ASIS International, the association for security management professionals, has opened registration for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2021, a hybrid event taking place 27-29 September that will offer a digital experience on the GSX online platform as well as an in-person event at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL. Online and digital experience “Building resilience among security professionals begins with knowledge, and GSX is where global security professionals turn to up their security game,” said John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, 2021 President, ASIS International. “GSX is a particularly powerful tool for security professionals, and I am excited that we are able to offer up the GSX 2021 experience to global participants both in an in-person and an online digital format.” Safety protocols ASIS International’s top priority is the health and safety of GSX stakeholders – attendees, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, staff, and vendors. The OCCC is one of the largest venues in the U.S. to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, recognised as the third-party gold standard in cleanliness and disease prevention. The OCCC is collaborating with Orlando Health – a premier, established healthcare system – to create a medical concierge program for conventions. The OCCC will continue to evaluate its response and consult with health and industry experts to ensure the implementation of rigorous bio-risk protocols in response to the ongoing health emergency. Collaboration with Safe Expo ASIS is also pleased to announce its partnership with Safe Expo, the preeminent service provider for pre-event health planning support, onsite implementation, and post-event health monitoring, as an additional precaution to ensure a safe and healthy environment for those attending GSX 2021 in person. For those planning to attend GSX 2021 in person, please get familiarised with the event’s health and safety protocols on the event website. Cybersecurity management GSX will offer security professionals the tools to tackle cybersecurity attacks and physical security challenges If security is an endless game of offense and defense, the stakes have never been higher. As quickly as new threats are thwarted, new vulnerabilities are exposed, with cybersecurity attacks growing more organised by the day and physical security experiencing unprecedented challenges of its own. New risks require new rules of engagement—and GSX will offer security professionals the tools they need to stay at the top of their game. GSX All-Access Pass The GSX All-Access Pass unlocks six themed learning theatres and 80+ live sessions, including inspiring education sessions, expert-led tracks, exhibitor presentations, timely General Sessions, and digital content available before, during, and after the on-site event. All-Access Pass registrants will be able to access GSX sessions through 31 December and are eligible to receive up to 21 CPEs towards recertification. The full session lineup will be revealed in May. In-person opportunities at GSX If one plans to attend GSX in person, they’ll have lots of opportunities to visit a vibrant trade show, to connect with industry leaders to discuss today’s most critical issues, get an advance look at the latest innovations, and gain powerful strategies that will foil attacks compromising their organisation’s safety. Digital learning at GSX For those attending digitally, ASIS has further refined its industry-leading approach. From the first digital kickoff event on 15 September until 31 December, GSX registrants will be able to connect to the global security community and thought leadership at every turn. Tune in to live-streamed events from two learning theaters during 27-29 September, engage in live Q&As and speaker interviews during preview and encore events, and know what is happening each step of the way through the GSX platform.
Rachelle Loyear, Vice President of Innovation and Product Management, G4S Americas and Marko Šukilović CPP, Business Development Director and G4S Academy Partner, G4S Serbia, will be sharing their expertise and hosting a discussion on Enterprise Security Risk Management, on Tuesday, 4th May, at the Security Summit 2021. “The summit is a welcome opportunity after a difficult year to actively engage with our fellow security professionals and share our experiences and expertise,” said Rachelle Loyear, Vice President of Innovation and Product Management at G4S Americas. Developing integrated security programmes Rachelle adds, “Businesses across the globe face many different risks on a daily basis, and these risks are constantly evolving. That’s why at G4S, we take a risk management perspective, when thinking about designing and developing integrated security programmes.” Making the keynote address to the summit will be John Petruzzi, Global President of the ASIS Board of Directors and EVP, Northeast Region for G4S, USA. ASIS International and G4S partnership G4S has a long history of supporting ASIS International and the G4S Academy" John Petruzzi said, “G4S has a long history of supporting ASIS International and the G4S Academy, like ASIS, is all about bringing our global colleagues together. This summit is a great opportunity to share the history of ASIS with the industry and our ambitions to transform ASIS into a truly global association, with not only diversity of race and gender but also diversity of thought, from across the industry.” John Petruzzi will focus on the globalisation of ASIS International and the top 10 most valuable reasons to be an ASIS member. ASIS International has 34,000 security professionals as members, in 158 countries. Security Summit 2021 Security Summit 2021 will be a fully digital event, running from Tuesday, 4th May through to Thursday, 6th May, 2021. The summit includes key speakers, virtual booths, case studies, and side events with debates and success stories. “At our session on May 4, we’ll be introducing participants to concepts and applications of Enterprise Security Risk Management and discussing how it applies to different industries,” said Marko Šukilović, adding “It’s an extremely important and evolving area of security and we’re looking forward to a really engaging session.” G4S Academy Network Rachelle and Marko were brought together through the G4S Academy Network and the development of the G4S Academy Risk Assessment Strategy. The G4S Academy provides opportunities for like-minded professionals to engage with one another and share industry knowledge and innovative ideas.
ASIS International, the association for security management professionals, announces that since the launch of the program in November 2020, the ASIS Foundation has awarded more than 120 COVID-19 support grants to its global membership. This is a major component of the association’s efforts to address the global economic climate and those security communities hit hardest by the pandemic. The ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees approved $100,000 in grants to be awarded to ASIS members in need, encouraging individuals who had been financially impacted by the pandemic to apply for a grant to renew their ASIS membership free of charge or to receive a complimentary online certification study program. Facing unprecedented challenges Grant applications are reviewed by ASIS staff and all application materials remain confidential This program will continue through March 2021. Grant applications are reviewed by ASIS staff and all application materials remain confidential. “Giving back to the security community is what the ASIS Foundation does best,” said Brian Allen, CPP, Chair, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. “We recognise that security professionals around the world have faced unprecedented challenges and need support. I thank my fellow ASIS Foundation board members for their agility in addressing the challenges faced by our members throughout the world.” Highlights from the program thus far include: 124 grants awarded to date, to recipients in 27 countries 76% of grants received were used for the renewal of ASIS membership 50% of grant recipients are located outside of the United States 24% of grants received were used for certification review courses Higher medical bills Recipients’ stories range from those who got COVID-19 themselves and now face high medical bills, to those who have endured pay cuts up to even 50 percent, those who have been furloughed for a month or more, or those who have lost their jobs all together. Applicants come from a variety of positions—from front-line to senior level and business owners. Many worked in event security, hotels, airlines, and other industries that have been very hard-hit by the pandemic. “This is a great example of ASIS leaving no security professional behind during these challenging times,” stated John Petruzzi, Jr, CPP, President, ASIS International. “On behalf of our members in 158 countries, I would like to thank the leadership of the ASIS Foundation for their support of our global network of security professionals.”