ASIS International, the world's association for security management professionals, opens their annual conference on an entirely new virtual platform to provide maximum value for association members during the unprecedented global pandemic. The new virtual experience, branded GSX+, builds on the annual Global Security Exchange (GSX) event and promises to be a large virtual gathering of global security professionals. GSX+ is delivering a fully virtual experience that includes CPE-eligible education sessions, a robust Marketplace (virtual exhibit hall), and lively peer-to-peer networking. Extensive program with education sessions GSX+ is truly a virtual experience unlike anything the security industry has experienced before" The event will continue through 25 September, featuring an extensive program with 140+ education sessions and daily keynote presentations. The show kicks off with a General Session presentation by Juan Manuel Santos, two-term President of Columbia and recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. “GSX+ is truly a virtual experience unlike anything the security industry has experienced before,” says Godfried Hendriks, CPP, 2020 President, ASIS International Global Board of Directors. “The global pandemic challenged us, so we responded by seizing the opportunity to provide new value. For example, every educational session will be recorded and made available for attendees on-demand 24/7. Unlike previous in-person events, this change means that every attendee, no matter their travel restrictions or time zone, will be able to see and learn from every offered session. We are excited about every element of this new virtual event, and we hope that attendees will also seize this opportunity to experience all the possibilities. Only ASIS has the experience, global reach, and expertise of its members to convene a virtual event of this magnitude and quality.” Keynote presentations The following keynote presentations are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at GSX+ in the week: + 22 SeptemberEmbracing the Future: Strategies for Building Resilience and Innovation Presented by Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay, and Werner Cooreman, CPP, PSP, Senior Vice President – Group Security Director of Solvay + 23 SeptemberLeading in Turbulent Times Presented by General Stanley McChrystal, 4-star General and former Commander of U.S. and International forces in Afghanistan + 24 SeptemberThe Future of Cybersecurity Presented by Keren Elazari, CISSP, Security Analyst, Researcher, and Public Speaker GSX+ educational lineup All-Access attendees can earn up to 25 CPEs and will be able to access education sessions through 31 December The GSX+ educational lineup includes 140+ scheduled and on-demand sessions across five tracks: National Security, Physical and Operational Security, Risk Management, Digital Transformation/ Information Security, and Leadership and Managing within Organisations. All-Access attendees can earn up to 25 CPEs and will be able to access education sessions through 31 December. GSX+ also offers numerous opportunities for peer networking, including virtual receptions, awards celebrations, and even the famous ASIS Break Room. Planned events list for GSX+ attendees Here are a few of the planned events: + 21 September, 3:30 pm ET: Join the Welcome Reception, which will feature a Rock & Roll Game Show for GSX+ attendees where music is central. Join the fun with renowned musician-MCs – they’ll keep the entertainment going so one can focus on relaxing and connecting. + 22 September, 3:30 pm ET: ASIS Women in Security and Young Professionals Happy Hour + 23 September, 3:30 pm ET: GSX+ Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day + 24 September, 3:30 pm ET: President’s Reception + 25 September, 12:25 pm ET: Awards Celebration + 24/7: The ASIS Break Room
ASIS International, the globally renowned association for security management professionals, has announced that General Stan McChrystal, US Army (RET), will present a Global Security Exchange Plus (GSX+) keynote address on Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at GSX+. The presentation, titled Leading in a New World, will take place on Wednesday, 23 September. Global Security Exchange Plus “GSX+ offers a unique opportunity to share the insights and guidance from global thought leaders,” said Godfried Hendriks, CPP, 2020 President, ASIS International, adding “We are thrilled to have General McChrystal on our lineup to share his insights on leadership in an ever-changing global landscape on Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at GSX+.” A retired four-star general, McChrystal is the former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a cohesive counter-terrorism organisation that revolutionised the interagency operating culture. Crisis management and strategic operations McChrystal will provide practical and actionable guidance on what it takes to lead in a rapidly shifting world landscape In his GSX+ presentation, highlighting lessons from his crisis management and strategic operations playbook, McChrystal will provide practical and actionable guidance on what it takes to lead successfully in a rapidly shifting world landscape. In this insightful keynote, he will address such key leadership principles as transparency and inclusion, leveraging the power of teams through relationships, leading by influence, relentless mission focus, and sharing a clear vision with everyone who must execute against it, all against the shifting backdrop of the ever-evolving remote workplace. Military services veteran Throughout his military career, he commanded a number of elite organisations, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, he spent more than 6 years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In June 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed him to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On 1 August 2010 he retired from the US Army. Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day He is the New York Times bestselling author of My Share of the Task, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, and Leaders: Myth and Reality. A passionate advocate for national service and veterans’ issues, McChrystal is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Naval War College. GSX+ is a new online experience that delivers the industry-renowned education sessions, robust marketplace, and unique peer-to-peer networking opportunities that security professionals have come to expect from the live GSX event. During Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, all military, law enforcement, and first responders receive free one-day admission to GSX+.
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 behaviour detection Topics of education sessions will range from workplace violence and behaviour 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 organisations 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, 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.
An expanding outreach and programming targeted especially to international visitors are among the ways ASIS International is seeking to attract more global attendance than ever to its 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, which will take place between 25-28 September in Dallas, Texas. In addition to returning, long-time international visitors, ASIS International is looking to expand global attendance. One initiative is the International Buyer Program (IBP), a joint government/industry effort, which brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows, including this year’s ASIS International annual seminar and exhibits. ASIS 2017’s participation in IBP provides attendees access to a global network of security professionals, qualified international buyers, representatives and distributors. When attendees join an IBP delegation through their local U.S. Consulate or Embassy, they can take advantage of special registration prices – 50 percent off the ASIS member rate – and other benefits only available to IBP participants. Strengths of annual ASIS show “International” has long been an emphasis for ASIS, as well as part of the organisation’s name. ASIS International is the largest global organisation for security management professionals with 242 chapters and 35,000 members worldwide. Godfried Hendriks, ASIS secretary, will be among the long-time ASIS members welcoming new international visitors to the show. He has been involved in the ASIS organisation for more than 25 years and is a member of the Benelux Chapter. Godfried Hendriks, ASIS secretary, will be among the long-time ASIS members welcoming new international visitors to the show The ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits in the United States is unique, says Hendriks. “If you look at the other events, they are either a good trade show or a good conference,” he says. “The strength of the annual ASIS show is that it combines an incredibly large trade show and a great conference programme. That’s the unique thing I haven’t seen anywhere else.” This year, the show will be even better, given the ASIS organisation’s efforts to maximise the benefits of both components. For example, there will be more time between conference sessions to attend the trade show and meet suppliers, and Monday will be a conference-only day. Local knowledge, global network Educated as a mechanical engineer, Hendriks unexpectedly found himself in the security profession in 1986 and eventually made his way to the local Benelux Chapter of ASIS International, which helped him get a “flying start” in the security field. A decade or so later, he became a volunteer leader in the chapter and has been returning the favor ever since. Currently, Hendriks is a managing consultant of his own company, GOING Consultancy in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, advising both local and multinational companies, industry organisations, public services and county authorities on security and crime prevention. “The most important thing about being a member and a volunteer leader of ASIS International is the networking,” says Hendriks. “There is less need to spend hours and weeks investigating things and getting information when all the information you need is a phone call away from another member. I am passionate about the organisation and what we can do to help each other. “ The Benelux chapter numbers more than 300 members. Other large European ASIS chapters include the “flagship” United Kingdom chapter with about 800 members, and also large and active chapters in Sweden, Germany and Spain, among others. “What you see globally, in the different countries, is that ASIS members are a sampling of the highest security professionals from those countries, including representatives of large multi-national companies,” says Hendriks. “The organisation combines local knowledge with a global network of professionals.” The “flagship” European ASIS International Chapter in the United Kingdom will again be well represented at this year’s Annual Seminar and Exhibits Joining the ASIS International family In addition to the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits each year, Hendriks says he also attends IFSEC and some of the national trade shows in various countries. Also, there is a yearly ASIS European conference; earlier in 2017, it was in Milan, Italy, and it is planned next year in The Hague, Netherlands. Hendriks has attended the ASIS annual gathering in the US every year since 2006. “Many people in other fields who work at various companies, even competitors, don’t often speak to each other,” says Hendriks. “In the security profession, people are so willing to speak to each other, to meet regularly and to share information on the most successful ways to prevent crime and reduce losses.” International visitors have participated in the ASIS annual seminar for years; there were 109 countries represented at last year’s event. A “Global Networking Lounge” serves as a gathering place for international visitors. Long-time international attendees are aware that first-time visitors may be overcome with the size of the show and become “lost.” Therefore, long-timers remain on the lookout for people who need guidance. “We want all our members and volunteer leaders to reach out and introduce new attendees to themselves and other people, so they can get the most out of the experience,” says Hendriks. “We want them to feel welcome and become part of the ‘family.’” Tailoring and translating ASIS sessions Some of the sessions are tailored to an international audience, such as the “Top Global Threats Affecting the Security Profession” session. Other sessions will cover international topics such as human trafficking, terrorism, and the security risks of the European migrant crisis. Language isn’t generally a problem for ASIS visitors, who mostly speak and understand English (the “international language of business.”) However, there are Spanish and Mandarin translators, and delegates from various countries may also provide their own translators. "Many international visitors become regular, if not yearly, visitors after their first visit to the show" “Come and see for yourself – it’s really worthwhile”: This is Hendriks’ message to security professionals all over the world. “Many international visitors become regular, if not yearly, visitors after their first visit to the show,” he adds. Hendriks notes that time zone differences make the afternoon and evening hours at ASIS especially conducive to a more relaxed atmosphere for security professionals to meet, network and exchange information. (Their offices are already closed because of time zones, so there are no distractions of trying to keep up with daily issues back at the office.) For anyone who cannot attend the annual meeting in person, ASIS International is providing “Global Access Live,” a streaming service featuring select sessions worldwide – three sessions on Monday, four on Tuesday and three on Wednesday. Enterprise Security Risk Management ASIS International has embraced Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) as a driving global strategic priority that unifies its programmes and concepts. ESRM covers both traditional security issues such as loss prevention and terrorism, as well as topics such as brand protection, business continuity, corporate espionage, cybersecurity, information security, resilience and white collar crime. ESRM is both a philosophy and a management system, aimed at using globally established risk management principles to help security professionals – ASIS members – manage the variety of security risks facing their organisations. ASIS 2017 will include more than a dozen sessions focusing on ESRM. Also in Dallas, ASIS will launch an effort to expand the “globalisation” of its popular topic-specific councils, including the Retail Security Council, the Hospitality/Entertainment Council, and the Physical Security Council (there are 34 in all). The initial focus will be on expanding participation in Latin America.