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ISIS: An Evolving Threat; Ebola Outbreak Sessions Added to Education Lineup

09 September 2014

Two new "ripped from the headlines" education sessions have been added to the ASIS 2014 lineup: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): An Evolving Threat and Be Prepared as Ebola Outbreak Grows.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): An Evolving Threat
Monday, Sept. 29
11:00-12:00 pm
Session: 2120

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also known as ISIL now exists as a paramilitary organization seeking legitimacy as a political entity, but it originated as a splinter terrorist cell of al Qaeda in Iraq. ISIS currently controls hundreds of square miles along Sunni dominant areas of Iraq, and has a presence from Syria's Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad. ISIS rules by Sharia law. In order to understand ISIS and its rise to power, one must first understand its origins and its composition.

A panel of experts from the ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability and International Crime Council explore the factors that created and now sustain this organization bent on controlling Iraq and parts of Syria—as well as the potential threat to the United States and other nations.

Speakers and Bios:

William Scott, CPP, PMP, Senior Director, AMS Consulting and Chairman of the ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime Council. A former active duty U.S. Marine who served in Iraq embedded in the Iraqi population training local governance and public safety officials including police and military officers, he provided cultural training for elected officials traveling in the area and advanced security reconnaissance for military and civilian officials alike in the country. Mr. Scott provides consulting for US military intelligence officials working in the counter terrorism field. 

Greg Schneider, M.Sc, CPP, President, Battle Tested Solutions LLC, possesses operational counter terrorism and intelligence experience from military, law enforcement, and security agencies in Israel and the United States.

Douglas Callen, President, Callen & Associates, specializes in homeland security and business development with federal, state and local law enforcement and security markets. His background includes 21 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, Director of Intelligence and National Security Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation, and most recently as the Chief Security Officer for the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security.

Sponsored by ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime Council

Be Prepared as Ebola Outbreak Grows

Wednesday, Oct. 1
3:30-4:30 pm
Session: 4301

The World Health Organization indicates that the spread of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and expected to infect 20,000 people before it can be contained. This is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, infecting 1,200 people and killing more than 700 so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia in response to the outbreak. Employers should educate employees working in areas threatened by the Ebola virus about how to prevent the spread of the disease, and should be ready to respond if an employee becomes sick. How could the Ebola virus effect you, your security department, and its holding in the affected region? Attend this session to learn how the virus is spread, risk factors, containment issues, evaluation information, and how you can prepare your security plans.


Robert L. Quigley, Regional Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Assistance, Americas Region International SOS

Sam Shartar, Senior Administrator, Emory University

Don Taussig CPP, Director Global Security, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

TBA, Center for Disease Control