Peter J. O’Neil
ASIS International, the association for security management professionals, announces the full slate of directors for their 2021 Global Board. The Global Board of Directors, first installed in 2020, is a major step in the association’s transition to a new global governance structure that allows ASIS to better provide service to its members at the local, regional, and global levels. Global Board director Timothy M. McCreight, CPP, of Canada, was selected by the board to serve as Secretary-Treasurer in 2021. Serving second term McCreight joins President John A. Petruzzi Jr., CPP, of the United States; President-Elect Malcolm C. Smith, CPP, of Qatar; and ASIS Chief Executive Officer Peter J. O’Neil on the 2021 Global Board Executive Committee. The security leaders selected for three-year at large director terms beginning in 2021 include Pablo Colombres, CPP, of Brazil; Joe M. Olivarez, Jr., of the United States; Axel Petri of Germany; and Eddie Sorrells, CPP, PCI, PSP, of the United States. Colombres will be serving a second term as at large Director. Chiko Scozzafava, of the United States, was selected to serve the remaining year of McCreight’s at large term on the Global board. Committee evaluated candidates The new directors of the Global board were selected in October 2020 by a nominating committee The new directors of the Global board were selected in October 2020 by a nominating committee comprised of 2019 ASIS President Christina Duffey, CPP; McCreight and fellow Global Board member Jaime P. Owens, CPP; and member-elected representatives Melissa Mack, CPP, Gary L. Miller, CPP, PCI, PSP, and Werner Cooreman, CPP, PSP. The committee evaluated candidates according to core ASIS values and competencies—including management experience, knowledge of ASIS and the security profession, strategy development and visionary thinking, leadership skills, and cultural intelligence. The global board approved the new director slate on 10 November. Establishing regional boards Continuing as an at large director from the 2020 Global board is Malcolm B. Reid, CPP, of the United States. Serving as ex-officio representatives to the 2021 Global board are leaders from various ASIS volunteer groups, namely: Scott A. Lowther, CPP, PCI, representing the CSO Center Board (voting member) Cy A. Oatridge, CPP, representing the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees (voting member) Bernard D. Greenawalt, CPP, representing the Professional Standards Board (non-voting member) Kristiina Mellin, CPP, PCI, PSP, representing the Professional Certification Board (non-voting member) In 2022, ASIS will establish regional boards to support members in Europe and North America. And, after that, every region around the globe. When fully implemented, each regional board will assume a seat on the Global board.
ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA), the membership associations for the security industry, announce a partnership to produce an event designed to help security organizations and businesses around the world develop and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) strategies. The free virtual event, titled Global DE&I Strategy: Policy and Practices that Produce Positive Business Outcomes, will be held 10 December 2020, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Generating important conversations Diversity, inclusion, and bias are critical topics that have generated important conversations in recent months, and now, SIA and ASIS have joined together to create this learning experience for the security profession to focus on specific and practical resources that enhance the effectiveness of security enterprises. “This event’s program will help move the industry’s discussion about diversity forward,” said SIA’s CEO Don Erickson. “Creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture can help attract the next generation of employees to the security industry. Moreover, making these types of changes has been shown to improve an organization’s productivity, and that is why this event is focused on actionable learning.” Security membership associations We hope to dramatically expedite informed discussions and actions taken to advance DE&I" The focus will be on a strategic approach to diversity and inclusion, with the emphasis that a DE&I program can strengthen and deepen hiring practices by growing the pool of candidates, while increasing retention and engagement of team members and customers. “We believe that bringing together leading security membership associations to address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues is not only a step in the right direction, but behavior that could, and should, be modeled in other industries as well,” stated Peter O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, CEO, ASIS International. “By addressing these systemic issues collectively, we hope to dramatically expedite informed discussions and actions taken to advance DE&I throughout the security profession. When it comes to DE&I, we believe in leading by example.” Security industry professionals The event begins with a session designed to help leaders baseline current diversity related language and allow attendees to understand and ‘speak the same language.’ The event then turns to three current pain points facing security industry professionals, and these challenges will be addressed within individual breakouts designed to facilitate deeper conversations and action plans: Hiring policies and practices to create and retain a diverse candidate pool Best practices for facilitating difficult dialogs How to create a diversity program in the organization
Theft, fraud, and losses cost the retail industry $61.7 billion in 2019, according to the annual National Retail Security Survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, security executives reported a steep increase in incidences of shoplifting, organized retail crime, and employee theft over the year prior. The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF), a pioneer in educating and certifying retail loss prevention and asset protection professionals, and ASIS International, the membership organization for security management professionals, have joined forces in developing the new Essentials of Retail Asset Protection Certificate. Retail security professionals “The LPF and ASIS joined forces to develop this new course with the intent being to better equip security professionals with the skills they need to curb losses in the retail environment,” stated Terry Sullivan, LPC, president, Loss Prevention Foundation. The LPF and ASIS joined forces to develop this new course with the intent being to better equip security professionals" “Providing leading-edge content that is both accessible and affordable was a key driver in the development of this certificate course.” The entirely virtual certificate course was designed so that retail security professionals can work through the learning modules at their own pace, demonstrating their knowledge on the proficiency test at the end. Addressing this ongoing challenge Individuals who successfully complete the course will be issued a digital credential through Credly for display in emails, resumes, and websites as verifiable proof of their achievement. “This CPE-eligible course equips those working in security roles in today’s retail environment with the skills and knowledge they need to address this ongoing challenge,” added Peter J. O'Neil, FASAE, CAE, chief executive officer, ASIS International. “From early-career professionals to more seasoned mid-level managers wanting to update their skill set, the certificate was designed to meet the needs of a broad range of professionals tasked with preventing loss in their organizations.”
ASIS International, the globally renowned association for security management professionals, has announced its decision to move Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2020 to a fully virtual experience, titled Global Security Exchange Plus (GSX+), which includes more than 80 industry renowned education sessions, a robust exhibition marketplace, and unique peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Global Security Exchange Plus Following months of careful evaluation of the risks associated with convening an event of 20,000 professionals from across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASIS leadership concluded that transitioning GSX to a virtual-only environment for its 2020 event was the correct course of action, in the best interests of its members, attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and the public. Previously scheduled to take place from 21-23 September 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the new online GSX+ will bring together a global audience with live and on-demand features from 21-25 September 2020. Virtual-only experience “Launching GSX+ as a virtual-only experience will provide our members, exhibitors, sponsors and others with a one-of-a-kind approach that will advance security worldwide,” says Godfried Hendriks, CPP, President of the ASIS Global Board of Directors. Godfried adds, “While circumstances dictate that we must forgo an in-person meeting this year, we are excited for GSX+ to deliver to a wider global audience the exceptional security networking, marketplace, education, and training that truly set GSX apart. There is a growing demand for a comprehensive experience that helps the entire security profession learn and grow together.” Fully virtual forum for the global security community GSX+ will deliver every element of a live event in an online environment GSX+ will deliver every element of a live event in an online environment: Community, Content, Commerce, and Connection. GSX+ provides a new, fully virtual forum for the global security community to connect and engage with live discussions on the most pressing industry issues, CPE-eligible education sessions, a robust marketplace, and peer-to-peer networking. Unlike other security-industry events, GSX+ is produced by ASIS International, the world’s renowned association for security management professionals. By the industry and for the industry, GSX+ is where a global audience of top professionals and partners showcase their knowledge, products, and services through an easy-to-use, safe, and secure platform. Workplace violence and behavior detection Topics of education sessions will range from workplace violence and behavior detection to return to remote work, pandemic lessons learned and well-being of security personnel. “We are pleased to unveil our new GSX+ model, which will deliver the same number of CPEs as GSX, more accessibility with a lower cost to participate, and will live online for several weeks after an initial 5-day live event,” Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE, CEO, ASIS International. Peter adds, “It’s never been more important for organizations to focus on risk management and business continuity. GSX+ offers a new way for professionals to come together, discover new technologies and approaches, and dive into important discussions around global best practices.”
ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA), the membership associations for the security industry, have entered into a partnership to best aid in the COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding efforts of its diverse group of 34,000 member professionals and over 1,000 member companies respectively. The partnership will begin by addressing two primary areas of focus – business operations and advocacy – as well as content development and coordination. SIA will lead a team composed of representatives from SIA and ASIS government relations/affairs departments as well as ASIS’s digital strategy office. Business continuity and communications The primary responsibilities of this team will be to: Review and analyze rules pertaining to the final enactment of COVID-19 aid package(s) expected to be passed by Congress Review the supply chain and any changes in federal rules that may be needed Provide any information about preparedness grants to members ASIS will lead a team composed of representatives from SIA and ASIS learning, editorial, marketing and industry relations departments. The primary responsibility of this team is to develop and implement a coordinated approach to be a clearinghouse for information on COVID-19 and related knowledge and learning. This outreach will include virtual learning opportunities, so members can participate on their own schedules Providing members support in aspects such as health, well-being, business continuity and communications, this outreach will include virtual learning opportunities, so members can participate on their own schedules. In addition to these two primary objectives, other goals related to this partnership will include developing targeted collaborations with academia and aligned health care associations and evaluating the unique needs of small and medium-sized business members. Addressing the needs of security professionals “This collaboration between ASIS and SIA is a perfect example of putting the industry first to help suppliers and practitioners navigate through uncertain and unsettling times,” stated Don Erickson, CEO, SIA. “Together we can help our members respond today to the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 and guide them with information and education that prepares our industry for a renewed future.” Moving forward, information and announcements related to this partnership will be posted jointly on the SIA and ASIS websites. “This partnership marks the security industry’s top associations coming together in an unprecedented way,” according to Peter O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International. “The COVID-19 crisis has provided a unique opportunity for us to create a paradigm shift to address the growing needs of security professionals both here in the US and across the globe. Our partnership reinforces the message that the security industry is stronger when it comes together.”
ASIS International, the association for security management professionals, announces a new strategic partnership with the ‘École des Officiers de la Gendarmerie Nationale’ (EOGN), also known as the French Gendarmerie Officers Academy, which allows up to two ASIS members per year to enrol in the esteemed security management MBA program at the EOGN’s campus in Paris. The agreement also facilitates the joint development of future educational modules based on a common vision around the need to pool knowledge and resources to promote security as a strategic function within organizations. Law enforcement organizations “We are delighted to have concluded this important partnership that will bring additional value and opportunities to ASIS members and helps to put our society at the forefront of security education,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, 2019 President, ASIS International. Dr Nicolas Le Saux, CPP, Chairman of the European Advisory Council of ASIS International added, “this agreement with EOGN is a gamechanger for ASIS in Europe. We hope that this agreement paves the way for similar partnerships with military and law enforcement organizations in other European countries.” The agreement was signed in Melun on May 20 in the presence of General Christophe Boyer, EOGN Commander, Major Olivier Anceau, Head of the MBA program, Dr Nicolas Le Saux, CPP, ASIS European Advisory Council Chair, Eric Davoine, CPP, ASIS France Chapter Chair and ASIS CEO Peter O’Neil. Extremely valuable work ASIS would like to recognize the extremely valuable work and support provided to the design and implementation of this partnership by Major Lydéric Donet-Mary. "We are very pleased to sign this partnership with ASIS International, as this fits perfectly into the MBA's DNA, conceived to strengthen the public-private security co-production," said General Christophe Boyer. “We hope that this alliance will open new doors for us to interact with the main players in international safety and security.”
ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security management professionals, announced Fareed Zakaria, global thinker, columnist, and CNN host, and futurist and technology visionary Scott Klososky as opening keynotes for Global Security Exchange (GSX). Formerly known as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, GSX is expected to attract more than 20,000 operational and cyber security professionals to the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 23-27 for the world’s most comprehensive security event. “Between Fareed and Scott, attendees will receive a rounded, nuanced, and incisive overview of the trends—social, political, business, technological—informing the transformation of security and how professionals will have to adapt to thrive in the years ahead,” said Peter J. O'Neil, CAE, chief executive officer, ASIS International. “The presentations will lay the groundwork for a forward-looking enterprise security risk management approach to risk, setting up security to be a critical business partner.” At GSX, Zakaria will open the conference with an examination of important forces, developments, and risks affecting the global community Addressing Cyber Security Threats Zakaria, host of CNN’s Peabody Award-winning ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’, is former editor-at-large of TIME magazine, a three-time bestselling author, and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers. At GSX, Zakaria will open the conference with an examination of important forces, developments, and risks affecting the global community. His remarks will address cyberthreats—espionage, ransomware, spear phishing—which know no boundaries. The once-local crime syndicates that have now metastasized over whole regions and continents. Global expansion and outsourcing, which means managing international teams and varying cultures. And more. With an emphasis on international intelligence and security, Zakaria will explore what it means to live in a truly global era. These keynotes reflect our commitment to bring diverse, forward-thinking speakers to our event to address vital issues impacting businesses and communities worldwide" Impact Of Rapid Digital Transformation On Security Management Klososky returns as the GSX Tuesday keynote following his popular 2017 presentation, ‘The Technology Integration of Man’. Building on his continued involvement with chief security officers and ASIS stakeholders in the past year, Klososky will address the impact of today’s rapid digital transformation on security management and leadership. He will build a compelling case for managing and using technology—and knowing when not to use it—to gain a competitive advantage and lead successfully into the future. “We are excited for these well-respected thought leaders to share their vital insights and set the stage for the conference education that follows,” said Richard E. Chase, CPP, PCI, PSP, 2018 president, ASIS International. “These keynotes reflect our commitment to bring diverse, forward-thinking speakers to our event to address vital issues impacting businesses and communities worldwide.” The keynote speakers for Wednesday and Thursday morning will be revealed in the coming weeks.
ASIS International has announced it has changed the name of its annual security conference from the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits to the Global Security Exchange (GSX). Building on a 60+ year legacy of security event distinction, the newly branded GSX will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from September 23-27, 2018, in partnership with InfraGard and ISSA. “In what will be our 64th year of delivering the security industry’s flagship event, the Global Security Exchange, or GSX for short, will build upon the change and reinvention introduced at ASIS 2017,” said Peter J. O'Neil, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, ASIS International. “This name reflects the Society’s commitment to unite the full spectrum of security—cyber and operational security professionals from all verticals across the private and public sector, allied organizations and partners, and the industry’s leading service and solution providers—for the most comprehensive security event in the world.” Interactive Security Education GSX will offer a best-in-class environment for education, networking, and business building that will provide year-round benefits for attendees and exhibitors alike. The education program, led by ASIS, InfraGard, and ISSA subject matter experts, will deliver an immersive and interactive learning environment for security professionals at all experience levels. The exhibit hall will be transformed into a learning lab environment, showcasing new and emerging products and technologies such as machine learning, robotics, forensic analysis, and artificial intelligence. In addition, the revitalized networking events will facilitate relationship building and the sharing of best practices with peers from across the globe. Exposure To Emerging Security Technologies “From the Internet of Everything and soft target attacks to data breaches and drones, the velocity of change and risks knows no boundaries,” said Thomas J. Langer, CPP, 2017 president, ASIS International. “GSX fills the industry’s need for a global event that brings together the entire security industry, to exchange ideas and lessons learned, keep informed of current and emerging risks, and gain exposure to the emerging technologies shaping society and our workplaces.” The full rebrand of the GSX will launch at the 2018 ASIS International Leadership Conference, which will be held January 16-19, in Arlington, Virginia.
ASIS International continues to adapt, innovate, and grow at the high speed of the industry and profession. If 2016 represented a year for new CEO Peter J. O’Neil and his senior management team and volunteer leadership to explore, review, and assess, 2017 was the year when many new initiatives took wing. Career Pathing Initiative For one, the Society is working on a new model that includes corporate membership. A Career Pathing initiative is under way, in which the knowledge, skills, and abilities for various career trajectories will be identified, with ASIS charting the course with tailored educational opportunities, certificate programs, certifications, and knowledge resources. A new content management framework will result in more strategic development and distribution of our information resources. IT security and ESRM have prominent new futures at ASIS. The CSO Center is adopting executive coaching and will be holding chapter-based programs around the globe. The ASIS Foundation is undertaking a Scouting the Future initiative that explores the change drivers that are and will be affecting the security profession over the next several years. From the resulting analysis, ASIS leaders will develop strategic priorities for both the association and the profession, as well as create a research agenda for the Foundation. Attendees to the annual seminar and exhibits in Dallas got a preview of changes to come at our flagship event. Former President George W. Bush, Mark Cuban, and futurist Scott Klososky drew in and stirred the imaginations of attendees. The event also featured more diverse educational programming, a new show footprint, a busier show floor, and a refreshing new energy and buzz in the air. 2018 in Las Vegas promises even more positive developments, including a wholesale rebranding of the event. The Internet of Things (IoT) will attract hackers lookingto interfere with everything from airplanes to pacemakers 2017 Security Trends Trends that we identified in last year’s review and forecast intensified in 2017. We predicted “high numbers of lone wolf and soft target attacks,” driven by “the confluence of self-radicalization, social media, violent extremism, and mental illness.” We saw each one of these factors alone or in combination lead to horrific attacks. For example, the culprit in the Texas church shooting was a mentally-ill lone wolf with a grudge against his in-laws. The drivers who rammed pedestrians in Barcelona, on London Bridge, and on a bicycle path in Manhattan—as well as the bomber at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert—were all self-radicalized Islamist extremists targeting the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, there’s no indication that these attacks will abate. Many of them take little time, coordination, or resources. The best preparation is preparation, situational awareness, and strong networks. Internet of Things And Hackers We also noted that the proliferating Internet of Things (IoT) will attract hackers looking to interfere with everything from airplanes to pacemakers. According to researchers at F5 Labs, attacks against the IoT in the first half of 2017 surged 280 percent compared to the six months prior. Much of that increase can be attributed to the malware known as Mirai, which turns IoT devices into bots. And even though the Mirai botnet was identified in August 2016, the threat it poses remains severe. Other of our projections looked farther into the future, with security leaders becoming holistic risk managers steeped in Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM). In fact, ASIS’s ESRM initiative has started to embed these principles into the DNA of the Society. Specialized work teams are integrating ESRM into ASIS standards and guidelines, education and certification, marketing efforts, and a maturity model. Security professionals will begin to see the fruits of those efforts in the first and second quarters of 2018.
ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, has announced that Richard E. Chase, CPP, PCI, PSP, will serve as its 2018 president. Chase will be the Society’s 63rd president, succeeding Thomas J. Langer, CPP, who will serve as 2018 chairman of the board. In addition, at the society’s annual conference, Sept. 25-28 in Dallas, TX, the results of the recent board election were announced. Members re-elected incumbents Jaime P. Owens, CPP, and John A. Petruzzi, CPP, and elected Ann Trinca, CPP, PCI, PSP and Darren Nielsen, CPP, PCI, PSP to the 17-member board. “These individuals bring a deep commitment to the Society, as well as diverse professional expertise to their leadership roles” said Peter J. O’Neil, CAE, chief executive officer, ASIS International. “Their varied perspectives will ensure ASIS is well-positioned to meet the needs of our global membership.” The 2018 ASIS International Board Of Directors President: Richard E. Chase, CPP, PCI, PSP, Vice President Security, General Atomics, San Diego, California President-Elect: Christina Duffey, CPP, Senior Vice President-Regional Director, Midwest Operations, SOS Security, LLC, Phoenix, Arizona Treasurer: Godfried Hendriks, CPP, Managing Consultant, GOING Consultancy B.V., Alkmaar, Netherlands Secretary: John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, Vice President, Integrated Security Solutions, G4S North America and Technology, New York, New York Chairman of the Board: Thomas J. Langer, CPP, Vice President Security, BAE Systems, Arlington, Virginia Charles E. “Chuck” Andrews, CPP, Chairman of the Board, Friends of Chuck, Houston, Texas Howard J. Belfor, CPP, President, Belfor & Associates, Black Mountain, NC Michael R. Bouchard, CPP, Chief Security Officer, Janus Global Operations, Inc., Vienna, Virginia Gail M. Essen, CPP, PSP, President, Professional Security Advisors, Andover, Minnesota Radek Havlis, CPP, Central and Eastern Europe Regional Security Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague, Czech Republic Jeffrey J. Lee, CPP, Principal Consultant, Industrial Security Operations, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Richard F. “Rik” Lisko, CPP, Security Manager, North America & Latin America, Willis Watson Towers, Dallas, Texas Timothy McCreight, CPP, Director, Strategic Alliances, Hitachi Systems Security, Calgary, Canada Darren T. Nielsen, CPP, PCI, PSP, Manager, Physical & Cyber Security Audits & Investigations, Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), Salt Lake City, Utah Jaime P. Owens, CPP, Security Branch Manager, Panama Canal, Panama City, Panama Malcolm C. Smith, CPP, Head of Risk Management, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar Ann Trinca, CPP, PCI, PSP, Senior Vice President, SecTek, Reston, Virginia The office of the Secretary was filled through an election by the Board of Directors on September 25 at the ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas. The newly elected Board will assume their positions on January 1, 2018.
A blockbuster keynote lineup, revamped education program, revitalized networking events, and a reimagined exhibit floor energized ASIS International’s 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017) last week in Dallas, Texas. The show, organized by the association for security management professionals, convened September 25-28 and attracted 22,000 global registrants from 96 countries. The event was produced in partnership with InfraGard and ISSA and drew positive reviews from attendees, exhibitors, and industry partners. ASIS 2017 Attendance “There was an unmistakable buzz in Dallas. Despite several natural disasters around the globe in the weeks leading up to our show, security professionals came out in droves to exchange ideas, best practices, and experience first-hand the most innovative products and services on the market,” said Thomas J. Langer, CPP, 2017 president of ASIS International. “From the standing-room only education sessions to the jam-packed exhibit hall, ASIS fulfilled its promise to deliver the security industry’s premier event.” Keynote Speakers Share Security Perspectives Keynote speakers set the tone for each day, with George W. Bush, Mark Cuban, and Scott Klososky sharing their perspectives on the current threat landscape and the risks/potential of innovative technologies reshaping society and the way we do business. The Global Responses to Global Threats panel of international security experts focused on private-public sector collaboration, and Carey Lohrenz closed out the week with a call for fearless leadership. Eddie Sorrells, CPP, PSP, PCI and Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel of DSI Security Services commented, “I don’t remember a conference that had a more dynamic and impressive slate of speakers.” "From the energy on the show floor to the one-on-one executive-level conversations that occurred, I found great value in the opportunities ASIS 2017 provided" ASIS Education Sessions The education program featured more than 180 sessions spanning the security spectrum from ASIS, InfraGard, and ISSA subject matter experts. New education formats—including deep dives, case studies, and mock trials—provided a more immersive and interactive learning environment for attendees at all experience levels. New this year, Global Access LIVE! provided live streaming of select education sessions and keynotes. First time attendee Rick Derks, CSO, FCS Financial, noted that ASIS 2017 offered “an opportunity to interact with thought leaders from both the operational and the cyber communities in meaningful discussions. The event was executed flawlessly, and I was impressed by the professionalism of everyone involved. Due to my positive experience, ASIS International now has a new member.” Veteran attendee Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft noted, “the changes implemented for this year’s event made a huge impact across the board. From the energy on the show floor to the one-on-one executive-level conversations that occurred, I found great value in the opportunities ASIS 2017 provided.” Reimagining The Exhibit Hall The reimagined exhibit hall featured more than 575 exhibitors showcasing new and emerging products and technologies such as machine learning, robotics, forensic analysis, and artificial intelligence. The floor also hosted two “impact learning” theatres, a career center, international trade center, virtual reality zone, and the ASIS Hub—a one-stop shop for all things ASIS including fireside chats, council booths, and livestream interviews from Security Guy Radio. “ASIS 2017 delivered a prime audience to promote our software solutions that leverage emerging technologies such as mixed reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Drew Weston, Director of Sales and Marketing, CodeLynx. “The addition of the high-quality content on the show floor not only offered us an opportunity to learn ourselves, but drove attendees and ‘buzz’ to the exhibition. We had consistent booth traffic and positive interactions with buyers, and have already reserved our spot for Vegas.” "The addition of the high-quality content on the show floor not only offered us an opportunity to learn ourselves, but drove attendees and ‘buzz’ to the exhibition" Exhibitor satisfaction was at an all-time high in Dallas, reflected not only in the feedback, but in space selection for ASIS 2018 in Las Vegas. Coming out of the 2017 event, 80% of the net square footage from the show floor has already been committed for 2018, with 35 companies increasing their space allocation. In addition, notable brands like Mobotix Corporation, Ford Motor Company, UrgentLink and others not exhibiting in Dallas have already committed for next year? Premier Security Networking Event ASIS 2017 also enhanced its networking event line-up with an Opening Night Celebration on Sunday, September 24 at Gilley’s Dallas and the President’s Reception at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday, September 27. Both events drew significant crowds and provided ideal bookends to an intensive week of security solutions and professional development. In conjunction with the event, ASIS gave back to the Dallas community through its Security Cares program, featuring free security preparedness and prevention education for small/medium-sized businesses and community institutions. ASIS also awarded CityLab High School with a $22,000 grant and additional in-kind donations from Axis Communications to support campus-wide security upgrades. “The benefits of this show reach well beyond those who attended a session or toured the exposition floor,” said Peter J. O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International. “Attendees leave empowered with the information, professional network, and exposure to products and services they need to protect the people, property, and assets entrusted to their care. And throughout the year, they know they can turn to their ASIS community for support and peer advice. Our year-round commitment to excellence and reinvestment in the security profession is what differentiates the Society and our event.” ASIS 2018 takes place September 23-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in partnership with InfraGard, ISSA, and a robust lineup of supporting organizations.
ASIS International, the world's largest association for security management professionals, announced that the Career Center, being held in conjunction with ASIS International’s 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), taking place Sept. 25-28 in Dallas, Texas, will offer a prime venue for Dallas-area professionals to receive security-related job advice, programming and opportunities. Access to the Career Center is free for pre-registered attendees. Opportunities For Security Professionals The Global Physical Security market is expected to grow from $69.93 billion in 2016 to $112.43 billion by 2021, while the Global Cyber Security market is expected to grow from $137.85 billion in 2017 to $231.94 billion by 2022. The ASIS 2017 Career Center offerings will help current and potential security professionals take advantage of the many opportunities in this growing profession. This is especially vital for Texans, as Texas employs the second highest number of protective service professionals (297,440) and the third highest number of security guards (88,360) of any state in the country. And as one of the largest cultural and professional hubs in the country, Dallas is a hotbed of opportunities for young and experienced security professionals alike. As 22,000 security professionals descend on Dallas, the Career Center will be a concentrated catalyst for all things security. Security Industry Networking “Attendees can take advantage of free education, resume reviews, career coaching and networking opportunities with potential employers and peers,” said Peter J. O’Neil, CEO of ASIS International. “This is a terrific opportunity to create and foster lasting professional relationships, open new career paths, and even take advantage of free professional headshots that will help their LinkedIn profile shine.” Taking place on the ASIS 2017 expo floor, the Career Center sessions kick off Tuesday, Sept. 26 with a Coffee and Careers Networking Event.
ASIS International, the world's largest association for security management professionals, today unveiled the workplace violence focused education sessions that will be featured during its 63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), Sept. 25-28 in Dallas, Texas. With the U.S. Department of Labor reporting that nearly two million American workers report being victims of workplace violence—and that is just in the United States—the ability to identify, prepare for, and respond to the risk of violent incidents is paramount. ASIS 2017 has developed a program to provide best practices and education for organizations small and large. Risk Of Workplace Violence "To demonstrate the serious and escalating nature of workplace violence, an FBI review of active shooter events between 2000 and 2013 found that over 70 percent of these incidents occur in the workplace or in an educational environment," said Eugene Ferraro, CPP, PCI, CEO, ForensicPathways, Inc. and chair of the ASIS Active Assailant: Prevention, Intervention, and Response standard initiative. "ASIS is taking a leading role in developing industry standards to address security design considerations, security protocols and response strategies, as well as the procedures for detecting, assessing, managing, and neutralizing assailants. The sessions at ASIS 2017 will help any size organization analyze its current risk positioning, and establish or enhance their workplace violence response plans." "ASIS is taking a leading role in developing industry standards to address security design considerations, security protocols and response strategies" Preparing For Workplace Violence A selection of the ASIS 2017 sessions open to the media that focus on helping businesses, schools, and community centers prepare for workplace violence incidents include: Corporate Security Can Prevent Domestic Violence Attacks, presented by Lynn Fairweather, President, Presage Consulting and Training, LLC Defusing Hostile People, presented by Bruce Blythe, Chairman/Crisis Management Consultant, R3 Continuum Emergency Response by Retailers in Active Shooter Incidents, presented by Alan Greggo, CPP, Regional Asset Protection Manager, Microsoft Corporation Strategies for Violent Predator Mitigation, Parts 1 and 2, presented by W. Douglas Fitzgerald, CPP, President and CEO, Fitzgerald Technology Group; Kathleen Kiernan, CEO, Kiernan Group Holdings; Michael Rehfeld, Vice President, Realistic Training Solutions, LLC; and Joseph Robinson, CPP, Senior Vice President, Fitzgerald Technology Group Workplace Bullying: Time to Grab the Problem By the Horns, presented by George Vergolias, Associate Medical Director, R3 Continuum; and Oscar Villanueva, Chief Operating Officer, TAL Global Applying Behavioral Analysis to Soft Targets, Parts 1 and 2, presented by William Martin, Principal Consultant and Trainer, Advanced Security Protection Conducting a Safe Employee Termination, presented by Jeffrey Sweetin, CPP, Executive Vice President of Operations, Athos Group Dealing With Active Shooter Incidents Additionally, ASIS 2017 is offering a special program on Wednesday as part of its Security Cares initiative focused on active shooter/assailant response featuring Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez. The first panel will cover the unique risks facing small/medium-sized businesses and community and cultural institutions and steps these organizations can take now to both prepare for, and respond to, an active shooter/assailant incident. Insights will spotlight the importance of a crisis management plan and the various free resources available through local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The full panel lineup of speakers includes: "ASIS is committed to helping organizations of all sizes provide safe work environments for employees and the public at large" Kevin Doss, CPP, PSP, author Active Shooter: Preparing for and Responding to a Global Threat Michael Dailey, Chief, Outreach Programs Branch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection, Region VI Paula Ratliff, author Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship Paul Timm, PSP, author School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program and president, RETA Security Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff's Department Prevention And Emergency Response Plans Wednesday's second session, "Preventing Violence: Developing and Testing Your Readiness Plans," focuses on having effective prevention and emergency response plans in place and includes peer-to-peer collaboration in an immersive, simulated scenario focused on testing protocols to surface vulnerabilities. "ASIS is committed to helping organizations of all sizes provide safe work environments for employees and the public at large," said Peter J. O'Neil, Executive Vice President and CEO of ASIS International. "The breadth and depth of our program this year to address this issue is second to none. Our educational lineup combined with leading solution vendors on the show floor will give business, human resources, and community leaders the information and tools they need to educate and protect their workforce."
ASIS International, an association for security management professionals, announced the agenda for its free Security Cares program, which will be held during its 63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), Sept. 25-28 in Dallas, TX. This security education program for small/medium-sized businesses/institutions—including houses of worship, hospitals/clinics, schools, retailers and restaurants, as well as community leaders, law enforcement, and first responders—will tap into the expertise of the more than 20,000 security professionals attending ASIS 2017 by offering free training on the fundamentals of security prevention and preparedness. "Every day, ASIS members work to bolster the security readiness of communities around the world. We are pleased to be able to leverage this concentration of knowledge as part of our flagship event to deliver hands-on training for small-to-medium-sized organizations who do not necessarily have the resources for a standalone security function," said Peter J. O'Neil, Executive Vice President and CEO of ASIS International. "Whether through our School Security Grant Program, free Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Day, or Security Cares, we are committed to leaving the cities that host our Annual Seminar and Exhibits safer and more resilient." Active Shooter/Assailant Session The program kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 27 with an active shooter/assailant session featuring Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Moderated by Kevin Doss, CPP, PSP, author Active Shooter: Preparing for and Responding to a Global Threat, the panel covers the unique risks facing small/medium-sized businesses and community and cultural institutions and steps these organizations can take now to both prepare for, and respond to, an active shooter/assailant incident. Insights will spotlight the importance of a crisis management plan and the various free resources available through local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Opening Session Speakers Michael Dailey, Chief, Outreach Programs Branch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection, Region VI Jim McGuffey, CPP, PCI, PSP, author Houses of Worship Security Risk Analysis Process and owner, A.C.E. Security Consultants Paul Timm, PSP, author School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program and president, RETA Security Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff's Department Wednesday’s second session focuses on having effective prevention and emergency response plans in place Prevention And Emergency Response Plans “DHS is proud to support the efforts of the Security Cares initiative, especially as it relates to helping educate small and medium-sized businesses on how they can improve their security posture,” said Michael Dailey, chief, Outreach Programs Branch, DHS IP Region VI. “These efforts go hand-in-hand with DHS’s Hometown Security concept that seeks to help better prepare communities and businesses from tragedies stemming from active shooters and/or terror incidents by asking small and medium-sized businesses and places of public gatherings to ‘Connect, Plan, Train, and Report.” Wednesday’s second session, “Preventing Violence: Developing and Testing Your Readiness Plans,” focuses on having effective prevention and emergency response plans in place and includes peer-to-peer collaboration in an immersive, simulated scenario focused on testing protocols to surface vulnerabilities. Following the formal program, participants will take a guided tour of the exhibit hall to learn more about the types of security services and solutions available to provide a safe work environment. Security Cares Sessions Don’t Be a Victim! Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, offering best practices and guidelines from leading IT security experts on basic steps to secure an organization’s information assets. Mail Security Best Practices (presented by Amanda McMurrey, U.S. Postal Inspector), will provide a primer on safe mail handling practices and share insights into how small businesses and organizations without a formal mail room can take advantage of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s resources.
ASIS International announces that entrepreneur, technology visionary, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will deliver the keynote address at the Monday, Sept. 25 luncheon at the organization’s 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), taking place Sept. 25-28 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The premier event for security professionals worldwide, ASIS 2017 is expected to attract 22,000 operational and cybersecurity professionals from across the globe. “Every year ASIS brings the security community together to share ideas and experiences that help attendees better understand global trends and their security implications,” said Peter J. O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International. “Mark Cuban’s innovations as owner of the Mavericks along with his entrepreneurial, boundary-pushing achievements make him a natural fit for our keynote line-up. His address will help set the stage for the week of learning ahead.” Understanding Emerging Technologies And Applications Cuban will share his approach to the myriad challenges inherent in securing his physical, data, and information assets, as well as his perspective on the disruptive potential of AI and machine learning, data privacy and the proliferation of connected devices, and the effect of the current economic and political climate on the security community. “The growth and continual advancements around connected devices and big data presents risks—as well as opportunities—to business of all sizes,” says Thomas J. Langer, CPP, President, ASIS International. “Mark’s address will help attendees better understand these emerging technologies and potential applications and how security can serve as a business enabler.” Changing The Face Of Dallas Mavericks Since Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, the face of the organization has changed dramatically Since Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, the face of the organization has changed dramatically. Under his leadership, the team’s home games have become more than just an ordinary NBA event – they have become a total entertainment experience. He is the first owner in team sports to encourage fan interaction through e-mail. It was through this personal touch that fans worldwide began to notice Cuban’s energetic personality. Today, in addition to his ownership of the Mavericks, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC's "Sharks" on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. “Whether it’s the safety and security of our fans and players or the intellectual property of my varied business pursuits, security, both operational and cyber, has been essential to the success of these operations,” notes Cuban. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my ideas and experience at the industry’s flagship event.” For more than six decades, ASIS International’s Annual Seminar and Exhibits has brought the global security community together for the profession’s most comprehensive education program, peer-to-peer relationship building and hands-on product and solution evaluation. ASIS 2017 is produced in partnership with InfraGard and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Advanced registration ends August 11.
ASIS International, the association for security management professionals, is seeking volunteers to serve on the technical committee for the new ANSI/ASIS Active Assailant Standard. This new standard will supplement the organization’s existing ANSI/ASIS/SHRM Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention (WPVI) Standard published in 2011. Security professionals, legal experts, human resource practitioners, law enforcement personnel, threat/violence assessment/risk managers, and other qualified and related stakeholders are invited to participate. Incident Prevention And Preparation The standard will address incident prevention and preparation—to include security design considerations and protocols—as well as response strategies, and post-incident recovery best practices specific to active assailant events. While the original WPVI standard focused on prevention and intervention, the supplement focuses on issues and considerations specific to an active event.ASIS 2017 invites international visitors to join global network of security professionals “Workplace violence is one of the most significant security and personnel safety challenges facing organizations today,” said Gene Ferraro, CPP, PCI, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, chair of the standard technical committee and chief executive, Forensic Pathways, Inc. “This effort seeks to capture current best practices to develop protocols to prepare, respond, and recover from an active assailant incident, regardless of when and where it occurs.” ASIS International CEO Peter J. O’Neil, CAE, noted, “Our membership ranks span the spectrum of security, the public and private sectors, as well as all industry verticals. This depth of expertise and experience will help ensure the standard provides practical, actionable guidance that will save lives.” Technical committee formation closes 25 August.
ASIS International (ASIS), an association for security management professionals worldwide, announced the education line-up for its 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), convening September 25-28, 2017, in Dallas, Texas, USA. The conference program features innovative learning formats, ranging from 25-minute impact sessions to immersive deep dives, as well as expanded training opportunities across the exhibit floor.Robust Security Education Line-Up"ASIS is widely regarded as the gold standard for security certifications, standards, and career development, and is committed to translating that expertise and value into our seminar conference program," said Thomas J. Langer, CPP, 2017 President, ASIS International. "Our robust education line-up reflects today’s headline security issues, as well as topics facing security professionals in their day-to-day work. The 180+ sessions offer a depth of expertise and level of learning that can’t be found anywhere else.”In addition to a stellar keynote line-up featuring the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush; futurist and author Scott Klososky; and Boston Marathon bombing investigators Edward F. Davis, III and Rick DesLauriers, the ASIS 2017 conference program includes breakout sessions, case studies, lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, and simulations. These offerings address some of the most pressing topics facing the security community today. A sample of sessions include: Unmasking the Radical Insider A Hacker’s Perspective on the Human Element in Security Mock Trial: The Aftermath of a Domestic Bombing, Part 1 & 2 Using Drones for Enterprise Security Management Defense Critical Mass Casualty Shooting in Downtown Dallas Robots and the Quest for Automation Physical And Cyber SecurityAs the leading worldwide provider of curated content and education programs for security professionals year-round, ASIS is committed to keeping stakeholders up-to-date with the latest security challenges, trends, and opportunities. ASIS 2017 promises unprecedented educational value to attendees—addressing the spectrum of physical and cyber—through partnerships with organizations such as the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and InfraGard. ASIS 2017 is expected to attract 22,000 operational and cybersecurity professionals from across the globe The exhibit floor will also set the stage for some exciting changes and new features this year. These innovations include more than two dozen 25-minute impact learning sessions hosted in two theaters, as well as resume reviews and career coaching in the onsite Career Center, fireside chats in the ASIS Hub, and product and technology demos. Developing Lasting Relationships"Our education has been designed to better engage attendees," said Peter J. O’Neil, Executive Vice President and CEO, ASIS International. "The modern learning methods and formats add variety to traditional lectures. The impact sessions transform the exhibit floor into a learning lab environment. And, the countless opportunities for peers to collaborate, share best practices, and develop lasting relationships ensures the learning extends throughout the year.”To view the full education program and to customize your experience at ASIS 2017, please visit the ASIS 2017 conference agenda.For more than six decades, ASIS International’s Annual Seminar and Exhibits has been the premier event for security professionals worldwide—providing industry-leading education, peer-to-peer relationship building, and hands-on product and solution evaluation. ASIS 2017 is expected to attract 22,000 operational and cybersecurity professionals from across the globe. The early registration deadline is June 30.
How do you make a 63-year-old organization even better? That’s the challenge for ASIS International as it continues an effort to be more transparent and inclusive, and to adapt to 21st century work environments. Transforming The Focus Of ASIS International “ASIS International is undergoing a tremendous amount of transition and reexamination, creating a lot of opportunities,” says Amy Fischer, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. There’s a new CEO and there has been shuffling on the executive leadership team, all directed toward fine-tuning how the organization can fulfill its role in the profession. “How can we achieve our mission? We are reexamining and reevaluating our programs from the ground up. Our reinvestment in the annual seminar and exhibits are just the beginning. We will be rolling out new programs in the next 18 months.” The new strategies come with the complete support of the ASIS International Board of Directors. Since the summer of 2015, the board has taken a stronger role, working with staff to develop a more member-centric plan that has transformed the focus of the organization. “Every program area is being looked at and evaluated,” says Fischer. “We are looking to improve the value proposition for members, to ensure they are reaping the value of their membership dollars.” “Every day is a new adventure,” adds Peggy O’Connor, ASIS International’s Director of Communications. “I have been here 10 years, and the change I have seen in the last year has been exciting. Members feel that this is their association. People are excited about what we are doing.” Staff has been moved, changed and restructured. Emphasis On Virtual And e-learning “We have a great partnership with our board,” says Peter O’Neil, CEO of ASIS International, who joined the organization at the beginning of 2016. “We are looking at the operation through a mobile-first, digital and agile lens that lets us be more responsive. I have served five other associations, and I have never experienced a more committed membership. Commitment is high at other organizations, but I have never seen this kind of commitment. Members are behind us and want nothing more than for their professional society to succeed.” “We are looking to improve the value proposition for members, to ensure they are reaping the value of their membership dollars” Among the changes will be greater emphasis on virtual and e-learning. The association will also work to help young, non-security professionals see a career path in security. To that end, the association will be taking a hard look at new membership models. New Entry-level Certification Program ASIS International will also be considering a new entry-level certification program for new professionals who come into security from law enforcement, the military or other fields. Launching a new certification takes about two years, and the organization is currently six months or so into it. Another challenge is ASIS International’s dependence on volunteers; today’s security professionals struggle to find time to devote to the organization. A new approach will likely engage “micro-volunteers,” allowing members to be involved without devoting as much time. A new ASIS International website will be launched in 2017 Q4, providing association management as well as learning management tools. New virtual learning initiatives, such as live streaming of annual meeting presentations, will be part of the investment. The changes to the 2017 Annual Meeting and Seminars will be just the beginning of additional evolution of the association’s largest yearly event. “2018 will be a whole new and exciting world,” says O’Neil.
The ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, held between September 25th-28th in Dallas, will see several changes in 2017. The ASIS Board of Directors has directed ASIS staff members to look for new ways that the yearly show can provide more value, while continuing a 63-year tradition and demonstrated ability to serve the market. Under the general leadership of the Board, ASIS staff members have evaluated feedback from members, exhibitors and attendees to guide them as they seek to reinvigorate the show. Fun Replaces Tradition At ASIS 2017 Fun will replace tradition on the eve of the show in 2017. In lieu of the customary welcome reception, the opening of ASIS 2017 this year will be a Texas-style party at the legendary Gilley’s bar and honky-tonk on Sunday, September 24th, including colorful features such as armadillo races and a mechanical bull-riding event to raise money for the ASIS Foundation. Ending the show on Wednesday will be another party, the President’s Reception, which will be held at the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Attendees can participate in games and drills on the field, tour the locker rooms and meet the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Between the two parties, plenty of serious networking and informative programming will take place. New ASIS Schedule 2017 Another change will be the timing of the 2017 ASIS exhibition, which will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (rather than beginning on Monday). The new schedule will allow smaller exhibitors to come in on Monday to set up and not have to work over the weekend (or pay more expensive weekend labor rates). Also, the first full day of education seminars on Monday will not compete for attention with the exhibition. Some education events will extend over into the exhibition with Q&A sessions held at two theaters on the show floor Education sessions will offer a broader array of topics and a variety of formats. There will be some 20-minute sessions, as well as more formal extended learning, and also product demonstrations and even virtual reality. Some education events will extend over into the exhibition with Q&A sessions held at two theaters on the show floor. ASIS will have a large presence in the back corner of the exhibition hall in what promises to be a hub of activity. The exhibition will also open later each day – at a more civilized 10 am rather than 9 am. The daily General Sessions, which feature high-profile and well-known speakers, will end just as the exhibition opens, and will be held in a large hall adjacent to the exhibition floor. As the popular events conclude each day, a flood of attendees will be directed to enter the exhibition hall, thanks to a removable wall between the meeting hall and the exhibition floor. Official ASIS Partners On the trade show floor on Tuesday afternoon, ASIS will sponsor a Happy Hour event, open to everybody during the last hour, and intended to encourage attendees and exhibitors to engage with one another as they celebrate the opening of the show. Timed at the end of the day, the Happy Hour will “flow into” the numerous corporate-sponsored events in the evening. An official ASIS partner for the show is the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), whose co-located cybersecurity programming is especially timely for attendees. The other official partner is InfraGard, a non-profit organization and public-private partnership between US businesses and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They were instrumental in snagging James Comey, director of the FBI (and current newsmaker), as a program speaker. An initiative being launched this year will also invite additional supporting organizations to be a part of the event, in addition to the “official partners.” The strategy reflects the desire of ASIS to be more inclusive, reaching out to related organizations to have a bigger role at the show. Supporting organizations will also promote the show and help ASIS grow attendance. “There’s a lot of buzz around the changes we are making,” says Amy Fisher, ASIS International’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Folks are seeing a lot that’s new and exciting.” Education And Networking Opportunities Along with the changes, ASIS International will continue its commitment to excellence in providing education and networking opportunities for attendees. The revenue ASIS earns from the show is reinvested in the association’s programmes, says Peter O’Neil, CEO of ASIS International. “Every dollar they spend is being directly reinvested in the profession and the community. We are here to serve security professionals and help them secure their communities. The organization has a wealth of expertise and experience, and the annual meeting is our time to shine and show what we have to offer. We set the bar high for ourselves, and we will continue to try new things and develop new programmes.” O’Neil adds that ASIS exhibitors “are our partners, and we want them to feel they are valued.” “The organization has a wealth of expertise and experience, and the annual meeting is our time to shine and show what we have to offer” O’Neil acknowledges the delicate balance required to address both the needs of exhibitors and those of show attendees and ASIS members. “It’s a good healthy tension, and usually it’s managed quite well,” he says. Understanding the needs of delegates and exhibitors – and what they have in common – is an important goal, he adds. “We will continue to innovate around this, to help delegates understand that the trade show floor is an education opportunity, too. Some exhibitors offer education in their booths – it may be about their product, we understand that. We have an obligation to make sure delegates understand the value of the knowledge on that show floor. We need to tell that story better and better in terms of what’s down there and why they need to be down there.” O’Neil adds: “How can we help each stakeholder understand where their interests overlap, where there are differences? We have to serve both.” ISC West And ASIS The success of the spring ISC West show in the last couple of years has tended to overshadow the less frantic ASIS event in the fall, but the industry needs both, says O’Neil. “There are a lot of people who want to compare and contrast the two shows,” he says. “But if each of us becomes like the other there is no differentiator. Reed Exhibitions [which operates ISC West] is a for-profit company with very deep pockets, so they give us a good run for the money, but the flip side is, we believe we bring a different market – end users – to the floor. We have something unique as an association and a nonprofit, and that’s the notion of community. We compete in different ways, and they can’t compete in terms of community. Our members and attendees are deeply vested in the profession and have a strong sense of community and shared purpose. That’s our strength. The people who support us and ISC West see us as a place to call home.” He concludes: “Have we upset our family members? Have we dropped the ball in terms of show reinvestment? Yes. But you will see a renewed commitment to excellence so we can make money to reinvest in the profession.”
Opening Night Celebration and President's Reception designed to strengthen connections at ASIS 2017 ASIS International, the association for security management professionals worldwide, announces new schedule changes and enhancements to its line-up of top networking events at its 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), convening 25–28 September in Dallas, TX, USA. ASIS 2017 is doing away with its traditional welcome reception and launching an Opening Night Celebration at Gilley's Dallas on Sunday, 24 Sept., from 7:00 pm–10:00 pm. This festive event will bring thousands of security professionals from across the globe together for a truly Texas experience. Opening Night "The opening night celebration will be unlike anything you've experienced in the past," says Charles E. Andrews, CPP, Texas native and director, ASIS International Board of Directors. "There will be mechanical bull riding, armadillo races, live music, and of course, plenty of old-fashioned fun. We look forward to welcoming attendees to Texas and showcasing what makes our state so special." ASIS also announced that the President's Reception is moving to a new night in 2017 and will take place on Wednesday, 27 Sept. at AT&T Stadium—home of the Dallas Cowboys—from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. This is always one of the most anticipated events at Seminar, and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind experience. The event provides the opportunity to participate in on-the-field games and drills, tour the locker rooms, and meet the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. "ASIS has a renewed commitment to making its Annual Seminar and Exhibits the industry's flagship event of the year," said Thomas J. Langer, CPP, 2017 president, ASIS International. "We've listened to our members, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors, and that feedback is reflected in our modernised agenda for Dallas. The enhancements being made to our line-up of networking events allow attendees to make—and strengthen—vital connections at dynamic events kicking off and closing out a busy week that advances and celebrates the security profession." Dedicated To Knowledge Expansion "ASIS has a tremendous legacy of excellence and reinvestment in the security profession all year long" Peter O'Neil, chief executive officer of ASIS International, further commented, "ASIS has a tremendous legacy of excellence and reinvestment in the security profession all year long. Unlike other industry events, your attendance at ASIS 2017 directly supports scholarship programs and the development of education, certification, and standards and guidelines. ASIS remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines—and at all stages of their career—can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed, personally and professionally." The Opening Night Celebration and President's Reception are ticketed events. Admission is included with the All-Access conference pass. Exhibitors also receive ticket allotments to both events. All are welcome. Additional tickets may be purchased on the event site. For more than six decades, ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits has been the premier event for security professionals worldwide—providing industry-leading education, peer-to-peer relationship building, and hands-on product and solution evaluation. ASIS 2017 is produced in partnership with InfraGard and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Registration is now open for ASIS 2017. Keynotes, the complete education line-up, and sponsors will be announced soon.
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