Cathal Walsh’s professional background includes more than 14 years of experience providing security program development and consulting services for major businesses, academic institutions, cultural centers, entertainment facilities, research and healthcare organizations, and government and quasi-government agencies. He has provided strategic crime and terrorism threat mitigation planning; threat, risk, and vulnerability assessments; policy and procedure development; compliance audits; systems design, engineering, and specification; contract bid and award oversight; and program implementation management.
In his current position, Mr. Walsh manages a team of consultants and engineers and serves as the project lead for the Hudson Yards Development project. He provides security and emergency preparedness consulting to the NFL for the Super Bowl and develops the security plan for the NBA All Star Game. Mr. Walsh works directly with high-net-worth clients to provide private client services including executive protection, threat intelligence, safe room construction, travel security, extraction planning, background check services, etc.
Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Walsh was a director of information systems at Prudential Financial where he served as the business information security officer. In this role, Mr. Walsh was responsible for the development, enhancement, and oversight of the information security program for human resources.
Preceding his time at Prudential, Mr. Walsh served as a senior associate at Kroll where he provided security consulting services. In this capacity, he provided consulting, assessment, engineering, and design services to assist private and government sector clients identify, assess, and manage risk throughout all aspects of the organization. Furthermore, he developed comprehensive corporate security programs designed to reduce risk exposure among business activities with a concentrated focus on enterprise-wide acceptable solutions.
Prior to working for Kroll, Mr. Walsh was a security specialist in Prudential’s Global Security Department. His primary responsibilities included assessment, planning, and implementation of comprehensive asset protection systems and programs in support of its Asset Protection and Management Group. He served as a security evaluator at the City University of New York Research Foundation conducting threat and vulnerability assessments during the same period.
Mr. Walsh was also employed as an investigator for IDS Research and Development, Inc. where he performed security assessments, conducted code research, and prepared investigation cases for testimony and depositions. He also assisted in the installation of burglary and fire alarm systems while with the firm.