Event partnership agreement signed by ASIS International and Information Systems Security Association

ASIS International and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), a global organisation of information security professionals and practitioners, have announced details of an event partnership that will advance their shared missions of heightening the knowledge, skills and professional growth of security practitioners right across the globe.

For 2017, ISSA will be fully integrated into all facets of the ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), which runs from 25-28 September in Dallas, Texas. In addition to developing two information security tracks for the education programme, ISSA will showcase cyber security-focused solutions providers on the ASIS exhibit floor, as well as hosting organisational meetings and social events for their members at the event.

This collaboration specifically builds upon the relationship already established with InfraGard, who will once again co-locate its Annual Congress and Conference with ASIS 2017.

“As we move into Year Two of our partnership with InfraGard, and given the addition of ISSA to our programme, ASIS 2017 offers an even greater forum for education, peer-to-peer connections and product and solution evaluation designed to address immediate challenges and impending threats,” explained Peter O’Neil CAE, CEO of ASIS International. “As we strengthen these alliances and explore even more, our focus remains on reinforcing the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits as the industry’s premier event for many years to come.”

Keyaan Williams, ISSA International Board member and chair of the Strategic Alliances Committee, responded: “There are numerous synergies between ASIS and ISSA that make this partnership an ideal fit for enhancing member value. By joining forces, we can expand opportunities around professional development, information exchange and relationship building in order to advance our profession, mitigate risk and ensure the safety and security of our communities and enterprises.”

With both organisations dedicated to advancing and investing in the security profession, this alliance further supports scholarship programmes and the development of education, certification and standards and guidelines. In the months ahead, ASIS and ISSA will look to expand information sharing and the development of Best Practice such that security professionals across disciplines – and at all stages of their career – can gain access to the information and resources they need to succeed both personally and professionally.

“As we continue to welcome security’s most respected allied association partners to our flagship global event, it truly underlines ASIS’s commitment to reinvestment and excellence across the profession,” observed Thomas Langer CPP, vice-president of security at BAE Systems and President of ASIS International in 2017.

“While other corporate-owned security events pull financial resources out of the profession, I’m proud to support an event that reinvests all of its resources back into programmes and education that support and advance the profession all year long. I’m also very pleased to welcome ISSA to ASIS 2017.”

*Registration for ASIS 2017 will open in March. To learn more, and to read about event enhancements and programme announcements, visit www.securityexpo.org

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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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