Global Security Expo to Draw 20,000 Security Pros to Dallas, Sept. 25-28

George W. Bush; Mark Cuban; Boston Marathon Bombing Investigative Leads Headline Event

Alexandria, Virginia, UNITED STATES

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With nearly two million American workers reporting being victims of workplace violence and small- to medium-sized businesses experiencing a 231% increase in ransomware attacks, the ability to plan for and respond to security incidents is paramount. The 63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), taking place Sept. 25-28 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, will bring together 20,000 security professionals from across the globe to address the most pressing issues for security management professionals, including sessions focused on active shooters, workplace violence, soft target protection, cybersecurity and terrorism and technology solutions leveraging machine learning, robotics and IoT.

WHO:ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, representing 35,000 security professionals worldwide.  
WHAT:63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017)
WHEN:September 25-28
WHERE:    Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center
RSVP:Media can secure a free press pass by contacting or calling +1.703.518.1415.

A selection of sessions with specific interest to the Dallas community include:

KEYNOTE: Hon. George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States (Monday, 8:30-10:00 am). Closed to press.

KEYNOTE: Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Chairman & Co-Founder, HD Net/AXS TV (Monday, 12:00-1:30pm). Cuban will take questions from the press immediately after his session.

KEYNOTE: Global Responses to Global Threats Panel, Boston Marathon​ bombing investigative leads, retired FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers and Former Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis, will talk about the hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers. Plus, City of London Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Barnard and France’s Lieutenant-Colonel Christophe Roland Beuzit of the GIGN, France’s elite counterterrorism unit, ​will discuss recent terror attacks in Europe (Wednesday, 8:30-10:00am).

Lessons from the Storm: Lessons Learned from Past Hurricanes, Panelists will share lessons learned from previous storms and how these insights can help security professionals plan and prepare their organizations to be more resilient in the face of a natural disaster. (Monday 3:45- 5:00pm).

Security Cares Active Shooter Response Panel featuring Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez will cover the risks facing small/medium-sized businesses and community and cultural institutions and steps to take now to improve their resilience against acts of violence. (Wednesday, 8:30 am-10:15am).

City of Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo will be recognized at the Wednesday, Sept. 27 morning general session (8:00-10:00 am). He will be available to take questions from the media immediately after.

Other sessions of note out of the 180 offered include:

Innovative Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Innovative entrepreneurs are having a positive and transformative effect on the global fight against human trafficking. They are launching dynamic organizations, solutions, and advancements to tackle this egregious human rights abuse. Learn how these entrepreneurs got started and what inspires them. Find out about their successes and challenges. Explore how technology has played a role in their ventures and what they see for the future of the anti-human trafficking movement (Monday, 10:30-11:45 am).

Lone Offenders, Radicalization, and Violence Prevention: In this session, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Investigator Terry Allen will review insights from both the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit and Control Risks that focus on identifying and responding to behaviors that may be indicative of insider radicalization. (Monday, 3:45-5:00pm).
There’s Been a Consumer Information Breach. What Do I Do? Combined, the Equifax, Anthem, eBay, and JPMorgan Chase breaches affect more than 450 million people, households, and businesses. These breaches undermine consumer confidence in the marketplace, hurting consumers and businesses alike. This session will explore how to address the crisis, as well as examine consumer advocacy. (Wednesday, 11:00 am-12:15pm).

The full session line-up can be accessed on

About ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits
For more than six decades, ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits has been the premier event for security professionals worldwide, providing industry-leading education, countless business connections, and the latest security solutions.

Attendance at the Annual Seminar directly supports scholarship programs and the development of education, certification, and standards and guidelines year ‘round. ASIS remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines—and at all stages of their career—can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed, personally and professionally. For more information about ASIS 2017, visit

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