Planning your trip to ASIS 2012

ASIS International will host its 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits next month in Philadelphia and whether it’s your first time or your twentieth time attending, the sheer size and scope of the show can be daunting. From vendor exhibits, to educational sessions and keynote addresses, there will be a lot of information to take in during your time in Philly. Here is a brief overview and schedule of some of the things you may not want to miss.


Whether you’re looking for latest innovations in surveillance cameras, access control systems, biometric readers or perimeter security sensors, ASIS brings manufacturers from across the industry together in one place. The exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the show. They will also open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, but will close one hour earlier at 3:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

One of the most valuable opportunities that ASIS provides attendees is the opportunity to network and learn from industry peers. This year’s show will feature more than 200 sessions and 24 educational tracks, which will run the gamut of topics impacting the industry including; cloud security; loss prevention; crisis management; critical infrastructure; compliance, regulation and governance; homeland security; and, information security just to name a few. While there will be a few pre-ASIS sessions in the days leading up to the beginning of the show, the bulk of these educational sessions will take place between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10-11 and between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. A few sessions will also be held on Thursday, Sept. 13. Click here to check out the full range of session topics and when they will take place at the show.    

Keynote Addresses

Each year, ASIS offers attendees the opportunity to hear from high-profile speakers from across the security spectrum and this year is no exception. Addressing the conference on Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. will be Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.  ElBaradei will discuss global security, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, international organizations, and international law. On Sept. 12 at 8 a.m., former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will share his insights on global politics and world affairs, U.S. intelligence and defense strategies, as well as leadership and leading change in a large institution.