Joel Richman Talking PMBOK with Your Security Adviser


The Physical Security Industry and PMBOK

I recently caught up with Joel Richman, and we talked about PMBOK (?) and the physical security industry. What is PMBOK, don’t worry if you never heard of it, I promise not to leave you hanging.PMBOK Project Management

Joel Richman is an IT Security Expert, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and has been a friend of mine for almost 30 years. Joel was most recently with Integrated Security & Communications, was a founding investor and Chief Information Officer responsible for the company’s strategic technological direction. He also recently completed a consulting project with Innovative Healthcare Services, LLC, where he implemented digital marketing, email, and web hosting solutions.

We met for a cup of coffee, and as friends do, we caught up with all the small stuff that impacts our personal lives, you know the usual things like family, friends and sports. It didn’t take long for our conversation to turn to the physical security industry and PMBOK.

YSA:     Ok, Joel I’ll bite what is PMBOK?

Joel:     It’s the Project Management Book of Knowledge, think of it as the bible of Project Management that establishes best practices, guidelines, and standard terminology. I recently completed a course in project management with the Project Management Academy.

YSA:     With over 29 years of experience in physical security, why are you looking at getting your certification in Project Management?

Joel:     Honestly, it’s something I always wanted to do. Over the years, I’ve seen too many projects get derailed because of poor project management that resulted in mistakes occurring, deadlines not being met, and cost overruns. Think about it, as a client over the years; you probably experienced the pain of a poorly run project.

Certification in Project Management will validate one of my skill sets while providing me the opportunity to implement a process to facilitate projects and successfully guide the results. The best part is that PMBOK is not industry specific and can be the difference between getting or not getting a project. In the long run, it’s another skill set that will differentiate me from the competition.

YSA:     Looking into your crystal ball, what challenges lie ahead for the physical security industry over the next 5-10 years?

Joel:    Moving towards managed services, understanding big data, using security technologies for more than just security to increase the ROI and how to make money at the same time.

Companies will struggle with recruiting qualified technicians that can do more than just turn screws and plug in network jacks. Technicians will need to have a strong background or even expertise in information technology as new IP specific devices come to market, and we embrace the Internet of Things.

YSA:      What advice do you have for the Young IT or Security Professional just getting started?

Joel:    Take time to learn as much as you can about the information technology and the physical security industry, become an educated consumer, and look at certifications such as the ASIS PSP and PMI’s Project Management.

YSA:    Anything else you want to add?

Joel:    Physical security technologies are continually changing, and we owe it to our clients to keep them informed about emerging trends and what they need to do to future-proof their security systems. At the end of the day, it is about building relationships and partnerships that last a very long time.

YSA:     Joel, good catching up and thanks for being my first Your Security Adviser Blog interview.

You can reach Joel through LinkedIn at

To learn more about PMBOK and the Project Management Institute visit

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