Michael Harris

Michael J. Harris


Michael HarrisSecurity Consultant
Electronic systems and security professional since 2003

Place of Birth: Mahopac, NY
Certifications: Lenel On-Guard, OSHA- Construction Safety and Health, Software House CCURE 9000 – 2011, GE/UTC Picture Perfect 4.5 – 2011, Lutron Homeworks – 2006, Lutron Radio-Ra – 2005, Sielox AC1700 – 2005, Beam Central Vacuum – 2004
Personal Interests: Food festivals, cooking, live music, playing guitar, residential audio/visual, fantasy sports

What are some notable or memorable projects?
One of the more substantial projects that sticks out in my head from the recent past was a project involving a 20,000 sq. ft. residential estate made up of four buildings located just north of New York City. I was on a team of professionals selected to install and integrate all residential electronics systems, creating a “smart estate”. A major system integrated in this process was the A/V system. It was comprised of over 60 plasma and LCD televisions, motorized television mounts, 1100 speakers, 25 amplifiers and a $150,000 theater room. Another major system to be integrated was the security system which included 350 intrusion zones, 50 intercom devices, 25 card access points, 4 motorized vehicle gates and 125 cameras. Some other systems integrated were an 800 zone lighting system, HVAC, pool, spa and waterfall controls. All controls performed on multiple wall mounted and tabletop integrated controllers as well as normal function controls. Normal function controlling was activating an integrated device by motion in a room or stepping on a pressure sensitive mat installed under tile or floor work. To say the least, this was the “smart estate” of all “smart estates” in my book.

What is your greatest security concern?
As one of my more recent greatest security concerns, I believe unmanned aircraft, or drones, provide a recently unknown direct security threat locally and nationally. Drones have the potential for so much good, but like most technology, there’s significant potential that they will be used for harm. There is a need for security policies for drones, and coordination with state and local law enforcement to ensure we’re prepared for – and ideally able to prevent – an attack by a commercially available drone. After instances like a drone landing on the White House front lawn, and more recently, drones observed flying over sensitive assets in France, including nuclear installations, creates thoughts of insecurity among today’s top security professionals. Assessments need to be performed at a local and governmental level to create a standard for securing our local and national high risk areas.

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