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ASIS New York conference to focus on current terrorism trends, honor William Bratton as Person of the Year

One focus of the ASIS 25th New York City Security Conference and Expo, to be held April 22-23, will be educational sessions on current topics in terrorism. But the event will also consist of many other activities and events, including a Person of the Year luncheon honoring New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, a preconference program helping security professionals learn essential career skills, and an exposition that will offer the wares of more than 100 security companies.

Terrorism-related educational sessions will cover topics ranging from “The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): An Evolving Threat,” to “Potential ISIS Exploitation of the Maritime Domain.” One session will include agents from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service Overseas Security Advisory Council, who will present updated information on Middle Eastern security challenges and how businesses can adapt to the environment.

“This year what we feel is a pertinent subject…is the ISIS threat taking so much of a stake in Syria and Iraq, so we are going to focus on that group,” said Bill Scott, chairman of the ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime Council. “Some of the tactics and some of the things about the group are different and similar to other terrorist groups. We also want to discuss for business interests where we see potential risk either in that region or neighboring regions,” he told Government Security News. “We want to discuss for U.S. companies some of the resources available to them from agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security.”

Educational sessions will cover a variety of security subjects. Topics range from “Big Internet, Small World: U.S. and European Approaches and Legislative Efforts to Defend our Cyber Borders” to “The Threat of the Unmanned Vehicles,” and from “Developing a Robust Risk Management Program” to “Successful Strategies for Managing Social Unrest.”

The Person of the Year luncheon, honoring Commissioner Bratton, will be held Thursday, April 23. The conference will also include a keynote address by John Ryan, former president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, on child trafficking.

A pre-conference program, held April 20-21, will help security professionals study and review exams for three ASIS certifications: Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Physical Security Professional (PSP).

An evening event on April 22 will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center (LMSCC), one of New York City’s counterterrorism units. The LMSCC serves as the central intake facility for all information gathered by the surveillance technology deployed south of Canal Street.

Registration for the event, which will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Center and is expected to draw more than 2,500 attendees, is available here.





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