We recently interviewed Scott Brinkman, Associate Director of Global Security at Exact Sciences Corporation, to discuss the approach his team is taking to protection intelligence, threat assessment, and how his corporate security program is rapidly evolving. We talked about how we are different in the midst of change. biotech Company.
Exact Sciences Corporation is an international molecular diagnostics company specializing in early cancer detection. Scott has been with Exact Sciences for over five years. In his role, he heads a 24/7 department responsible for the safety and security of Exact Sciences employees, facilities, and assets all over the world. Prior to joining Exact Sciences and forming the Corporate Security Program, he worked for the Union Pacific, where he served as a special agent overseeing public safety and law enforcement operations within Wisconsin. Early in his career, he served as a local law enforcement officer for over 10 years, including as a field training officer (FTO) and as president of the association. He holds a BA in Criminal Justice and an MBA from Lakeland University.
Ontic: What do you see as the biggest security concerns in biotechnology today?
Brinkmann: The biotech industry operates at warp speed. Change is constant. This presents the challenge of ensuring that security leaders align with the business to appropriately assess and mitigate the new and existing threat and risk landscape. There is a clear convergence between physical and cyber threats, and it is paramount that both IT and physical security teams work together to share information and avoid silos.
Ontic: How have you continually improved your physical security measures to better protect your employees, clients and assets?
Brinkman: It’s important for companies to continuously evaluate and improve their physical security posture. By securing employees, assets and patient data, you can reduce risk across your company while strengthening a culture of safety and security. Collaboration and benchmarking with industry peers is important, especially building strong public-private partnerships with local public safety partners who play a key role in crisis response.
Ontic: What is your approach to developing intelligence programs? Is this approach unique to the biotech industry?
Brinkman: When Building Exact Sciences protection intelligence I was fortunate enough to hire a great team of intelligence subject matter experts and provide them with the tools, resources, and support they needed to build the intelligence pillars. Collaborating and connecting with other intelligence subject matter experts not only in the biotech industry but also in other sectors helped us enhance the program and align it with business and industry best practices.
Ontic: What technologies should all biotech companies implement now to “future proof” their business?
Brinkman: Having an in-house Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) gives companies a single point of contact for security and risk resources across the organization. In a steady-state environment, the GSOC processes requests for security services, monitors real-time risk and intelligence feeds, reviews security cameras for situational awareness, monitors alarms, and operates mass communication systems as needed. Communicate with your organization via The GSOC also serves as a command center for critical events that directly affect or may affect employees, property or property.
Integrate both a critical event management and intelligence platform within the GSOC environment. ontic – Enables 24/7 real-time monitoring of threats and hazards that may affect employees and facilities, enabling security and other business decision makers to collaborate on the most up-to-date information available to
Ontic: why threat assessment Is it such an important component for any intelligence program, especially for the biotech industry?
Brinkman: Threat assessment is essential to any intelligence-driven security program. A threat assessment allows companies to establish a level of concern and adjust their protective measures accordingly. A valid question regarding physical security and executive protection is, “What are you protecting us from?” A threat assessment can often answer that question with the granularity necessary to justify a significant expenditure of resources.
The biotechnology field has some additional concerns and considerations. This area is fast-paced and changes frequently, which can add to workplace stress. This stress can be seen in job changes and staff reductions, both of which can be potential precursors to workplace violence.
Protection of intellectual property is essential in the biotechnology industry. Although threat assessments are commonly thought to be associated with workplace violence, many of the behaviors associated with workplace violence may also be associated with intellectual property theft. It plays an important role in insider threat programs.
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