Can’t-Miss Sessions from GSX 2021

Can’t-Miss Sessions from GSX 2021

Here at Security Today, we’re in the thick of getting ready for our big trip to Orlando, Fla., for GSX 2021. There’s so much to do and see that the sheer number of options might seem overwhelming. Besides the general sessions and the exhibit hall, the conference offers a wide variety of sessions appealing to an even wider variety of interests. These sessions are meant to increase attendees’ knowledge of security technology and industry challenges. While we encourage you to review the full list of sessions yourself and find something that tickles your fancy, here’s a small sampling of the possibilities.

“The Evolving Role of the Security Officer” is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27. Speakers Eddie Sorrells, Marc Bognar, Mark Folmer, and Robert Giordano will gather for an industry-agnostic discussion on how security officers can stay prepared in the modern era. From COVID-19 to civil unrest, the last two years have presented new and unique challenges to safety and security in all contexts. According to the GSX website, “Join this international panel as they discuss what security professionals will need in the area of operational skills, application of technology, and legal knowledge to succeed in their continued mission to protect lives and property.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, “Mass Shooting Liability: What Every American Business Has to be Concerned With” is scheduled at 10 a.m. Michael Haggard, managing partner at the Haggard Law Firm, will discuss the legal liabilities involved in mass shooting incidents. As mass shootings have—sadly—become more common, it’s important to understand how the liability landscape has changed and how this change applies to all American businesses.

And on Wednesday, Sept. 29, “Threat Assessment Best Practices: From the White House to the Workplace” is scheduled at 10 a.m. Speakers G. Michael Verden and Michelle Hoy-Watkins will impart the necessity of identifying, assessing, and managing threats by activating and empowering a Threat Assessment Team (TAT). Verden is a former police officer and a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, while Hoy-Watkins formerly served as the Northwestern University Police Department Director of Threat Assessment. They’ll also discuss how threatening behavior can lead to workplace violence and how to integrate best practices combining internal and external resources.

If you’re attending this year’s conference, be sure to follow our Live From GSX 2021 page to keep your finger on the pulse of the show. We’d also love to connect with you at the Security Today booth (Booth 324) to discuss what we do, including magazines, webinars, podcasts and summits.

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Matt Jones is senior editor of Spaces4Learning and Campus Security and Life Safety. He can be reached at MJones@1105media.com

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