Brad Brekke, vice president of assets protection for Target Corp., Minneapolis, Minn., will keynote the Security 500 networking and management conference at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City on Nov. 5, 2013, the Security Industry Association (SIA) and Security magazine announced today.

As keynote speaker, Brekke will discuss “Breaking the Mold…Delivering Value-Added Security,” in which he will share insights into his team’s efforts to mitigate physical and operational risks across a large and renowned retail company. His department of several thousand assets protection professionals is responsible for protecting team members and guests, the global supply chain, financial products, information security and the company’s reputation. Brekke and his staff support all domestic and international Target locations.

“Brad is one of our industry’s greatest thought leaders. His intelligence and proactive efforts in our industry have improved risk management and security concepts, best practices and measurable results. Lynn Mattice, my co-host, and I are delighted and fortunate to have someone of Brad’s unique qualifications and reputation keynote the conference,” says Mark McCourt, publisher of Security magazine.

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Brekke joined Target in 1997 as an investigations manager and received a promotion to his current position in 2001. Before joining Target, he practiced business law and litigation and served with the FBI. He received his B.A. from University of Minnesota, his M.A.T.S. from Bethel Seminary and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

“The Security Industry Association is pleased to partner with Security magazine and present this outstanding program for the industry. On behalf of our members we look forward to hearing Mr. Brekke’s insights and views on how global security programs help add value and drive business objectives,” says Don Erickson, CEO of SIA.

The Security 500 Conference is a one-day program designed for security leaders responsible for supporting an organization’s risk management and resilience security strategies. Security 500 attendees share strategies, solutions and challenges on enterprise security issues with their peers; discuss the role of security managers in overall organizational performance; and gain exclusive information from the Security 500 Benchmark Survey.

The conference is only open to qualified attendees and is free of charge. Qualified individuals include heads of security for private-sector organizations, including chief security officers, security directors and other security executives. Complimentary registration includes lunch, a cocktail reception and the 2013 Security 500 Recognition Dinner.

To register for the conference, please visit the Security 500 website at

Read More: Check out the 2012 Security 500 Report online here.