“40 under 40” Class of 2019 — CJ Campo, 32

Security Specialist, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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Friday, November 1, 2019

As the Security Specialist for Canon U.S.A. Inc., CJ Campo functions as a security system administrator across the country, with daily responsibilities that include designing, implementing and maintaining security solutions and technologies across the United States and Latin America, protecting assets, employees and facilities, and implementing training, among many other corporate security duties.
 
Although Campo has been with Canon U.S.A. Inc. for nearly six years, he didn’t initially plan on a career in security.

“It’s a funny story, and I like to say that the stars aligned to help lead me into this career,” said Campo, who always had an interest in technology and a responsibility to help keep people safe, but never knew that he’d be able to make a career in security outside of law enforcement.

“That was until my retired grandfather had to pass a written exam for a security guard position,” he explained. “He was a little nervous, having not taken an exam in many years, so I took it with him, hoping that would help him feel more comfortable, and I ended up scoring well. From there, I took an entry-level security position for a hedge fund company that utilized state-of-the-art security equipment. Over time, I realized that my love for safety and technology could allow me to bring value to an organization.” 

One area of increased focus at Canon has been active shooter training. “Organizations of all sizes need to ensure that not only security professionals are trained on what to do during a situation but also the average employee,” said Campo.

In terms of new technology, Campo said video Content Analytics platforms like BriefCam that allow for rapid video review and searches as well as device agnostic platforms like PSB Exero currently top the list.