From The Editor | August 29, 2013

ASIS 2013 Strengthens Security Profession To Face Challenges

By Bernadette Wilson, associate editor, Business Solutions magazine
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ASIS 2013, “Smart, Strategic, Secure,” is designed for “security professionals looking for real solutions to real challenges.” The seminar and exhibition, an annual industry event for security professionals, will take place Sept. 24 to 27 at McCormick Place, Chicago.

 ASIS 2013 features three distinguished keynote speakers to highlight each day of the event. Steven Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, is the first keynote speaker, taking the podium on Sept. 25. Wozniak single-handedly designed the first personal computer, and in 1985, received the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor for America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and received the Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment, for designing the first personal computer and later redirecting his lifelong passion to encourage mathematics and electronics education in grade schools. After leaving Apple, he has been involved in various business and philanthropic pursuits. He currently serves as chief scientist for Fusion-IO and is a New York Times best-selling author; his autobiography is iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.

The Honorable John Winston Howard, 25th prime minister of Australia, is the keynote speaker on Sept. 26. Howard initiated major policy reforms in taxation, labor laws, and social policy, and under his leadership, Australia was both a strong and close ally of the United States. Australian forces joined the coalition of the willing in Iraq in March 2003. Australia strongly supported the war against terrorism with her forces continuing to serve alongside American and other coalition forces in Afghanistan. 

Mike Ditka will speak at the closing luncheon on Sept. 27. Ditka’s career with the Chicago Bears, as player, assistant coach, and head coach, has earned him three Super Bowl wins and a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ditka will share his “ACE” presentation—Attitude, Character, and Enthusiasm — the key characteristics people need to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day

Sept. 26 is Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day. All active duty military, law enforcement, and emergency medical services professionals are invited to attend this day of the event at no charge. In addition to being invited to hear The Honorable John Winston Howard, these ASIS 2013 guests can participate in education sessions and tracks, visit the exhibit hall, and benefit from the free career services at the Career Pavilion.

New This Year At ASIS

ASIS 2013 has new tools available for attendees to keep updated on show news and information, as well as connect with colleagues before, during, and after the event. ASIS Connect is a social media tool for registrants and exhibitors, enabling them to do advance planning and networking. The searchable show planner provides details on the more than 200 education sessions and 24 specialty tracks, as well as exhibitors, products, and services, to help attendees create their own show agendas. Additionally, the ASIS 2013 Mobile App is an up-to-the-minute source of information during the event, and includes an exhibit hall map and event organizer.

Educational Programs Address Current Industry Topics

ASIS 2013 offers numerous educational opportunities. Pre-seminar programs cover topics such as security for supply chains and transportation networks, banking and financial institutions, and healthcare systems. They also deal with personal and business development topics such as building leadership skills and security program design. 

Educations sessions during ASIS 2013 can count toward credits for recertification. ASIS 2013 certification tracks include architecture/engineering design, crime/loss prevention, crisis management, homeland security, and terrorism. The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 Security Congress certification tracks include application security, cloud security, malware, mobile security/social networking and software assurance.

For more information on all the features and opportunities at ASIS 2013, click here.

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