic Forum, won no fewer than five prestigious accolades last year alone, including a spot on the Canadian Who’s Who and an Outstanding Achievement in Global Cybersecurity (OAGCS) Award from the Ontario College of Management and Technology.

As well being named the 10th most influential professional in the security management category in IFSEC Global’s 2017 rankings (and 12th overall in 2014), Grant was included in Security Magazine’s Most Influential People in Security in 2012.

View Grant’s LinkedIn profile to find out about his other accolades and accomplishments.

Don Randall MBE, senior adviser, Pilgrims Group

UK

Judging categories:

Security management, cybersecurity UK

Mike Howard, CSO, Microsoft

US

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international

David Burrill, co-founder, Burrill Green

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international, security management UK

Theresa Payton, CEO, Fortalice

US

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international, cybersecurity international

Wendy Bashnan, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Security, NATO

Belgium

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, cybersecurity international

Baroness Neville-Jones, chairman, British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC)

UK

Judging categories:

Security management UK, cybersecurity UK

Jason Brown, national security director, Thales

Australia

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, cybersecurity international

Victoria Ekhomu, MD, Trans-World Security Systems Ltd & School of Management & Security

Nigeria

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international

Denis Lauretou, Head of Security & Safety, chez Banque de France

France

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international

Carol Osler, Senior VP, head of financial crimes, fraud management, enterprise project management

Canada

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international, cybersecurity international

Steve Durbin, MD, ISF

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, cybersecurity UK, cybersecurity international

Mike Hurst, vice chairman, ASIS UK chapter

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security management UK, installers

Francisco Poley Herrera, security director, European Federation of Security Directors

Spain

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, installers/integrators, security management international

Lynn Mattice, MD, Mattice & Associates

US

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, cybersecurity international, security management international

Yvan De Mesmaeker, Secretary general of the European Corporate Security Association

Belgium

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international

Diana Burley, executive director & chair, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection

US

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Cybersecurity international

Una Riley, CEO, iAudit Consultants Ltd

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Installers/integrators, security management UK

GB Singh, editor, Security Today & Security Update

India

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security management international

Izabela Albrycht, chair, Kosciuszko Institute & CYBERSEC

Poland

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Cybersecurity international

Steve Lasky, editorial director, Southcomm Security Media Group

US

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Tech developers

Peter Houlis, MD, 2020Vision Systems

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Tech developers, security management UK

Rachaell Saunders, CEO, National Protective Services

Australia

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Tech developers

Ahmed Qurram Baig

UAE

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, cybersecurity international

Cath Goulding, head of IT security, Nominet

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Cybersecurity UK

Ian Moore, CEO, FIA

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Fire safety

Pauline Norstrum, MD, NetVu Ltd

UK

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Fire safety, tech developers, installers, security management

Tacito Leite, director of security, Indra

Brazil

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security management international

Lynwen Connick, CISO, ANZ Banking Group

Australia

LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Security executives, security management international, cybersecurity international

Dr Robert Docherty, MD, Flame Risk Solutions

UK

Judging categories:

Fire safety


 

Categories of influencers

  • Commercial security – manufacturers/vendors
  • Commercial security – end users (ie heads of security, directors of security, etc)
  • Commercial security – association figures, academics, thought leaders
  • Commercial security – Security executives
  • Fire – manufacturers
  • Fire – industry professionals or thought leaders, eg risk assessors, consultants etc
  • Cybersecurity professionals and thought leaders
  • Installers – fire and security

How do we define influential?

This could be anyone:

  • Who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Who has been a driving force in changing regulation, standards/guidance or best practice
  • Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues
  • Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by
  • Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media

Installers (fire and security)

The criteria for installers is slightly different, being an individual – not a company – who has done some or all of the following:

  • Consistently provided exceptional customer service
  • Delivered a particular project, or many projects, to exceptionally high standards
  • Been an innovator (eg, cutting average installation times/costs through adoption of new tech or change of process)
  • Played a pivotal role in the success of their company (whether that is growing revenues, market share or reputation for excellence)
  • Played a pivotal role in their company’s diversification into new markets (eg IP, home automation, fire, etc)

The results will be announced in the IFSEC Security Briefing (which you can register for here) during May 2017.

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