COO David Cook tackles range of security topics in SIA interview

Code Blue Corporation is proud to be member of the Security Industry Association. The association, which is a primary resource for the global security industry, recently published an interview with Code Blue Chief Operating Officer David Cook, which touches on a number of interesting security-related topics.

How did you get into the security industry?

My interest in the security industry began with my career in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Specialist.  My investigative skills were put to use by providing real-time intelligence, keeping our troops safe on the battlefield and earning me a Navy Achievement Medal. Since the military, I have always been involved with projects that use technology to solve security-related problems.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy the opportunity to use my security background, technology skills, business aptitude and leadership experience to help an organization grow, not just by advancing the technology of its products, but building a team that embraces change to overcome challenges in the market to meet the needs of the security industry.

What’s your company’s biggest challenge right now?

As technological advancements in security products become more integrated with traditional IT/Telecommunication products, there is a need for an integrator that realizes these changes and invests in project managers, account managers and system engineers with backgrounds in VoIP and low-voltage security products.  Code Blue’s challenge is to find that integrator and create partnerships with organizations that have a similar vision, mission and values.

What trends does your company foresee for the security industry in the near future?

Code Blue foresees the formation of new value-added resellers (VAR), who can design, install and support an end user’s IT, telecommunication and security products while simultaneously fostering a tight relationship of services and support. We also see an increased value in the related features of traditional security products so they not only serve as life safety, but solve key customer satisfaction needs.

What does your organization receive from membership in SIA? How do you plan to be active in the association in the near future?

SIA provides a bridge between the regulatory organizations, security industry, manufacturers, distributors and integrators. Often these entities are not on the same page in the security marketplace. Therefore, SIA can help Code Blue find and solve real issues, while also shedding light on future problems and concerns. We expect to contribute findings that are in alignment with our mission to manufacture innovative technologies that enable responders to react intelligently with confidence and ease.

Will your company participate in an upcoming event with SIA such as ISC West, Government Summit or Securing New Ground? If so, what aspect of the event appeals most to your company?

Code Blue has been a long-time exhibitor at ISC West and is one trade show I make sure to personally attend. It would be an honor for me and our organization to participate in an event with SIA.  Events that incorporate the first responder, property owner, general public and emergency government organizations are the ones we find the most appealing.