Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2023, held Sept. 11-13 in Dallas, attracted nearly 16,000 registrants from 95 countries along with more than 470 exhibitors, according to event producer ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals.
Those numbers bested last year’s pandemic-rebounding conference in Orlando, Fla., which drew more than 13,000 registrants from 85 countries and 400+ exhibitors.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the success of our annual conference and trade show. GSX is not just an event; it’s a testament to the passion, dedication, and collective brilliance of our members and ASIS staff,” stated, Tim McCreight, CPP, 2023 president, ASIS International. “Together, we’ve created a truly remarkable experience for security professionals across the globe that will have a long-lasting impact.”
SDM Senior Editor Rodney Bosch walked the GSX 2023 exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the first two days and witnessed mostly crowded aisles and busy show booths, with attendees and exhibitors alike giving a thumbs up to the pervasive energy in the hall. Check out the image gallery and captions above for a sampling of technology and product highlights seen on the show floor.
GSX 2023 kicked-off with a 9/11 commemoration and keynote presentation by Radek Sikorski, a current member of the European Parliament. His presentation, titled “Securing Democracy Worldwide: Why We Must Win,” discussed the threat Putin poses not only to Ukraine, but also to Poland, Europe and democracy at large. Sikorski urged both the European Union and the United States to support the efforts in Ukraine.
Former president George W. Bush led off Day 2’s agenda with a general session, during which he discussed his time in office, conflict abroad and the 9/11 attacks. Bush also shared his thoughts on the most pressing issues facing the U.S. today, as well as the effectiveness a president can have when dealing with those issues.
Also on Day 2, the World Security Report 2023, commissioned by Allied Universal and its international business G4S, was unveiled. The report offers a unique look at the concerns of nearly 1,800 chief security officers from large, global companies in 30 countries representing a combined annual revenue of more than $20 trillion in 2022.
The final day of GSX celebrated Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and featured former CIA Officer and FBI Special Agent Tracy Walder. In her keynote address, Walder identified what she sees as the three most urgent threats facing the U.S.: fragile states, China and domestic terrorism.
GSX 2023 offered nearly 220 education sessions over the three-day event, including a number of “speed learning” sessions, such as the X Stage, which featured cutting-edge solutions that actively shape the future of the security professional. The UnCrewed U Stage offered 14 short, 20-minute sessions and product demos of the latest uncrewed aircraft platforms, counter UAS systems and ground-based robots. The Cybersecurity Pavilion addressed topics ranging from the convergence between physical and cybersecurity to artificial intelligence.
GSX 2024 will return to Orlando, Sept. 23-25. For more event information, go here.