ASISRetail_inbodyFor decades, the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits has been a source for security practitioners to acquire the knowledge, tools and techniques required to protect life, and mitigate risk to property and information. In 2012, the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits opens September 10 for four days at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. “ISC-squared” or (ISC)2 will once again co-locate its global conference with the ASIS Seminar and Exhibits. (ISC)2 is a non-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals and administrators of the CISSP. Together, the two events expect to draw more than 20,000 attendees.

Traditional and information security practitioners from across the industry will find more than 200 educational programs set across 24 tracks at this year’s co-located event, including sessions dedicated to specific security concerns and challenges faced in the retail sector.   

On Monday, September 10, one of the sessions will focus on three of the top issues faced daily in retail security. A chief security concern among those in retail is the high cost of organized crime, which is estimated to cost the United States more than $30 billion annually. Session presenters include industry end-users: Mark Gaudette, CPP, director, loss prevention, Big Y Foods Inc.; Joe T. Davis, CPP, director of field loss prevention operations, T-Mobile USA; and Alan Greggo, CPP, director, loss prevention, Thirty-One Gifts.

The three-person panel will offer insight into the implementation of countermeasures to reduce its impact on retail establishments. Due to the nature of the retail setting, crisis management often poses a diverse array of challenges — ranging from natural disasters to active shooter incidents. Effective planning can prevent loss of life and protect a company’s brand identity. Lastly, the panel will explore emerging security technologies and provide perspective on how these innovations can bring value to retail organizations today and, most importantly, in the years ahead.   

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