Security Never Sleeps. But attendees at ASIS International’s 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits will find solutions that can help them rest easier. ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, is offering more than 175 educational sessions, along with an exhibit floor full of next-generation security technologies and services, and ample opportunities for professional networking. ASIS 2009 will be held Sept. 21-24 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
“In periods of economic downturn or crisis situations it is more important than ever for security professionals to have access to best-practice ideas and technology,” says ASIS President Michael R. Cummings, CPP. “I do not believe that there is a better single-source opportunity to have this access and commensurate networking than the annual ASIS Seminar and Exhibits. The many resources available at ASIS 2009 will allow security practitioners to better deal with the complexities of our jobs and the demands to do more with less.”
ASIS has developed several ways for attendees to save on registration costs. One is to bring a company team. Register 10 individuals from the same organization and the 11th person is free. Seminar attendees for the past three years are eligible for “VIP Alumni” benefits, which include complimentary admission to ASIS Council-sponsored Pre-Seminar Intensives.
Admission to the Exhibits is free to ASIS members. Nonmembers may gain free-access invitations from exhibitors and the ASIS host chapter in Orange County.
Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day is Wednesday, Sept. 23. Current law enforcement or military professionals will be granted free admission that day. Attendees must register onsite. Identification is required. Free admission includes entry to the keynote session, educational programs and the Exhibits.
Attendees may also take advantage of early-bird discounts. Click here for registration details.
ASIS’ comprehensive educational program offers more than 175 sessions covering the full range of current security topics and critical issues, as well as core security management best practices and strategies. Attendees will be able to go to sessions from 16 tracks—including crisis management, critical infrastructure protection, loss prevention, physical security, homeland security, IT/information security, government/military and investigations—to design the program that’s right for them.
A track of sessions presented in Spanish focusing on security issues in Central and South America, as well as select sessions simultaneously translated from English to Spanish, will also be offered.
Keynote speakers include Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state and national security advisor to George W. Bush, and actor, author and pop culture icon Ben Stein.
Rice, a Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford University, served as the 66th secretary of state from 2005 to 2009. Rice will address ASIS 2009 attendees on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 8 a.m.
Stein has had a varied career—presidential speechwriter, best-selling author, lawyer, economist, college professor, columnist and game show host. He is also an actor. His part as the boring teacher in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was recently ranked as one of the 50 most famous scenes in American film. Stein will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8 a.m.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, general sessions will explore what keeps security professionals up at night with a panel of leading CSOs, and a session led by Michael Josephson, renowned ethicist, examining ethics in business and the challenges faced by security practitioners.
Networking opportunities include the New Member Reception, Get-Acquainted Mixer, Opening Ceremony, luncheons and the President’s Reception. The ASIS Foundation is sponsoring the 13th annual Golf Classic and a Bowling Bash.
More than 22,000 security, business and government professionals from 90 countries are expected to attend ASIS 2009. This year’s show will feature more than 281,000 net square feet of the latest security technology and innovations, providing a showcase for some 850 companies demonstrating cutting-edge products and services.