ASIS Europe 2018 highlights pressing need for Enterprise Security Risk Management

The GDPR Masterclass at ASIS Europe 2018

The GDPR Masterclass at ASIS Europe 2018

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.”

Orhan Topcu of Microsoft makes a presentation on 'Blockchain for Future Security'

Orhan Topcu of Microsoft makes a presentation on ‘Blockchain for Future Security’

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.”

Workshops and interactive education sessions proved popular at ASIS Europe 2018

Workshops and interactive education sessions proved popular at ASIS Europe 2018

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 for details

About the Author
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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