Top picks for ASIS seminar sessions

We reached out to some members and leaders of ASIS International to find what were their top picks from the scores of top-notch sessions offered next week in Anaheim, Calif., as part of the 2009 ASIS International Seminars and Exhibits. From sessions on business fraud to CFATS and data center protection, here's what this group is saying are "must-attend" sessions.

Monday's Top Picks

Standards and Guidelines Commission Update -- Monday, 11 a.m.-12 noon (Session 1)
What they said: "This session will help keep me up-to-date with the development of ASIS standards and guidelines. Such standards and guidelines are important tools in my work as a security practitioner."
- picked by Geoff Craighead, CPP (Vice President, Universal Protection Services, Santa Ana, Calif.)

What's new on the floor: Physical and IT Security -- Monday, 1:30-3 p.m. (Session 19)
What they said: "I think this is a must for any security professional. Technology is changing at the speed of light and this session will enhance your knowledge."
- picked by Ray O'Hara, CPP (ASIS International Treasurer and Board of Directors member)
What they said: "This session helps to identify the latest product innovations on the exhibit floor. This not only helps keep me current with physical and IT security technology but saves me time in highlighting the technologies I want to investigate further."
- picked by Geoff Craighead, CPP
What they said: "With a limited amount of time to walk the huge exhibits floor, this session provides quick guidance in finding new products and technology, or latest innovations with existing products."
-picked by Joseph R. ("Bob") Granger, CPP, ASIS International President-elect

Tuesday's Top Picks

Infectious Disease Plan: What Works, What Doesn't -- Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12 noon (Session 203, ASIS CSO Roundtable Session)
What they said: "As a practitioner in the health care arena, this presentation has applicability on several levels. I look to obtain insights on security practice ideas that will help me in my preparations to protect the health care sites for which I have responsibility as well as prepare for issues related to staffing and operations that could impact any business."
-picked by Mike Cummings, CPP (president of ASIS International)

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Update and Overview -- Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12 noon (Session 59)
What they said: "There is significant misinformation about CFATS and what is required. Some would not realize that they are subject to this regulation. It's not just chemical facilities…"
- picked by Ray O'Hara, CPP

Business Fraud Protection in Uncertain Economic Times -- Tuesday 1:30-3 p.m. (Session 81)
What they said: "As I have worked more closely with internal departments in my organization at identifying and resolving issues of fraud, I believe this session will help me identify both areas we might not be considering as well as tactics and strategies to investigate and combat various type of fraud."
- picked by Mike Cummings, CPP

The Future of Integrated Physical Security Systems: Exploring a New Educational Offering -- Tuesday, 1:30-3 p.m. (Session 76)
What they said: "This session will help me learn about the current efforts by ASIS to provide additional, in-depth education about integrated physical security systems."
- picked by Geoff Craighead, CPP

Wednesday's Top Picks

Using the CSO Standard to Advance Security and Your Career -- Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 noon (Session 110)
What they said: "I am interested in furthering the professional acceptance of CSO and also its acceptance since it has become the CSO (ANSI) Standard."
-picked by Joseph Granger, CPP

Protecting a Data Center -- Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 noon (Session 111)
What they said: "With electronic information driving our world, this session is important to any security professional. Even little bits of personal data can be compromised. Learn from an expert at this session."
- picked by Ray O'Hara, CPP

Enterprise Security Risk Management: Creating an Empowered, Effective, Converged Security Team -- Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 noon (Session 115)
What they said: "I think the instructor is a good 'thought leader' and want to get some insight and thoughts into changing organizational culture. This session appears advanced and offers (as stated) management business tools applicable to management and the workforce."
-picked by Joseph Granger, CPP

Managing Information during a Crisis -- Wednesday, 1:30 - 3 p.m. (Session 207, ASIS CSO Roundtable Session)
What they said: "I am currently working on an interdisciplinary team in my organization looking for best practice ideas on how we can address this very topic. Our recent changes in organizational structure and addition and occasional changes in business units requires us to evaluate our plan at this time and this session couldn't be more timely."
- picked by Mike Cummings, CPP