Dallas to host ASIS 2010

Security management professionals to gain knowledge, network at industry event


Alexandria, VA – Thousands of security management professionals from around the world, along with hundreds of product manufacturers and service providers, will gather at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 12-15 for the ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2010), the most comprehensive education and networking event in the security industry.

More than 20,000 professionals from all vertical industries and government sectors, from Fortune 100 companies to the Department of Homeland Security, will be in attendance. "No other security event attracts the numbers of higher-level practitioners and executives," says ASIS International President Joseph R. (Bob) Granger, CPP. "It’s the best place to meet peers face-to-face, share information and best practices, and discover how others are solving their security challenges in today’s complex environment."

ASIS 2010 attendees will be able to pursue professional development opportunities and choose from more than 160 educational sessions that address timely security topics and critical issues. Attendees will be able to select from among 18 comprehensive tracks to design personalized programs. Track categories include crime and loss prevention; crisis management; critical infrastructure; government/military; homeland security; information protection; physical security; and terrorism. A track will also be presented in Spanish.

ASIS is partnering with key professional organizations that specialize in distinct aspects of security to support and expand this year’s educational offerings. ISACA, IT-ISAC and (ISC)2 will bring their expertise in information security; the International Facility Management Association and the International Association of Professional Security Consultants also are providing programming.

Additionally, the CSO Roundtable, a dedicated forum for the most senior security professionals, has developed a track of sessions targeting the specific needs of chief security officers and their top deputies. Topics include an update on enterprise security risk management and conducting international due diligence.

More than 700 exhibitors will showcase everything from IP technology, biometrics, thermal imaging devices, robotics, explosives detection and much more. The Exhibits, covering more than 220,000 net square feet, are open Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 12-14 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the Exhibits is free with advance registration.

ASIS Accolades award winners will be highlighted during the popular "What’s New on the Floor" session, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 1:45 p.m.

Keynote speakers are Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan, and pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III. Following the Sept. 11th terror attacks, the United States sought President Musharraf’s support to fight the Taliban. With a vision for a modern, democratic, non-fundamentalist Islamic Pakistan, he was one of America’s greatest allies. President Musharraf will share his experiences on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8 a.m.

Sullenberger became an international hero in January 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River, saving the lives of 155 people. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Captain of what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator. He will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 15, humorist and best-selling author Dave Barry will address attendees at the closing luncheon. For 25 years Barry was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He has written 30 books.

General sessions on Friday, Oct. 15 include presentations on cloud computing, supply chain security and corporate ethics.

Networking events include the ASIS Foundation 14th Annual Golf Classic; various receptions, including the President’s Reception and events for young professionals and women in security; breakfasts and luncheons; and Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day (Thursday, Oct. 14). Active law enforcement and military professionals are invited to attend the keynote, as well as all educational sessions on that day, free of charge. Complimentary registration is available on site (government or military photo ID is required).

For more details and registration information, go to www.asis2010.org. Follow ASIS 2010 on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.