ORLANDO, Fla. – (Oct. 1, 2021) The synchronous portion of Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2021 has concluded at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. Presented by ASIS International, the world's largest association for security management professionals, the event offered discussion and idea exchange for the global security community. Attendance exceeded projections, with 8,600 registrants from more than 80 countries and 300 exhibitors demonstrating the latest security solutions. More than 7,200 of the registrants were for the in-person portion of the event – creating an estimated economic impact of $18.5 million for the community.
“We are thrilled to welcome back GSX 2021 to the Center of Hospitality,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “Both the digital and in-person experience provided an opportunity for attendees to connect and serve the needs of global security professionals. I look forward to welcoming back ASIS to the OCCC for many years to come.”
The main event began on Monday, Sept. 27. Following an 8:30 a.m. “How to Make Time Your Ally, Not Your Enemy” general session presentation by bestselling author Daniel Pink, the exhibit hall opened at 9:30 a.m. —marking a change to the GSX footprint where the exhibit hall is now open each day of the in-person event. Exhibiting companies Azena, Boon Edam, Cognyte, Cloudastructure, Evolv Technology, Everbridge, OnSolve, RaySecur, Smiths Detection, Trackforce Valiant, and Thermal Radar debuted products on the GSX exhibit hall.
“I’m proud of my friends and colleagues for arranging what is by all metrics a fantastic GSX,” said John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, 2021 president, ASIS International. “We’ve received an overwhelming response from exhibitors and attendees commenting on the high quality of this year’s show. We’re pleased that the new event footprint—placing learning theaters in the exhibit hall—was well received, allowing for ease of access between our event’s best-in-class education and the solutions offered by our exhibiting companies. I’m incredibly thankful to our show’s international contingent for the lengths that they went to in order to gather here in person. The dedication of these individuals just proves the commitment of our profession to make GSX the industry’s premier event.”
Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (MLEAD), the final day of GSX, featured a “Leading Through Uncertainty” general session presented by Lieutenant General (ret) Nadja West. As a thank you to all active duty and veteran military, law enforcement, and first responders, these groups were invited to attend GSX for free this day. More than 90 individuals registered using the MLEAD discount code.
Demonstrating its dedication to the Orlando community by giving back and supporting organizations at their host city through their corporate social responsibility program, ASIS International donated a total of 1,428 boxed lunches, 69 cases of orange juice, and 477 cases of soda to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
While the in-person portion of GSX has concluded, on-demand broadcasts of all sessions will be available to All-Access attendees through the digital platform until the end of 2021. During encore events taking place Oct. 20 and Nov. 10, ASIS will rebroadcast top-attended sessions from GSX with presenters in attendance to answer audience questions in real-time.
The OCCC is slated to welcome back GSX in 2024 and 2028.
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About the Orange County Convention Center
The award-winning Orange County Convention Center provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit www.occc.net.
About Global Security Exchange
Global Security Exchange (GSX) is the world’s most comprehensive event for security professionals for more than 65 years. Meeting the needs of the global security community, ASIS designed an in-person and digital experience like none other in the security profession. ASIS International remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines—and at all stages of their career—can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed. For information about GSX, please visit www.GSX.org.
About ASIS International
Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets. Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.