Global Security Exchange (GSX) goes virtual

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Monday, June 22, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—ASIS International announced today that its Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2020 will move to a fully virtual experience called Global Security Exchange Plus (GSX+) and will include more than 80 education sessions, an exhibition marketplace and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. GSX+ will take place September 21-25 with live and on-demand features. 

“Launching GSX+ as a virtual-only experience will provide our members, exhibitors, sponsors and others with a one-of-a-kind approach that will advance security worldwide,” Godfried Hendriks, CCP, president of the ASIS Global Board of Directors, said in the announcement. “While circumstances dictate that we must forgo an in-person meeting this year, we are excited for GSX+ to deliver to a wider global audience the exceptional security networking, marketplace, education and training that truly set GSX apart. There is a growing demand for a comprehensive experience that helps the entire security profession learn and grow together.” 

Following months of careful evaluation of the risks associated with convening an event 20,000 professionals from across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASIS leadership concluded that transition GSX to a virtual-only environment for its 2020 event was the correct course of action in the best interests of its members, attendees, speakers, exhibitors and the public. 

“We are pleased to unveil our new GSX+ model, which will deliver the same number of CPEs as GSX, more accessibility with a lower cost to participate and will live online for several weeks after an initial five-day live event,” Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE, CEO, ASIS International. “It’s never been more important for organizations to focus on risk management and business continuity. GSX+ offers a new way for professionals to come together, discover new technologies and approaches, and dive into important discussions around global best practices.” 

GSX+ will deliver every element of a live event in an online environment: Community, Content, Commerce and Connection. A new, fully virtual forum for the global security community to connect and engage with live discussions on the most pressing industry issues, CPE-eligible education sessions, a market place and peer-to-peer networking will be provided. Topics of education will range from workplace violence and behavior detection to return to remote work, pandemic lessons learned and well-being of security personnel.