ASIS China 2016 Conference addresses evolving risk landscape for security professionals

The ASIS China 2016 Conference took place successfully in Shanghai on 14 and 15 November. Over 150 attendees registered, with many leading global and regional organisations represented. In addition to China, participants came from across the Asia Pacific region including Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Australia in addition to several delegates from the US and Europe.

ASIS International’s president David Davis CPP set the scene with an overview of the present state of security, touching on the evolving risk landscape including terrorism and Internet of Things security. He also recognised the winner of the ASIS Dan Grove APAC Regional Scholarship, namely Suraj Shankhpal of Goldman Sachs in India.

Davis’ presentation was followed by a lively panel debate on ‘Low Margins in the Security Guarding Sector’ and how this affects customers, security officers themselves and even the image of the security profession as a whole.

ASIS International’s China 2016 Conference provided a unique platform bringing together contrasting perspectives from local and regional guarding service providers and senior practitioners tasked with sourcing and selecting such solutions for their own companies.

ASIS CEO Peter O’Neil spoke about the changes ASIS International is going through to deliver more value for its members globally. Other topics on the agenda included Jihadist strategies, cyber threat management, creating a practical Emergency Action Plan, Duty of Care to members of staff, social media Best Practice and the convergence of physical and cyber security risks.

The ASIS China 2016 Conference was sponsored by Tyco and China City Guard.

The next ASIS International global conference will be ASIS Europe 2017, taking place in Milan, Italy from 29-31 March next year. The event, for which Risk UK is an Official Media Partner, will focus on cyber-physical threats in multinational connected enterprises. For more information visit

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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