AMAG Security Engineering Symposium Stresses Collaboration

The annual networking conference attracted a range of industry stakeholders and certified technology partners who demonstrated their latest products and solutions.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — AMAG Technology recently hosted its annual Security Engineering Symposium (SES) here at the Balboa Bay Resort, with nearly 70 end users, systems integrators and consultants attending the networking event.

AMAG Technology President Kurt Takahashi was joined on stage by Jody Ross, vice president-global sales and business development, to begin the conference (Feb. 23-26) with opening remarks and introductions of honored guests and AMAG staff, according to a press release.

AMAG COO Howard Johnson gave a talk titled “Threat Analysis Through Machine Learning,” during which he updated attendees on AMAG’s product roadmap and vision for the future. Breakout sessions educated attendees about Symmetry GUEST Visitor Management, Symmetry CONNECT Identity Management, the Symmetry Solution and RISK360 Incident management.

Michael Gelles, managing director of Deloitte and a security expert, presented a keynote address. Titled “Challenges to Building an Insider Threat Program,” he outlined the program pillars to prevent, detect and respond and how creating a program is a team sport.

Seventeen certified technology partners demonstrated their products and solutions throughout the weekend. Platinum and Gold level sponsors presented small breakout sessions. Silver sponsors shared a breakout session and associate sponsors setup booths. The list of sponsors included ASSA ABLOY, Zenitel, Arrow, FST Biometrics with Gunnebo, HID Global, Hoverfly, NEC, Winsted, Flir, Idemia, SMI, Ticto, Arecont Vision, Barco, Life Safety Power and Wavelynx.

“Every year I am amazed at the collaboration and networking that occurs at the Security Engineering Symposium and this year it was fantastic to see end users, integrators and consultants sharing ideas and interacting with the technology partners to learn about the latest technologies,” says AMAG Technology Director of Business Development Kami Dukes. “We had a record number of technology partners attend, which speaks for itself. The cutting-edge technologies demonstrated were on target with the trends we are seeing in the industry. Seeing those technologies close up and having the opportunity to ask questions was invaluable.”

During the closing banquet, a representative from St. Jude’s Research Hospital presented about the mission and advances St. Jude’s is making in pediatric cancer research. Thanks to the generosity of the attendees and AMAG’s matching program, more than $2,000 was raised to support St. Jude’s.

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