ISC West, the largest converged security industry tradeshow in the U.S., is taking place from April 9-11, 2019 in Las Vegas. Over 30,000 security professionals are expected this year with 1,000 exhibitors offering the latest innovations in the security space.
With more than 85 sessions ranging from cloud-based and AI security solutions to privacy laws and interactive workshops, it might be hard to decide what should not be missed.
To help you make the most of your time at the conference, here are 8 must-dos.
Before you get going, you’d want to download the official ISC West mobile app to help you navigate your way. Remember to collect certificates of your attendance at SIA@EducationISC sessions with accredited bodies as they qualify for Continuing Education hours.
Next, our list.
1. Security innovation partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Keynote
The first of three keynote events at this year’s conference will be delivered by William Bryan, Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology (DHS). DHS mandates investing in technologies to enhance security and resiliency for transportation, communications, and public safety. The ability of the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to promote advances in mobility, machine learning, and autonomous technologies are the result of working with the security industry to accelerate R&D.
This highly anticipated feature will be an expo favorite and probably set the tone for all that is to follow.
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Venetian Ballroom, Level 2
2. SIA women in security forum Breakfast
Another keynote address that should not be missed is a breakfast and networking event celebrating Women in Security and the workplace. Juliette Kayyem, Director of the Homeland Security Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs to President Barack Obama is the special guest speaker.
Kayyem will share her vast knowledge of government security in the local and international arena.
Time: Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Sands Room 1001
SIA at ISC West 2019
The dynamic security leadership group, SIA, hosts five events at this years’ expo for members of its 1,000 innovative partner companies. Two of their events should be placed at the top of your itinerary.
3. SIA Market Leader Reception
Apart from always being on the inside track on all critical security issues, SIA plays an essential role to lobby on the security industry’s behalf. Members of this prestigious association are invited to celebrate their 50th anniversary in style.
As industry leaders playing a significant role in growing the market from $320 million in 1969 to a massive $1.3 billion in 2016, it’s worth attending this casual networking affair. Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the company of celebrated industry experts.
Location: Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub, 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas
Time: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
4. The Advance – session by Google’s Security Systems Manager
Sal Mani, security systems manager for Google, will give an exclusive high-impact presentation on the workforce imperative of developing cross-functional skill sets to stay competitive in the security industry. Sal tops off his presentation with a list of the 5 things all security companies need to know in 2019.
Sharing market intelligence, celebrating volunteer achievements, awards and recognitions, enterprise networking opportunities, and free lunch. We don’t think you need much more motivation to book your seat for this one.
Time: Tuesday, April 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: The Sands Convention Center
5. Artificial Intelligence in physical security session
SIA has identified the top technology advancements to look out for at ISC West 2019.
Cloud technologies lead the pack, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the second position. AI and ML have entered nearly every sphere of business and security is no different. What does the near-term future look like for this technology in security? What has been done? What are the challenges and opportunities these technologies have created?
A panel of private and civil security and technology experts share insights on how participants can leverage this tech in their own businesses.
Time: April 10, 2019, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: Sands 309
6. Future of Visitor Management – Executive Lunch with Traction Guest and Gemalto
Amidst the Vegas razzle-dazzle, enjoy a tranquil moment with good food and conversation. Join Traction Guest and Gemalto to treat yourself to a southern comfort lunch. Pick the brain of facility security experts and share ideas on new technology or just hang out with peers.
Time: April 10, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Location: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, #107, Las Vegas
7. Vendor Expo at ISC West 2019
Traction Guest – As an established leader in enterprise-grade visitor management systems, we’ll be offering on-site demos of our latest releases: Assisted-Check-In and Parking modules as well as watchlist visitor screening.
Whether you have questions about Visitor Management trends, compliance and security requirements, or how customers like you are running VMS initiatives, we’ll have the friendliest experts at our Booth.
Location: Booth #33100
Other vendors we recommend visiting:
Gemalto: Fresh on the back of its successful exhibit at World Mobile Convention (WMC) in Barcelona, this global leader in digital security will exhibit its range of identity authentication technology at ISC West this year. In an increasingly connected world, their new facial recognition hard and software integration demos are sure to be a hit.
Location: Booth #4071
Everbridge: As a top Enterprise IT Alerting and Incident Management Solution, Everbridge automates processes for information exchange to keep people safe and businesses running. They set the standard on emergency preparedness and business continuity.
Location: Booth #4042
ASIS: With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. This industry leader provides invaluable support and information to the security community.
Location: Booth #2109
8- ISC West Customer appreciation party
The customer appreciation party is a staple event at ISC West. It’s also another opportunity to connect and network with like-minded security professionals. Free drinks and all you need is a photo ID and your show badge.
Time: April 11, 2019, 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: TAO Nightclub
Finally, The SIA New Product Showcase (NPS) is the annual awards program to recognize new and innovative security products and services. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see what products stood out and which companies are making waves.