8 Can’t-Miss Educational Sessions at ASIS 2017

SSI Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine handpicks eight educational sessions that are relevant or offer tangible value for security dealers and integrators.

With several hundred exhibit booths to peruse at the 63rd ASIS Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, it can be easy to overlook the many educational sessions being offered.

That would be unfortunate because ASIS is known for its focus on training and education; in fact there are in excess of 200 sessions offered. However, only a handful of them are relevant or offer tangible value for security dealers and integrators (most are geared toward end-user security directors/managers and CSOs).

The great news for fans of short attention-span theater is none of these presentations exceed 75 minutes and some are less than a half-hour. So to score like an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown burst while in the Dallas Cowboys neighborhood, here are eight educational sessions (note, some of them overlap time wise) you should seriously consider sitting in on:

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Leverage Security Systems to Improve a Business’s Bottom Line

Presenters: Andrew Campion, Senior Director of Security, Comcast; Jack Jones, Senior Technical Director, Portfolio Security, Digital Realty; Nicolas Miller, Regional Vice President,

Guidepost Solutions; Kurt Takahashi, President, AMAG Technology

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Using Technology to Drive Data Into Security Planning

Presenters: Mark Folmer, Vice President Security Industry, TrackTik; Brent Fortner, Vice President, Securitas Security Services USA

11:25 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Sailing the Seas of Surveillance Data and Avoiding the Sharks

Presenters: Bill McAteer, Vice President, Sales, Airports and Mass Transit, Venuetize; Steve Surfaro, Industry Liaison, Axis Communications; Donald Zoufal, Safety and Security Consultant,

CrowZnest Consulting

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

When, Why, and How to Complete a Security Project Cost Estimate?

Presenters: Jim Black, Security Design Team Manager, Microsoft; Jeff Lane, Integrated Solutions Specialist, ASSA ABLOY; Rene Rieder, Associate Principal, Arup

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Drone Use and Defense By Enterprise Security Management

Presenters: Jason Cansler, Partner, UASidekick; Nathan Ruff, Managing Director,

Coalition of UAS Professionals; Mark Schreiber, Principal Consultant, Safeguards Consulting

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Envisioning Security’s Future: 2020 and Beyond

Presenters: Shayne Bates, Principal Consultant, Stratum Knowledge; Michael Foynes,

Senior Director, Global Operations, Microsoft Corp.; Malcolm Smith, Head of Risk Management,

SASOL; Steve Surfaro, Industry Liaison, Axis Communications; Bryan Weisbard, Head of Security Analysis, Investigations & Business Continuity, Twitter

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Security Operations Centers: A Guide For Success

Presenters: Gregory Jarpey, Security Operations Manager, Orbital ATK; R. Scott McCoy, N/A

2:40 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Integrating Security and Life Safety

Presenters: Scott Hogan, Security Project Manager, House of Commons; Judy Jeske, Vice President, Code, Life Safety and Security, Morrison Hershfield Ltd.

11:25 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

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About the Author


Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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