FBI "Spy Catcher" to Speak At 2005 ASIS International

Expert to discuss new threats to intelligence community, academia and private sector


Alexandria, VA -- ASIS International (ASIS) has announced that David Szady, Assistant Director of the FBI's Counterespionage Section, will speak on the transformation of the Bureau's counterintelligence program during ASIS' 51st Annual Seminar and Exhibits being held September 12-15, 2005 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

After significantly downsizing at the conclusion of the Cold War, the FBI and others in the intelligence community have taken on new roles-post 9/11-to combat the growing threat to the national security interests of the United States. This session will detail the major, agency-wide counterintelligence initiatives and first-of-their-kind efforts involving all 56 FBI offices, the U.S. Intelligence Community, academia and private sector businesses.

The FBI approached ASIS about this opportunity as a means of reaching and alerting the business community of the increased instances and dangers of espionage and foreign threats in industry.

"The 'cloak and dagger' days that once characterized national and industrial security have returned, but in a unique age where technology enables both the protectors of the information and potential spies to do their jobs better," said Michael J. Stack, Executive Director of ASIS. "We are pleased to be able to serve as the conduit that connects the FBI and others in the intelligence community working to combat such espionage, with those in the business community whose awareness of these security risks might be heightened through participation in Mr. Szady's session."

Szady's session, titled, "FBI Counterintelligence Program Transformation" will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. - 12 noon.