ISC East ’18 is here, and while everyone is buzzing about featured areas and cocktail parties, it’s important to make time for professional development, education and peer2peer knowledge sharing.  

Whether you want to learn about a new product, participate in a hands-on workshop or even earn some relevant continuing education credits, you’ll find what you’re looking for at this year’s education program.

For a deep dive into a topic, head over to room 1B04 for a hands-on workshop ($200 upgrade fee). On Wednesday, Nov. 14, there will be a workshop on “Basic Installation and Configuration for Video Surveillance” from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., where you can learn the basics of the craft including best practices of installation and configuration of network video devices. Come back from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, for “Introduction to Access Control Wiring,” an entry-level lab course designed to explain the basic electronic knowledge needed to wire an access control system.

Plus, take advantage of the complimentary SIA Education@ISC East education program. There are over 20 sessions most of which qualify for CE hours with many relevant industry accreditation bodies. On Wednesday, learn about smart cities, smart buildings and the converged security approach from 10:15-11 a.m. in theater 1, booth 177; or, learn how to close more sales with world-class action planning in theater 2, booth 376 from 1:15-2 p.m. On Thursday, head to theater 2, booth 376 from 10:15-11 a.m. for a session on selection, specification and installation of safety and security barriers for the protection of pedestrians and crowds. Then stick around booth 376 from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. to learn all about event security in 2018 and beyond.

Receive free training on how to use cutting-edge products through live, in-depth demonstrations by exhibitors in room 1A23. On Wednesday, from 10-11 a.m., Axis Communications will show you how to make the most out of your network device and how to improve the accuracy of your analytic deployment, and discuss different types of analytics. On Thursday, from 10-11 a.m., ConnexiCore will give a presentation on drones and the benefits of “real time” telepresence for public safety and security.

New to ISC East this year is the co-location with Unmanned Security Expo New York’s world-class education program, which provides security professionals with the tools and skills needed to protect against today’s emerging security threats. On Wednesday, come to theater 1, booth 26 from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. for “Drone Security Policy and Regulatory Update: What You Need to Know to Get Involved,” a session that teaches the current policy and regulatory framework, among other things. Later on Wednesday, from 3:15-4 p.m., come back to booth 26 for a session on “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Risk Management: Thriving Amid Emerging Threats and Opportunities.” From 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, a session on current market trends impacting the industry for security robots will be held at theater one, booth 26; from 2:15-3 p.m. booth 26 will feature a session about the growing need for counter-UAS in a growing industry, “Counter-UAS for an Increasingly Complex Airspace.”

For a full listing of education sessions, go to ISC East’s website,