The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced the keynote speakers for its annual executive conference, Securing New Ground (SNG). Jerome Pickett, senior vice president and chief security officer at the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Valerie Thomas, executive information security consultant for Securicon, will both keynote the two-day event, which aims to bring together senior-level industry leaders and financial partners to share information, network and connect. 
The 2018 SIA conference will be held Oct. 25-26 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Thomas will speak the first day in the morning about securing the future of physical security, and Pickett will speak in the afternoon, sharing global lessons from the NBA’s security program, how he’s handling disruptive technologies and using intelligent security solutions to prepare for threats.
“Each year, SNG attendees get to dive deep into the security trends that matter to them, and this conference helps them clarify business strategies and drive their business forward,” said Don Erickson, SIA’s CEO. “We are excited to welcome Jerome Pickett and Valerie Thomas to SNG 2018, where attendees will gain top insights from these distinguished security leaders.”
In addition to the keynote addresses, SNG 2018 will feature discussions and events, including:
•    The View from the Top: Challenges for Today’s Security Industry Leaders
•    Harnessing Cyber-Physical Security Technologies
•    Securing the Future Generation of Security
•    The Smart City of the Future Will Be Conscious
•    Investment Insights: Perspectives from Wall Street and Private Equity

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