Brian Sims

Security Matters Podcast – Episode 20 now live to view

THE TWENTIETH edition of the Security Matters Podcast for practising professionals in the security business sector is now live to view. Each episode of the Security Matters Podcast features a round-up and analysis of the biggest news stories published on the magazine’s website in addition to detailed discussions with selected professionals from the security business sector.

Episode 20 of the Security Matters Podcast features exclusive interviews with Steven Kenny (industry liaison for systems architecture and engineering at Axis Communications, the specialist manufacturer of network cameras for the physical security and video surveillance sectors) and Georges Tannous (director of strategic alliances at Genetec, the provider of IP video surveillance and access control solutions in the security market).

Steven Kenny first appeared as our guest on Episode 7 of the Security Matters Podcast. Steven has now spent 15 years in the security business sector, undertaking various roles during that time that have seen him assume responsibility for essential elements of mission-critical and high-profile projects right across several key vertical markets.

For the last five of those years, Steven has primarily focused his attentions on how technologies can best complement day-to-day operations and address business issues.

Steven is a committee member for ASIS International’s UK Chapter focusing on information systems and cyber security and serves as the UK technology advisor for TINYg. He’s also one of the key drivers, in fact, behind the security convergence movement here in the UK.

For Episode 7, Steven concentrated on how security systems have been actively helping businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This time around, Security Matters’ Editor Brian Sims caught up with him again to discuss the latest Axis Communications White Paper focused on Smart Cities, the importance of cyber security for physical security devices and the reasoning behind the layered approach being adopted for today’s security regimes.

State of Physical Security Survey

Georges Tannous joined Genetec in October 2016 in the role of director for global strategic partnerships. In May 2019, he added director of marketing responsibilities for Europe, the Middle East, Turkey and Africa to his remit as director of global partnerships.

Based in Paris, Georges is tasked with guiding the continued growth of the Genetec brand in the EMEA region while also continuing to oversee the company’s global portfolio of strategic technology alliance partners. Very much a key player in the global Genetec marketing leadership programme, Georges works closely with the sales teams to build powerful demand generation, channel engagement and end user awareness initiatives.

The proud holder of an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, Georges joined Genetec from Bell where he worked across various partner integration roles during a 14-year tenure with the telecommunications provider. 

During his chat with Brian for Episode 20 of the Security Matters Podcast, Georges examines the results of Genetec’s recent ‘State of Physical Security Survey’ for the EMEA region and goes on to assess hybrid cloud-based systems for physical security regimes. There’s also discussion around the benefits of building security operations on a unified platform.

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