The doors have closed on this year’s Global Security Exchange (GSX), held at Chicago’s McCormick Place this week. Presented by ASIS International, an association for security management professionals, the event offered six days filled with education and networking for the global security community. Attendance was strong with 20,000 registrants from more than 125 countries and 550+ exhibitors packing the convention centre. Security professionals also engaged in sessions around the world via Global Access LIVE! streaming—with participants in more than 15 countries. “GSX serves as a powerful forum for convening security leaders across the globe to learn, share information and network,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, 2019 ASIS President. “I leave this year’s GSX more energised about our association, our profession, and our industry. I am eternally grateful to our Chicago Chapter and host committee for their strong support and look forward to GSX 2020, which will take place in Atlanta.” Four key factors affecting perceptions GSX 2019 launched on Saturday, 7 September, with ASIS member certification reviews and the start of continuing education workshops in support of professional accreditations. Sunday, September 8, brought a lively Town Hall providing attendees with an open discussion forum with ASIS volunteer leaders. Monday, 9 September, the keynote address was delivered by geopolitical expert and author Ian Bremmer, Ph.D., covering the most pressing risks, trends and economics around the world. More than 3 million people are moving into urban environments every week” He described four key factors that are affecting global perceptions and can stoke conflict and uncertainty, including the decline of the ‘social contract’ (i.e., flat wages, scandals involving privileged class, and sense that government and employers no longer represent the needs of the people they serve), immigration, the ‘forever’ wars (i.e., the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan), and the role of social media in stoking division and fears. He also cited news headlines, including the consequences of Brexit, China’s global investments in Western Democracies, and the lack of a “Plan B” in dealing with Iran. New innovations in security profession The GSX Exhibit Hall opened Tuesday, 10 September with more than 550 exhibitors and innovative feature areas including the GSX Disruption District, X-Learning stages, and the D3 (Drones, Droids, Defense) Learning Theater, and new this year, the Startup Sector pavilion, highlighting new innovations in the security profession. Tuesday’s General Session speaker, Steve Demetriou, Chair and CEO, Jacobs, spoke on changing times. According to Demetriou, “Today, more than half the world’s population lives in urban environments, and more than 3 million people are moving into urban environments every week.” John F. Kelly, retired four-star general, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and White House Chief of Staff, kicked off Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Wednesday, 11 September. General Kelly also touched on changes in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency structures and policies since 9/11 and described how the dramatically increased collaboration across the intelligence and enforcement agencies in recent years has made the country much safer. Evolving world needs security practitioners Tarah Wheeler emphasised that the world requires security practitioners to continue to update their thinking New to GSX this year and a first for the security industry, 12 companies were selected to compete in the first-ever GSX Pitch Competition. The closing general session featured Tarah Wheeler, Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America, who emphasised that the evolving world requires security practitioners to plan ahead and continue to update their thinking. “We are at GSX because we want to be fierce protectors,” she told the audience before providing valuable guidance on how to prepare before an incident response is required. “I think like a bad guy so I can keep people safe—and you should start thinking like a bad guy too.” Deviant Ollam, Physical Penetration Specialist with the CORE Group, gave the closing Game Changer session alerting the audience to the many ways that potential “bad actors” can gain access to sensitive company data, resources, and facilities. Ollam described three distinct attack surfaces—physical, digital, and human—and pointed out that attackers often find the most vulnerable points at the intersections of these areas, where the responsibility may not be clear and protective procedures may be weak. Free access to security education He emphasised the potential value of penetration testing, and encouraged testers to help make the world safer, saying “if you’re not making the blue team better, you’re not doing your job.” Expanded for 2019, the Security Cares program was created to empower and positively impact the local communities serving as GSX host cities. Now in its fourth year, the program connected leaders of Chicago area community organisations and small- to medium-sized businesses with free access to valuable security education, networking, funding opportunities, and resources. GSX 2020 will take place September 21-23 in Atlanta.
ASIS International, the membership organisation for security management professionals, will be staging its fourth annual Security Cares program at Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, to be held from September 8-12 in Chicago. A multi-faceted community-based program, Security Cares provides leaders of Chicago area community organisations and small-to-medium sized businesses with free access to valuable security education, networking, funding opportunities, and resources. The 2019 Security Cares education program will examine current issues surrounding workplace and community safety and security. “All organisations, regardless of size or complexity, need access to tools and resources to manage and mitigate risk across their enterprise,” says Christina Duffey, CPP, 2019 ASIS President. “Security Cares was developed to meet pressing safety and security needs of GSX host communities, providing small businesses and community institutions — such as places of worship, nonprofits, and schools — with unprecedented access to information via specialised programming and our global network of security thought leaders and solutions providers they can’t get anywhere else.” Addressing the community safety challenges Security Cares’ goal is to empower and impact the local community through education, networking, public healthExpanded for 2019, Security Cares’ goal is to empower and impact the local community through education, networking, public health, and school safety. With more than 30 highly informative sessions included in the education line up at GSX 2019, Security Cares learning sessions will address the challenges and needs associated with workplace and community safety and security. In addition, to the learning sessions, Security Cares registrants will have access to various networking events, the exhibits and cutting-edge programming on the expo floor (featuring the latest innovations and experts in the security profession), and Thursday’s keynote from cybersecurity expert, Tarah Wheeler. Installing security equipment in schools The Security Cares program at GSX 2019 also includes ASIS International’s School Security Grant Competition. First launched in 2003 as a means of giving back to the communities where GSX is hosted, the program helps fund the purchase and installation of security equipment at a local school building and/or campus. Additionally, in-kind donations are often sourced from the local chapter to supplement the grant. DeWitt Clinton Elementary will receive a $20,000 grant sponsored by Axis Communications in cooperation with ASIS This year, the grant is being awarded to Chicago’s DeWitt Clinton Elementary School at an event attended by school and local government officials on Friday, September 6 before GSX officially opens. Home to more than 1,200 students, DeWitt Clinton Elementary will receive a $20,000 grant sponsored by Axis Communications in cooperation with ASIS. Upgrading the security camera system “Our school serves a resilient population, more than 50% of whom are immigrants and refugees,” stated Maureen Delgado, DeWitt’s principal. “Providing a safe school and learning environment is of paramount importance to us. This grant will allow us to upgrade the school’s security camera system to add another level of security for our school community.” On Tuesday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Security Cares will roll up its sleeves to help save lives as we partner with the American Red Cross for a blood drive. The GSX 2019 blood drive will be located at booth #4407. Attendees can sign up in advance to participate in the blood drive, though walk-ups will be accepted as well.
ASIS International, globally renowned membership organisation for security management professionals, has announced its lineup of new Game Changer sessions for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, slated to be held from September 8 to September 12, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Global Security Exchange 2019 will offer valuable insights and in-depth information on the latest security technologies and products that are rapidly changing today’s paradigm for security professionals. Global Security Exchange 2019 “The ever-changing landscape for security professionals around the globe remains complex,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, President, ASIS International. “As part of an on-going effort to continually enhance the value GSX provides for all attendees, our new Game Changers education track will provide multiple perspectives from thought leaders to not only help our audience stay informed about new and disruptive technologies, but also maintain a competitive edge and elevate expertise across their organisations.” The GSX 2019 Game Changer lineup features five thought-provoking sessions: Experts from the federal agency perspective, including Angela Stubblefield, Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety at Federal Aviation Administration and Joseph Rios, Chief Engineer for NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project, will deliver a state-of-the-industry update on drones and how their use is expanding and changing. ‘The Ever-Changing Drone Landscape: What You Need to Know’, will cover upcoming regulatory issues along with expert predictions on the future of drones. Monday, 9 September 10:30 – 11:45 am CT. Digital transformation is now affecting every aspect of our home and work lives. In ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation: Insights and Applications’, attendees will learn how successful organisations are changing the fundamentals of business to keep ahead of the competition in today’s digital economy—and how this impacts a company's security programs. This session will be delivered by Brian Tuskan, Chief Security Officer at Microsoft Corporation, Phil Halpin, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Security at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., as well as panelists from other industry sectors to be announced. Monday, 9 September 1:15 – 2:30 pm CT. Cannabis is one of the hottest topics in the news right now, and its legalisation carries many implications for the security industry. GSX attendees won’t want to miss ‘The Current and Changing Cannabis Landscape: An Industry Overview’, in which Co-Founder and CEO of Marijuana Business Daily, Cassandra Farrington, will share current trends, state-by-state policy developments and changes in the U.S. and international marketplace. This objective and apolitical perspective will aid in understanding current challenges and what’s ahead for this fast-evolving industry. Tuesday, 10 September 2:00 – 3:00 pm CT. Helping professionals deliver strong leadership in today’s volatile security environment is the topic of ‘Using High Beam Leadership to Navigate Disruption and Change’, delivered by Scott Klososky, Founder and Principal at TriCorps Technologies. Attendees will discover which skills they need to grow, and how to apply them successfully in order to emerge stronger and more resilient. Wednesday, 11 September 3:45 – 4:45 pm CT. Deviant Ollam, Physical Penetration Specialist and Founding Partner/Lead Instructor at The CORE Group, will provide security practitioners with practical guidance for all aspects of penetration testing. In his session, ‘Finding Chinks in the Armor: Getting More Value from Your Penetration Testing’, Ollam—who literally wrote the book on practical lock picking—will offer his insights along with real-world examples of the kinds of vulnerabilities that are present and growing all around us. Thursday, 12 September 10:30 – 11:15 am CT. Entering its 65th year, Global Security Exchange (formerly the ASIS International Annual Seminar & Exhibits) is an extensive and comprehensive event for security professionals worldwide, dedicated to addressing fast-paced changes across the industry with a focus on immersive learning, revitalised networking, and a reimagined exhibit floor.
ASIS International, globally renowned association for security management professionals, has announced a special addition to its keynote lineup for the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, to be held September 8-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. On Monday, September 9, from 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Ian Bremmer, Ph.D., the geopolitical expert and author, will address GSX 2019 attendees to officially kick off the paid conference program. His discussion will center around navigating the current geopolitical landscape as it pertains to security risks and hotspots, with insights into global trends, politics and economics around the world—both in emerging markets and on the political front lines. Risk assessment Dr. Bremmer is an acknowledged expert in foreign affairs and risk assessment" “Dr. Bremmer is an acknowledged expert in foreign affairs and risk assessment who can speak directly to many of today’s pressing international security issues,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, President, ASIS International. “We welcome his global perspective and look forward to his exciting presentation as it will undoubtedly be timely and educational for all GSX 2019 conference attendees.” Dr. Bremmer is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. He holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University and is the founder and president of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm, and the founder of GZERO Media, a Eurasia Group company that provides coverage of global affairs. Global Political Risk Index (GPRI) Dr. Bremmer is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets—he created Wall Street's first global political risk index (GPRI)—and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets—"those countries where politics matters at least as much as economics for market outcomes”—has become an industry standard. “G-Zero,” his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders. In 2007, Dr. Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is the Harold J. G-Zero World Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics at the Asia Society Policy Institute and serves on the President's Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia, and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared. Dr. Bremmer has published ten books including the national bestsellers “Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World”, “The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?”, and "Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World."
ASIS International, the association for security management professionals, announced its keynote lineup for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, to be held from September 8-12 in Chicago. The exciting schedule includes presentations from leading authorities with experience and expertise in international security, politics, homeland security, cybersecurity, and corporate security. “GSX 2019 will feature an impressive line-up of keynote speakers that truly reflects the diverse and evolving nature of the security profession, as well as the issues beyond security that ASIS members face each day,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, President, ASIS International. “These distinguished executives come from different facets of the security industry, and we know that GSX 2019 attendees will benefit from their insights and expertise.” Creating a connected and sustainable world Demetriou will provide insight into what it takes to create a more connected and sustainable worldTuesday’s general session (8:30 am – 10:00 am on September 10) will feature Steve Demetriou, Chair and CEO of Jacobs — a multinational engineering company with more than 77,000 employees around the world. In his ‘Bold Solutions for Changing Times’ address, Demetriou will provide insight into what it takes to create a more connected and sustainable world and discuss how Jacobs is delivering innovative thinking and impactful ideas to connect people and places with the means to work smarter and live better. After his remarks, Demetriou will be joined on the stage by Joe Olivarez, Jacobs’ Chief Security Officer, for an informative Q&A session, observing first-hand, what it means to bring security to the table in the overall equation for success. Wednesday, September 11 is Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at GSX 2019, which honours the individuals who make our communities and world a safer place. General John F. Kelly, U.S. Marine Corps (RET), headlines the general session (8:30 am – 10:00 am), and as a thank you for their service, all law enforcement, military and first responders will receive free admission to GSX that day, including access to General Kelly’s keynote. Session by cybersecurity expert Wheeler is an inaugural contributing cybersecurity expert for the Washington PostThe GSX 2019 closing general session on Thursday, September 12 (8:30 am – 10:00 am; open to all GSX registrants, including Expo-Only registration) will feature Tarah Wheeler, Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America, who will discuss ‘Protecting Assets in the Age of Cybersecurity Leaks and Scandals: How to Plan When Risk is a Moving Target’. Wheeler is an inaugural contributing cybersecurity expert for the Washington Post and a Foreign Policy contributor on cyber warfare. She is the lead author of the best-selling Women in Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories, as well as an information security researcher and political scientist in the area of international conflict. Wheeler will be introduced by Brigadier General Stefanie Horvath, current leader of enterprise service delivery for the state of Minnesota. After her presentation, the General and Wheeler will lead a lively Q&A session drawn from their very different vantage points related to cybersecurity.
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 organisations. Law enforcement organisations “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 organisations 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 recognise 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 association for security management professionals, announces an extensive line-up of organisations allied to security as partners for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, taking place 8-12 September in Chicago, Illinois. The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and World Association of Detectives, Inc. are among the event’s newest partners, reinforcing the event’s commitment to growth and excellence across multiple market sectors. Vertical market applications This year’s growing list of supporting organisations is indicative of the continued influence" “This year’s growing list of supporting organisations is indicative of the continued influence and impact the professional security community has on emerging technologies, as well as expanded business and vertical market applications where security is also regarded as an enterprise solution,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, 2019 President, ASIS International. “This continued shift in mindset regarding the role security plays across the enterprise has also led to an increase in the number and diversification of partners now participating in GSX.” The range of supporting organisations for GSX 2019 encompasses non-profits, educational groups, professional associations and thought leaders around the world. Confirmed partners Confirmed partners to date include: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Canadian Security Association (CANASA) Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) Document Security Alliance (DSA) Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) International Association of Professional Security Consultants, Inc. (IAPSC) International Association of Security Awareness Professionals (IASAP) International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) PSA Security Network Secure Technology Alliance Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS) World Association of Detectives, Inc. The expanded list of GSX Media Partners encompasses numerous industries including security, cyber, defence, construction, campus/education, facilities/operations, government and more.
ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security management professionals, has just concluded its largest ever European event. ASIS Europe 2019 - From Risk to Resilience took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on March 27-29, attracting over 900 registrants from more than 60 countries and 45 exhibitors. Attendees were senior security practitioners from multinational corporation, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Volkswagen, BNP Paribas, Boehringer Ingelheim, Daimler, Johnson & Johnson, Heineken, Mastercard, Coca-Cola, Lufthansa, SABIC, Zurich Insurance, and The Walt Disney Company. Learning experience for security leaders That quality, diversity and expertise onsite is what really makes the knowledge exchange and the networking experience so valuable"Conference Chair Eduard Emde, CPP stated, "To be part of our largest event to date is very exciting. However, for me, the numbers only tell part of the story – we have attracted an exceptional audience of global CSOs, regional leaders, and specialists from key companies across a whole range of sectors. “That quality, diversity and expertise onsite is what really makes the knowledge exchange and the networking experience so valuable. We wanted to provide a learning experience for both established and aspiring security leaders, and I’m delighted to see the response from my peers both investing the time to attend, and participating actively onsite." Topics on AI, drones, mobile device security Almost 70 educational sessions were spread across six tracks. Keynotes from Amsterdam and Rotterdam municipalities set the scene by sharing their visions for smart and resilient cities. These were followed by many of the most relevant and most challenging topics in emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, drones, mobile device security and industrial control systems – looking at technology as both a friend and foe for the security practitioner. A dedicated Career Center track was free to attend and geared to helping professionals at all levels pick up tips and insights on how to advance their career pathConsiderable time was also devoted to management challenges such as identifying essential skills, how to build teams and structures equipped to face complex challenges, and how to create security cultures that support innovation, diversity and inclusion. Plus, a dedicated Career Center track was free to attend and geared to helping professionals at all levels pick up tips and insights on how to advance their career path. Better support and promote the Association "ASIS has been working very hard over the past several years on a number of fronts, including an inward look at operations, a review and improvement of member value, and taking a more future focussed look at products, services, certification, and research all in an effort to better support and promote the Association and the profession," said 2019 ASIS International President Christina Duffey, CPP. "To see our flagship European event grow and set the bar so high in terms of educational quality is a great endorsement of our investments in making ASIS more global, and in making ESRM (Enterprise Security Risk Management) approaches central to creating value to a wide range of security professionals." Innovations showcased at the event Showcased innovations ranged from the latest drone and counter-UAV systems, integrated access control and surveillance technologyAt ASIS Europe 2019, attendees were helped to address today’s complex risk landscape by the technology and solutions offered on the show floor and the education in the Innovation Track. Showcased innovations ranged from the latest drone and counter-UAV systems, integrated access control and surveillance technology, to smart crowdsourced cyber security testing, crisis, risk management and intelligence platforms and mass communications applications. The closing plenary used a novel, interactive format with live polling and facilitated discussion to address one of today’s hottest topics – digital transformation. It provided an opportunity for leaders to benchmark their experiences and outlined a number of key challenges facing security teams.
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.