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How Does the Protector of Tomorrow Work in a Hybrid Environment? | Mike O'Neill

We’ve all been moving towards a more hybrid way of working over the last few years.  The ubiquitous laptop, smart phones, and increased connectivity but does the hybrid working environment apply to tomorrow’s protector or just their principal?

This week we’re joined by Mike O’Neill, MD of Optimal Risk. We hear what the biggest challenges have been, how Mike navigated the uncertainty of the pandemic and the lessons he’s learned, as the owner of a successful security business operating out of one of the busiest cities in the world, over the past 12 months. 

Good continuity planning is at the heart of most businesses that have weathered the Covid storm and in this, Mike reminds us of the quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower… 

“Plans Are Worthless, But Planning Is Everything.”


In this week’s show we discuss:

  • As a protector, you need to be fluid and, you need to know how to deal with ever-changing situations, but can you truly work in a hybrid capacity?
  • With organizations looking to move away from the big, centralized headquarters what will the workplace of the future look like and what will the security implications be?
  • How, does a small business owner, get greater awareness of their supply chain and the vulnerabilities that they might be open to? 
  • And we look at the potential effects to mental health from the lifting of restrictions. How we can detect people who need help and what we can do to offer support.  


As always, drop us a comment or leave us a review to let us know your thoughts.


More about Mike O’Neill

After leaving the British Army in 1990 mike worked in risk and security consulting as a freelance for several different organisations until setting up his own consulting firm in 1993. He is now the Managing Director of Optimal Risk Group – Resilience, Risk, and Security advisors.

Optimal Risk provides tailored risk management solutions across diverse sectors. We offer trusted confidential support from the boardroom through to field operations. Our approach is to support you becoming a resilient organisation that is prepared to respond effectively to any strategic or operational risk.

Mike O’Neill

Optimal Risk

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