AMAG Technology hosted its annual Security Engineering Symposium in Newport Beach, Calif., February 23-26, 2018 at the Balboa Bay Resort. Nearly 70 end users, integrators and consultants attended the highly interactive networking event.

AMAG Technology President Kurt Takahashi and Vice President-Global Sales and Business Development Jody Ross kicked off the conference with opening remarks and introductions of honored guests and AMAG staff. Chief Operating Officer Howard Johnson updated attendees on AMAG’s product roadmap and vision for the future. Breakout sessions educated attendees about Symmetry GUEST Visitor Management, Symmetry CONNECT Identity Management, the Symmetry Solution and RISK360 Incident management.

Keynote speaker, Michael Gelles, managing director and security expert, Deloitte, LLP, presented “Challenges to Building an Insider Threat Program,” where he outlined the program pillars to prevent, detect and respond, and how creating a program is a team sport.

“Every year I am amazed at the collaboration and networking that occurs at the Security Engineering Symposium and this year it was fantastic to see end users, integrators and consultants sharing ideas and interacting with the technology partners to learn about the latest technologies,” said Kami Dukes, director of business development, AMAG Technology. “We had a record number of technology partners attend, which speaks for itself. The cutting-edge technologies demonstrated were on target with the trends we are seeing in the industry. Seeing those technologies close up and having the opportunity to ask questions was invaluable.”

Craig Vollman, a computer expert who works for a large health care insurance company said, “This is my first SES and I was very impressed with the setup. As an end user, I especially enjoyed the break-out sessions being paired with integrators, manufacturers and consultants. It was a great experience to hear everybody’s perspective on deployment strategies and to learn about the new software and technologies being developed and implemented.”

Seventeen certified technology partners demonstrated their products and solutions throughout the weekend. The list of sponsors included: ASSA ABLOY, Zenitel, Arrow, FST Biometrics with Gunnebo, HID Global, Hoverfly, NEC, Winsted, Flir, Idemia, SMI, Ticto, Arecont Vision, Barco, Life Safety Power and Wavelynx.

“SES brings everyone to the same forum and creates an open dialog where the end users get to voice what they want to do in their business,” said Ron Free, director of engineering, Automation Integrated. “The integrator exposes himself to what the consultants can bring to the table, and the consultants can see what the integrators are capable of. It’s a great gathering of the minds that provides input and guidance for attendees to take back to their companies and make decisions about the direction they want to go in the market.”

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