Homeland Security a focus at ASIS' Seminar and Exhibits

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, September 1, 2005

A group of industry professionals met to examine what were the hot issues of the moment within the industry, 51 years ago at ASIS International's first yearly conference, and what they could do to network, educate and lobby for industry interests that would help preserve and bring the industry forward.
More than half a century later, the security industry and this conference have grown in size and scope to include representatives from a broad spectrum of security interests.
This year, more than 19,000 security professionals will have an opportunity to view innovative security solutions, receive a comprehensive education through seminars and network with fellow industry members at the largest show dedicated to the industry.
ASIS International's 51st Annual Seminar and Exhibits makes its way to Orlando, Fla., this year and will be held at the Orange County Convention Center from Sept. 12 to 15. Exhibition hall hours start Monday and run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.
This year's show will feature 590,000 square feet of exhibit space and 860 companies will showcase the newest security technologies, products and services.
Homeland Security and the issues impacting worldwide protection will play a principal role in the educational programs of the show.
The line-up will include 135 sessions--33 of which will be dedicated to homeland security issues. Sessions will address issues of crisis and risk management, terrorism, physical security, retail security, information technology, investigations and career development.
The focus on homeland security is important and timely, noted Michael J. Stack, executive director of ASIS International.
"As the seminar immediately follows the fourth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2004, a day which changed the way we collectively think about homeland security," he said. " It seems fitting that we address the issues that are continuing to shape both the industry and the way business as a whole is conducted today."