GSX 2020 Update: ASIS Int’l Mulls Virtual Alternatives

Scheduled for Sept. 21-23 in Atlanta, GSX could instead potentially be hosted in a virtual format either in part or entirely.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — ASIS Int’l announced Friday the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the organization to explore options in how it will host GSX 2020, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 21‐23 in Atlanta.

In an online correspondence signed by ASIS President Godfried Hendriks and CEO Peter J. O’Neil, the executives explain the organization is considering the potential for moving “the event, in part or in full, to a virtual environment that offers the same high quality content, instructors, and dynamic interaction that you have come to expect from our in‐person GSX gatherings.”

A final decision will be made and announced on or before June 22.

The complete text of the letter follows:

As the COVID‐19 pandemic continues to affect the way of life of security professionals and citizens around the globe, ASIS International is currently tirelessly exploring options for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2020, scheduled to take place 21‐23 September in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

At this stage, we are evaluating our means of safely accommodating attendees at the Georgia World Congress Center in accordance with health and safety recommendations—and our means of potentially moving the event, in part or in full, to a virtual environment that offers the same high quality content, instructors, and dynamic interaction that you have come to expect from our in‐person GSX gatherings.

It is our plan at present to confirm whether GSX 2020 will take place live on or before 22 June. We believe this will provide our attendees and exhibitors with the notice they need to make arrangements for their participation. We will deliver an update on the status of GSX 2020 no later than 22 June. We, the ASIS International Global Board of Directors and HQ Team, appreciate your understanding as we make the decision that is right for our attendees, speakers, staff, exhibitors, and other stakeholders.

Please know that all GSX 2020 decisions will be driven by what is in the best interests of the safety and well‐being of all GSX constituents. Given the rapidly evolving nature of the world we live in, we believe the knowledge exchange and support network GSX provides are more important than ever. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Lastly, as we close this communication, we would like to take a moment to recognize and thank those among our membership who have worked tirelessly on behalf of their organizations and communities. We would also like to recognize and honor the work of all healthcare providers and first responders globally.

Please stay tuned for more information and stay safe.

Godfried Hendriks, CPP
President, ASIS International

Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE
CEO, ASIS International

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