Security Journal Americas Editor, Victoria Rees, covers the key themes of this year’s GSX.
At Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2023, nearly 16,000 security professionals gathered for the many networking and learning opportunities provided by the event.
The show, which took place on 11 – 13 September, saw attendees from 95 countries and more than 470 exhibitors demonstrating their security solutions in Dallas, Texas.
The team from Security Journal Americas was present at the show and had the chance to meet with many of the attendees and exhibitors.
In the keynotes, panel sessions and on the exhibit hall floor, we heard many conversations – from the importance of hybrid security to the continuing evolution of AI and why partnerships are key to the industry.
Kicking off the show, Tim McCreight, CPP, 2023 President of ASIS International and Peter O’Neill, CEO of ASIS International, began by looking back before they looked forward – the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was a poignant note of the introduction, creating a sense of remembrance but also dedication to the progression of the security industry.
“As we reflect upon the immense tragedy and loss that happened on that day, let us also draw strength from the indomitable spirit and resilience that emerged,” McCreight said.
After a moment of silence to remember all those lost, McCreight explained that he takes so much pride in being a part of the security industry because of the people that he has the chance to meet within it and how they continue to shape the sector.
“I have never been more hopeful and optimistic about the future,” he remarked.
O’Neill also delved into the status of ASIS International, exploring how the organization has advanced recently and grown in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, digital transformation and standards and guidelines.
“When I look back at the change that has occurred within this organization since 2016, the journey has been quite remarkable,” O’Neill said. “The progress that we have made within the last year alone is astounding.”
The first keynote speech came from current member of the European Parliament, Radek Sikorski, who discussed the current threats to Ukraine, but also to Poland, Europe and democracy.
The other keynotes were from former President George Bush on 12 September, who explored his time in office, conflict abroad and the 9/11 attacks.
On 13 September, former CIA Officer and FBI Special Agent Tracy Walder identified what she sees as the three most urgent threats facing the US: fragile states, China and domestic terrorism.
Overall, GSX was a fantastic opportunity to speak with those in the industry face to face and to discover the hot topics at the forefront of people’s minds.
“GSX is best compared to a firm friendship, it keeps getting better every year!” said Matthew Porcelli, CPP, Security Manager at Harvard Protection Services, who won Outstanding Young Security Professional at the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) at this year’s GSX.
“I had the honor to serve as GSX 2023 Selection Committee Chair along with an amazing Selection Committee, as well as a presenter in one of the sessions.
“Regardless of where and what you do within the glorious spectrum of the security industry, GSX continues to offer top-notch global security networking and education sessions.
“This event was and continues to be one that CANNOT AFFORD TO BE MISSED!”