Quilll’s Dynamic Risk Assessment Technology by Lewis Werner

TPSO magazine has been speaking to Quill CEO Lewis Werner about some of the most clever risk assessment tech to surface for some time. Our Managing Editor, Rollo Davies, thinks that the best way to demonstrate how this system works, is by looking at a genuine case study from Bethel University,

a huge college campus in Minnesota, US….

Bethel is the largest institution in the 13-member Christian College Consortium. The university campus features a 247-acre lakeside campus, only 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. In less than three decades, Bethel’s programs have more than doubled to over 100 degree options, enrolment has grown to nearly 4,500 students, and 35 facilities are now utilized.

A Quill analyst collects detailed room and doorway level information, feeding Quill’s dynamic risk model with high quality data. The Quill engine houses an exhaustive measure library and its dynamic threat profiles allow the Quill Risk Map to reach a level of detail inaccessible to any traditional security risk assessment. Hill now sees an intimate picture of the risk profile for his pilot facility.

But understanding such comprehensive detail for one facility leaves Hill with an appetite for what that level of detail could mean for the organization at-large.

Hill wants a comprehensive map of Bethel’s complete security landscape.

Ten more facilities, please.

Hill’s breadth of expertise gives him a detailed, black and white of what needs to happen next.

He has always known that an effective Physical Security Plan begins with risk vulnerability and threat identification.

But Quill is a tool that allows Hill to see in color.

walk the campus and creating a virtual pile of detailed notes, no team member has enough time to organize information collected.

Fundamentally, he also knows that physical security tools are not up to the challenge. Hill needs to assess the current technology in place, risks associated with that technology, and draft a roadmap to explicitly make security efforts more effective.

A pilot to start the project.

Hill keeps returning to his personal commitment to the Bethel community. The sense of ownership he has for students, faculty and staff means it is imperative that he plan for physical security outcomes rather than react to security events as they occur.

He knows he needs data on his facilities and a reliable collection process to achieve that aim.

Quill comes recommended by a respected security professional in the industry. With a risk assessment for a pilot facility, Hill learns that a Quill partnership could be a meaningful step towards the strong vision he has in mind.

“The number one reason to try Quill is it’s getting you outside of what you’ve always been doing. It’s a fresh new approach to the risk assessment process.”

Zach Hill

Director of Risk Management,

Safety & Security, Bethel University

He has a model that can run the numbers on complex and unique facilities: analysis only grown in a dynamic model with a lot of horse power.

He can refine his decision making by threat type, by asset type, and by location. He can determine the lens through which security decisions should be made. “It doesn’t matter if I’m focusing on a particular asset, threat, or reducing my overall risk exposure by the maximum amount. I know what steps to take.”

Helping leadership understand why security matters.

By spending less time analyzing, evaluating and calculating risk impacts, Hill can spend more time collaborating, communicating and integrating with the rest campus life and leadership.

Hill knows that strategic security efforts mean little without partnership: “Quill is one more tool in our arsenal that allows us to tell a good story to leadership. It helps us in the budgeting process to get the tools that we need in order to be preventative and not just responsive to incidents after they occur.”

Engaging Quill means Hill is making effective decisions today and laying the foundation for the security programs of tomorrow.

Fully convinced of Quill’s purpose in a world that needs a physical security update, Hill continues to utilize Quill software and partner with the Quill team for future projects.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m focusing on a particular asset, threat, or reducing my overall risk exposure by the maximum amount. I know what steps to take.”

Zach Hill

Director of Risk Management,

Safety & Security, Bethel University

Quill Security: Based out of Minneapolis, MN, Quill is committed to reducing bias in security decision making by creating next generation technology for physical security planning and management.

Contact Lewis Werner to get started today.


Lewis Werner

 (TPSO magazine has been so impressed by Lewis, we think it’s best to describe him in his own words……….. Ed)

My mission is to cultivate proactively safer communities. Proactive risk management makes people less stressed, more comfortable, happier, and more productive. Cultivating proactive security operations desrisks and accelerates human progress, raising quality of life for everyone.

I cultivate proactively safer communities by arming Security Professionals with the data they’ve been missing for decades. Operations, Finance, Marketing & Supply Chain have been building metrics and KPIs based on real-time process control, outcomes, and projections. Security, especially physical security, has been left with: “Monthly Incidents and Annual Budget”.

If you HAVE data, you can measure it. If you MEASURE data, you can IMPROVE it. I started Quill Security to provide risk data for security professionals. Quill Security is building the inevitable future of the security industry. When you embrace risk data, you will:

  • Earn your seat at the table with answers instead of assurances.
  • Communicate clearly with non-security stakeholders to achieve buy-in.
  • Spend less time debating and more time taking PROACTIVE ACTION.
  • Know your measure of success and unambiguously achieve it.
  • Nothing like Quill has ever existed before. Protect your community with the future of security.