Peter J. O’Neil
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 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 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 programmes, 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 programmes 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-radicalisation, 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-radicalised 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. Specialised 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 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 organisations 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 programme, 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 revitalised 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, 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 programme, revitalised networking events, and a reimagined exhibit floor energised ASIS International’s 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017) last week in Dallas, Texas. The show, organised 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 centre, international trade centre, 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 organisations.
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 neutralising assailants. The sessions at ASIS 2017 will help any size organisation analyse 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 programme 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 organisations 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 organisations 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 organisations 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 programme 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 organisations 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 programme 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 organisations 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 Prevention and emergency response plans Wednesday’s second session focuses on having effective prevention and emergency response plans in place “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 programme, 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 organisation’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 organisation has changed dramatically Since Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, the face of the organisation 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 organisation’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. “Workplace violence is one of the most significant security and personnel safety challenges facing organisations 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 Defence 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 organisations 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 theatres, as well as resume reviews and career coaching in the onsite Career Centre, 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 organisation 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 organisation can fulfill its role in the profession. “How can we achieve our mission? We are reexamining and reevaluating our programmes from the ground up. Our reinvestment in the annual seminar and exhibits are just the beginning. We will be rolling out new programmes 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 organisation. “Every programme 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 organisation 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 organisations, 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 programme ASIS International will also be considering a new entry-level certification programme 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 organisation 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 organisation. 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 colourful 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 labour 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 theatres 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 theatres 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 civilised 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 organisation 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 programme speaker. An initiative being launched this year will also invite additional supporting organisations 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 organisations to have a bigger role at the show. Supporting organisations 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 organisation 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 organisation 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.
Proposed legislation would help small businesses protect their digital assets from cybersecurity threats ASIS International (ASIS), an association for security management professionals worldwide, sent a letter of support to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act. The proposed legislation calls on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other agencies to provide a consistent set of resources for small businesses to best protect their digital assets from cybersecurity threats. Small businesses face greater cyber risks Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. The National Cybersecurity Alliance has found that 60% of small businesses are forced to close following a cyberattack, making support of this legislation both pro-business and pro-security. In the letter, ASIS International CEO Peter J. O’Neil says, “This legislation emphasises years of cooperative efforts by industry and government to produce risk management tools that support the cybersecurity needs of these small to medium businesses.” MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act The MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act is a follow-on to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, which codified the industry-led process for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. The new legislation will ensure NIST considers the needs of small businesses and provides additional, simplified resources to improve the ability of these businesses to use the framework. ASIS’s letter restates its long-standing commitment to promoting the use of best practices and voluntary guidance, such as the framework, provided by both the public and private sectors to assist businesses of all sizes in managing cyber risk.
Houses of worship have always had special security concerns, as they are uniquely vulnerable open environments In response to the rise of attacks on houses of worship in the U.S. and around the world, ASIS International, the world’s largest membership association for security management professionals, is providing a suite of free resources to help support those responsible for protecting these vital community institutions. Escalating threats towards faith-based communities Houses of worship have always had special security concerns, as they are uniquely vulnerable open environments, but recent trends are deeply concerning. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, “the country has seen unacceptable and escalating threats and actual harassment directed at faith-based communities.” Around the globe there have been dozens of targeted attacks, planned attacks or vandalism involving houses of worship in Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Greece, Germany, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Turkey, Uganda, Yemen, and more. ASIS International CEO Peter J. O’Neil notes that “although we cannot stop bad actors, we can make sure we get the best information to the right people to help ensure these institutions remain safe havens for their communities.” ASIS’s educational materials The curated content contains research and guidance for securing houses of worship from ASIS’s extensive educational materials covering all aspects of the security profession, as well as helpful links to government resources and more. Included are guides, white papers, and tools from ASIS’s Cultural Properties and Crime Prevention and Loss Prevention Councils, full session presentations from ASIS’s Annual Seminar and Exhibits, excerpts from leading books, and Security Management magazine articles. ASIS members, who include experts in all aspects of security in hundreds of chapters worldwide, are united in their commitment to protect their communities and stand ready to provide advice and assistance.
There will likely continue to be high numbers of lone wolf and soft target attacks in the year ahead. The drivers behind these tragedies are a confluence of self-radicalisation, social media, violent extremism, and mental illness. They will require our skills as security professionals — observation, investigation, interviewing, due diligence — like never before. Looming in the background of these physical attacks is the prospect of combined physical and cyberattacks that could disable network control systems and target critical infrastructure, leading to cascading effects that could result in the crippling of sectors of society. This past year, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security began warning of cyberattack threats on the U.S. power grid. These threats require strong relationships with our public-sector counterparts and public-private partnership groups, like InfraGard, to broadly disseminate information and best practices.Recent member research by ASIS International shows that few organisations have truly converged security departments that can holistically deal with cyber, physical, personnel, and information risks.Internet of Things risksAnd speaking of cyber-threats, we are dealing with an ever-evolving and increasingly complicated threat landscape. Not least among the targets is the Internet of Things (IoT). It is projected that by the year 2020, more than 50 million objects will have discrete IP addresses, including cars, airplanes, pacemakers, control systems manufacturing process control components, access control—and yes, even your refrigerator letting you know you need more milk.The IoT opens an organisation up to incredible risk, which was illustrated this past October with the Mirai DDoS attack that took down Twitter and other mainstream websites. Its attack vectors were largely unsecured IP cameras and DVRs, two entrenched residents of the IoT. We need to raise awareness on product security and educate stakeholders about vulnerabilities (from default logins and password settings to embedded backdoors sending information via unencrypted channels).Holistic security managementOne area of security that often gets overlooked is management. Long gone are the days of the reactive "corporate cop" using a command-and-control management structure.Today's emerging security leader is a holistic risk manager, dealing not only with security, but investigations, loss prevention, fraud, cybersecurity, safety, and other issues.He or she must be steeped in Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) — which has become a global strategic priority at ASIS. Security leaders must also become business strategists, trusted advisors/collaborators with the C suite, contributors to the bottom line, talent acquisition experts, and empathetic leaders. Security managers must lead a widely-dispersed staff encompassing many cultures, backgrounds, and geographies According to Professor Mario Moussa of the Wharton School of Business, the workplace of the future will be "flatter, looser, wider, and faster." This means that hierarchies will matter less, flexible schedules will predominate, and remote work will become commonplace. Yet, staff will need to be more collaborative and team-oriented.Over the longer term, security managers must lead a widely-dispersed staff encompassing many cultures, backgrounds, and geographies. Facilitating communication will be critical, especially with the proliferation of millennials who will make up 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.And, although women currently make up only a small minority of security executives, their day is coming. Multiple studies show that companies see a bigger rise in revenue under female leadership than under male leadership. They are shown to be more transformative, collaborative, and empathetic than their male counterparts. Over the longer term, security managers must lead a widely-dispersed staff encompassing many cultures, backgrounds,and geographies 2017 changes at ASIS InternationalThis past year saw tremendous change at ASIS International. We welcomed a new CEO, Peter J. O’Neil, who has brought fresh energy, wisdom, passion, and leadership to the association. We’ve undertaken a top-to-bottom review of our operations and have a number of exciting new initiatives in store.This year, we are launching a revitalised member-focused strategic plan that will move the Society in a more transparent and inclusive direction. We are exploring expanded membership categories, increasing our online learning, revamping our website, and strengthening partnerships with groups like ISSA and InfraGard to ensure our members maintain access to best practices throughout the security spectrum. We know people across the globe are entering our profession, and we want to be able to serve their educational and professional development needs, while forming local communities of support to make them stronger and more successful.In 2016, our flagship event, the Annual Seminar and Exhibits, hosted the first U.S. Outstanding Security Performance Awards, as well as the launch of Security Week, which provided an opportunity for us to give back to the event’s host community. We experienced a 10 percent increase in registrations and are looking to build on this momentum in Dallas at ASIS 2017. ASIS plans to make a significant investment in reshaping this event to provide attendee and exhibitor partners with more value than any other security-oriented event in the United States. We will convene an enhanced programme, including new learning formats, networking events, and show floor features. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here Save
The 62nd ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits will run from September 12 to September 15 in Orlando, Florida. ASIS estimates that the Seminar may attract more than 20,000 security professionals to the Orlando Convention Center, where the event is being held. Giving back to the host community The Seminar always has a major economic effect on the host community. This year, ASIS will inaugurate a programme called Security Week, which is designed to give something back to the Seminar’s host city in exchange for its hospitality. “This is our first Security Week,” says Peter O’Neil, CEO of ASIS. “We were originally planning to inaugurate Security Week next year, but the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub led us to do it this year in Orlando.” “A shooter killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub back in June,” says Michael Gips, chief global knowledge and learning officer for ASIS. “The Orlando segment of the programme will start on Sunday with a two-hour presentation for Orlando community members at the local Hyatt Regency hotel.” "We were originally planning to inaugurate Security Week next year, but the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub led us to do it this year in Orlando" “The programme will include an essay competition in which we award $20,000 to a school,” says Gips. “The essay topic is why your school needs security upgrades, what those upgrades are and what benefits the upgrades will provide. The award will help pay for the upgrades." Seminars and presentations Over the course of the week, ASIS will hold a series of seminars for local business and organisations to better prepare for current physical security threats. The Sunday presentation will feature a moderator and three speakers. It will be open to members of all local community organisations, including schools, law enforcement, the fire department and community organisations and businesses. “These are people and groups that don’t consider themselves targets of violence and so have never developed sophisticated security programmes,” Gips says. Kevin Doss, CHP, CEO of Level 4 Security — a security and training firm — will serve as moderator. He is the author of the book “Active Shooter: Preparing for and Responding to a Growing Threat.” Speakers will include Marty J. Smith, the protective security advisor for Eastern and Central Florida, DHS District 5; U.S. Air Force retired Air Force Col. Jennifer L. Hesterman, author of “Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack;” and Paul Timm, PSP, president of RETA Security and author of “School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Programme.” The importance of security was highlighted when a shooter killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in June (Image credit: Neville Elder / Shutterstock.com) Building an effective plan for preparedness They will discuss how to build an effective plan for preparedness, hardening soft targets, fundamentals of proper safety and security planning and how to work effectively with local law enforcement. According to Gips, ASIS will invite members of the military, first responders and law enforcement professionals to attend the seminar free of charge. “Everyone that attends our Sunday programme will receive a free pass to the show floor from Monday through Wednesday,” he says. “They can take in the exhibits and attend the educational sessions on a wide variety of subjects,” continues Gips. “It will be an opportunity to learn about meeting security challenges by learning about security technology and talking with security professionals.” Gips adds that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signed on as a supporting partner for the Sunday event. Why? “As Assistant Secretary of DHS Caitlin Durkovich says, ‘Communities are the first line of defence,’” explains Gips. All told, the inaugural ASIS Security Week will aim to impart information about best practices to the local community in an effort to enable Orland to build this first line of defence. Save Save Save Save
The 2017 event in Bahrain will serve ASIS members and stakeholders from across the region ASIS International has announced that its 8th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition will take place from the 5th-7th November 2017 in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Expanding ASIS educational event portfolio ASIS has decided to move its flagship event in the Middle East from the late February timing of recent years in order to better accommodate its expanding portfolio of global educational offerings. The 2017 event in Bahrain will serve ASIS members and stakeholders from across the region with a diverse programme aimed at security professionals from a wide variety of key economic sectors. Change of timing and location for ASIS Middle East 2017 ASIS Executive Vice President and CEO, Mr. Peter J. O’Neil, explains, “One of ASIS’ unique values to security professionals operating at a global level is our ability to offer insight and education tailored to organisations operating in a variety of key business regions. This means considerable interest from our members, delegates and exhibitors in attending multiple events per year in order to address the full scope of their needs. With this change of timing and a new location for ASIS Middle East 2017, we hope to better serve our community and stakeholders seeking to maximise their participation in our events. We thank Dubai for being a great host to ASIS and we are excited with the opportunity to run next year’s event in Bahrain”.