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Pre-Conference Programs

A Full Immersion of Security Education

Make the most of your time and resources in Las Vegas by adding a one- or two-day intensive education program to your agenda. The pre-conference programs provide an unparalleled opportunity to gain professional and career-building knowledge in a setting designed for collaboration and learning.

Additional registration fees apply. GSX registration is not required to attend a pre-conference program.

Certification Review Programs

Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September

A robust “boot camp” style learning experience led by board-certified instructors, each of the GSX classroom programs—covering either the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), or Physical Security Professional (PSP)—provide a high-level review of the security concepts tested on the certification exam. You will be able to identify areas of strength and weakness to confidently know where to focus your study, as well as build relationships with peers and board-certified instructors. If you’re planning to take the CPP, PCI, or PSP certification exam in the future, a review class could be an important part of your study preparation.

Please note: The reviews are intended as a review only of the general principles and subjects of the security discipline. Actual exam questions are not discussed.

CPP Review     PCI Review     PSP Review


JUST ADDED: Trending Issues in Gaming Security

Tragic events such as the Manchester bombing (May ’17) and the mass shooting at MGM (Oct. 17) have raised the profile of security vulnerabilities inherent in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality, and tourism sectors. Securing land based, tribal, riverboat, and racetrack environments requires creative solutions not common to all soft targets.

In this information-packed one-day program, you’ll hear from gaming security experts as they discuss the unique challenges, trends, and solutions for protecting these properties. Topics include:

  • Trends, Issues, and Solutions
  • Resort Hotel Security: 2018 Challenges and Deployment
  • Security Parking Lots and Garages
  • Technology Update: Physical Security Products and Services
  • Investigations in Gaming Environments
  • Critical Incident Response and Management
  • Panel Discussion and Problem Solving

If you are new to gaming security, transitioning from the public sector, or a seasoned practitioner, you will benefit from this practical program. Time will be set aside for Q&A and networking with peers. Learn more.

Presented by the Gaming and Wagering Protection Council.


Leveraging ESRM to Manage Physical, Cyber, and Converged Security Programs

Sunday, 23 September | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This one-day program introduces you to the basics of ESRM and how the overall life-cycle functions to engage security as a true business partner to their enterprise executives. Interact as part of a team with several ESRM leaders and discuss the ESRM life cycle, how security managers and executives can leverage ESRM, and the relationship between ESRM and convergence. Two panel discussions cover various aspects of ESRM and convergence in several leading security programs, exploring how each concept impacts the security manager’s role, and how the concepts differ from, and complement, each other. A live simulation of the ESRM lifecycle and a hands-on team exercise help you apply the knowledge learned. Learn more


Policy-Writing Workshop

Sunday, 23 September | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Policies, procedures, training files, post orders, manuals—we all know the results we want to see, but sometimes we have trouble putting it in a clear written format that is legally defendable. This program provides simple steps to creating well-formatted, properly-written resources that will help you and your team reach the objectives you want. Walk away with a thorough understanding of which document fits which need; how to properly format and write them; and methods to keep these resources current and useful for your team. Participants: Bring your ideas for policies and procedures you want to write. Learn more


Successful Security Consulting

Sunday, 23 September | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Looking to successfully launch a new security consultant practice or jump-start an existing one? Back by popular demand, this unique program can show you how! Learn from seasoned consultants how to develop and market yourself and avoid costly mistakes that can sabotage your success. Gain practical information to save you time, money, and frustration. You’ll return home with sample proposals and reports that give you a clear advantage when competing for a security consulting assignment. Learn more


Sponsor: IAPSC