At BMA excellence is not just a goal; it's a way of life. We believe in constantly improving and innovating to provide our clients with the highest level of service and security. That's why we are thrilled to share the exciting news that our very own Facility Security Officer (FSO), Connie Ng, recently attended The Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS, Inc.) 59th Training Seminar in New Orleans, LA. It was an enriching experience that further solidified our commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry.
Upcoming Mover and Shaker: In March 2023, Connie Ng assumed the role of our Facility Security Officer. Since joining our company in 2021, Connie has been a driving force in modernizing and enhancing our security and IT department. Her passion, dedication, and forward-thinking approach have propelled us to new heights, and attending the NCMS Training Seminar was a testament to her commitment to excellence.
A Hub of Knowledge and Innovation: The NCMS Training Seminar is a renowned event that brings together top professionals from the security industry. Held annually, it serves as a platform for sharing knowledge, exploring emerging trends, and fostering collaboration among experts. This year's seminar, held in the vibrant city of New Orleans, was no exception.
Connie had the privilege of attending engaging workshops and panel discussions led by industry leaders and subject matter experts. The seminar covered a wide range of topics, including emerging security technologies, risk management strategies, and compliance regulations. By immersing herself in these sessions, Connie expanded her expertise and gained valuable insights that will undoubtedly benefit our company and our clients.
Celebrating Excellence: We are also proud to announce that our company's chapter won the prestigious Chapter of Excellence Award at the seminar. This award recognizes our chapter's outstanding contributions, dedication, and commitment to advancing the security profession.
Looking Towards the Future: At our company, we firmly believe that investing in our team's professional growth is the key to delivering unparalleled service to our clients. As Connie returns from the NCMS Training Seminar, she brings back a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspectives to further enhance our security measures. We are committed to constantly improving and implementing innovative security solutions to ensure the safety and peace of mind of our clients and Government.
Q1 What were some of the most valuable insights or key takeaways you gained from attending the NCMS 59th Training Seminar?
Being at the NCMS seminar was a great experience, especially with it being the first one I’ve ever attended. I met a lot of other security personnel that work here in Huntsville, and it was crazy that we had to travel all the way to New Orleans to meet each other for the first time when our offices are all within a 15-minute radius of each other. It was great to be surrounded by others in my profession and to meet our government reps as we discussed the best ways to move forward with strengthening our security processes and procedures. I would say that the key takeaway for me was honestly just the sheer amount of effort and teamwork it takes to ensure personnel security on a national level. You don’t really think about when it’s just you and a desk but seeing everyone together really made me realize that we’re all part of a bigger moving picture and we’re all working together to make sure that our employees and information that play a part in national security and technological advancements are secure.
Q2 How do you plan to apply the knowledge and learnings from the seminar to further enhance and modernize our security department?
One of the most informational seminar sessions I attended was Real Project Management for the Security Professional. It put running and formatting a security program in an entirely new perspective for me and I’m excited to set new milestones for myself and our program.
Q3 Can you share any specific initiatives or improvements you envision implementing as a result of your attendance at the seminar?
During the DCSA Security Review Process and Ratings workshop we were able to go over where the NISPOM was heading in the future and the best ways for facilities to achieve a Superior formal security rating based off the new evaluation process. I’m hoping to adapt our program to the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency’s best recommended practices so that BMA can achieve the highest evaluation score possible.
Q4 What was the most exciting aspect of your visit to New Orleans? Did you have any unique experiences or memorable moments during your time there?
It was exciting to be in such a lively city! Walking down to the French Quarter there were jazz musicians on every other street, a bunch of antique shops, and such a great mix of food. The beignets and coffee at Café du Monde were amazing and just like how I remember when I was a kid.