The largest conference for security and law enforcement professionals in the Northeastern United States, the ASIS New York City Security Conference & Expo held April 27-28 at the Javits Center, attracted a total registered attendance of 4,802—a 41% increase over 2015 numbers. Security practitioners, corporate decision-makers, and law enforcement personnel from 33 states and 22 countries participated in the two-day event.
“Both the conference and expo saw significant growth this year,” said Craig Schwab, chair, ASIS New York City Chapter. “The education lineup featured standing-room only sessions on antiterrorism and risk management, as well as sessions on the lessons learned from high-profile security incidents, including the November 2015 Paris attacks. In addition, attendees got hands on access to an expo floor full of leading edge product and service solutions. The 41% growth reflects the confidence attendees have in ASIS NYC and the education offerings backed by the strength of ASIS International. We are pleased that it has grown into a must-attend event for public and private sector security professionals across the northeast region and beyond.”
Hosted by the ASIS NYC Chapter, the 26th annual conference and expo offered two days of education, including a track dedicated to antiterrorism as well as networking events and a jam-packed exhibits floor. Traffic throughout both days was heavy and steady.
“I have been exhibiting for more than 20 years and have seen tremendous growth in attendees from outside New York. This year, I had several international visitors, as well as a conversation with a security director from Texas who flew in for the show,” said Mark Berger, President and Chief Product Officer, Securitech.
Lt. Col Robert J. Darling (Ret), author of 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9-11-01: The White House drew a standing-room only crowd for his opening day keynote on leadership and crisis management lessons drawn from his experience in the president’s bunker on September 11, 2001. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson was honored with the 2016 Person of the Year Award at a special luncheon on the second day of the program.
Additional show highlights included:
- Standing-room-only sessions in the Presentation Theater including Pre-Incident Indicators to Terrorist Attacks, Lone Wolf Terrorism, The Israeli Security Model, Counterespionage Programs, Cyber Security, and Open Source Intel.
- Exclusive briefings by members of the U.S. Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) on security challenges facing Brazil leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics and lessons learned from the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.
- In-depth discussions and best practices for implementing the ASIS Investigations Standard and the ASIS/RIMS Risk Management Standard.
For more information on ASIS global security conferences and exhibitions, including our flagship event, ASIS 2016, taking place September 12-15 in Orlando, Florida, visit www.asisonline.org/globalconferences.