The ASIS International 62nd annual Seminar and Exhibits takes place September 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and will feature many new events.
ASIS draws 20,000 security professionals from around the globe each year to its Annual Seminar and Exhibits and presents more than 250 educational sessions. The exhibition area features the latest security technology and innovations in traditional and logical security, providing a showcase for more than 500 companies demonstrating cutting-edge solutions.
Its opening session will focus on the state of security. Led by ASIS President David C. Davis, CPP, and ASIS International CEO Peter J. O’Neil, CAE, attendees will hear insights on professional trends, technological developments, and skill sets required to prosper in the current and future environment. The discussion will range across business, management, technology, strategic and human capital issues.
ASIS will be hosting its inaugural Security Week, held in conjunction with ASIS 2016, Sept. 12-15. Security Week, supported by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection, was developed in response to the violent attacks being carried out where citizens work, live and play around the world. It’s designed to help educate small business owners and leaders of community organizations on the fundamentals of preparedness and protecting soft targets.
Security Week will kick-off with a free Preparedness and Prevention Community Seminar on Sept. 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. Local businesses, community organizations including houses of worship, schools, hospitals, restaurants and clubs and others with limited resources for a security program are invited to attend to learn more about today’s threat landscape, the fundamentals of prevention and preparedness planning, and how to work with law enforcement agencies.
Also at this year’s show, The InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA), a partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S., will be colocating its 20th anniversary Congress and Conference with ASIS 2016 and the (ISC)2 Congress. In addition, an InfraGard session track will be integrated into the ASIS and (ISC)2 education program.
The show will host the first U.S. Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) at the Sept. 14 Foundation Night. Tickets are $125, and the event is also supported by BOMA International, IAPSC, IAHSS, NASCO, PSA Network, and RIMS. The OSPAs are designed to “recognize and reward companies and individuals across the security sector” and to be “both independent and inclusive, providing an opportunity for outstanding performers, whether individuals or companies to be recognized and their success to be celebrated.”
Attendees and exhibitors can get a free professional headshot taken at the Headshot Lounge located next to the ASIS Career Center. Professional photographers equipped with lighting and makeup artists will be available.
Another new feature will be the ASIS Young Professionals Council, who will manage an onsite career center. The 2.5 days of panel sessions and professional development programming will address issues relevant to security professionals at all stages of their career. Located on the exhibit floor, the career center will continue to offer free career coaching and resume reviews to all attendees.
The show’s keynote speakers will be former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel; Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Elliott Abrams; and survivor of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy Beck Weathers.
The show will include a number of educational sessions throughout the week, along with three general sessions on Thursday. For a full schedule, visit here.
The general sessions presented on the final day will provide security professionals with actionable insights into managing change in the workplace and a front seat to an energized debate on some of today’s top political issues.
“Our primary goal is to provide security management professionals the information, strategies, and tools to successfully navigate and manage risk,” said Davis. “While practitioners’ roles and responsibilities vary widely, there are a core set of skills, including change management and consensus building, that are universally in demand. These closing sessions offer tangible knowledge that professionals can readily apply in their daily work.”
General sessions will include:
Navigating Transitions: How Security Professionals Can Successfully Manage Change in the Workplace
Thursday, Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.
Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America