Thomas J. Langer
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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
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.
Technology, products and services are vital to the security market, but so are the people behind them. This year, SourceSecurity.com has been highlighting some of the key characters who make up the security market. Along the way, we’ve discovered a broad spectrum of experiences and viewpoints that make up the industry. Many of the most insightful responses were to the question: What is the best professional advice you have received (and from whom)? Don’t underestimate yourself, says Don Erickson, CEO of the Security Industry Association Scott Brothers, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Oncam Listen, listen and listen some more. Which continues to take real training because of my passion over spilling into a “need to be heard” when really, I should be listening. It’s a trait I continually work on and seek feedback on. Listening for me equals learning and the best ideas sometimes come from the unexpected voice in the room. The open environment we cultivate at Oncam really promotes this kind of interaction at all levels. Don Erickson, CEO of the Security Industry Association Don’t underestimate yourself. John Stroia who is a former chairman of SIA and presently the president of Hamilton was literally the first person who encouraged me to apply for the CEO role at SIA. I was perfectly content handling government relations at the time the position opened. I also hadn’t aspired to the role. John actively encouraged me to go for it despite my reservations about whether I was ready for it. Liam McShane, Sales Director at Perfect Display Technology Take whatever chances come along. It’s much better to regret something you did than something you didn’t do! (From a mentor at my first financial services company) Return all calls as soon as possible and no later than the end of each day, advises Scott Schafer Eddie Reynolds, President & CEO of Iluminar Many of my childhood friends' parents would always say to me, “If no one wants to give you an opportunity, create your own.” Scott Schafer, Chairman-elect of the Security Industry Association My father was in the major appliance industry and showed by example the importance of outworking your competitor. He also made sure to return all calls as soon as possible and no later than the end of each day. Kim Loy, Director of Marketing at Vanderbilt Industries The best advice I have received is that we are only in competition with ourselves. If we strive to always improve our knowledge and performance, success will follow. That there are no boundaries, we are all capable of doing anything we strive to do as long as we don’t set limits for ourselves. This advice is something that I heard from a very young age and grew up completely believing – it came from my dad, Chuck Robinson. Thomas J. Langer, President of ASIS International From my father and totally by accident. He was 60 and learning computer aided design which was making his drafting table obsolete. I asked him why, at 60, do that now? His response was that he doesn’t get to choose where advancements take his profession. I have never forgotten that and therefore never settled for the status quo. Change and advancement are a constant in everything. You have to have a work life balance and be resilient in order to manage the ups and downs of business and your career Thomas Cook, Vice President of Sales at Hanwha Techwin America My first manager, Marty Meyer, told me when to keep emotion out of everything you do at work; especially when you are negotiating and presenting your side or case. Fredrik Nilsson, Vice President of the Americas at Axis Communications My manager, Bodil Sonesson, VP of Global Sales at Axis has given me great advice over the years. She says that your career “is a marathon not a sprint,” meaning, in order to be successful long-term you have to have a work life balance and be resilient in order to manage the ups and downs of business and your career. Kenneth Hune Petersen, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Milestone Systems Flemming Tamstorf, CEO of my former company, showed me by example that you should never tell anyone “See, I told you so.” He never did it himself. If you play to the limit, there is a risk that you will fail. If you’re taking a risk, things can go wrong. And he never said “I told you so.”
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 has announced that Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy and author of Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck, will deliver the closing keynote address at its 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), which takes place between 25-28 September at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The leading event for security professionals worldwide, ASIS 2017 is expected to draw 22,000 operational and cybersecurity professionals for industry-leading education, peer-to-peer relationship building, and hands-on product and solution evaluation. Attendees with all badge types (All-Access, Expo-Only, Exhibitor and Security Cares) have access to this inspiring session. Insights on teamwork and leadership As an aviation pioneer, Lohrenz knows what it takes to succeed in some of the most demanding and extreme environments imaginable, including the cockpit of an F-14 and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. In these environments, her teams had to perform at their peak or lives were on the line. Through this experience in a male-dominated profession, Lohrenz learned valuable leadership lessons that would follow her into the corporate world. “Carey has deep expertise in high-pressure, dangerous environments, where risk must be assessed and dealt with through split-second decision making,” said Thomas J. Langer, CPP, president, ASIS International. “Her insights on the fundamentals of leadership, teamwork, winning under pressure, reducing errors, and overcoming obstacles will resonate with security professionals at all stages of their careers. Without question, her inspiring personal story is the perfect way to close out our week of intensive learning.” Perspectives on security and risk Lohrenz rounds out the powerful lineup of ASIS 2017 keynote speakers who will provide attendees with a comprehensive perspective on security and risk—from emerging technologies to complex global threats. The full lineup includes: Opening keynote: Hon. George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States Monday luncheon keynote: Mark Cuban, Technology and Media Entrepreneur; Owner, Dallas Mavericks; HD Net/AXS TV Chairman & Cofounder Tuesday Keynote: Scott Klososky, International Speaker and Author, Future Point of View Wednesday Keynote Panel: Global Responses to Global Threats Edward F. Davis, III, Former Police Commissioner, Boston Police Department Rick DesLauriers, Former Special Agent in Charge, Boston Division, FBI Paul Barnard, Detective Chief Superintendent, City of London Police Moderator: Bonnie Michelman, CPP, Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital Thursday Keynote: Carey Lohrenz, first female F-14 Tomcat pilot and author, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck
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 world’s largest association for security management professionals, announced the current list of supporting organisations for its 63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), taking place 25-28 September in Dallas, TX. This new programme focuses on uniting organisations allied to security for greater collaboration, increased peer-to-peer sharing, and heightened professional development opportunities. The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is excited to sign on as a supporting organisation for ASIS 2017, said Executive Director Sandi Davies. “While our missions vary, both IFPO and ASIS International are committed to educating security professionals at every stage of their careers and providing pathways for lifelong learning. This commitment to the profession is the foundation of the partnership—one we look forward to growing in the years ahead.” Confirmed supporting organisations: • Association of the United States Army (AUSA) • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) • Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) • Coalition of UAS Professionals • College and University Police and Investigators Conference (CUPIC) • Document Security Alliance (DSA) • Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) • Hostage US • International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) • International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) • International Facility Management Association (IFMA) • International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) • International Organisation of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) • International Wireless Communications Expo • The Loss Prevention Foundation • Military Police Regimental Association (MPRA) • National Association of Security Companies (NASCO) • Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) • PSA Security Network (PSA) “From IoT security to insider threats, security professionals are facing unprecedented challenges,” said Thomas J. Langer, CPP, President of ASIS International. “Sharing information and collaborating—across disciplines and industry sectors—is more vital than ever. ASIS is pleased to lead the charge on this effort and believe that the framework laid by our Supporting Organisations at ASIS 2017 will be the beginning of continued collaboration across the profession.” ASIS 2017 is produced in partnership with InfraGard and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).
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.
Tom Langer is the Vice President of Security for BAE Systems. Prior to his current position, Tom served in a number of roles within the security function of BAE Systems and its precursor companies. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tom has served in a number of leadership roles in professional security associations, and is currently the President of ASIS International. SourceSecurity.com Editor Larry Anderson caught up with him to find out more: How did you come to work in the security profession? I graduated from college with a degree in criminal justice and worked for the Manchester, NH Police Department until I entered the security profession. While there is a logical connection between law enforcement and our profession, the security role in industry is much different in that it has to be seen through the eyes of a business professional in order to be successful. What is the best professional advice you have received (and from whom)? From my father and totally by accident. He was 60 and learning computer aided design which was making his drafting table obsolete. I asked him why, at 60, do that now? His response was that he doesn’t get to choose where advancements take his profession. I have never forgotten that and therefore never settled for the status quo. Change and advancement are a constant in everything. What's something few people know about you? In grammar school through high school I acted in school plays and enjoyed doing it, and for some reason never looked to ever do it again. I still have a real admiration for quality acting, especially in musicals. What's the most rewarding thing about what you do for a living? Helping the business successfully navigate a highly regulated environment. You should always work with the regulators to make smart adjustments wherever you can, and we do, but to whine about the complexities of the market one has chosen never seems to accomplish much. I like our approach and I know it’s appreciated. I can see it as one of the ways the business sees the value of the function. There is something laid back and magical about the coast of North Carolina that isn’t spoiled by commercial development What are your interests, hobbies and passions outside security? I am always interested in current events, mostly politics, anywhere around the globe. I love American art and jazz and I have a real fascination with architecture of the early 20th century. Fly-fishing is my hobby and I get out and into the water throughout the year. That said, I can assure any friend of wildlife that the fish seem to have nothing to fear. Where was your last vacation? The Outer Banks in Duck, North Carolina. There is something laid back and magical about the coast of North Carolina that isn’t spoiled by commercial development. It’s just a relaxing time whenever we are there, regardless of the weather, and it’s when all those books I am trying to read finally get read.
ASIS International, an association for security management professionals, announced that former U.S. President George W. Bush will address attendees at the opening of the ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), taking place 25th – 28th September, 2017, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre in Dallas, Texas. Sharing insights on decision making The four-day event, which will draw 22,000 security professionals from across the globe, also features keynotes from Scott Klososky, Technology Visionary and Founder of Future Point of View, and Richard DesLauriers and Ed Davis, Lead Investigators into the Boston Marathon bombing. President Bush will open the conference on Monday, 25th September, 2017. The 43rd President of the United States and author of the bestselling memoir Decision Points (2010)—a candid account of the defining decisions in his presidency and personal life—will share insights on his eight years in the White House, his experiences with world leaders, the nature of public leadership and decision making, and his perspective on current domestic and international issues. Sponsored by Altronix, this session is closed to media. The following day, world-renowned futurist Scott Klososky will discuss The Technology Integration of Man. In this thought-provoking presentation, Klososky explores the integration of technology in our lives—from wearables and implantables to the rapid growth of AI and augmented reality—and will offer a glimpse of implications and what the future holds for businesses and security professionals alike. Importance of information sharing Wednesday morning features Boston Marathon bombing lead investigators Ret. FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers and Former Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis. The pair will share how teamwork and information sharing across federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and the private sector led to the capture of the Tsarnaev Brothers—and how communities worldwide can benefit from their lessons learned. "Our keynotes have a wealth of information and insight to share that make their presentations can’t-miss events" “Our keynotes have a wealth of information and insight to share that make their presentations can’t-miss events,” says Thomas J. Langer, CPP, 2017 President, ASIS International. “Their remarks will set the tone for each day—linking the evolving security profession to current/future technological opportunities and helping to frame the bigger conversations taking place throughout the week. Namely, how we should effectively collaborate across the security spectrum to advance a holistic approach to managing risk.” The closing keynote for Thursday, 28th September, 2017, and the complete program agenda will be announced soon. Attendees with full-conference registrations have access to each of these presentations. The keynote on Thursday is open to all ASIS 2017 attendees.
ASIS International (ASIS) and the ASIS New York City Chapter, are co-hosting the two-day programme The latest best practices in anti-terrorism, risk management, and intelligence gathering for securing large cities and businesses around the globe will be the focus of the ASIS 27th New York City Security Conference & Expo, taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York City between 7th-8th June 2017. Security management professionals In addition to being the largest event for security professionals in the northeast region, ASIS NYC 2017 will also provide an opportunity for public sector security and law enforcement and military personnel to learn about transitioning into the private sector. ASIS International (ASIS), the largest membership organisation for security management professionals worldwide, and the ASIS New York City Chapter, are co-hosting the two-day programme. “This event will provide critical education on the latest practices and a hands-on look at the technology required for keeping cities safe around the world”, says Thomas J. Langer, CPP, 2017 president, ASIS International. “The focus on safety and security for the public at ASIS NYC 2017 is especially important in the wake of the tragic attacks in London, Paris, and Brussels over the past year.” At the event, the NYC chapter will honour New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill as its “Person of the Year.” O’Neill, whose law enforcement career spans 34 years, will be honoured for his dedication to law enforcement and the security profession, as well as his steadfast commitment to a safe and secure nation. Event highlights At the event, the NYC chapterwill honour New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neillas its “Person of the Year.” Keynote remarks by Paul A. Fitzgerald, superintendent of the Boston Police Department’s Regional Intelligence Centre (BRIC). Fitzgerald leads the region’s threat assessment, risk management, emergency management, security planning, and crisis response efforts. A panel session focused on protecting cities featuring: John Cronan, Chief, Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of NY; Paul A. Fitzgerald, Superintendent, Boston Police Department Regional Intelligence Centre; Lori Hennon-Bell, CSO, Global Security, Prudential Financial, Inc. and James Waters, Bureau Chief, Counterterrorism, NYPD. Robust education lineup, including Cyber: The New Frontier for Terrorist and Geopolitical War; How to Become a CSO and Thrive in Today’s Complex Market; and Fake News and Alternative Facts: Force Multipliers of Fear in Terrorism. Access to hundreds of security products and service solutions on the exhibit floor, as well as free career coaching and resume review sessions. ASIS expects more than 2,500 security and law enforcement professionals to attend the conference and expo. Learn more and register at asisonline.org/nyc.