ASIS International (ASIS) is pleased to announce Robert M. Gates, 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense (2006-2011), will address attendees of the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2012) on Wednesday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Attendees at the second annual (ISC)2 Security Congress, which is colocated with ASIS 2012, are also invited to attend this keynote address. ASIS is the preeminent organization for security professionals worldwide. (ISC)2 is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide.
“Having served eight U.S. presidents in the course of his vast and distinguished career, Secretary Gates offers unparalleled personal insights into U.S. intelligence and defense strategies,” said Eduard J. Emde, CPP, president, ASIS. “His perspectives on global politics and world affairs are particularly relevant to our members and security professionals at large. Seminar attendees always benefit from the high-caliber keynote speakers at ASIS events, and this year’s presentation will certainly be a highlight.”
Gates’ 27-year career as an intelligence professional began in 1966 when he joined the Central Intelligence Agency; it culminated with his serving as director from 1991-1993. He is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly-elected President. View a full biography online.
ASIS 2012 and the second annual (ISC)2 Security Congress will take place September 10-13, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pa., USA. Recognized as the world’s largest show dedicated to security, ASIS 2012 will bring together more than 20,000 security professionals from more than 90 countries for education, networking, and an expansive exhibit floor of security products and services.
More than 200 educational sessions will be presented at ASIS 2012, including expanded IT security offerings in collaboration with (ISC)2. The exhibition area will feature more than 230,000 net square feet of the latest security technology and innovations, providing a showcase for more than 700 companies demonstrating cutting-edge products and services that are shaping the security industry today.
Registrants of either conference will gain access to each event’s education sessions and the exhibit hall. Both organizations also will offer review courses for their respective certifications, as well as separate, members-only activities.