International. ASIS International opened its annual conference on Monday, September 21, on a completely new virtual platform to provide maximum value to the members of the association during the unprecedented global pandemic.
The new virtual experience, branded GSX+, builds on the annual Global Security Exchange (GSX) event and promises to be the largest virtual gathering of global security professionals. GSX+ offers a fully virtual experience that includes CPE-friendly educational sessions, a robust marketplace (virtual showroom), and an active peer-to-peer network.
The event will continue through September 25, featuring an extensive program with more than 140 educational sessions and daily keynote presentations. The show began with a presentation of the General Session by Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia in two terms and winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
"GSX+ is truly a virtual experience unlike anything the security industry has experienced before," says Godfried Hendriks, CPP, 2020 President, Global Board of Directors of ASIS International. "The global pandemic challenged us, so we responded by seizing the opportunity to deliver new value. For example, each educational session will be recorded and available to attendees on demand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unlike previous in-person events, this change means that all attendees, regardless of their travel restrictions or time zone, will be able to view and learn from each session offered. We are excited about every element of this new virtual event, and we hope that attendees will also take this opportunity to experience all the possibilities. Only ASIS has the experience, global reach and expertise of its members to convene a virtual event of this magnitude and quality."
The following keynote presentations are scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at GSX+ this week:
- 22 September: Embracing the Future: Strategies to Foster Resilience and Innovation
Presented by Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay, and Werner Cooreman, CPP, PSP, Senior Vice President and Group Security Director of Solvay
- September 23: Leader in Turbulent Times
Introduced by General Stanley McChrystal, a 4-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan
- September 24: The Future of Cybersecurity
Presented by Keren Elazari, CISSP, security analyst, researcher and public speaker
The GSX+ educational lineup includes more than 140 scheduled and on-demand sessions in five tracks: national security, physical and operational security, risk management, digital transformation/information security, and leadership and management within organizations.
All-Access attendees can earn up to 25 CPEs and will be able to access educational sessions until December 31.
GSX+ also offers numerous opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, including virtual receptions, award celebrations, and even the famous ASIS break room. Here are some of the planned events:
Monday, 3:30 ET: Join the welcome reception, which will feature a rock & roll game show for GSX+ attendees where music is paramount. Join the fun with renowned MC-musicians; they will keep the entertainment so you can focus on relaxing and connecting.
- September 22, 3:30 pm ET: Happy Hour for Women in Safety and Young ASIS Professionals
- September 23, 3:30 pm ET: GSX + Military and Law Enforcement Thank You Day
- September 24, 3:30 p.m. ET: President's Reception
- September 25, 12:25 pm ET: Awards Celebration
- 24/7: The ASIS Break Room
More info in https://www.gsx.org/