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ASIS International Kicks Off Rebranded Global Security Exchange (GSX) Conference in Las Vegas, An Event Like No Other

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The annual conference brings top security industry leaders together to discuss key issues and thriving innovations in the market

Las Vegas, NV (September 24, 2018)ASIS International, the world's largest association for security management professionals, in partnership with InfraGard, ISSA and the Cyber Security Summit kicked off its five-day, newly rebranded Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference in Las Vegas. More than 20,000 security professionals are expected to attend the five-day event showcasing over 350 innovative educational sessions.

“GSX provides an outstanding opportunity for our members to gain education and insights about current security trends and threats, and also to see all the greatest and newest technologies out there on the expo floor,” said Kimberly Pratt, executive director of InfraGard National. “We hope ASIS members will come check out our booth and learn more about what InfraGard has to offer."

Thousands of attendees gathered on Monday to learn more about security education topics that are ripped from the headlines. Fareed Zakaria, global thinker, columnist and CNN host, started the day with his keynote “The Forces of Global Change: Thriving in an Era of Transformation,” that was delivered in front of a packed audience. Zakaria discussed the trends and challenges of progressive growth in the United States and how economic globalization is fueled by modern-day technologies. “Software eats the world, and now we are moving towards removing humans from those systems since they slow down processes and add imperfections,” says Zakaria. He adds, “Three million Americans drive a truck, bus, or car for a living. It is the largest occupation for people without a degree. What happens to those people when their jobs are replaced by driverless vehicles? That is the major cause of anxiety in today's growing economy.”

The day’s educational lineup focused on key security topics including school security, reducing soft targets, developing smart cities, preventing workplace violence, threats to critical infrastructure and the future of AI and cybersecurity. Sessions had standing room only as leading security professionals gathered to hear more about how to tackle some of today’s toughest security challenges.

Tuesday’s agenda looks to be just as action packed, as the exhibit hall of over 550 exhibitors opens up—featuring thousands of security products and services, plus all the can’t-miss show floor features that will showcase innovation throughout the global security industry across the three X stages.

The free school security community education program also kicks off tomorrow at 12:30pm with its first session “School Security: Beyond the Headlines”, which will be livestreamed from the GSX exhibit hall. Speakers from the ASIS School Safety and Security Council will discuss active shooters, the conditions that lead to these acts of violence, and measures that can be taken to secure soft targets.

Other key program elements that you will not want to miss on Tuesday, September 25 include:

  • Keynote Address: Scott Klososky, Founder and Principal of TriCorps Technologies, will walk us through the digital transformation and its impact on security management and leadership. Additionally, he will build a case for managing and using technology to gain a competitive advantage to lead successfully into the future.
  • Career Pathway Guide Announcement: At 2:30 PM, ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA), the leading trade association representing global security solution providers, will release, the Security Management and Industry Career Pathways Guide at GSX Career HQ. The guide and accompanying presentation will focus on the core levels within a career in security management, how security professionals can grow throughout their career and what the next step of their career looks like. The presentation is free for all attendees and a must-attend for all practitioners.
  • Three X-Learning Theaters: The most innovative, cutting-edge, and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today will be examined and demoed on three X-Learning stages throughout the exhibit hall starting tomorrow. It’s an opportunity for key buyers and decision makers to see what's new and what's hot in the industry - you won’t want to miss it!

For more information on the education sessions at GSX this year, please visit


About Global Security Exchange

Entering its 64th year, Global Security Exchange (formerly the ASIS International Annual Seminar & Exhibits) is the world’s most comprehensive event for security professionals worldwide, dedicated to addressing fast-paced changes across the industry with a focus on immersive learning, revitalized networking, and a reimagined exhibit floor. Attendance at GSX directly supports scholarship programs and the development of education, certification, and standards and guidelines year-round. ASIS International remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines—and at all stages of their career—can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed. For information, visit

About ASIS International

Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange (formerly the Annual Seminar and Exhibits)—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets.  Learn more about the work we do at