Introducing Global Security Exchange
GLOBAL SECURITY EXCHANGE (GSX) is the new name for the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, the security industry's flagship educational and networking event. The move reflects the Society's commitment to unite the full spectrum of security—cyber and operational security professionals from all verticals across the private and public sectors, allied organizations and partners, and the industry's leading service and solution providers—for the most comprehensive security event in the world.
"GSX is setting a new bar for education, networking, and security product and service excellence—addressing the issues critical to all sectors of the global marketplace," says Ron Rosenbaum, chief global marketing and business development officer at ASIS International. "The new name, branding, and messaging reflect the global nature of our event, as well as our commitment to facilitating the exchange of ideas, best practices, and product and service innovations among all industry professionals."
Registration for GSX opened in March with strong numbers, due in part to high levels of engagement on social media and positive buzz stemming from the brand reveal.
"Global Security Exchange will build upon the change and reinvention introduced at ASIS 2017," says 2018 ASIS President Richard E. Chase, CPP, PCI, PSP. "What won't change is our commitment to reinvesting, promoting, and furthering the security profession year-round. This is a source of great professional pride, and a clear brand differentiator between GSX and other industry events."
GSX will continue to offer best-in-class education, networking, and business-building opportunities that provide ongoing benefits for attendees and exhibitors alike. The education—led by ASIS, InfraGard, and ISSA subject matter experts—will deliver an immersive and interactive learning environment for security professionals at all experience levels.
"We believe learning shouldn't be reserved for the classroom," Rosenbaum says. "It's important for attendees to get hands-on access to new and emerging technologies, as well as ideas and insights that offer new perspectives on current and looming challenges. With immersive reality, robotics, and drone demos, as well as expanded Impact Learning Theater and Career Center programming, GSX will transform the traditional exhibit hall format to provide the industry's most robust and engaging technology and solutions experience."
Building on more than six decades of event excellence, GSX will take place September 23-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. For more information and to register, visit gsx.org.
Upcoming Global Events
ASIS Europe 2018
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Big Data and artificial intelligence are main themes of ASIS Europe 2018—"Blurred Boundaries—Clear Risks." Opening keynote speaker Tom Raftery, global vice president, futurist, and IoT evangelist, SAP, will set the tone for the conference with his insight into the business opportunities presented by Big Data, artificial intelligence, and automation. Classroom training sessions will provide concise, practical learning.
The free Show Pass, available until April 17, includes access to education sessions in the Technology and Solutions Track, coaching and advice at the ASIS Europe Career Centre, and the networking hub of the exhibition floor. Full information and registration is on the event website asiseurope.org.
11th Annual CSO Summit
April 29-May 1
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
CSOs, policymakers, and global thought leaders will gather at the 11th Annual CSO Summit for strategic-level discussions, executive development, and exclusive networking opportunities.
Taking place at Target Plaza Commons in Minneapolis, this forum will feature futurist Scott Klososky; executive coach Angela Scalpello; a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings; and sessions on security risk management, leadership skills, and the changing technology landscape.
This event is open only to CSO Center members and those eligible for CSO Center membership. Learn more and register at asisonline.org/CSOSummit.
28th New York City Security Conference & Expo
New York, New York, USA
The Northeast's most anticipated security event will bring together 2,200+ security professionals for two days of valuable networking opportunities, an exhibit floor showcasing solutions from 110+ exhibitors, and expert-led education sessions examining critical issues and trends in enterprise risk and public safety.
Thought leaders will speak on drone and artificial intelligence technologies, protecting soft targets, and how enterprise security risk management can turn security into a business enabler.
Special events during the conference include an opening reception on the expo floor and a luncheon honoring the ASIS New York Chapter's Person of the Year—His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. For more information and to register, visit asisonline.org/nyc2018.
Early Careerist Job Study
ASIS International is conducting a job analysis study to determine the body of knowledge needed by those new to or transitioning into the security management field.
In January, a panel of security professionals developed a list of knowledge and skill statements and determined the overall domains of practice in which these statements belong. To ensure that the profession agrees with the panel's recommendations, a survey will be sent to all ASIS members in early April to validate the work of this panel. Based on the results of the survey, ASIS will decide if this newly developed body of knowledge can be used to create a new certification program.
This new certification is envisioned to be the first rung on a security management professional's career ladder. ASIS encourages all members—especially those new to the field and professionals who hire those new to the field—to complete this survey and help advance the creation of this important stepping stone into the profession.
ASIS INTERNATIONAL CUP 2018 KICKS OFF
The ASIS International Cup rewards individuals who recruit the largest number of new members to ASIS from March through June. The single highest recruiter will receive a free all-access pass to GSX, September 23-27 in Las Vegas, a three-night hotel reservation, and $500 towards GSX travel expenses.
The second-place prize is a $500 Amazon gift card, and the third-place prize is a $250 Amazon gift card. All recruiters will earn an entry into a drawing for gift cards to WorldSoccerShop.com. In 2017, the winner, Ronald Lee Martin, CPP, recruited 13 new members.
To learn more and to locate recruitment tools, visit asisonline.org/InternationalCup. Get in the game and win big!
ASIS Life Members
ASIS congratulates Dennis G. Byerly, CPP, and Andrew Wyczlinski, CPP, who have been granted lifetime membership to ASIS.
Byerly has been a member of ASIS for 27 years. He has been a longtime member of the Commercial Real Estate Council, and he served as a council vice chair for multiple terms. He was also a member of the Critical Infrastructure Working Group.
Wyczlinski has belonged to ASIS since 1977. He has been an active member of the National Capital Chapter; the Dayton, Ohio, Chapter; the San Antonio Chapter; and now the North Texas Chapter. In addition, he was a founding member and chapter chair for the Fredericksburg/Quantico Chapter.
Member Book Review
Private Investigation and Homeland Security. By Daniel J. Benny. CRC Press; crcpress.com; 181 pages; $79.95.
In the popular media, private investigators are frequently portrayed as shadowy and unprincipled gumshoes working cases on cheating spouses and sitting in cars on stakeouts. This may be true to a small degree, but in his book, Private Investigation and Homeland Security, Daniel J. Benny makes a strong case for broadening the scope of private investigator services into the homeland security arena.
A quick glance through the book's comprehensive table of contents provides the reader with a preview of all things relating to the private investigation—from establishing an investigative business to countering cyberattacks and implementing technical systems.
Much of the homeland security investigation how-to content relates to various components of physical security and background investigations. The author includes an ancillary section on security consulting, which encompasses a broad discussion of intrusion detection systems, access control, and locking devices. At times readers may struggle to connect the dots as the author introduces varied content that may not seem relevant to the subject at hand.
The author could have neatly packaged the seemingly disparate physical security and investigative components of the book together for the readers by probing into the importance of the partnership between law enforcement and the private sector. The private sector owns and protects 85 percent of the nation's infrastructure, while local law enforcement often possesses threat information regarding infrastructure. Thus, to effectively protect the homeland's infrastructure, law enforcement and the private sector must continue to work collaboratively, because neither possesses the necessary resources to do so alone.
There is plenty of knowledge that can be used by investigators and general security practitioners alike. While the book covers a multitude of security-oriented topics, readers may find themselves questioning the relevance of some content. The appendices comprise nearly 30 percent of the book and cite some narrowly focused regulatory statutes, including New York security guard and Virginia private investigator training outlines.
This book would best serve one who is contemplating a foray into the private investigative industry or a more advanced practitioner who wishes to broaden investigative service offerings.
Reviewer: Doug Beaver, CPP, is chair of the ASIS Cultural Properties Council and a member of the Global Terrorism and Political Instability Council. He is the director of security for the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.