Keynote speakers and education program announced for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2024

May 6, 2024
The lineup features 200+ sessions addressing security management profession’s top challenges and cutting-edge solutions.

Alexandria, VA (1 May 2024)—ASIS International has announced its programming lineup for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2024 with in-person and digital experiences taking place 23-25 September at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL and via the online GSX event platform. 

"Leading this year’s Selection Committee has been a privilege," said Dr. Diana M. Concannon, PsyD, PCI, CTM, 2024 GSX Selection Committee Chair. "Our exceptional educational lineup at this year’s event reflects the collective dedication of our globally diverse team of volunteers who served alongside me in a highly rigorous review process. Together, we've meticulously curated over 200 sessions, diving deep into contemporary security challenges, and pioneering innovative solutions. I look forward to connecting with you there!” 

GSX will offer timely general session presentations from acclaimed global keynote speakers. This year’s general session lineup is: 

Monday 23 September

Strategic Diplomacy: Charting Paths in a Rapidly Changing World | Sanna Marin, Former Prime Minister of Finland  

As the youngest Prime Minister globally, Sanna Marin expertly guided Finland through a dynamic geopolitical arena. From navigating the global pandemic to swiftly leading Finland into NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and addressing the urgent climate crisis, Ms. Marin’s tenure encapsulates pivotal moments in contemporary history. In this insightful discussion, Marin delves into the intricate facets of key geopolitical challenges, notably the Russian assault on Ukraine and Finland’s consequential entry into NATO.

With a keen focus on security and international relations, Marin highlights the indispensable role of democratic alliances in facing significant threats. She articulates strategies for mitigating dependencies on authoritarian regimes while advocating for the reinforcement of partnerships, resilience, and trust as essential components in adapting to the ever-evolving geopolitical landscape.  

Tuesday 24 September

Shields Ready – Why Resilience is the Most Important Security Measure for Critical Infrastructure | Jenn Easterly, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)   

The U.S. intelligence community and our closest geopolitical allies are in resounding agreement on who is the largest global security threat of the twenty-first century: The People’s Republic of China (PRC). They’ve warned that the PRC is almost certainly capable today of launching cyberattacks that could disrupt the critical infrastructure Americans rely on daily, such as oil and gas pipelines, rail systems, and healthcare facilities.

Impacts of such malicious cyber activity would likely go beyond network intrusion and data theft – with the potential to jeopardize the physical security of our institutions and the public. And in a Presidential election year, the PRC’s attempts to influence U.S. election operations is anticipated to exceed those already detected from previous cycles. As America’s cyber defense agency and the national coordinator for critical infrastructure security and resilience, CISA is driving proactive risk reduction efforts in the face of these most pressing threats.

Join CISA Director Jen Easterly for a discussion on how we can broaden our resilience investments and utilize collaborative partnerships – across industry, government, and communities – to ensure our nation is secure and increase our ability to respond and recover to the ever-evolving threat landscape presented by our greatest adversaries.  

Wednesday 25 September

Leadership and Accountability When It Matters | Commander Kirk Lippold, United States Navy (RET.)   

Navigating the dual facets of privilege and burden in leadership demands a level of accountability that many aspire to achieve. In the aftermath of a harrowing suicide terrorist attack, Commander Kirk Lippold intricately weaves the principle of integrity into a narrative that extends beyond crisis management. He reveals how this principle fosters a diverse and inclusive environment, empowering his crew with a profound sense of ownership. In this crucible of combat, personal accountability and leadership become guiding principles. Lippold’s “Pillars of Leadership” emerge not only as invaluable business tenets but essential foundations for any team weathering challenges.  

Encompassing 200+ sessions tackling vital issues in the security profession, the newly announced GSX session lineup includes in-depth looks at timely issues within the following focus areas: Crime, Digital Transformation, Information Security, Law and Ethics, Managing Organizations, National Security, Physical and Operational Security, Professional Development, and Risk Management. 

“GSX is a crucial global gathering for security professionals,” said Cy A. Oatridge, CPP, 2024 ASIS International President. “GSX’s multi-faceted approach with best-in-class education, an industry-leading exhibit hall featuring innovative solution providers, ample networking opportunities, and digital programming allows our attendees from across the globe the chance to elevate their knowledge, skills, and networks.” 

In addition to the conference’s primary programming, GSX 2024 will feature multiple pre-conference events on Saturday and Sunday, including two-day workshops on facility security design and ESRM, APP, CPP, and PSP certification reviews, and Secure Horizons: An Immersive Experience for Senior Security Executives. Sunday’s pre-conference programming will include workshops on ESRM and stakeholder communication, ASIS Volunteers’ Day, and the ASIS Awards of Excellence and the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). 

GSX educations sessions include expert-led deep dives that can improve the practice of security professionals at any stage of their career, covering topics such as, artificial intelligence, ESRM best practices, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), active assailants and workplace violence, cybersecurity, business continuity and crisis management, crime prevention, and more. All-Access Pass registrants can earn up to 22 CPEs toward their recertification whether they attend the in-person or digital experience. 

Each day of the conference will also feature an advanced-level Game Changer session designed to explore trends that will shape the security industry’s future. Monday’s session is titled “Knocked Down, Not Knocked Out: Building Organizational Resilience,” Tuesday’s session is “Do You Trust Me? How to Thrive in a Mistrustful Era,” and “When Chaos Reigns: The Critical Role of Security in Global Crises” will cap the game changer sessions on Wednesday. 

Digital attendees will be able to access online GSX session recordings through 31 December. In-person attendees can add digital access of captured content to their registration. The complete digital session lineup will be announced shortly. 

More details about the GSX 2024 exhibit hall, which will feature approximately 500 companies highlighting drones, cybersecurity, robotics, and uncrewed systems; Career HQ, which will focus on career development; and the digital programming slate will be announced in the coming weeks. Explore the schedule of announced sessions here. For more information about GSX and to register, visit