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​Peggy O'Connor

New Format for ASIS Europe 2017 Draws Security Leaders to Milan

Brussels 2017-04-03

​ASIS Europe 2017—From Risk to Resilience—gathered an impressive crowd of both established and aspiring security leaders in Milan on 29-31 March. Total participation counted 700 registrants from 48 countries, with many global enterprises represented.

The event theme "Secure Today's Connected Enterprise" brought together CSOs, CISOs and their team members to assess and address complex cyber-physical risks.

The opening keynote from Microsoft Italy General Manager, Carlo Purassanta, framed the challenge for security practitioners by illustrating the impact and business opportunities of IoT technology as well as the rapid rate of change we can expect.

This immediately sparked debate at the subsequent security leaders' panel debate with questions raised about the current lack of regulation for IoT technology, the gaps in consumer and user knowledge of the risks associated with unsecured IoT devices, and whether some hardware and software manufacturers were behaving responsibly by releasing unsecured products to an uninformed market.

The conference demonstrated how ASIS' recent strategic commitment to the Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) approach is already being reflected in ASIS educational programmes. ESRM is a risk-based approach to holistically managing the varied security risks in an organisation, reflected in sessions such as:

  • Masterclasses on implementing integrated enterprise-wide security teams, and on the tension between consumer privacy and corporate security interests
  • case studies on existing IoT security breaches, the impacts of big data and cognitive computing
  • a review of radicalisation and the role of technology
  • an examination of the complexity in conducting multi-jurisdictional investigations across multiple technology platforms
  • insight into the methodology of leading global enterprises such as Amazon, Deutsche Telekom, Tech Data and Solvay.

The focus on cyber-physical risks drew attention to the need for ESRM's holistic approach. As Eduard Emde, CPP, who was announced onsite as the Conference Chair for ASIS Europe 2018, reflected in the closing session, "We find ourselves faced with questions of ownership, responsibility and liability. Whilst much debate has centred on technology risk, we have also been reminded that we cannot forget much more familiar foes. And we were also reminded how much risk stems from the human factor – whether through ignorance or by malicious intent."

A new event format saw the launch of both the ASIS Europe Career Centre and Training Workshops. These were designed to provide education and career advancement opportunities relevant to a wide range of professionals, regardless of experience, background or financial resources.

The breadth and depth of the learning opportunities, spanning 75 sessions across 6 stages in 2 days helped draw a diverse audience. This provided a platform for the exchange of ideas from critical infrastructure, manufacturing, and financial services, to digital enterprises such as Facebook and Paypal, plus the public sector, particularly municipalities.

The event was supported by sponsors Tyco Integrated Fire & Security, Nedap, Sicuritalia and Securitas and over twenty exhibiting companies providing the latest innovations for a wide variety of risk assessment and asset protection applications.

ASIS Europe 2018 will take place in The Hague, Netherlands on 18-20 April 2018. More information will be available soon on

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