GSN 2011 Awards Dinner Winners and Sponsors: Cosmo Perrone, Principle, Cosmo Perrone & Associates and former Security Director, Port of Long Beach, CA:
The Port of Long Beach, CA, was named Winner of GSN’s 2011 award for “Most Notable Maritime/Port Security Program”. Cosmo Perrone, Director of Security for the Port from 2006 to 2011, tells GSN about the long-term challenge that he took on, in collaboration with former Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas colleague Mike McMullen, of transforming the Port into a world-class port security model, with the end-state vision of including all stakeholders in a software-driven common security management platform, using a geo-spatial concept of integrating all technologies and sensory systems below, at or above sea level. With strong support from the Port’s Board, Perrone overcame initial funding problems and developed a partnership with the DHS science and technology, obtaining additional funds from a port improvement fund from the State of California. Seeking a dynamic program that could anticipate future needs, he selected Proximex to furnish the software platform, ultimately producing a port security model that he believes other ports now want to adapt. The 2011 Award, he says, is validation of the hard work of the entire team, which included Proximex, GS4, Laneer, Tetra Tech and other key partners.