Integrators '20 under 40' 2017—Joe Young

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Joe Young, 37

Senior director of cloud and enterprise solutions, G4S

Jupiter, Fla.

Joe Young’s current role at G4S involves leading the company’s “connected vision to integrate hardware, software, services, advanced analytics, robotics and security personnel in a unified offering,” he explained. “I also oversee the technology stack that resides in our UL listed Intelligent Security Operations Center where we deliver advanced managed services to some of our key clients.”

Young also oversees the company’s enterprise solutions architect team, comprising “high performance sales engineers who understand solution selling and consulting for clients who look at solutions much differently than you see in the traditional integration space,” he said. “The team takes a risk-based, data-driven approach to building an elastic security program for a client.”

Young started his career at Tyco Integrated Security where he had the opportunity to take on multiple roles. But what impacted Young’s security career most was leaving the industry for a few years to manage a pre-sales engineering team for an IT MSP organization.

“Leaving the security space and then coming back was probably one of the best things that happened. It gave me the ability to have a fresh look at things from the IT perspective,” he said. “Coming back to the physical security space, I was able to take all of the best practices around cyber, ITIL & ITSM that I learned from the IT side and make them a part of our offerings in the physical security space.”

Although he is excited about new technologies—he named robotics, data analytics IoT, AI, NLP, and AR as top trends—he said it is more about how you deliver these solutions. “A risk-based, data-driven approach—looking at the risk first before you actually design a system and leveraging the data to make smarter business decisions—is something that will transform security,” he said.