Security Industry Association Announces Keynote Speakers for Securing New Ground 2018

Jerome Pickett of the National Basketball Association and Valerie Thomas of Securicon to Give Remarks at Executive Conference Connecting the Security Industry’s Brightest Minds

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the keynote speakers for its annual executive conference, Securing New Ground (SNG). Jerome Pickett, senior vice president and chief security officer at the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Valerie Thomas, executive information security consultant for Securicon, will give remarks at the event, which brings together leading security minds, key players and top entrepreneurs for two days of information sharing, top-level networking and business analysis.

The 2018 conference will be held Oct. 25-26 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Thomas, also an ethical hacker and author, will speak at 11:15 a.m. on Day 1 of the conference about securing the future of physical security, and Pickett’s remarks at 4:00 p.m. that afternoon will share global lessons from the NBA’s security program, how he’s handling disruptive technologies and using intelligent security solutions to prepare for threats and more.

“Each year, SNG attendees get to dive deep into the security trends that matter to them, and this conference helps them clarify business strategies and drive their business forward,” said Don Erickson, SIA’s CEO. “We are excited to welcome Jerome Pickett and Valerie Thomas to SNG 2018, where attendees will gain top insights from these distinguished security leaders.”

In addition to the keynote addresses, SNG 2018 will feature many engaging discussions and events, including:

  • The View from the Top: Challenges for Today’s Security Industry Leaders
  • Harnessing Cyber-Physical Security Technologies
  • Securing the Future Generation of Security
  • The Smart City of the Future Will Be Conscious
  • Investment Insights: Perspectives from Wall Street and Private Equity

Each year at SNG, 250+ senior-level industry leaders and financial partners gather, trends are spotted, connections are formed and minds are opened. Learn more and register.

This event is made possible thanks to the following sponsors and partners: Premier Sponsors ASSA Abloy, HID Global, United Technologies (Lenel and Interlogix) and Siemens and Event Sponsors Arecont Vision, Axis Communications, Bosch, CapitalSource, Dahua Technology, G4S, Genetec, Hikvision, Imperial Capital, ISS, Louroe Electronics, Milestone, Nortek, Panasonic and Securicon.

About SIA

SIA (securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with more than 800 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA Government Summit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.

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