Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, recently hired Joshua Skule as the Senior Vice President of the Risk Advisory and Consulting Services division. Skule will be responsible for enhancing this division as a national and global provider of differentiating consulting, investigations and protective services. Skule joins Allied Universal after a distinguished 21-year career in the FBI, where he was recently the Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence leading the organisation’s Intelligence Branch. In this role, he served as the strategic leader of the FBI’s intelligence program with centralised authority, responsibility and oversight for all the bureau’s intelligence work. In addition, he managed a global workforce of 5,000 personnel and a National Intelligence Program budget of over $3 billion. Security intelligence, counterterrorism “Josh’s vast expertise in security intelligence, counterterrorism and his previous work with Chief Security Officers (CSO’s) across the industry will be a great asset for our clients as we support their strategies to identify and mitigate risk and prevent loss as well as protect people, infrastructure and assets globally,” said Ty Richmond, President of Allied Universal® Risk Advisory and Consulting Services and International. During his career, Skule was co-chair of the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), which is a strategic partnership between the US federal law enforcement and over 500 CSO’s from private industry companies that enhance communication and promote the timely and effective exchange of security and intelligence information. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service As the Deputy Assistant Director within the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, he developed a long-term strategic roadmap for technology investment in the bureau’s highest priority program. He nurtured extensive outreach to international law enforcement and intelligence partners to enhance information sharing. Disaster and emergency response Skule graduated from the Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He was a U.S. Marine Captain and led teams in multiple challenging deployments around the world. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. Allied Universal® Risk Advisory and Consulting Services integrates security consulting, investigations, personal protection and threat, disaster and emergency response with traditional security services and technology systems to present a comprehensive picture of risk and actionable solutions to enhance security program effectiveness and ROI.
Allied Universal, global security and facility services company in North America, has recently announced a broad array of new all-inclusive capabilities and divisions, which will be showcased at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference (Booth #523) slated for September 8 – 12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Allied Universal recently launched HELIAUS, an advanced artificial intelligence platform, and announced new divisions such as Allied Universal Technology Services, Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services, and Allied Universal Event Services. Allied Universal smart services “We are proud to be ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving industry by delivering all-encompassing capabilities to our clients with the ultimate goal of providing top-notch security services,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “Our tech solutions are the most highly advanced, comprehensive and integrated in the security industry.” For more than 60 years, Allied Universal has been offering manned guarding services that include armed and cleared security professionals, vehicle patrol, visitor management/concierge, K-9 services and guarded touring and management software. HELIAUS advanced AI platform HELIAUS focuses on creating an ecosystem around the company’s manned guarding security services" HELIAUS: The Power of Insight into Action - “HELIAUS focuses on creating an ecosystem around the company’s manned guarding security services that brings together rich data and advanced artificial intelligence to predict not only what's going to happen but to give recommendations on how to prevent it from happening and drive better outcomes,” said Mark Mullison, CIO of Allied Universal. “The sophisticated location-aware workflow engine ensures that these recommendations are acted upon.” “Allied Universal Technology Services offers clients electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, technological threat management and response, and other smart tech innovative solutions, including a broad array of hosted /managed services via Allied Universal’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), and the Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service),” said Carey Boethel, President, Allied Universal Technology Services. Risk assessment and prevention Allied Universal Risk Advisory & Consulting Services – “We have combined risk assessment, prevention, and investigative practices, developed over more than four decades, with the extensive experience and knowledge of industry-leading consultants into a centralized practice with strategic focus on reducing risk,” said Ty Richmond, President, Allied Universal Risk Advisory & Consulting Services. “We help customers determine where and when risk is most likely to turn into threat and the most effective means to combat threat—arming organizations with the knowledge to make critical business decisions that ensure better risk management outcomes. We also have a network of more than 10,000 armed and unarmed high-level off-duty officers located throughout the country to respond to any threat, disaster or emergency.” Single-source security solution Allied Universal Event Services is a single-source solution for staffing, consulting and security for all events"Allied Universal Event Services - “Allied Universal Event Services is a single-source solution for everything from temporary staffing, consulting and security for all events,” said Steve Claton, President, Allied Universal Event Services. “Our event services team has a successful formula for addressing convention and trade show's complex challenges from a security and staffing perspective. “ Allied Universal is proud to present sessions at GSX 2019 which include: Brent O’Bryan, Vice President of Training & Development is scheduled to be on the following panel: "Are the Lines Blurred? Transforming the Human Factor“ on Tuesday, September 10 from 11AM to 12:20 PM, Location: X Learning - X1 - Booth 3601. Paul Caruso, Vice President, is scheduled to present a session, titled “Balancing Culture Against Control,” with Keith Moser, Manager of Security Operations, Housing and Residential Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Tuesday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Room S403 A Brent O’Bryan, Vice President of Training & Development will discuss “How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Build a World-class Security Presence” on Wednesday, September 11 from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Room S405 B Mark Mullison, CIO will discuss The Change Driver: AI on Wednesday, September 11 from 11:30 to 11:45 AM, Expo Floor/X Stages. Paul Caruso, Vice President, will discuss “On the Witness Stand,” with Kevin Davis, CPP, Assistant Director of Public Safety, Harding University, on Wednesday, September 11 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Room S404 D. Caress Kennedy, CPP, Regional President, Northeast Region, is scheduled to participate on a panel discussion titled “ASIS Certifications and Your Career” on Wednesday, September 11 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., ASIS Career HQ - Booth 2115.
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, recently announced the expanded capabilities to deliver risk mitigation solutions through its new Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services division. A provider of integrated security solutions, Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services offers four decades of extensive experience of industry-leading professional practitioners with notable backgrounds in corporate security, government and local law enforcement, military intelligence, and physical security assessment, design and engineering. Minimising the impact of threats “In today’s global business landscape, risk is constantly evolving and sometimes unavoidable,” said Ty Richmond, president of Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services and International. “Crucial to enterprise business sustainability is understanding risk factors such as threats and vulnerability with the ultimate goal of acting to minimise that impact.” We arm organisations with the knowledge to make critical decisions and the resources and partnerships"Allied Universal integrates security consulting, investigations, personal protection and threat, disaster and emergency response with traditional security services and technology systems to present a comprehensive picture of risk and actionable solutions to enhance security program effectiveness and ROI. Identifying and mitigating risk “We help our customers determine baseline program maturity and needs with the appropriate level of investment and oversight to ensure delivery of a solution commensurate with the risk,” said Richmond. “We arm organisations with the knowledge to make those critical decisions and the resources and partnerships to deliver upon the overall mission.” Leveraging the unmatched expertise of the company’s veteran leaders, Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services helps businesses effectively identify and mitigate risk to prevent loss and protect people, infrastructure, and assets — locally, regionally and globally.
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Securadyne Systems, a security systems integration company based in Dallas, Texas. The deal is expected to close on April 15, 2019. This acquisition will combine a leading U.S. security services company with a world-class technology solutions provider, which will serve as a platform for providing technology-enabled security solutions on a global scale. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Specialises in integrated security solutions The new tech platform will be rebranded as Allied Universal Technology ServicesFounded by CEO Carey Boethel in 2011 in partnership with Pamlico Capital, Securadyne Systems specialises in integrated security solutions by offering security consulting, design, engineering and installation. With revenues in excess of $73 million and more than 300 employees, Securadyne has a branch network of more than 17 locations across the United States. “Our new acquisition of Securadyne Systems supports our long-term strategy to become the leader in the security technology market,” said Steve Jones – CEO of Allied Universal. “As security needs change and evolve, Allied Universal will offer clients cutting-edge technology and service that will help make their security programs more effective and efficient to better protect their employees and assets.” As a result of this acquisition, Securadyne Systems will become the technology service platform upon which Allied Universal will build out global systems integration capabilities. This new tech platform will be rebranded as Allied Universal Technology Services, which will be headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Prevent incidents and protect people Allied Universal Technology Services will help clients mitigate risk with the ultimate goal to prevent incidents The Securadyne team will be joining Allied Universal under Allied Universal Technology Services. Boethel will become President of the combined enterprises under the direction of Jones. Ty Richmond, who formally oversaw Allied Universal Security Systems, will now be responsible for Risk Advisory and Consulting Services and Allied Universal’s international business. Allied Universal Technology Services, a highly advanced, comprehensive and integrated tech solution, will help clients mitigate risk with the ultimate goal to prevent incidents and protect people and assets. Most importantly, Allied Universal Technology Services’ all-inclusive service approach offers intelligent and seamless technology solutions from access control and video surveillance to threat monitoring services and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven security management tools to installation and service. Allied’s Monitoring and Response Center Allied Universal Technology Services will offer clients electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, technological threat management and response, and other smart tech innovative solutions, including a broad array of hosted/managed services via Allied’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), and the Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service). We are excited to now offer our clients a comprehensive approach to security to include security guarding"“During our acquisition integration planning, I have witnessed first-hand not only the strong culture fit, but also the compelling growth synergies that exist between our two organisations,” said Boethel – CEO of Securadyne. “In addition to our systems integration platform, we are excited to now offer our clients a comprehensive approach to security to include security guarding, consulting and investigations, executive protection, alarm monitoring and a broad array remote technology services.” Fourth largest security integrator in USA Once the acquisition is completed, Allied Universal Technology Services will employ over 500 employees with 27 locations and will be positioned as the fourth largest security systems integrator in the United States. Advisors to Allied Universal for this transaction included Ernst & Young (EY) and Sheppard Mullin. Raymond James and Alston & Bird represented Securadyne Systems on the deal.
The rapidly evolving security landscape and the technologies poised to disrupt the industry will take centre stage in a reimagined expo hall at Global Security Exchange (GSX), being held Sept 23-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In the first year of its rebrand following a 63-year history as the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits, GSX is expected to attract more than 20,000 operational and cyber security professionals and 550 exhibitors for the industry’s flagship event. ASIS International is the world's largest association for security management professionals. “ASIS is reinventing the way our industry supports innovation,” said Richard E. Chase, CPP, PCI, PSP, 2018 President, ASIS International. “We're bringing together entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and business and industry veterans for conversations and hands-on demos of technologies that are reshaping entire industries. Attendees will hear perspectives from all vantage points and walk away with a better understanding of the risks and opportunities inherent in these applications. There is no other event in our industry offering these comprehensive discussions and demonstrations—directly on the expo floor.” The GSX show floor will feature immersive, experiential learning opportunities including the X Stage, the event’s signature innovation theatre Leading technologies at learning theatres Upending the traditional trade show experience, the GSX show floor will feature immersive, experiential learning opportunities including the X Stage, the event’s signature innovation theatre. Here attendees will see frontier technologies demoed, and will hear how cryptocurrencies and AI/VR/AR are reshaping entire industries. Education on the X Stage includes: Blockchains, Crypto, and De-Centralisation: Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn how these technologies are poised to revolutionise fundamental concepts within the security industry, like identity management, authentication, and personnel surety. Forecasting Security Needs Through Intelligence–How Information and Analytics Will Drive the Future: Tuesday 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Hear firsthand from Ty Richmond, President, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology, Allied Universal, as he discusses Allied Universal investments in AI and Robotics and how they leverage technology to make deployment of human protective assets more efficient and effective. Enterprise Virtual Reality: Wednesday 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. STRIVR kicks off an afternoon of programming focused on AR/VR and wearable technology by discussing how virtual reality is changing the game in developing training content. Security Innovation Landscape: Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Building off exciting news announced at Air Force Major General Bradley Spacy's Wednesday keynote, groups like AFWERX, Accenture, and the DHS Science and Technology Directorate will discuss the ways they are accelerating innovative solutions to create real long-term value. Xperience and Xcelerated Exchange Stage Additional theatres include the Xperience Stage–focused on tried and true best practices–and the Xcelerated Exchange Stage, which provides a ‘town hall’ forum for conversations between industry, technologists, and business and government leaders. Also, on the expo floor is the GSX D3 Xperience–providing hands-on demos and education around drones, droids, and anti-UAS defence systems.
Allied Universal, a major facility services company and security force in North America, has teamed up with PlanetRisk to offer organisations an enterprise risk software as a service platform to stay informed of threats to their operation in real time. The service will be offered as a stand-alone solution or as part of the Allied Universal Global Security Operations Center as a service (GSOCaaS) product suite available in the company’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), based in Richardson, Texas. “Enterprises that go with PlanetRisk will gain a ‘single pane of glass’ common operating picture that combines multiple data feeds into one GSOC interface,” says Ty Richmond, Allied Universal President, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology. “Our support of custom integration with this product along with analyst services allows us to offer fully-managed situational awareness to help customers prepare for and prevent operational threats, minimize risk for employees and protect assets.” PlanetRisk monitors all client assets and provides alerts and notifications when an event or incident occurs Real-time monitoring of client assets PlanetRisk delivers actionable intelligence by accelerating the aggregation of global data to interpret connections between seemingly unconnected events. On a real-time basis, PlanetRisk monitors all client assets (offices, facilities, manufacturing, supply chain, travelers, executives, vehicles, aircraft) and provides alerts and notifications when an event or incident occurs. Using big data and analytics, the cloud-based platform identifies threat patterns and risk warnings relevant to clients’ business operations. These early indicators provide customers the ability to create informed response mitigation plans. “Partnering with Allied Universal gives PlanetRisk’s product suite unprecedented exposure to Fortune 500 companies across North America,” said Paul McQuillan, President and CEO of PlanetRisk. “We are incredibly excited that our CSX platform will power Allied Universal’s GSOCaaS with situational awareness on a global scale, and rich contextual analysis with PlanetRisk’s 10,000+ data layers.” PlanetRisk’s flexible third-party integration architecture enables CSX to work with other platforms CSX platform PlanetRisk’s flexible third-party integration architecture enables CSX to work with other platforms for a seamless workflow process. The web-based CSX product, accessible anywhere, is supported through a custom dashboard compatible with desktop or mobile devices. Allied Universal clients can have their systems monitored 24x7x365 via GSOC operators and analysts dedicated at the MaRC, a client’s site or PlanetRisk’s Global Intelligence Operations Center. These resources are critical to the analysis, reporting, and communication of critical events as well as to managing all physical and operational information work flow. PlanetRisk recently signed a contract worth up to $79 million over five years to provide the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Cybersecurity and Communications with Program Management Support.
On the Move Systems (OMVS) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) has executed a strategic agreement to supply its intelligent robotic solutions through Allied Universal. High-tech autonomous patrolling The robots will be leveraged to help Allied Universal customers supplement existing security professionals and improve safety, increase situational awareness and drive efficiency across the enterprise. RAD’s S5 Security Robots add significant benefits to the Allied Universal product and services portfolio by delivering a cost-effective solution to augment traditional guarding services. The S5 Security Robot serves as a force multiplier and removes security personnel from potentially dangerous situations, reducing injuries and liability. The combination of human personnel with robotic technologies creates a strong value proposition that results in new levels of security and streamlined operations. “The RAD portfolio augments the core competencies of our guard personnel because it offers fully autonomous patrolling that stakeholders can leverage to make rapid, informed decisions,” said Ty Richmond, President, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology, Allied Universal. “The data captured by the security robot will prove valuable in post-event investigations, enabling our customers to quickly address ongoing issues, close cases and identify trends. We are excited to explore the possibilities alongside RAD.” Significant increase in collaborated sales “The market is primed to embrace the combination of human personnel and robotic guarding, and we expect this trend to increase significantly in the coming year,” said Steve Reinharz, Founder and President, RAD. “We are thrilled with our already valuable partnership with Allied Universal and the size and quality of the sales funnel we’ve been able to create together.” RAD currently has a sales pipeline of over 50 Fortune 500 companies and over 25 qualified dealers and distributors that have a combined customer base of more than 35,000 end-user corporations.
Allied Universal, a facility services company and a large security force in North America, announced its new Global Security Operations Center as a Service (GSOCaaS) offering. Available in the company’s Monitoring and Response Center, based in Richardson, Texas, the driving force of GSOCaaS is Swan Island Network’s TX360 situational awareness and threat intelligence platform and ThreatMinder’s social media monitoring product combined with Allied Universal’s monitoring and response center analyst and operator infrastructure. The new GSOC offerings also include LiveSafe mobile safety communications software and Groupdolists, a platform that digitises Security Operations Center operating procedures and processes. New integrated offerings and partners “Businesses are seeking the best practices and technology to prepare and prevent threats, minimise risk and keep their employees and assets safe,” says Ty Richmond, Allied Universal President, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology. “Through our new integrated GSOC offerings and partners, we’re providing a single sourcing capability with the latest platforms and tools to accomplish this in an ever-evolving and complex world.” Through Allied Universal’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), a focused recruiting operation provides specialised sourcing of GSOC operators and analysts that can be dedicated at a client’s location or reside inside the MaRC. These resources are critical to the analysis, reporting, and communication of critical events as well as to managing all physical and operational information work flow. An overview of the new platforms and products follow: TX360 sorts through over 1,000 open source data channels to efficiently identify situational intelligence that is critical during a crisis, allowing security professionals to make faster, better informed decisions with highly relevant, real-time alerts and a comprehensive common operating picture of intel from around the world or down the street. The cloud-based platform enables highly secure and targeted delivery of critical information to identify and manage the most relevant emerging risks and threats. Threatminder monitors potential threats to corporate assets across the Web, dark web and social media. Using proprietary technologies to monitor, analyse and notify businesses of online threats, the 24x7 system provides valuable insight into possible risk and liability. Analysts will also categorise and communicate possible danger in real time when a threat is detected, enabling a proactive response. LiveSafe puts a mobile security system in the hands of everyone in an organisation, deputising employees so they can feel involved and empowered to do something when they see something. Users can send text, photos, videos and precise location information to report incidents ranging from routine maintenance needs to suspicious activity to safety threats. LiveSafe’s cloud-based command dashboard receives tips in real time and allows security officials to respond via secure live chat. Groupdolists, powered by Centrallo, simplifies team coordination during routine and emergency events, instantly creating a common operating picture across Security Operations Centers and dispersed response teams, keeping them synchronised throughout the life cycle of any situation. Groupdolists increases transparency, provides greater accountability, and can be shared with leaders to reduce distractions and interruptions and help ensure deployment of the right resources, at the right time. Allied Universal will debut these platforms and applications at ASIS 2017. Held Sept. 25-28 in Dallas, Tex., the show is the largest industry event held annually to address priorities, education and issues for security management professionals. Show attendees are invited to visit Allied Universal at Booth #2733 for a demo of GSOC software and applications.
McCourt will help clients and prospects strategically align with broader Universal enterprise security solutions Universal Protection Service—a division of Universal Services of America—recently announced the addition of Mark McCourt, a security industry expert, as Vice President of Enterprise Security Services. In this newly created position on the national accounts/business development team, McCourt will help clients and prospects strategically align with broader Universal enterprise security solutions, services and best practices for improved risk management and security programs. Role at Universal Services of America “We are extremely pleased to have Mark join our leadership team," said Ty Richmond, President, Security Systems and Technology and National Accounts at Universal Services of America. "Mark brings a tremendous amount of experience working with CSOs and understanding their issues and needs, and will play a vital role with Universal’s national accounts team as we expand solutions and services to meet customers’ needs.” McCourt’s charge will be to help companies achieve best results by leveraging polices, people and technology into a proactive risk management and security programme. “Being able to apply expertise in this area is really my goal in joining Universal, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the company’s continued growth and helping its customers address today’s business and security challenges.” Background McCourt has more than two decades of wide-ranging executive management leadership experience at some of the world's most innovative companies. Before co-founding software company Viakoo in 2013, he served as Group Publisher of SDM and Security magazines for 10 years. During his tenure, the publications became the market leaders in their respective categories and experienced consistent advertising, audience and margin growth. In 2006 he launched Security as the “business media for enterprise security leaders” and the Security 500 best practices and benchmarking programs. Additionally, McCourt has held various security consultant and advisor roles. He has spoken at many security industry events for organisations such as the Security Industry Association, the International Security Conference and Expo, Securing New Ground and the Security Executive Council. He holds a B.A. in Business from Lafayette College. Universal Protection Service is the largest U.S.-owned security company and the nation’s primary security provider for commercial office and retail properties. As Universal expands its position in the industry, the company continues to provide clients with total security solutions, personalised customer service and unmatched exceptional value. The company, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, serves a variety of industries nationally, in Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.