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The Security Generalist: Who Are They? Do You Need to be One? - Live from The Security Event | Birmingham
Episode 3615th September 2021 • The Circuit Magazine Podcast • BBA Corporate Ltd
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Are we seeing the evolution of the security generalist? What do you need to know? Do you need to become one?  

This week we’ve been out in the wild where we recorded the show live from The Security Event, a physical event held in Birmingham, UK. We’ll be bringing listeners a flavor of what it’s like being back in the physical realm with 3 interviews recorded on location.

This week, with the help of guests, Philip Ingram, Stuart Nash and Ellie Hurst, we going to develop our understanding of the security generalist. We’ll be asking…


  • What is a security generalist? Do you need to understand all the different facets of security? Can you still be a specialist in a particular area?
  • Is there an industry-wide move towards generalist over specialist and does that create a counterargument for being a specialist?
  • What if you’re already a highly skilled specialist; no one would expect a Neurologist to retrain as a GP, so why is this creeping into the security industry?
  • You might not think you need to know about cameras or analytics or access control systems but if you do know them, you're going to be more valuable to your client.
  • Rather than needing to have a little knowledge in all areas can you shortcut the process by building an extensive ‘black book’?