Opening GSX Keynotes Announced
Future-focused visionaries are coming to Vegas. Peabody Award-winning CNN host, columnist, and global thinker Fareed Zakaria and futurist and technology pundit Scott Klososky will bring vital insight to their opening keynote addresses at Global Security Exchange (GSX), formerly the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 23–27 in Las Vegas.
Zakaria will kick off the GSX conference program on Monday with his opening remarks. A former editor-at-large at TIME and current host of CNN's flagship international affairs program, "Fareed Zakaria GPS," he is a world-renowned expert on global trends. His columns and commentaries—on topics ranging from the future of the Middle East and America's role in the world to innovation and the politics and culture of the global economy—reach millions through The Washington Post, CNN, and his daily digital newsletter.
At GSX, Zakaria's comments will focus on the forces of global change. Today's cyberthreats know no boundaries. Global expansion and outsourcing mean leaders must manage international teams and varying cultures. With an emphasis on emotional intelligence and security, he will explore what it means to live in a truly global era.
Klososky returns to GSX as the Tuesday morning keynoter on the heels of his popular "The Technology Integration of Man" presentation in 2017. Since then, he has discussed enterprise security risk management and key change drivers in today's security industry at ASIS Europe and the ASIS CSO Summit. At GSX he will tie all these thoughts together for a comprehensive look at the impact of today's rapid digital transformation on security management and leadership. He will build a compelling case for managing and using technology—and knowing when not to use it—to gain a competitive advantage and lead successfully into the future.
For more GSX updates, visit gsx.org/blog. The GSX Blog offers previews of the education, products, and experiences available to participants in Las Vegas this September. Hear attendees, speakers, and exhibitors explain what they're looking forward to at GSX and why this show—for the profession, by the profession—is the industry's can't-miss event.
Student Members Attend GSX Free
ASIS International is making it easier than ever for students of all ages to enter the security profession, providing the information, networking, and professional development opportunities needed to kick-start their careers.
Last year, ASIS reduced student membership fees to $20 per year. In 2018, ASIS has deepened its commitment to the profession's next-generation leaders by offering all student members a complimentary all-access registration for Global Security Exchange (GSX).
The all-access pass allows students to participate in the onsite career center and job fair to learn about the diverse range of opportunities available across the profession and attend the full education program, including foundational sessions like "Security Careers: The What and the How" and "A Framework for Multigenerational Security Organizations." Most importantly, they can begin to build a network that will support them through every stage of their professional journey.
Ron Martin, CPP, regional vice president, ASIS International Region 3D, and director, Open Security Exchange, has sponsored dozens of student members over the years so they could benefit from the education and networking that ASIS provides.
"I've long believed that it's the responsibility of veteran security professionals to take the next generation under their wings," Martin says. "An ASIS membership offers these students career-long connections to the lifeblood of the security profession. Mentors and experts in the field are always within reach and able to provide advice at every stage of their careers."
ASIS has also started developing a new early careerist certification, envisioned to be the first rung on a security management professional's career ladder.
The ASIS Young Professionals Council is hard at work to ensure that these next-generation leaders make the most of their involvement with the Society. Each ASIS chapter is encouraged to designate a Young Professionals liaison, who organizes events and advocates for young professionals and the issues that matter to them most.
Members are encouraged to reach out to their local chapter and identify students who can benefit from membership. For help getting started, contact the Academic and Training Programs Council via ASIS.ATPCouncil@gmail.com.
Council Corner: Academic and Training Programs Council
Nearly two dozen professors, adjunct faculty, and security professionals with expertise in training development and delivery make up the Academic and Training Programs Council. These leaders promote and assist in the development of security academic education and professional training programs at academic institutions, professional associations, private organizations, and government entities.
The council's work includes collaborating with universities that offer accredited academic programs in security management, national security, and cybersecurity to share security-related trends and studies. The council also works with ASIS stakeholders to connect with undergraduate and graduate students in support of their development to become the next generation of leaders within the security profession.
In the coming months, the council will focus on updating the ASIS listing of institutions offering security academic programs, surveying universities and student members, improving curriculum development by promoting better understanding of broader skill sets required of security executives, and promoting increased understanding of enterprise security risk management (ESRM) and its linkage to business success.
Chapter Events in India
Over a single weekend in May, the ASIS New Delhi and Mumbai chapters drew hundreds of attendees to chapter events to spotlight and celebrate security excellence.
On May 25, the New Delhi Chapter's Women in Security event featured topics like "Breaking Barriers," "Diversity and Inclusion," and more, delivered by women security professionals from Boeing, Shell, and IBM, among others. Almost 100 professionals attended the event at the Bank of America's Gurugram office.
"This meeting provided an excellent platform to showcase women security professionals at various levels," says Manish Datta, chapter chair, ASIS New Delhi. "These women act as a guiding light for others to follow their passion and make this industry their professional choice."
The Mumbai Chapter highlighted security excellence on May 26 via its CPP Review Session and Mentorship Program presentation. Nearly 150 professionals attended the virtual conference to learn about the chapter's new CPP preparation program.
Through the program, CPP aspirants will be paired with a mentor. The mentor will conduct monthly discussions, and aspirants will participate in quarterly review sessions. After a year's time, the program's participants should have attained the requisite knowledge to attain the CPP certification.
"The overwhelming attendance for this program is a clear reflection of the growing potential of the security industry in India," says Sanjeev Mishra, CPP, chapter chair, ASIS Mumbai. "This initiative will go a long way in both spreading awareness about ASIS and the CPP certification and sharing valuable knowledge needed for security professionals to thrive."
Datta presented closing thoughts at the Mumbai event, demonstrating the collaborative spirit these chapters share in their efforts to advance the profession.
To stay up to date on the work ASIS chapters do all year long, read monthly regional Dynamics member newsletters at asisonline.org/Dynamics.
ASIS LIFE MEMBER
ASIS congratulates Frank W. Robinson, CPP, on becoming a Life Member. Robinson has been a member of ASIS for 36 years and has held the CPP certification since 1983. He served on the Commercial Real Estate Council.
MEMBER BOOK REVIEW
The Manager's Guide to Simple, Strategic, Service-Oriented Business Continuity. By Rachelle Loyear. Rothstein Publishing; Rothstein.com; ebook; $14.74.
Business continuity plans must be simple, strategic, and service-oriented: that is the key message of this book by Rachelle Loyear. The author advocates a new model—the Three S Philosophy—as an approach to improve engagement and support for business continuity management (BCM) programs.
Traditional BCM programs face various challenges and roadblocks that make them cumbersome for business subject matter experts and even for the experienced risk professional. To counter those obstacles, Loyear urges planners to focus on the essentials, stripping away complexity and putting strategy and business value front and center to help the risk owner in the BCM journey.
This guide will provide great value for anyone engaged in BCM, whether as an experienced risk professional or a functional expert. The Three S Philosophy, which endorses simplicity, strategy, and service, provides a powerful yet uncomplicated framework that a focuses on value. The reader will appreciate various references in the manuscript to enterprise security risk management, as well as practical templates and checklists to facilitate further use.
Reviewer: Rachid Kerkab has almost two decades of experience in criminology, strategy, risk, and resilience. He is a member of ASIS.