In June, ASIS International announced that, due to concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2020 would move to a fully virtual platform—now titled Global Security Exchange Plus (GSX+). In making this transition, ASIS has created a completely new experience for the security industry. The new GSX+ delivers both attendees and exhibitors a host of advantages and opportunities that go beyond what the in-person conference had to offer.
Many trade shows have gone virtual this year, and the benefits have become clear to individuals on both sides of the aisle. In a time of pandemic, it is safer and less stressful for those concerned about social distancing and touching public surfaces. More team members are able to attend due to the reduction in travel and hotel costs. Exhibitors can reach new audiences with this broadened scope.
For attendees who appreciated the opportunity to network at GSX, the virtual GSX+ platform magnifies this—since there is no required travel time between education sessions, happy hours and other networking events. In fact, it is possible to be at more than one event simultaneously while sitting at your computer. Finally, by reducing car, train and air travel, organizations and individuals are helping to minimize their carbon footprint.
At GSX+, the experience of attendance has become entirely virtual. The elements that have always been important—including CPE-eligible education sessions, the opportunity to learn about new technologies and product in the Marketplace, and peer-to-peer networking—are fully present. Offering both live and on-demand features, the event delivers the best in content, connections, community, and commerce to both exhibitors and attendees.
A Wealth of Accessible Content
When it comes to sessions, GSX+ offers attendees even more than in past years. Not only will there be more than 100 sessions, tech talks and game changers offered live and on-demand, but every live session will be recorded and accessible to All-Access attendees through the end of 2020. Vital Game Changer sessions address some of today’s most timely issues—including deepfake media, election security, and post-pandemic security leadership. And All-Access attendees can earn as many as 25 continuing professional education credits toward recertification requirements.
More Ways to Connect
Daily networking events help to keep the security community connected and discussing the newest trends, ideas, and opinions. The GSX+ platform will enable participants to network with peers in one-on-one meetings, small group discussions, and larger networking events. As GSX+ nears, there will be tutorials on using the platform added to the GSX+ website. ASIS members can also begin or join their own conversations on ASIS Connects, the meeting point for security professionals around the world.
Technology and Solutions on Display
The core of any industry event is the ability to browse new technologies, watch demonstrations, meet potential partners and learn about new solutions on the exhibit floor. All this is available in the Marketplace on the GSX+ virtual platform. Attendees can engage companies directly and request private one-on-one meetings or product demos to see technology in action and ask questions. GSX+ provides “matchmaking” between exhibitors and attendees to help attendees find exactly the products and services they’re looking for. Another option available is to watch on-demand or attend live scheduled product demos and tech talks.
For exhibitors, the platform provides branding, thought leadership, and lead generation opportunities to help reach targeted audiences and optimize return on investment.
The Always-on Experience
As a virtual event, GSX+ will be accessible 24 hours a day, with live content recorded and available on-demand shortly after its airtime. When you are ready to learn, the content is ready for you to experience. It is also a cyber-safe event, with SSL/TLS encryption technology that is audited annually by third parties to ensure the safe transmission of data.
The proud tradition of Military and Law Enforcement day is still being honored too, with complimentary one-day registration for those individuals on Wednesday, 23 September.
At a time when it is more important than ever to ensure you bring maximum value to the table with your skills and knowledge, GSX+ delivers the very latest on the most relevant topics—including COVID-19, global leadership, workplace violence, cybersecurity, school security, the cannabis industry, unmanned systems, and much more. Attending this year’s virtual conference will open doors to opportunity, professional development, and collaboration.
With opportunities to participate ranging from the All-Access Pass to the Marketplace Only Pass, GSX+ is an experience not to be missed.