Giving Back to the Chicago Community
Now in its fourth year of serving Global Security Exchange (GSX) host cities, the 2019 Security Cares program will connect leaders of Chicago area community organizations and small- to medium-sized businesses with free access to valuable security education, networking, funding opportunities, and resources.
“All organizations, regardless of size or complexity, need access to tools and resources to manage and mitigate risk across their enterprise,” says Christina Duffey, CPP, 2019 ASIS President. “Security Cares was developed to meet pressing safety and security needs of GSX host communities, providing small businesses and community institutions—such as places of worship, nonprofits, and schools—with unprecedented access to information via specialized programming and our global network of security thought leaders and solutions providers they can’t get anywhere else.”
Security Cares is an important part of GSX. Expanded for 2019, the program’s goal is to empower and impact the local community through education, networking, public health, and school safety.
Registration for Security Cares is free for qualified local leaders.
With more than 30 highly informative sessions from the GSX conference lineup—including Thursday’s keynote from cybersecurity expert, Tarah Wheeler—Security Cares learning sessions focus on challenges and needs associated with workplace and community safety and security. View the full list of Security Cares sessions and speaker descriptions in My GSX Planner.
Monday, 9 September
- Domestic Violence in the Workplace–How to Prevent Workplace Tragedy | 10:30 – 11:45 am
- Protecting Youth Against Sexual Exploitation, Cybercrime, Drugs, and Firearms | 10:30 – 11:45 am
- Using Social Media to Protect You, Your Client, and Your Business | 10:30 – 11:45 am
- Designing and Implementing a Pedestrian Entrance Control System | 1:15 – 2:30 pm
- Stoneman Douglas High School: Lessons Learned | 1:15 – 2:30 pm
- Using De-escalation and Communications Skills in the Workplace | 1:15 – 2:30 pm
- Implementing a Successful Business Continuity Program | 2:45 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, 10 September
- #MeToo Era: How to Navigate through Effective Investigations | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
- Prevent Workplace Violence through Security Screening | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
- The Art of Termination | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
- The Emerging Cannabis Industry: Pitfalls, Opportunities, and Pain Points | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
- The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program–a Winning Model | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
- Effective Security at External Events | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
- Which Active Assailant Survival Plan is Best? | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
- Assessing and Managing the Domestically Violent Employee | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
- Reducing Risk in K-12 Schools After Hours | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 11 September
- Behavior Threat Detection: A Systematic Protection Method | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
- Protecting Places of Worship: Lessons Learned and Best Practices | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
- How Can Civilians React to and Survive an Active Shooter Event? | 2:15 – 3:15 pm
- Responding When the Unthinkable Happens | 2:15 – 3:15 pm
- Secure and Safe Cities: Emerging Technologies and the Law | 2:15 – 3:15 pm
- The Gap Between School Violence and Security Solutions: What’s Missing? | 3:45 – 4:45 pm
Thursday, 12 September
- Protecting Assets in the Age of Cybersecurity Leaks and Scandals: How to Plan When Risk is a Moving Target | 8:30 – 10:00 am
Keynote Address featuring Tarah Wheeler, Cybersecurity Policy Fellow, New America
Networking, Innovations, and So Much More
Security Cares attendees also have access to dynamic networking events, including Tuesday’s Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall, as well as the exhibit hall itself, which serves as a learning lab environment featuring presentations and demonstrations on the latest products and services, including machine learning, robotics, forensic analysis, surveillance, IoT, and artificial intelligence.
Be sure to take advantage of all of these great benefits to attending Security Cares @ GSX 2019 (all included for free with your registration!):
- 550+ exhibiting companies providing hands-on access to the newest products on the market
- ASIS Happy Hour in the expo hall (Tuesday, 10 September | 4:30 – 5:30 pm)
- 35+ additional education sessions on two X Learning stages showcasing security innovations and disruptive technologies
- Shark Tank style forum for entrepreneurs and innovative companies to compete and win during the GSX Pitch Competition
- Entrepreneurs highlighting new technology impacting the security industry in GSX Startup Sector
- Demos and discussions of the latest unmanned aircraft platforms and robotics and the real-world applications, implications, and challenges that come with these innovations at D3 (Drones, Droids, Defense)
- Career HQ featuring resume reviews, professional headshots, career coaching, professional development sessions, and networking with peers and employers
- Test your shooting skills and compete for bragging rights and prizes in the new ASIS Foundation laser Sharpshooter Competition
On Tuesday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Security Cares will roll up its sleeves to help save lives as we partner with the American Red Cross for a blood drive. The GSX 2019 blood drive will be located at booth #5513. Attendees can sign up in advance, using sponsor code GSX to make an appointment. Walk-ups will be accepted as well.
The ASIS International and ASIS Foundation School Security Grant Competition helps fund the purchase and installation of security equipment improvements to a school building and/or campus. In addition, in-kind donations are often sourced from the local chapter to supplement the grant. More than $320,000 has been given back to local communities since the launch of this important initiative.
In 2019, DeWitt Clinton Elementary School, home to more than 1,200 students, has been chosen as the recipient of the $20,000 grant. “Our school serves a resilient population, more than 50% of whom are immigrants and refugees,” stated Maureen Delgado, DeWitt’s principal. “Providing a safe school and learning environment is of paramount importance to us. This grant will allow us to upgrade the school’s security camera system to add another level of security for our school community.”