Not a Newbie Anymore

I didn’t know what to expect at my first ISC West, but this year it was different.

Last year was my first time at ISC West and on top of that, I had only been working in the security industry for six months when I took my first trip out to Sands Expo. I didn’t know what to expect, but when I came out on the other end I knew that I had become apart of something great.

Last year I wrote in my editor’s note that I was surprised by the passion and enthusiasm that each booth greeted me with. I’ve learned this isn’t a sentiment applied to newbies at ISC West, it’s just how this industry is.

One of my favorite parts about a show like this is to finally be able to fit a name with a face. Just like many others, I’ve probably sent out or received an email from half the people at this show but it is so much better to sit down face-to-face with a company and really talk about the topics we’ve been brimming over in an email. It’s exciting to make connections in conversations that normals don’t get to happen.

For me, ISC West is the best time of year because I get to see the newest innovations, the hottest trends, the new partnerships and the best of the best when it comes to the security industry. This show really embodies the character of this industry and you should all feel proud to be apart of it.

About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.

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