Nerd Out! Security Panel Discussion: EP 5. Discussing Venues

The Nerd Out! Security Panel Discussion podcast episodes are recurring discussions among our team and our valued guests as we explore the all-hazards threats and risks impacting the United States and internationally. As we seek to help apply a threat-informed, risk-based approach to analysis, preparedness and operations, we hope these podcasts are informative and maybe even a little entertaining.

On this month’s Nerd Out! Security Panel Discussion, Dave Pounder hosts Joe Levy, Bridget Johnson and Travis Moran to talk about venue security and what it means in the coming months with the upcoming election and various outdoor events. While focusing on venue security, the discussion is broadly applicable to facility and event security. Joe and Travis share some interesting perspective on “hygiene theater” and Bridget challenges listeners to consider balancing risk as she asks if some of our safety procedures may be decreasing our security. The group also talks about drones, wildfires, and touches on National Insider Threat Awareness Month.

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  • Bridget Johnson@bridgetcj on Twitter, is the Homeland Security Today Managing Editor, (@HSTodayMag), a security consultant, private eye, Sr. Fellow/Terrorism with the @SalomonCenter, an NPR contributor and has served as a Senior Risk Analyst with Gate 15, where she still contributes. Notably, she is an L.A. woman and avid 49ers fan.
  • Travis Moran is the Vice President of Operations for Welund North America, and a long-time friend to Gate 15, having contributed his perspective to various reports and analyses. A retired law enforcement officer, Travis is a drones expert with experience in security across various critical infrastructure. Email | Website: | twitter: @dronin_on
  • Joe Levy is the chairman of the International Associate of Venue Managers (IAVM) Venue Safety and Security Committee. IAVM Website: Venue Safety and Security committee contact information: | Joe’s LinkedIn profile.

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