“Security in Symphony” in Vienna at Sell Out ASIS Europe 2024

An exceptional programme has propelled ASIS Europe – From Risk to Resilience to even greater heights with a sell-out 2024 edition taking place in Vienna, Austria on 20-22 March.

Bringing together a diverse, international community, the event focuses on the role security plays in supporting business objectives, examining both physical and cyber security risks, and the vital management roles security leaders play in large multinational organisations.

This coined the comparison between Vienna as the city of great composers and the complex role of today’s security leaders – as conference co-chair Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications, Radisson Hotel Group, commented in the opening plenary,

“Just as Mozart or Strauss would bring all their instruments together in harmony, at this event we are bringing together the various parts of the security profession to create “security in symphony” and go from Risk to Resilience.”

Fellow co-chair Gavin Henderson, Vice President/Chief Security Officer, Regional Security, Mastercard, built on those comments and drew attention to the depth and breadth of the support the event received, with a total of 922 registrants from 57 countries participating,

“To make a symphony we need lots of players with different skills and expertise to contribute – and we certainly have that here – this will be the best attended ASIS Europe conference so far. We are immensely proud to see the event, and our community going from strength to strength”.

With an audience of established and aspiring security leaders, ASIS Europe addresses both “here and now” security and business risks as well as more strategic matters.

Sessions demonstrated how security leaders can move beyond focusing on the urgent to finding solutions for the important, looking beyond short-term crisis response in order to study and address long-term, existential challenges such as extremism along supply chains, globalization, compliance, and climate change.

Opening keynote, General (ret.) Tom Middendorp (former Chief of Defense for The Netherlands) highlighted the intersection of climate change risk and security concerns, and emphasised the need for innovation, collaboration and more dynamic management models.

On Friday 22 March, Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO explored a wide range of topics from big-picture geopolitics and NATO expansion, to combatting cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns.

ASIS Europe is well established as Europe’s critical gathering for established and aspiring security leaders from across the region and beyond.

In total, more than fifty educational sessions took place across two days, with five stages in action and a host of different session formats to ensure a vibrant learning experience with many interactive elements.

ASIS’ commitments to the future of the profession and the security talent pipeline were also highlighted with the involvement of their NextGen and Women in Security communities who developed workshops on engaging professionals of different generations and advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

Networking and partnership development is the other key component of the event. Onsite networking was based around a buzzing exhibition area where 48 exhibitors participated, including headline sponsors Nedap, Genetec and Securitas.

Solutions and services on display ranged from crisis, critical events and business continuity management to geopolitical risk intelligence and executive protection to video surveillance, cloud-based solutions and access control, as well as cybersecurity, drones and background screening.

The next ASIS Europe will take place in Dublin, Ireland on 4-6 March 2025.

For more information visit https://asiseurope.org/

Brussels, 25 March 2023

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Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world’s largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets. Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.

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