ASIS News: A Meeting of Minds at ASIS Europe
Print Issue: March/April 2022
ASIS Europe will be back in person in Prague, Czech Republic, 22–24 May 2022, for what is already shaping up to be an unmissable event for anyone needing to understand global security challenges through a European lens.
“It will be three years since our European community has been together in person, so we are quite sure there will be so much to exchange and catch up on that we won’t want to spend too much time quietly listening,” says Eduard Emde, CPP, ASIS Europe conference chair. “From the outset, we developed this year’s program differently to maximize time for dialogue, collaborative learning, and networking.”
One conference track will be dedicated to the evolving risk landscape around issues such as geopolitical tension, societal unrest, technology and the rise of AI, cyber–physical and privacy concerns, and new considerations on travel risk.
In parallel, the program will also examine how security supports business strategy, diving into what the post-UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) economy means for security teams; internal collaboration with risk management, compliance, and HR teams; how to function effectively in remote work environments; engaging the next generation of security talent; and how organizations implement enterprise security risk management (ESRM).
Plus, the innovation track will cover the latest research and developments on security tools, technology, and service solutions.
Opening with a networking function on the evening of 22 May and following with two days of conference and exhibits, the format provides an ideal opportunity to experience Prague—as well as the exceptional ASIS Europe learning on offer.
Radek Havliš, ASIS Europe conference vice-chair adds, “My hometown, Prague, is renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but it is also a great business destination. The city provides a central European base for numerous global companies and is a hub for innovation and engineering. This makes an ideal combination for a long overdue gathering of our ASIS community across Europe and beyond.”
The onsite event will be supplemented by two online events on 28 April and 12 May, providing maximum accessibility to ASIS’s exceptional educational content.
A range of Premium All-Access passes and Free to Attend options are available for delegates, and an updated selection of sponsorship and exhibition packages offer companies a wide range of engagement, content, and brand exposure opportunities at both the online and onsite events.
Full details at asiseurope.org.
The State of Security Management
The ASIS Foundation’s latest research—The State of Security Management 2020, A Baseline Phenomenological and Empirical Study—offers a snapshot of the security risk management field through the global upheaval of recent years, from pandemic and civil unrest to natural disasters and supply chain disruptions.
Through an extensive methodology, including an online survey of more than 500 professionals and interviews with 10 energetic security thought leaders, the research identifies eight key findings and four noteworthy themes about the state of security management in 2020. Key findings include:
- People matter (and by nature, security management is a “people” function, as well as a business function).
- Security executives and management professionals must embrace change.
- The security management field lacks a clear definition.
- Insularity in the security management field is a challenge.
- ESRM is catching on and is considered viable.
- Security professionals need to broaden their perspectives on global threats.
- The security profession’s brand and reputation must be enhanced.
- Security management metrics are an increasingly essential tool.
The report concludes with 14 recommendations meant to be actionable steps, addressed to a variety of audiences including security professionals, employers, academics/researchers, C-suite executives, and related professional associations.
ASIS members can access the full report for free. Learn more about the report and help fund future research by donating to the ASIS Foundation at asisfoundation.org.
Apply now for one of 30 ASIS Foundation Certification Scholarships. Deadline: 15 April 2022. Learn more at asisonline.org/foundationscholarships.
Member Appreciation Month
To thank you for your loyalty, ASIS is celebrating members all March long—offering access to great prizes, member-exclusive content, and special savings on ASIS professional development resources. Visit the Member Appreciation Month homepage at asisonline.org/MAM each week in March to discover featured content, discussions, and deals.
Young Professionals Corner
Security Management gets the perspective of Young Professional Community liaisons from ASIS International’s Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Jamaica chapters.
Pablo Nicolas Espinosa, APP, PSP
Seasoned professionals might be inclined to address contemporary security challenges with the same time-tested mind-set and toolbox that may not be the most suitable approach to these more complex times. This gives young security professionals a chance to fill in the gap by offering newer perspectives that could result in a more fitting solution, thus hardening the organization’s resiliency.
Javan Simpson, PCI
The world is changing. People everywhere are gaining higher appreciation for the importance of security, and the demand for professionals in all areas is growing. ASIS has given me the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the brightest minds in the global security community, hone my skills, and improve my competence level.