Atlantic Health System, honored for security program, receives inaugural CSO40 Award
Atlantic Health System has been selected as one of the inaugural 2013 CSO40 Award honorees by IDG’s CSO magazine.
The parent organization of Morristown, Overlook and Newton Medical Centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital was selected for its “Red Cell” program, a method in which AHS’s security team finds ways to improve the hospital system’s security – by attempting to thwart it.
The prestigious honor is bestowed upon a select group of organizations that have demonstrated that their security projects/initiatives have created outstanding business value and thought leadership for their companies. Atlantic Health System will accept its award at the CSO40 Security Confab + Awards conference held on April 2-3, 2013, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Atlantic Health System was selected for its protection and security services department’s “Red Cell” program. “Red Cell,” which was also recognized by the Joint Commission in 2012 among a list of best practices in health care security, is among the examples of the department’s preparedness initiatives.
The program includes regular infiltration testing, in which undercover security agents attempt to gain unauthorized access to sensitive areas of Atlantic Health System facilities, in order to identify and prevent potential breaches. During these surveys, the undercover, plainclothes agents test locks and access to equipment, as well as the ability of employees to question or challenge individuals as to whether they are authorized to be in a particular area.
“The best way to begin to fortify your security is to identify the potential risks,” said Alan Robinson, director of protection and security services and emergency management for Atlantic Health System. “Continually testing our system, especially our employees’ attention to security, is crucial to preventing these risks.”
CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organization. Starting in 2013, the CSO40 Awards recognizes 40 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO40 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders, industry experts, and academics.
“We would like to congratulate this inaugural class of CSO40 Award honorees,” said Derek Slater, editor in chief, CSO. “This year's honorees have created outstanding security projects and initiatives that have truly resulted in positive long-lasting outcomes for their organizations. We are pleased to have these organizations as our first class of CSO40 Award honorees.”
Atlantic Health System’s security force oversees approximately nine million square feet of facilities throughout New Jersey. The department has a senior staff with 300-plus combined years of experience in law enforcement, investigation, security, fire safety, regulatory compliance and emergency management, and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to keep staff, patients and visitors safe.
For more information about Atlantic Health System, visit www.atlantichealth.org.
For more information about CSO magazine, visit www.csoonline.com.