By James Lint
Senior Editor for InCyberDefense and Contributor, In Homeland Security
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,” which 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.
About the Author
James R. Lint retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. James has been involved in cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, government contracting and civil service. Recently, James was designated as the National Sector Chief for the Defense Industry Base by the InfraGard National Council. InfraGard Member Alliances (IMAs) represent over 58,000 FBI-vetted, InfraGard subject matter experts.
Additionally, James started the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit charity that recently awarded its 51st scholarship for national security students and professionals. James was also elected as the 2015 national vice president for the Military Intelligence Corps Association. He has also served in the Department of Energy’s S&S Security Office after his active military career in the Marine Corps for seven years and 14 years in the Army. His military assignments include South Korea, Germany and Cuba, in addition to numerous CONUS locations. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Adjutant for The American Legion, China Post 1. James has authored a book published in 2013, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned,” a book published in 2016 “8 Eyes on Korea, A Travel Perspective of Seoul, Korea,” and a new book in 2017 “Secrets to Getting a Federal Government Job.”
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