ASIS 2016 Keynotes Reflect on the Past, Enlighten and Inspire Our Future


ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Sept. 12, 2016, the security industry's most influential event, the ASIS International 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2016), will open at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl. Thousands of security professionals from around the globe are expected to take part in four intense days of education, networking, and exploring the latest solutions in the exhibit hall. ASIS International (ASIS) is the leading organization for security management professionals worldwide that crosses industry sectors.

ASIS is honored to announce its 2016 keynotes. While each one's life journey is quite diverse, collectively these notable figures embody remarkable strength, passion, and intelligence.

ASIS 2016 keynotes include:

Ted Koppel, Award-winning Journalist

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

From the funeral of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 to the celebrated release of Nelson Mandela after 26 years in prison, Mr. Koppel has covered our world's most impactful milestones for more than 50 years. At ASIS 2016, Mr. Koppel will share from his most recent book, a New York Times best seller, Lights Out, which examines the threat of a cyber catastrophe and evaluates how America can prepare for such an event.

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

What needs to be done to keep America safe amid the instability and danger that rages in the Middle East region? Mr. Abrams examines the U.S. foreign policy challenges that lie ahead, drawing from his acute understanding of American history and his own senior-level experience making foreign policy in the Reagan and Bush (43) administrations, to answer this critical, timely question.
Dr. Beck Weathers, Survivor of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy and inspiration for the 2015 feature film, Everest

Thursday, September 15, Closing Luncheon Speaker

Not many are granted a second chance at life like Dr. Weathers. Caught in one of the most violent and deadly storms in the history of Mount Everest, Dr. Weathers was presumed dead with his team of eight climbers. He'll reflect on his survival, lessons learned, and his appreciation for getting a second chance at life.

"This year's keynotes are outstanding. Their personal insights and timely perspectives offer security professionals distinctive stories and images of how past events have influenced and impacted our world today and for decades to come," says ASIS President Dave Davis, CPP. "Each one has been driven to excellence in his profession. One demonstrating enormous, almost super-human courage and strength. Their stories will fascinate, inform, and empower our audience on many levels."

ASIS 2016 registration will open online in early February. Admission to the keynotes on the Tuesday and Wednesday is included in all registration packages.

The sixth (ISC)2 Security Congress will be colocated with the Annual Seminar and Exhibits. (ISC)2 is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide. Registrants of both events may attend the other's education program and exhibits.

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ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of security professionals at all levels.

Through hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS develops and delivers board certifications and industry standards, hosts networking opportunities, publishes the award-winning Security Management magazine, and offers educational programs, including the Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the security industry's most influential event. Whether providing thought leadership through the CSO Roundtable for the industry's most senior executives or advocating before business, government, or the media, ASIS is focused on advancing the profession, and ensuring that the security community has access to intelligence, resources, and technology needed within the business enterprise.