IFSEC International is Europe’s leading security event and the only global stage committed to co-creating the future of integrated security. The show represents the critical, measured response to a world of ever-evolving threats, inviting every vertical of the security industry to forge the global agenda. Here, Brian Sims previews the 2018 edition of the hugely popular event, which runs at London’s ExCeL from 19-21 June.
In 2018, IFSEC International’s magnetism will reach far beyond its status as a world-class security exhibition and conference programme. Whatever your role in the industry, you have a part to play in global security. IFSEC International is your platform to share ideas, discover Best Practice and be hands on with the latest physical and integrated security products and solutions.
Security is the world’s most critical challenge. In parallel, IFSEC International is all about driving global safety. The show, which is organised by UBM, is designed to focus on innovation, inspire and transforming today’s security professionals and products.
There’s little doubt that the global security landscape has witnessed a shift in emphasis of late. 2017 saw attack episodes take on new shapes, become more insidious and even more intrusive. In order to keep pace with the ever-evolving threats now present, IFSEC International is also evolving. 2018 marks the beginning of IFSEC’s evolution, with three carefully curated days designed to afford delegates the answers they need to every key security question.
Seminar programme for 2018
IFSEC International’s seminar programme is a good case in point. New to 2018 and running in partnership with City Forum and London First, the IFSEC Keynote Arena will welcome leading security strategists from Government, academia and industry to both drive and reflect on topics around ‘Securing The Open Society of 2030’. By dint of IFSEC International taking a pivotal role in thought leadership and attracting world-class speakers, this feature of the show will set a new standard for security events around the world.
The IFSEC Keynote Arena affords delegates an exclusive opportunity to hear Michael Chertoff (co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group) discuss 2030 forecasts of emergent threats to national security. Delegates will also hear from Dr Pippa Malmgren, founder of the DRPM Group and former special assistant to the (then) President of the United States, George W Bush. Dr Malmgren is due to focus on how everyday signs can help us in navigating a turbulent world. In addition, Silvino Schlickmann (director of cyber crime at Interpol) is set to talk about the changing face and nature of cyber criminality.
The new IFSEC Keynote Arena will also feature inspirational global learnings from industry pioneers, among them Christian Horner (principal of F1’s Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team) and Frank Gardner, the only British journalist permanently assigned to cover the ‘War on Terror’.
Also new in 2018, the Converged Security Centre – supported by Vidsys – complements the show’s ongoing focus on the continuing convergence being witnessed between physical security and IT. Powered by the pioneering architects of converged security and information management, the Converged Security Centre will feature a range of simulations and Case Studies detailing the capabilities of a fully-converged security system.
There’s also The Future of Security Training Theatre powered by Tavcom and sponsored by Panasonic UK, the ever-popular Drone Zone, the BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone and the finals of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition. For further information on each of these show features read on…
IFSEC International is evolving
As stated, IFSEC International is evolving. It’s designed to deliver the message that security is critical in today’s society. Security professionals around the world are asking to be shown their way around the future of integrated security. In 2018, IFSEC International has been built around that very request.
Following extensive research, and as mentioned, the show’s focus is expanding to encompass the growing convergence between physical and cyber security.
In response to requests from the global security community, IFSEC International 2018 will demonstrate how to install the latest kit, what it does and what it takes to maintain that kit. IFSEC International will show delegates a glimpse of the future. It will show you how you can take advantage of emerging opportunities and illustrate the vendors whom end users can trust.
A vital part of all this is the all-new ‘Show Me How’ demonstrations. Wherever you see a designated technician or enabler wearing a ‘Show Me How’ badge, you can expect to hear and witness a detailed explanation of a product. IFSEC International will bridge the knowledge gap and take the lead on demonstrating the latest technology. Practitioners can make real-world sense of the very latest security solutions through hands-on demonstrations.
IFSEC International organiser UBM is also introducing the Government Pavilion. This adds further momentum to the show’s mission of playing host to the global security conversation. In connecting the wider security industry to Government bodies in such a way, IFSEC International acts as the vessel of communication, driving and reflecting on critical industry movements while at the same time providing leading bodies with the platform they need to share their expertise and answer the questions security professionals have to ask about the changing security landscape.
Education and seminars
IFSEC International 2018 will tackle the key issues in every vertical sector to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at security’s changing technology trends. Dedicated to showing you how to tackle the latest technologies, these sessions will answer pivotal security questions.
City Forum and London First will co-host Security Summits and Masterclasses at IFSEC 2018. With a catalogue of world-class speakers, the two half-day Security Summits add further authoritative impetus to Europe’s largest annual security trade show.
Introduced to afford security strategists a focused opportunity to hear about and debate on a formidable range of subjects, the half-day Security Summits take place on Wednesday 20 June and Thursday 21 June in the Gallery Suites between 9.45 am and 1.00 pm. They will focus on the following key themes:
Wednesday 20 June: ‘Thinking Through the Impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Humans, Machines and Data’
Thursday 21 June 2018: ‘Smart Safe Cities, People and Resilience’
*To purchase your ticket(s) visit https://www.cityforum.co.uk/event/ifsec-international-2018/
An extension of ‘Show Me How’, the dynamic Speaker’s Corner is where solution providers will be keenly showcasing their most cutting-edge products in 15-minute time slots followed by interactive Q&A sessions.
The Future of Security Training Theatre
A rare chance for delegates to sit down and be taught by experts in essential Continuing Professional Development-accredited presentations, The Future of Security Training Theatre will help you learn exactly how to make sense of the future and how to capitalise on the emerging possibilities that come with it.
Borders & Infrastructure Expo
The Borders & Infrastructure Expo is home to the BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone, the Drone Zone and the Government Pavilion. Collectively, Borders & Infrastructure Expo focuses on products, solutions and learnings for large-scale security issues currently being faced by professionals working in border control, Critical National Infrastructure, transport, healthcare and other key strategic sectors.
The BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone
Watch expert technicians from LPCB/BRE put perimeter and protection solutions to the test in a series of real-life attacks conducted live on the show floor. Witness LPCB-accredited fencing, shutters, doors and covers tested against non-certified alternatives and see how they fair.
The Drone Zone
Back for its third year, the Drone Zone is larger than ever before. Exhibitors with drone and anti-drone technology will once again be brought into a dedicated area of IFSEC International to showcase their high-quality Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) products. It’s a unique chance to see the live application of UAVs and better understand how they can help you to protect your business and play a critical role in contemporary security management.
Engineers of Tomorrow
In 2018, the competition is taking a further step towards tackling the growing engineering skills gap by adding a live installation challenge for fire apprentices, as well as for those from the security sector. This follows on from a successful trial in 2017.
The Engineers of Tomorrow competition will pit more than 60 young engineers working in teams of two against each other. Heat winners will be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November, where an overall winner will be announced and claim their £1,000 prize.
Meetings Service and Networking Areas
Speak directly with your preferred suppliers and solution providers by pre-booking meetings with them before you arrive at ExCeL. IFSEC International’s free meetings service ensures that you can speak with the people who are most important to you and your business.
The SSAIB ICEBAR is your dedicated networking area, where you can meet old and new connections and chat about the issues you face as a business.
ASIS and Security Commonwealth members also have exclusive access to the ASIS Lounge, which is specifically designed to ignite collaboration.
*For further information on IFSEC International 2018 visit the show’s website