By Michael Struttmann, President and CEO of SIMS Software
SIMS Software, the leading provider of industrial security information management software to the government and defense industries, and a New ‘ASTORS’ Award Program Sponsor is thrilled to be competing in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
Traditionally, we have supported the US Department of Defense’s stringent requirements of protecting classified and sensitive information as prescribed in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). This was established by an Executive Order in 1993 (EO 12829).
We have a proven track record of performing this mission for the last 38 years and counting.
The company was founded by a Navy Veteran in 1983 and remains the pre-eminent industrial security information management tool for the Defense Industrial Base and extensive high-profile government agencies.
However, our relevance doesn’t end in the DoD world – who doesn’t possess sensitive data that is paramount to remain “internal” to the respective organization?
In today’s modern threatscape, holistic security goes beyond protecting the perimeter fence and preventing break-ins or triggering alarm bells. It’s about locking down the lifeblood of your organization.
It is critical to know who controls and has access to highly sensitive data and where it resides, particularly during the COVID-19 era with a dispersed workforce in many cases working remotely.
As such, your security toolset must evolve, as has ours. For example, Insider Threat has become a widely used buzzword, but how do you define what it means?
Is it simply the latest spy case between US citizens and foreign adversaries trying to steal our most valuable secrets?
Certainly, that is still a legitimate and ongoing concern.
However, shouldn’t we consider egregious policy violations inside of any organization as an Insider Threat incident?
What are the repercussions if sensitive matters are disclosed to the public at large or worse yet, the press?
Being able to report, review, track trends over time and analyze individuals for questionable and repeated abnormal behavior patterns is paramount.
And it is just as important to be able to share that data across the proper functional representatives inside your organization that can roll up into a Dashboard to present statistics in real-time, all at your fingertips for proper investigation and decisioning.
This can originate with your internal “security” team and be shared with human resources, legal/compliance, IT, and even senior leadership as appropriate.
In the last few years, SIMS has focused on expanding our Incident reporting capabilities, to include Insider Threats.
The Incidents are customizable to the events/situations that each organization wants to track, monitor for resolution, and report against by department, location, region, etc.
We have also recently added the ability to create a custom algorithm, based on an unlimited number of indicators, that roll up into a series of Dashboards.
Email notifications can be sent to a targeted, and approved, list of recipients for review and decisioning of actions moving forward.
While the SIMS legacy is well entrenched with the US Department of Defense and its related footprint, there are many ways we can help secure your sensitive data and provide reporting tools against it.
We are committed to helping the Law Enforcement (LE) community protect its sensitive data, and we welcome the opportunity presented by working closer with American Security Today.
Additional capabilities relevant to the LE community: Personnel Case Management, Visitor Control (knowing who has access and when they accessed sensitive areas in a facility), Asset Control (any physical material requiring tracking – documents, evidence, safes, locks, keys, alarms, hard drives & IT equipment, etc.).
SIMS Software was the first to introduce automation to the government and defense industries space in 1983, presenting a secure alternative to the historically manual process of tracking personnel security clearances and classified information.
Our flagship software product, SIMS (Security Information Management System), has been the most trusted industrial security information management solution on the market for over 38 years.
Some of the world’s most renowned government agencies, defense contractors, high technology giants, academic institutions, and research facilities rely on SIMS to protect classified and high-value information.
By equipping security stakeholders with the tools to protect the lifeblood of their organizations, SIMS Software is proud to play a vital role in advancing the interests of our nation and its allies at home and abroad.
About the Author
As CEO and President of SIMS Software, Michael Struttmann leads the implementation of the company’s vision and strategy, worldwide business development initiatives, and overall operations.
Michael is a veteran of the enterprise security and software industries, bringing nearly two decades of experience in executive positions. Prior to joining SIMS Software in 2016, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America, for Powa Technologies.
Michael spearheaded the launch of the company’s mobile and tablet point-of-sale technologies in the North American market, encompassing sales channel strategies, distribution, pricing models, and overall product direction.
Michael also served as District Manager, Enterprise Accounts for RSA, a Dell Technologies business and global cybersecurity leader with over 90% market share in the Fortune 500.
His team of enterprise sales executives consulted with clients and sold proprietary solutions for business risk, fraud prevention, cybercrime, identity and access management, and more for RSA’s largest customers.
Michael’s experience also includes senior leadership positions in the payments industry. During his tenure as Vice President and Director, Global Market Development, for Semtek Innovative Solutions Corp., Michael led the team that successfully took the company’s patented credit card encryption concept to market.
Semtek was eventually acquired by Verifone Systems, the current market leader in U.S. payment solutions; Semtek’s technology became the foundation for Verifone’s VeriShield Protect.
Michael joined Verifone as Vice President of Sales, Global Security Solutions, and established an industry-standard in credit card security by contracting eight of the top 11 U.S.-based payment processors. He also founded a consortium of payment industry stakeholders to address ongoing opportunities and challenges in credit card security.
Michael is an active member of NCMS, the society of industrial security professionals, and InfraGard San Diego, an FBI-affiliated nonprofit organization dedicated to critical infrastructure protection. He currently serves on the board of directors of the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy.
SIMS Software a New Premier Sponsor of the 2021 ‘ASTORS’
American Security Today’s ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards program is today in its Sixth Year and continues to recognize the Outstanding Innovations of top firms and agencies in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields.
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
American Security Today is pleased to announce TSA Administrator David Pekoske, will join the organization as a featured speaker at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon, on November 17, 2021 at ISC East in New York City.
“On the heels of an unprecedented global pandemic, continued unrest in our cities and potentially catastrophic cyberattacks on our nations critical infrastructure, the focus of the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon will be on the latest, state-of-the-art innovations that are driving investments in new public security and safety technologies and systems,” said AST Editorial and Managing Director Tammy Waitt.
“As a recognized expert in crisis management, strategic planning, innovation and aviation, surface transportation and maritime security, David Pekoske’s message highlighting his top priorities and challenges for the TSA based on his years of wide-ranging experience will be critical to our attendees internalizing the critical nature of these escalating challenges, and realizing innovative new approaches to meet them.”
The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by AMAROK, Fortior Solutions and SIMS Software, along with Returning Premier Sponsors ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, and Reed Exhibitions.
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In collaboration with premier sponsor SIA (Security Industry Association) and in partnership with ASIS NYC, ISC East is proud to work with and be supported by various associations, trade publications, charities, and more.
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