YARMOUTH, Maine — Design and technology have been closely linked throughout William Scabora’s career in the security industry.
Currently president of Atlas Consulting, a technology consulting firm in the Austin, TX area, Scabora, RCDD, 31, served as a senior consultant at COMBS Consulting Group in Austin when he was named the recipient 40 under 40 for the Class of 2020.
While at COMBS Consulting, Scabora was responsible for the direct design and project management of new construction projects for AV / IT / Security for large commercial projects.
Working in the security industry for over a decade, Scabora explained that he
began his career in IT infrastructure and was quickly tasked with translating his existing knowledge into networking in the ever-changing world of security and its convergence with IP networks.
“Once I got a taste of what security has to offer, I was hooked on the sheer amount of technologies, manufacturers and applications,” he said.
Frictionless Safety Systems
Scabora noted that one of the major security trends today involves the idea that “frictionless” security systems, based on today’s global environments, are rapidly taking shape.
“The app was grown and applied before the pandemic and is accelerating due to market demand,” he explained. “This demand will generate rapid adoption and technological acceleration for the capabilities of security systems and the credentials that will be required for systems in the future. “
When it comes to the security technology he’s excited about, Scabora believes the evolution of what an identifier is is changing, both in terms of encryption and the type of “token”.
“But I think it will become increasingly evident that the way we access physical and digital spaces will quickly focus on a single means of accreditation, such as facial recognition or the use of mobile devices, via NFC [Near-Field Communication] and UWB [Ultra-Wideband], “he stressed.” This helps to strengthen the confluence of IT and physical security, which will continue to become more and more synonymous as time passes. It will make every end user more comfortable with it. application, leading to better applied security all around.
Relational and humanistic interaction
As we move through these unpredictable times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Scabora stressed the importance of cultivating relationships in order to be successful both personally and professionally.
“The most important wisdom I can convey, in any capacity, is that everything we do should be relational and not transactional,” he explained. “If you approach personal or professional interactions with a humanistic first approach, you will always be able to create a bond between yourself and the other parties. We work in an industry that is just as important as it is confusing to those who use it; overall, we need to continue to meet our end users at their point of comfort and provide ongoing education through relationship building.
Scabora was extremely optimistic about the future of the security industry, especially with the introduction of an abundance of new technology.
“I think this is the most exciting time the security industry has seen so far,” he said. “Technology is improving exponentially from year to year, owners are adopting new technology at a rapid rate and there is an abundance of information available to share the wisdom and lessons learned. I would, however, like to say that I would love to see a new group of young security specialists to help keep the momentum going.
“There is, I believe, a notion of security comparable to a traditional residential burglar alarm,” he continued. “Whenever I mention to someone else that I work in the ‘security’ industry, there is a connotation that comes with it. Once I take the time to explain what we really have to do, the technology we can wrap ourselves in, and the very different types of projects, there is a shift in dynamics that is thought-provoking.
Scabora took an artistic approach when asked what can be done to recruit more talented and diverse young people into the security industry.
“I see there is a need to educate and really present what the security industry is, as an artist,” he said. “The different security areas allow those who have many different types of greedy ‘canvas’ and are waiting for their chance to paint their masterpiece. I can’t wait to help bring the next generation of artists to our lovely little world.