Security Watch: Head to Philly for ASIS 2012

The 55th annual ASIS conference heads to Philadelphia in September


This article originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of SD&I magazine

Philadelphia ranks as one of the most historic cities in the U.S. and the birthplace of American Democracy and it’s only befitting that the American Society of Industry Security (ASIS) will hold its 55th annual seminar and exhibits in the city of Brotherly Love from September 10 through 13.

There’s are tons of historic sites to visit, including George Washington’s home, as well as top-notch museums like the National Constitution Museum, the African American Museum and the Betsy Ross House. And as far as restaurants, suffice to say you won’t go away hungry, as Philadelphia boasts an array of ethic and traditional fares to please every palate. In fact, ASIS has arranged a program called: “Show Us Your Room Key or Badge Delegate Discount Pass” where attendees can get special discounts from participating sponsors. Check out the website at www.asisonline.org and the “Get to Know Philadelphia” tab at the Hotel and Travel button on the site for more information on included venues.

Education for every facet of security

If you’re a PSP or CPP, you can get your certification credits at ASIS. But if not, you can also take advantage of the Systems Integrator and Physical Security tracks as well as courses on access and identity management, mobile security, social networking and vertical market sessions focusing on the government side of the business. There are also keynote, general sessions and a spouse program to fill every need on your agenda. Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is one keynote speaker slated for ASIS 2012.

Site of the tradeshow is the renovated and expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, some 62 percent larger with recent renovations. It’s located within walking distance of America’s most historic square mile—with attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the President’s House.