Goodbye The Hague, Frankfurt here we come!

This week I joined 700, yes 700, fellow security professionals at the ASIS International European conference in The Hague.  This was a fantastic event and a great achievement by the Benelux chapter and the ASIS office in Brussels: the previous record was 500 set in 2012 at the London conference.

I don’t mean this blog to be purely self congratulatory to all those involved, but it does send a message about the appetite for education, networking and certification  with security professionals across Europe and the world

This was the first time I spoke at the European conference, a presentation on career edevelopments and personal branding.  This was well received and I was really pleased with the numbers attending.

The 30+ presentations including keynote addresses from Europol, the Dutch Minister of Justice and the US Secretary of the Navy and the topics covered ranger huge spectrum of security subjects.

There were also several network in opportunities for delegates to attend including the opening party sponsored by Nedap and President’s Reception which, for the six year, was sponsored by Tyco.  Talking of the presidents, it was good to have have Rich Widup CPP the ASIS President speak to us both at the conference and at the European Advisory Council meeting I attended the day before.  I was also good to see Dave Davies CPP, the current ASIS Treasurer who will be who will be president in 2016.    A number of ASIS HQ staff there including Michael stack the CEO Susan Melnicove the VP Education and Peter Piazza who runs the ASIS CSO Roundtable group.

What always strikes me about these events is the positivity and sense of common purpose that members from across the world exhibit.  We all face similar threats but through our shared experiences  we learn how best to deal with them.

So all in all a very enjoyable, productive and educational three days were spent in the Hague and we look forward to next year’s events in Frankfurt.  I’ll be out there in the autumn as part of the Programme Committee and hope we can deliver an event that matches or exceeds  that in The Hague.  We also look forward to having the ASIS conference back in London in the next few years and to welcoming friends and colleagues from across the globe.

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