The world’s largest educational and networking event—ASIS 2014 (www.securityexpo.org) will bring more than 20,000 security professionals from the public and private sectors to Atlanta, GA, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The attendees, who are responsible for protecting their organization’s human, cyber, and physical assets, will come from across the U.S. and 80+ countries to learn about best practices in the industry, identify trends in technology, connect with their peers, and see the latest security products and services on display in the exhibit hall.
This year marks the 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits held by ASIS International.
“The world has changed dramatically since our first annual seminar, as has the nature of the global threats to people, property, and information,” said ASIS President Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP. “That is why there is an urgent and continuing need to provide educational events such as this …. so that our members and other security professionals stay at the forefront of the profession, adapting quickly to emerging securing threats and keeping up with the rapidly evolving technology.”
Once again, the (ISC)2 Security Congress will be colocated with ASIS 2014. (ISC)2 is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide.
More than 250 education sessions in 24 tracks will be presented along with pre-Seminar programs, certification classroom reviews, two new competency-based certificate courses, keynotes and general sessions, networking events, and an exhibit floor of 600+ manufacturers, service providers, and entrepreneurs.
Seven intensive pre-Seminar programs will be offered starting with a 2-day program “School Safety and Security: What We Need Is a Plan,” on Sat., Sept. 27 and Sun., Sept. 28. Six additional programs will be presented on Sun., Sept. 28. ASIS is piloting two certificate courses this year: “Critical Thinking Skills for Security Solutions,” and “Developing and Implementing an Insider Threat Program.” These new 2-day programs will be presented on Sat., Sept. 27 and Sun., Sept. 28. Two professional tours will also be offered the afternoon of Sun., Sept. 28. Attendees may tour the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The registration fee is $75 per tour.
Those pursuing board certification through ASIS (CPP, PCI, PSP) can register for classroom review programs, which also will be offered Sat., Sept. 27–Sun. Sept. 28.
The 250 education sessions in 24 tracks reflect a wide range of topics from the most urgent issues on everyone’s minds and in the headlines these days—such as mass shooting incidents, terrorism, cyber fraud, aviation security, and workplace violence—to health concerns such as the safety of our food supply and dealing with legalized marijuana.
On the business side, attendees will explore management issues such as internal theft and sabotage, best practices in hiring top security personnel, business resilience, and complying with employer mandates of the Affordable Care Act.
Newly added educational sessions are set to address two of the most topical global threats facing security professionals today. “The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): An Evolving Threat” will explore the factors that created and now sustain this organization, as well as the political threat to the United States and other nations (Sept. 29, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) Learn how the Ebola virus is spread; risk factors; containment issues; evacuation information; and how to develop security plans to address this epidemic in “Be Prepared as Ebola Outbreak Grows”, set for Oct. 1, 3:30-4:40 p.m.
Keynotes will be presented by Jon Huntsman, Jr., 16th governor of Utah and former Ambassador to China (Sept. 30 at 8:00 a.m.) and General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), 65th Secretary of State (Oct. 1 at 8:00 a.m.)
Three general sessions will deliver expert insight on effective threat modeling, bribery and corruption in foreign markets, and the dramatic change taking place now in China. “Threat Modeling Lessons from Star Wars” will be presented Oct. 2 at 8:00 a.m. followed by “Perspectives on Security: Security Executives and the Fight Against Corruption” at 9:30 a.m. The third general session, “An Insider’s Look at China” will be presented at 11:00 a.m.
The Closing Luncheon will feature Scott Moore, United States Navy SEAL Rear Admiral (ret.), who will speak on “Building Teams with the Military’s Most Elite” on Oct. 2 at 12:00 p.m.
ASIS 2014 also features an exhibit hall with more than 600 companies demonstrating cutting-edge technology, products, and services to support the security profession worldwide. The exhibit floor opens at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 29. Exhibits-only registration (which includes admission to keynote presentations) is complimentary for security professionals who register in advance by Sept. 26.
Military and Law Appreciation Day
Active law enforcement, military, and EMTs are granted free admission on Wednesday, October 1, which is designated Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day.
Entry to all of the day’s educational programs, including a keynote presentation by General Colin Powell USA (Ret.) at 8:00 a.m. are included. A luncheon will be also held October 1. Tickets can be purchased on-site ($50). Valid ID required.
After 5:00 pm EDT, Friday, September 26, all registrations must be completed onsite at Georgia World Congress Center. Onsite registration hours are:
• Sun., Sept. 28, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
• Mon., Sept. 29 and Tues., Sept. 30, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Wed., Oct. 1, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Thurs., Oct. 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Note to Editors: Credentialed members of the media may register for complimentary media passes onsite in Room B-403 of the Georgia World Congress Center.
Press Room hours at the Georgia World Congress Center:
• Sun., Sept. 28: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Mon., Sept. 29 to Wed., Oct. 1: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.