ASIS International has been receiving “overwhelmingly positive feedback” from participants at ASIS Europe 2018: ‘From Risk to Resilience’, which took place on 18-20 April in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The annual security event attracted 775 registrants from 52 countries. Attendees spanned the full range of both established and aspiring security leaders, encompassing the CSOs of global tech giants, CISOs and regional security directors, a variety of security, risk management and investigations specialists and early career professionals as well as security management students from local universities.
2018 ASIS International president Richard Chase CPP PCI PSP commented: “Europe represents one of the key ASIS communities, with members spread across 23 Chapters. This event is the region’s most critical gathering of security professionals. The level of the conference sessions, and the calibre of the participants, makes this a unique occasion whereby we address not just pressing security matters, but also tackle in great depth the future challenges facing our respective organisations and, indeed, the profession in general.”
Comprising a forward-looking conference, practical classroom-style training, a Technology and Solutions Track, an exhibition, a Careers Centre and an ASIS Cultural Properties Council seminar, two days of education packed in no less than 70 sessions across seven tracks. As well as expert presentations and panels, presentation formats included workshops and interactive sessions with live polling designed to enhance the learning experience.
Throughout the event, attendees navigated a broad sweep of risks from the malicious use of the latest emerging technologies through to the dangers of low-tech attacks, particularly so on soft targets in public spaces. Other topics explored included the human factor and ‘The Insider Threat’, not to mention ever-present responsibilities for today’s risk and security professionals such as travel risk management and Duty of Care.
The ‘new normal’
Eduard Emde CPP, conference chair for ASIS Europe 2018, stated: “It was an intensive two days framed in a business perspective and all about understanding how terms like the Internet of Things, connected devices and digital transformation will soon disappear because everything being connected will simply become the ‘new normal’. We were also informed of business model innovations, with ‘Product as a Service’ taking hold.”
Emde continued: “From the security risk perspective and the threat landscape, we heard that technology is very much ‘the jugular vein’ of organisations. For security practitioners, the bottom line is that Enterprise Security Risk Management approaches which cover the full sweep of human, cyber and physical assets are essential for supporting our organisations through partnership and shared strategic objectives.”
On the exhibition floor, innovations ranged from the latest integrated access control and surveillance technology through to self-learning cyber defences and mass communications platforms. Knowledge-driven solutions were also strongly represented, from intelligence and risk analysis to executive protection and workforce training programmes.
*ASIS Europe 2018 was sponsored by Johnson Controls, The Hague Security Delta, NEDAP, Securitas and Trigion
**ASIS Europe 2019 will take place in Rotterdam on 27-29 March. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details