Advisory Board Member
Rich is an organizational leader with over 36 years of law enforcement, security and emergency management/business continuity experience who co-authored the “Menu Approach” to threat assessment, whereby a victim chooses response strategies specifically tailored for them resulting in empowerment and enhanced safety. Author of numerous training articles related to human threat assessment and healthcare security, Rich also developed the “The First 15 Minutes”© approach to healthcare emergency management, allowing anyone regardless of experience, knowledge or background to set up an incident command post in a clinical environment within 15 minutes to meet the service needs of an unfolding event. He co-developed the Block, Talk & Walk self-defense program specifically designed to enhance clinician and patient safety.
Rich’s experience includes serving as Incident Commander for visiting dignitaries – a United States President, Vice-President and other heads of state. He co-developed a human behavioral threat assessment program for a large university and instituted a proactive threat assessment protocol in a healthcare environment. Rich is highly trained and experienced in the following skill sets: Human and Facility Threat Assessment, Conflict Resolution, Emergency Preparedness, Policy, Investigations, Leadership/Management, Emergency Management and Security Strategies.
During the past five-years, Rich has provided in excess of 200 training presentations regarding threat assessment, active shooter defense, gang awareness, emergency management, conflict resolution and leadership.
Recent experience associated with the complexities of threat assessment involve two high profile case studies – one involving a physician’s conduct which resulted in the introduction of organizational safety strategies, including a restraining order, and the eventual prosecution for violations of the law; the second case involves over 600 threats received by a world renowned artist. Rich can speak from real experiences on how to initiate discussion for the need of a robust threat assessment program and implementation strategies.
Rich is a retired Police Captain and previous Public Safety Director and Emergency Manager for two hospitals in California and John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago (Cook County), Illinois. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, West Point Leadership Program, Command College, Gavin De Becker and WAVER-21 threat assessment programs and San Jose State University.
Advisory Board Member
A 20-year veteran of technology titans such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs, and Honeywell International, Rich Mason possesses deep expertise in the fields of cyber, physical security, and connected product (“internet of things”) security. He served for 5 years as Honeywell’s Global Vice President and Chief Security Officer. In the 5 years prior to that, he was Honeywell’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with enterprise cyber security responsibility.
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 conglomerate with a market cap of over $100B and over 130,000 employees in 120 countries. During his tenure as CSO, Honeywell Global Security earned a #1 ranking in the Industrial and Manufacturing sector by Security Magazine. Mason’s team was featured in the Security 500 Report in an article entitled, The Predictive Revolution.
Mason is a former member of the Secret Service’s New York Electronic Crimes Task Force (NYECTF), a graduate of the FBI’s Executive Academy in Quantico, VA, and former member of the FBI’s National Security Business Alliance Council (NSBAC) and Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC). He has conducted hundreds of sensitive and technically complex insider threat and criminal investigations and has instructed numerous government and military agents on advanced computer forensics tools, investigative techniques, and countermeasures.
An Alumni with honor from Michigan State University, Mason received his Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Security Management. He is Six Sigma Black Belt, IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Chemical Vulnerability Information (CVI) certified and a graduate of Honeywell’s Executive Development Program (EDP).