December 3, 2019


This year, the Prevention Podcast interviewed more than 50 safety and security risk management experts. We covered everything from school safety to mental health, sexual assault, travel risk management, human trafficking, workplace violence, health care security and drug diversion, insider threats, resort and casino risk, chemical sector risk and compliance, and the role of data in threat detection.

As we conclude Season 2, the Prevention Podcast has compiled a list of the Top 10 Risk Management & Prevention Insights.

New episodes resume January 21, 2020.


Top 10 Risk Management & Prevention Insights 2019



“It’s amazing how many hospitals that I’ve assessed and when I asked the staff in a particular department, do you have panic buttons, many of the staff that have been there for quite some time, either answer ‘I don’t know,’ or, ‘I think we do, but I don’t know where they are.’”

— Bryan Warren, former president of the International Association For Healthcare Security and Safety


# 9

“There’s a lot of fear when people think about workplace violence. If you’ve been through an experience, it’s very frightening for everybody that’s involved. But preparing and providing employees with hands-on training helps empower them to react and take action in the event of a worst-case scenario. And employees really appreciate working for an employer that is concerned about their safety and will implement programs to ensure that they are safe.”

— Carol Olsby, Global HR Expertise Panelist for SHRM


# 8

“We’re just not used to, in the security world, thinking of healthcare security and school security as two sectors that intersect. But they certainly do.”

— Michael S. D’Angelo, Retired Police Captain and Board-Certified Healthcare Security Consultant


# 7

“At the time of adjudication and discovery, benchmarking, or your peers, are largely going to be the standards by which you are measured.”

— Mike Kelly, Risk Advisor with AHT Insurance


# 6

“Most of industry really doesn’t understand how hackers hack. When I go into companies, and I sit down across the table from CSOs and senior people, and I explain to them how this Chinese group APT10, or whomever, actually work and what they do, I get blank stares. And I think a lot of CSOs and boards are getting misguided on insider misuse as being a serious cyber security issue. It’s simply not. Insider misuse, frankly, is not a cyber issue. You hired the wrong person.”

— Robert Bigman, President of 2BSecure and former Chief Information Security Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency


# 5

“It could be an accounting error, it could be somebody actually stealing narcotics. And if you’ve been working in this field and dealt with a lot of drug diversions over the years, you’ve probably come across an employee that’s committed suicide or overdosed and died. And as we know, most people that get involved, say, in the hardcore stuff like heroin, started out with opioids and it’s regularly available.”

 — John Oast, Manager of Security Services for Geisinger Health System in Central Pennsylvania


# 4

“We had a ton of court records of traffickers who were exploiting children across the United States, and it was often happening in hotels. I set out looking through all these court documents, and it was all of the hotels that I had stayed at, brands that I had known quite well and who have booths at GBTA.”

— Michelle Guelbart, Director of ECPAT International, formerly End Child Prostitution and Trafficking


# 3

“We need to say more than just we’re going to lock the door, turn off the lights, and hope that the shooter doesn’t come. I would rather have five-year-olds or seven-year-olds running around in the playground, maybe without the supervision of a teacher and out of the building, than have them huddling in a classroom, as they did in Newtown, Connecticut, and just be assassinated.”

— John Weinstein, Northern Virginia Community College Police Commander for Strategic Planning and Community Outreach


# 2

“Statistics are important because that’s how we identify trends and patterns. As important as aggregate data is, aggregate data never pulled a trigger. It’s always a unique individual.”

— Dr. Peter Langman, Researcher, U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center


# 1

“The district failed this kid. The district failed Saugus High School. I feel like I failed all of them because I must not have presented this in the right way. I wasn’t able to explain it well enough. These are my neighbors. These are my kids. These are kids that grew up with my kids. We’re talking about kids who have eaten at my table, slept on my couch, and the district’s not taking care of them. I know teachers are frustrated. They’re all frustrated about the district’s lack of concern with successful prevention strategies.”

— Chris Roberts, former LA County Sheriff’s Officer


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