Benjamin Butchko


What Is Your Design Goal: A Security System or an Operational Solution?

Although this may sound like a simple concept, it’s surprisingly misunderstood and overlooked. From an owner’s point of view, there is a business purpose that drives their definition of value. Almost invariably, where security solutions are employed, they must be in support of a larger business mission. It is what owners expect, whether stated explicitly or not. At Butchko, we understand this dynamic and when we engage, we ensure there is a value discussion as […]


Lessons Learned from the Project Trenches: Part 2 – PROJECT MANAGEMENT

What are the two biggest predictors of a security technology project success?  Performance expectations and requirements that are clear, and a project that is well-managed from start to finish.   If you don’t have the performance expectations correct, there is no way to measure if the project meets the needs of the stakeholders.  Expectation-setting, as well as managing the project itself is more art than science.  However, careful attention to details in advance along with stakeholder […]


Lessons Learned from the Project Trenches: Part 1 – EXPECTATIONS

What are the two biggest predictors of a security technology project success?  Performance expectations and requirements that are clear, and a project that is well-managed from start to finish.   If you don’t have the performance expectations correct, there is no way to measure if the project meets the needs of the stakeholders.  Expectation-setting and project management are more art than science.  However, careful attention to details in advance along with stakeholder engagement throughout the process will […]


Data analytics offer exciting new possibilities for security operations centers

I recently met with the CEOs and executive teams of some leading video and security operations center software providers and some interesting patterns developed.  These companies are serious about developing solutions that incorporate pure data analytics into their products.  This is exciting for the solution providers and offers great potential for companies.  Strong data analysis can provide predictive information to support proactive decision-making, improving security effectiveness, increasing the value delivered to the overall business, and […]


The Risk of Cascading Events

The recent unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina brings to mind and old adage:  ‘for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the rider was lost; for want of a rider, the battle and a country was lost.’ This saying decribes what is known as a threat cascade, a sequence of events where one is a precursor for the next and […]