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Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates to Keynote ASIS 2012

Alexandria, Va. 2012-02-27
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.
 
Registration and housing for ASIS 2012 and the (ISC)2 Security Congress are now open.
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ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with 38,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.
 
(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 83,000 members in more than 135 countries.    Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at www.isc2.org 
  
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