Susan Gallagher

Susan Gallagher

Achieving Safety and Security Effectively Through Design

Most security practitioners know that the emergence of security risk management is a direct result of how costly security measures are to implement – especially when it comes to physical security. What many don’t realize is just how much savings can be achieved with some simple design choices that make the most effective use of the safeguards at your disposal. Planning for security early into the design and development stages of a project provides for cost-effective “outside the box” ingenuity. This concept applies to all security planning; whether it is a small commercial facility to a large campus. This session will cover some real-life examples of how good planning helps to create outcomes that are both eye-catching as well as provide for effective security.

After a career in project management, design and architecture, Susan began working for the RCMP as a Physical Security Advisor in 1999. In this role, Susan provided advice and guidance for all Canadian federal government departments and agencies for their security program, large construction projects and threat and risk assessments.

Susan relocated to New Zealand in 2004 and created a security and risk management consulting business. Susan specialized in providing clients advice and guidance on their security program, physical security, crime prevention through environmental design, threat and risk assessments, security training for staff, policy development and analysis. Susan’s clients included; Telecom New Zealand, The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, BP at the Auckland International Airport, and The Civil Aviation Authority in New Zealand, Mars New Zealand among others.

Upon returning to Canada in 2008, Susan has worked with the federal government of Canada. She has been an active member of the security professional community promoting professional security accreditation and education in Australasia with the Security Professionals Task Force later to become the Australasian Security Professionals Council as well as in Canada with working groups for the government of Canada as well as with the Insfratsructure and Resilience Research Group at Carleton University’s.

Security Certificates in:
– RCMP Security Analyst (Physical & IT Security)
– University of West Haven (CPTED Practitioner)
– Sandia Laboratories (Security Analyst)
– Langevin School (Training the Trainers)
– Master of Applied Science UNSW, Sydney Australia (2000)
– Thesis Project – Design of Control Centres
– Honours Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada (1992)
Speaking Engagements:
– ASIS (2003) – “Security Control Centers”
– New Zealand Society for Risk Management (2005) – “Security Threat and Risk Assessments”,
– ANZSec Conference Auckland (2008)- “Security Control Room Design”
– Security Management Magazine (book reviews)
– RCMP White Paper – Evaluation of the “Centurion” by Smiths Detection (co-author)

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