Of all the industries that have changed in America since 9/11, the security sector has undergone one of the most drastic transformations. “Security is now more than walking the halls, checking IDs, and making sure the door is locked,” said Stephen Hollowell, the newest member of Kolins Security Group’s team of highly trained security experts.
According to Hollowell, security consultants must evolve as the threats to their clients evolve, while understanding the complexities of the organization and its people, as well as their particular security challenges. “The goal of a strong security plan is to protect not only an organization’s assets and clients, but their employees as well. Employees that feel safe are more productive and professional,” he said.
Hollowell said that he approaches new clients by conducting a listening tour. “I meet with directors and stakeholders to ask them about their security concerns. I let them do the talking.” Hollowell then conducts an in-depth threat assessment that uncovers the organization’s vulnerabilities and any weaknesses in their security program.
One of Hollowell’s strengths is his ability to deliver his threat assessments with a sense of realism, even to organizations who operate with an excess of political correctness. “I don’t tiptoe around the facts,” he said. “I don’t want to scare the banks off of them, but I want to inform of them of the true nuts and bolts of their threat situation.”
Hollowell’s extensive experience in a variety of settings also gives him a unique understanding of how to work within complex organizations: “I had a mentor who helped me realize that the support of individual teams within an organization is extremely important.” Hollowell said that he takes the time not only to describe necessary security changes, but also to explain why those changes are necessary to each affected team.
Although Hollowell began his career in security over 25 years ago, he credits his continuing success in the industry to his ability to constantly learn and evolve. To that end, Hollowell has earned the prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certificate, which provides demonstrable proof of knowledge and management skills in seven key domains of security. Those who earn the CPP are ASIS board-certified in security management.
Kolins Security Group is a comprehensive team of nationally-recognized, court-certified security experts. Our vast wealth of practical, hands on experience, depth of knowledge and refined skill sets, extensive education and specialized training have supported numerous clients in achieving favorable results.