All-new format for ASIS Europe 2017 draws security business sector leaders to Milan

ASIS Europe 2017: ‘From Risk to Resilience’, ASIS International’s European Security Conference, gathered an impressive crowd of both established and aspiring security leaders in Milan between 29 and 31 March. The total participation numbered 700 registrants from 48 countries, with many global enterprises represented.

The event’s theme for 2017 – ‘Secure Today’s Connected Enterprise’ – brought together CSOs, CISOs and their team members to assess and address complex cyber-physical risks. The opening Keynote presentation from Microsoft Italy’s general manager Carlo Purassanta framed the challenge for security practitioners by illustrating the impact and business opportunities of Internet of Things (IoT) technology as well as the rapid rate of change that can be expected to occur.

This immediately sparked debate at the subsequent security leaders’ panel debate with questions raised about the current lack of regulation for IoT technology, the gaps in consumer and user knowledge of the risks associated with unsecured IoT devices and whether some hardware and software manufacturers are behaving responsibly by releasing unsecured products to an uninformed market.

The European Security Conference demonstrated how ASIS’ recent strategic commitment to the Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) approach is already being reflected in its educational programmes. ESRM is a risk-based approach to holistically managing the varied security risks in an organisation, reflected at the Milan gathering in sessions such as:

*Masterclasses on implementing integrated enterprise-wide security teams and on the tension between consumer privacy and corporate security interests

*Case Studies on existing IoT security breaches, the impacts of Big Data and cognitive computing

*a review of radicalisation and the role of technology

*an examination of the complexities involved in conducting multi-jurisdictional investigations across multiple technology platforms

*an insight into the methodology of leading global enterprises including Amazon, Deutsche Telekom and Tech Data

ESRM’s holistic approach

The focus on cyber-physical risks drew attention to the need for ESRM’s holistic approach. As Eduard Emde CPP (who was announced on site as the conference chair for ASIS Europe 2018) reflected in the closing session: “We find ourselves faced with questions of ownership, responsibility and liability. While much debate has centred on technology risk, we have also been reminded that we cannot forget much more familiar foes. We were also reminded how much risk stems from the human factor, whether through ignorance or by malicious intent.”

A new event format saw the launch of both the ASIS Europe Career Centre and Training Workshops. These are designed to provide education and career advancement opportunities relevant to a wide range of professionals, regardless of experience, background or available financial resources.

Spanning 75 sessions across six stages in two days, the breadth and depth of the learning opportunities helped draw a diverse audience. This provided a platform for the exchange of ideas on subjects including critical infrastructure, manufacturing and financial services, not to mention digital enterprises like Facebook and PayPal, plus the public sector (and in particular the municipalities).

ASIS Europe 2017 was supported by sponsors Tyco Integrated Fire and Security, Nedap, Sicuritalia and Securitas. Over 20 exhibiting companies provided details on the latest innovations for a wide variety of risk assessment and asset protection applications.

*ASIS Europe 2018 will take place in The Hague, Netherlands on 18-20 April 2018. More information will be available soon at

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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