ASIS International today announced its decision to move Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2020 to a fully virtual experience, titled Global Security Exchange Plus (GSX+), which will include more than 80 education sessions, a robust exhibition marketplace and unique peer-to-peer networking opportunities.
Following months of careful evaluation of the risks associated with convening an event of 20,000 professionals from across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASIS leadership says it concluded that transitioning GSX to a virtual-only environment for its 2020 event was the correct course of action, in the best interests of its members, attendees, speakers, exhibitors and the public.
Previously scheduled to take place Sept. 21-23 in Atlanta, Ga., the new online GSX+ will bring together a global audience with live and on-demand features Sept. 21-25.
“Launching GSX+ as a virtual-only experience will provide our members, exhibitors, sponsors and others with a one-of-a-kind approach that will advance security worldwide,” said Godfried Hendriks, president of the ASIS Global Board of Directors. “While circumstances dictate that we must forgo an in-person meeting this year, we are excited for GSX+ to deliver to a wider global audience the exceptional security networking, marketplace, education and training that truly set GSX apart. There is a growing demand for a comprehensive experience that helps the entire security profession learn and grow together.”
GSX+ organizers say they will deliver every element of a live event in an online environment: community, content, commerce and connection. GSX+ provides a new, fully virtual forum for the global security community to connect and engage with live discussions on the most pressing industry issues, CPE-eligible education sessions, a robust marketplace and peer-to-peer networking.
By the industry and for the industry, GSX+ is where a global audience of leading professionals and partners showcase their knowledge, products and services through an easy-to-use, safe and secure platform. Topics of education sessions will range from workplace violence and behavior detection to return to remote work, pandemic lessons learned and the well-being of security personnel.
“We are pleased to unveil our new GSX+ model, which will deliver the same number of CPEs as GSX, more accessibility with a lower cost to participate and will live online for several weeks after an initial 5-day live event,” said Peter J. O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International. “It’s never been more important for organizations to focus on risk management and business continuity. GSX+ offers a new way for professionals to come together, discover new technologies and approaches and dive into important discussions around global best practices.”