GSX Security Conference in Vegas Offers Education Beyond Classroom Instruction

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By James Lint

ASIS International is among the leaders in the cybersecurity and physical security fields, having created the first certification for security professionals. The company provides training, networking and career advice during conferences such as this year’s Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference, now taking place in Las Vegas from September 23 to September 27.

GSX continues to serve as a networking destination for operational and cybersecurity professionals and executives from around the world. Attendees discuss current challenges with peer and subject matter experts and learn about a full range of innovations to help them effectively manage enterprise risk.

It is truly an educational opportunity for both seasoned security managers and new security professionals just entering the field.

Training Opportunities at GSX

The training at GSX consists of preparation classes, commonly called Certification Review Programs, for taking the test to gain the Certified Protection Professional (CPP)® credential. This designation provides demonstrable proof of knowledge and management skills in eight key domains of security. Those who earn the CPP are ASIS board-certified in security management. Additional educational opportunities run the full spectrum of security management operations.

Global thinker, columnist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria presented the keynote address on Monday. He examined “The Forces of Global Change: Thriving in an Era of Transformation.”

Other thought-provoking presentations on Monday included “Smart/Safe Cities: 2020 and Beyond,” that peered into the future to consider the effects of virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, data analytics and intelligent buildings. Other presentations included “Enterprise Security Risk Management” and “Reducing Soft Target Risk.”

A talk about a little-discussed threat was “Preparing a Critical Infrastructure Enterprise for a Cyber-Electromagnetic Pulse Attack.” It explored the types of geographic diversity that either protect against such an attack or leave an enterprise vulnerable to single-source failures.

Information Sharing through InfraGard

The GSX conference also co-hosts the InfraGard National Congress, which was a subconference at GSX. According to the InfraGard website, InfraGard’s members “represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

“Each InfraGard Members Alliance (IMA) is geographically linked with an FBI Field Office, providing all stakeholders immediate access to experts from law enforcement, industry, academic institutions, and other federal, state and local government agencies.”

ASIS Also Supports Scholarly Education

ASIS creates opportunities for formal education via its generous scholarships, both at the national level and chapter-level opportunities in local schools. The ASIS Foundation, in conjunction with American Military University, supports the awarding of three undergraduate scholarships, two master’s degree scholarships and one doctoral scholarship.

Conferences Such As GSX Supplement Formal Education

Conferences such as GSX provide great education that supplements formal university instruction. They are an excellent opportunity to stay up to date with new industry information.