September 2020 ASIS News
Print Issue: September 2020
What is GSX+?
It's been a long year with new challenges faced and vital lessons learned along the way. Later this month, 21–25 September 2020, thousands of security professionals from around the globe will gather to share security best practices in a world reshaped by COVID-19. As a true sign of the times, they won’t be gathering in person.
In lieu of the physical Global Security Exchange (GSX) event, ASIS International created Global Security Exchange Plus (GSX+)—a new virtual experience designed to deliver the world-class education, networking, and marketplace that security professionals around the world have come to expect from GSX.
The GSX+ education program, built by security professionals for security professionals, offers attendees more than they could experience at any previous GSX. Sessions are being recorded and made available on-demand to All-Access attendees through the end of the year, making it possible to attend every session presented at GSX+. And the continuing professional education (CPE) credits you’ll earn reflect that—attendees can earn up to 25 CPEs towards recertification.
GSX+ sessions will tackle the most pressing issues facing security professionals today, from insider threats in a borderless work environment to bridging the gap between cyber and physical security. Other topical sessions cover drones, artificial intelligence, and ESRM.
The education lineup, available at GSX.org/sessions, is divided into tracks to help you find the sessions most valuable to you. The tracks include:
- Digital Transformation and Information Security
- Leadership and Managing Organizations
- National Security
- Physical and Operational Security
- Risk Management
Daily networking events help keep the security community connected and offer a venue for discussing the newest trends, ideas, and opinions. The GSX+ platform allows users to opt-in to live networking throughout the entire week, with the ability to request one-on-one meetings with fellow attendees. Stay tuned throughout the week for additional opportunities to network with peers in one-on-one meetings, small group discussions, and larger networking events.
The core of any industry event is the ability to browse new technologies, watch demonstrations, meet potential partners, and learn about new solutions. All this is available in the GSX+ virtual Marketplace.
Attendees can browse the Marketplace and attend live scheduled product demos and tech talks from exhibiting companies or view them on-demand at attendees’ convenience. GSX+ provides matchmaking between exhibitors and attendees to help attendees find exactly the products and services they require. Beyond this, attendees can reach out to companies directly within the platform to request private one-on-one meetings or product demos to see technology in action and ask questions.
The Always-On Experience
As a virtual event, GSX+ will be accessible 24 hours a day, with live content recorded and available on-demand shortly after its airtime. When you are ready to learn, the content is ready for you to experience. It is also a cyber-safe event, with SSL/TLS encryption technology that is audited annually by third parties to ensure the safe transmission of data.
At a time when it is more important than ever to ensure that you bring maximum value to the table with your skills and knowledge, GSX+ delivers security professionals the tools they need to improve their security practice.
With opportunities to participate ranging from the All-Access Pass to the Marketplace-Only Pass, GSX+ is an experience not to be missed. Learn more at GSX.org.
Blockchain: A Guide for Security Professionals
Blockchain is making major inroads in the security industry—in areas such as identity management, smart contracts, and video verification. Newly released ASIS Foundation research is designed to help security professionals better understand the technology, its security advantages, and its implications for security management.
Blockchain: A Guide for Security Professionals, the first report in the foundation’s new Digital Transformation Series, provides a practical overview of the facets of blockchain that are most relevant to security practitioners. Learn more about how the technology is already being applied and the considerations to be aware of before implementation.
This study is based on 30 interviews with blockchain and cryptocurrency experts, a survey of more than 2,000 security professionals, and a literature review of more than 150 reports, studies, books, research papers, and more.
Key findings examined in the report include:
- Blockchain is a type of database, though a powerful one.
- Security professionals around the globe are generally unfamiliar with blockchain, and their companies are not using the technology.
- Blockchain offers many security advantages.
- Blockchain may be poised for mass adoption, but it’s not quite there yet.
- Blockchain shouldn’t be a technology seeking an application.
- When blockchain is a good solution, any one of four different types of blockchain might be the best choice.
- Blockchain must confront various security issues and other challenges.
- Trust is the key philosophical issue.
- Successful blockchain use cases have yet to transform into lasting implementations.
The complimentary executive summary is available at asisfoundation.org. ASIS members can download the full report—a $125 value—for free.
The next topic to be addressed in the ASIS Foundation Digital Transformation Series is artificial intelligence, to be published early in 2021.