The Inside Media Channel - "The Generalist" Video Series

A perspective on the "Man with the Hammer" problem in security (asset protection), what it is, and the ways in which we can solve it.

Optimizing protection by focusing on internal resources

Selecting mentors and coaches

leadership

Considerations for assessing "industry leaders" in asset protection

Discussing the future of security

Discussing the Future of Asset Protection

7 Considerations for Vetting Prospective Employers and Managers

7 Considerations for Vetting Prospective Employers and Managers

7 considerations for conducting due diligence on prospective employers and those to whom you may report.

There are no

There are no "black swans".

Conversation about data privacy

Conversation about data privacy

Continual Learning in Asset Protection

Continual Learning in Asset Protection

A model for collaboration

A model for collaboration

The Rise of Resilience - a webinar hosted by Business Profiles in Manila

The Rise of Resilience - a webinar hosted by Business Profiles in Manila

A model for the future of asset protection

Reducing Supply Chain Risks Through Due Diligence

Reducing Supply Chain Risks Through Due Diligence

Glad to have contributed some ideas for managing supply chain risks.

The LiveDrop Podcast with Mark Valley

The LiveDrop Podcast with Mark Valley

It was a pleasure to speak with Mark and dive into topics of information protection, psychology, and decision making.

Ideas for Fraud Management in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty

Ideas for Fraud Management in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty

Misfit

Misfit

In September of 1993, with my arrival in New York from Moscow, one thing was crystal clear — the “comfort zone” was gone once and for all...

Expertise Bubble

Expertise Bubble

“I have over 20 years of experience…”. “I’m an expert in…”. “Thought leader…”. “Evangelist…”. “Senior industry executive…”.

Ideas for Balancing Life & Work

Ideas for Balancing Life & Work in Asset Protection — Executive Protection Training and Security Blog – EP Nexus

Is it possible to find a balance between life & work while working in an asset protection or a protective security role?

Doing Better

Doing Better

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence — it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”
– Peter Drucker

Respect: given and earned

Respect: given and earned

The industry had developed standards, guidelines, and certifications. This presented me with a caveat of new practices, terminology, and skill set I did not currently possess.

Polymathy in Asset Protection

Polymathy in Asset Protection

Studying at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was a tremendous experience for me for many reasons. I was a newly minted immigrant with...

“Woke”

“Woke”

She reminded me recently of this word — a label used today for being pretentiously hyper-sensitive about social issues, injustice, and the...

CAPO - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

CAPO - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

This has to be done. We need a CAPO — Chief Asset Protection Officer — to unify protection of all assets in an organization.

Making Our Tools Better

Making Our Tools Better

The more I interact with clients, the more I hear how they want to rely on asset protection technologies. They want automated access...

Components of a Successful Security Program

Part I: Components of a Successful Security Program with Sean Ahrens & Ilya Umanskiy

I had a great opportunity recently to speak with two highly experienced security consultants to get their thoughts on a range of topics relating to key components of successful security programs. Our dialogue covered much more than I anticipated, so we broke our full conversation into two segments.

Part II: Components of a Successful Security Program

Part II: Components of a Successful Security Program with Sean Ahrens & Ilya Umanskiy

Here is the second half of my conversation about key components of successful security programs with Sean A. Ahrens, M.A., CPP, FSyl, BSCP and Ilya Umanskiy M.A., PSP, RAMCAP. If you have not yet listened to Part I, you can listen to it here. In Part I, we discussed security metrics, policies...

LIFE Before work

LIFE Before work

I don’t see much talk in our industry about work-life balance and, most importantly, prioritizing LIFE over work. What helped me finally...

Trivial Treasures

Trivial Treasures - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

Simple tweaks to your skills oftentimes make the biggest impact on your value as a professional. Let me suggest a few.

Red Teams: Sexy Disservice

Red Teams: Sexy Disservice - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

“We’re battle-tested, covert, specialized, government-cleared, highly trained elite operators with international experience.” You sexy...

In Pursuit of Assumptions

In Pursuit of Assumptions - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

They’re everywhere! Creeping up when we meet new people, read a news article, or leave the house without an umbrella.

A Bias of Focused Curiosity

A Bias of Focused Curiosity - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

As an asset protection practitioner, have you ever tried to attend a conference or seminar on organizational psychology? It is likely ...

What are you learning?

What are you learning? - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

“I learned so much!” People who attend professional education events often say this. The domain of asset protection is no exception. Very...

“What Are You Learning?” - The Fix

“What Are You Learning?” — The Fix - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

So I wrote this article some time ago. This was my attempt at starting a conversation about ways in which continuous education could be ...

My Resources for Focused Learning

My Resources for Focused Learning - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

A student of mine recently asked about resources on which I rely to receive balanced and continuous feed of new information about life in ...

Ideas for Strengthening Cyber Security

Ideas for Strengthening Cyber Security

Understand the gap between human behavior and the speed of technological innovation. Nearly all attacks demonstrate that humans are not catching up with complexities...

7 Essential Qualities for Young and Aspiring Professionals

7 Essential Qualities for Young and Aspiring Professionals

I’m always excited to engage with you. You have incredible potential. I can see many of your peers already changing the world. The importance of your contributions in the next 20–40 years cannot be overstated.

Nudge: Embracing Asset Protection

Nudge: Embracing Asset Protection - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle...

Ideas for Positive Skepticism in Risk Management

Ideas for Positive Skepticism in Risk Management

Processes and controls exist — this is indisputable. But it is absolutely vital to continually look for gaps in them and not to believe that they are well designed and consistently followed.

A Failure to Plan

A Failure to Plan

Organizations continue to struggle with their emergency and crisis management plans.

Security's Input on Outsourcing

Security's Input on Outsourcing

Avoid Becoming a Victim - Be Vigilant!

Avoid Becoming a Victim - Be Vigilant!

Protecting IP in three dimensions

Protecting IP in three dimensions

Staying or Getting Out of Trouble

Staying or Getting Out of Trouble

Australian Security Magazine, Oct/Nov 2015

Australian Security Magazine, Oct/Nov 2015

Conversation with Travis Lishok: issues facing young professionals in asset protection

Conversation with Travis Lishok: issues facing young professionals in asset protection

Examples of Mediocrity in Asset Protection - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

Examples of Mediocrity in Asset Protection - Ilya Umanskiy - Medium

"No we haven't defined and prioritized our assets."

What Security Consultants Need to Know About Professional Recruiters

What Security Consultants Need to Know About Professional Recruiters

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the Vice President of a recruiting firm involved in recruiting security consultants for the architecture & engineering industry. Like many of our readers, prior to this dialogue I could not give quality answers about what recruiters look for in...