Gallagher Group: Balancing Security and Convenience

Gallagher Group: Balancing Security and Convenience

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Steve Bell, CTO, Security, Gallagher GroupSteve Bell, CTO, Security
A security platform is critical for any organization. To be more precise, putting an intelligent access control system in place is one of the most reliable ways to protect people, property, and information. But effective security doesn’t just mean managing access to high-security areas; it means delivering business continuity by ensuring people can move around a site with minimal barriers and utmost safety. As a global leader in innovation, known for their state-of-the-art security solutions, Gallagher Group stays ahead of the curve by successfully addressing the critical issues of risk management and operational efficiency. Today, the rapid proliferation of recent innovations as major trends in the security realm such as cybersecurity, mobile technology, biometrics, and shared working spaces continue to disrupt the industry more than ever. Globally acknowledged for their success in the design and manufacture of security technology, Gallagher is one of the leaders in developing effective solutions in line with these areas.

As a Global ISO:9001 accredited electronic security solutions provider with over 80 years’ experience serving the mission critical security needs of its global clients, Gallagher places a strong emphasis on research and development. Their products are WTO and TAA compliant and are listed on the GSA Approved Products List, certifying their conformance to U.S. Federal FICAM standards and FIPS 201-2. The essence of Gallagher’s success lies in the company’s team expertise and its focus on enhancing the technological prowess by incorporating the latest digital encryption security standards for guarding the government, research, and defense facilities. Whether it’s adapting the FIDO standards by joining The FIDO Alliance for more secure authentication with open standards, enhancing security measures by reducing communication gaps through an easy to use, versatile mobile app, or creating shared working spaces, Gallagher leaves no stones unturned to help organizations mitigate complex security challenges and business risks.

Our goal is to keep offering customer-centric solutions with the strongest authentication and highest level of security

Gallagher also specializes in PIV (Personal Identity Verification) solutions catering to the FICAM (Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management) requirements of federal agencies. “Our solutions are intrinsically secure and cyber defensive, and scale from a single site, to campus-wide, regional, or global enterprise deployments,” asserts Steve Bell, the CTO at Gallagher.

The company secures more than 99,000 doors and approximately 500 miles of perimeter fence line for governments worldwide. Whether securing a single door or a thousand buildings, they have the proven experience and core competency required to deliver high-assurance solutions and unique and compelling business value. Gallagher provides a holistic platform to centrally configure and manage its fully integrated access control, intruder alarm, and perimeter security solutions with its scalable “Command Centre” software. The platform features fully integrated intruder alarm management with the ability to channel all alarms from integrated systems through Command Centre for appropriate action, immediately informing security personnel of any incidents. In one instance, Gallagher’s security solution was directly involved in placing physical barriers between an active gunman and hundreds of high school students in the Harrisburg School District in South Dakota. Gallagher’s Command Centre provides the Harrisburg School District with enterprise-level lockdown controls which restrict access to buildings, control fire doors, and send notifications while providing video alerts and an audit trail. According to James Straatmeyer, the CEO of Integrated Technology & Security no other product on the market has the integration capabilities for protecting students and staff like that of Gallagher’s.

With over 10,000 clients and 11,000 sites in more than 140 countries, Gallagher’s customer portfolio includes the U.S. and global civilian agency governments and defense, critical national infrastructure, utilities, transportation, corrections, mining, financial, healthcare, and other commercial and industrial clients with demanding regulatory and compliance needs. “We believe in the value of innovation and continually develop and enhance our products to ensure we meet our customers’ changing needs. We are committed to having customers for life, and our goal is to keep offering customer-centric solutions with the strongest authentication and the highest level of security,” explains Bell.

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The Emancipator from Cyber-threats: Gallagher

With the abundance of data scattered all over the web, it is gradually getting difficult to keep track and safeguard it at the same time. Security Health Check (SHC) tool helps customers to identify aberrations in their security system so that they can revamp safety protocols associated with their data.

FREMONT, CA: A cybersecurity auditing tool that offers free customer access has been introduced by Gallagher. Gallagher’s Security Health Check (SHC) tool has been designed to assist the customers in recognizing and comprehending potential weak-points within their security system.
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NZ Security Industry Honours Sir William Gallagher with Visionary Leadership Award

FREMONT, CA: The New Zealand Security industry has presented Sir William Gallagher with a Visionary Leadership award at the annual New Zealand Security Association (NZSA) awards. The Visionary Leadership award recongnised the incredible 57 years that Sir William has led the Gallagher business and inspired the people who work there. Throughout his career, Sir William has shown exceptional vision in identifying emerging opportunities in the security industry and has championed his team to develop highly innovative products which compete on the world stage.

“I’m truly honored to have received the Visionary Leadership Award” said Sir William Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of Gallagher. “While technology and innovation are integral to our success, it’s people who are at the heart of what we do. We have an outstanding team at Gallagher, some of the brightest minds in the world, in my opinion. To be recognised for leading our people and for continuing to successfully lead the business that my Father started, really means a great deal to me” Sir William said.

The Best Product of the Year Award for their innovative Type A Alarm solution. The Type A innovation delivers the highest level of electronic intruder detection to the New Zealand Government and armed forces. The solution was recognised for pioneering new standards of security in New Zealand. The NZSA Awards were presented at a dinner for 240 members of the New Zealand security industry at the Crown Plaza in Auckland, New Zealand.

Gallagher's Security Business Beefs up NZ Sales Team

FREMONT, CA: Global security technology manufacturer, Gallagher, has beefed up its New Zealand sales team with the addition of two new appointments this month. Gallagher has hired Mark Bevan as Business Development Manager (BDM) for the Upper North Island, and Baden Foster, a Technical Business Development Manager for the South Island.

Bevan arrives from Ingram Micro where he worked in a similar role for 4 years after cutting his teeth at Atlas Gentech NZ for almost 9 years. His focus is on gaining a deep understanding of customers’ challenges and adding real value.

According to Bevan, “Access control is about so much more than just opening and closing doors and can add real business value by creating a more efficient operation.”

Foster, meanwhile, will work in a Technical Business Development role providing support for customers and generating new business in the South Island. He is intent on optimising Gallagher’s channel partner network to bring on more customers.

Foster says “I thrive on building close, long-lasting relationships with customers and sharing my experience and technical knowledge with them.” Foster joins Gallagher from Electrical Supply Corp, where he worked as a territory manager for two years, but he began his career in The Royal New Zealand Navy as an electronic technician.

Justin Miller, General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands for Gallagher’s security business, says “We have had explosive growth in New Zealand and the Pacific over the past few years. Adding Mark and Baden to the team allows us to provide greater levels of service and grow our business accordingly.”

Gallagher's Cyber Security tool wins Homeland Security Award

Gallagher is pleased to announce their innovative Security Health Check tool has won a platinum award for Best Cyber Security Risk Management at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards. The ‘ASTORS’ honors cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions from the most distinguished vendors, in acknowledgement of their efforts to keep the United States secure.

An industry-first software utility, Security Health Check enables customers to run automated checks on their Gallagher Command Centre security system at any time. It identifies vulnerabilities within a security system, assesses the severity of the threat, and provides specific recommendations to mitigate the risk and ensure correct configuration. Security Health Check is free of charge to all Gallagher licensed customers.

“Gallagher is dedicated to developing cyber-secure solutions and working with our customers to help them secure their systems against potential attacks,” says Scott Elliot, Vice President, Americas, for Gallagher. “We’re honored to receive the Best Cyber Security Risk Management award which recognizes our work in this field.”

‘ASTORS’ nominations were evaluated on their technical innovation, interoperability, industry impact, relatability to other industry technologies, and application feasibility outside of the industry. The winners were announced at the AST 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Award Presentation Luncheon in New York City on 20 November.