Five Top Sessions for Security & Public Safety Practitioners at ISC East

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ISC East 2023 is coming up Nov. 14-16 in New York City, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC East recently revealed full conference details for the SIA Education@ISC East program, including keynote presentations from top luminaries and over 40 sessions from top industry expert speakers on the most current business trends, technologies and industry developments.

Among the robust lineup of conference sessions are several dynamic presentations geared toward security and public safety practitioners and end users. At ISC East, you’ll discover expert insights on analytics and the end user experience, successfully transitioning from law enforcement to the private sector, what’s next in critical infrastructure protection and more. Here are five sessions you won’t want to miss; make sure to add them to your ISC East calendar!

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Security, Police and Practitioners: Using a Nuisance Abatement Strategy Through Engagement and Technology

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

In Columbus, Ohio, officials are leveraging the relationships between security, police and the court system to address problem properties where continuous criminal activity occurs. Narcotics, prostitution and acts of violence are all types of activity where private security often engages well before public safety arrives. In this session, experts will discuss how having a nuisance abatement strategy that discourages disengaged property ownership through technology, security and court intervention can reduce crime and improve communities. According to the presenters, a successful abatement strategy emphasizes collaboration with private security groups and includes integrating technology used in surveillance, data collection and intelligence, and attendees will learn how having knowledge and the ability to develop such a plan can be a value-added benefit for organizations in charge of reducing events that affect the quality of life.

“This presentation is a session to provide you with the solutions for chronic security and crime-related issues. Nuisance abatement is a robust strategy linking security, community and justice stakeholders that have real property responsibilities.”

Christopher Riley, Detective, Columbus Division of Police


  • Christopher Riley, detective, Columbus Division of Police
  • Stephen Dunbar, section chief, Columbus City Attorney’s Office

Analytics in Real-World Use Cases: The End User Experience

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

In today’s digital age, video analytics have emerged as a powerful tool for extracting valuable insights from the vast amounts of video data generated daily. This session will dive into the applications of video analytics across various industries and explore how businesses can harness this technology to improve the end-user experience. By understanding the capabilities of video analytics and their real-world applications, businesses can unlock new opportunities for enhancing the end-user experience. Expert presenters will share how, with the right strategies and solutions in place, video analytics can provide valuable insights that drive personalization, optimize operations and ultimately improve customer satisfaction.

“I am excited to be speaking alongside security veterans like Tom Cook of Hanwha Vision and innovator Devarshi Shah, of Lumeo. I look forward to discussing how video analytics play a crucial role in enhancing campus security and how this technology enables us to make data-driven decisions to create a safer environment on campus.”

Peter Bonitatibus, Transitional Specialist and Former Director of Student Affairs Technology Services, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston


  • Peter Bonitatibus, transitional specialist and former director of student affairs technology services, UMass Boston
  • Tom Cook, executive vice president of sales and operations, North America, Hanwha Vision
  • Devarshi Shah, CEO, Lumeo

Cop to Corporate: Successfully Transitioning From the Public to the Private Sector

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3:15-4:00 p.m.

If you are a law enforcement officer, a first responder or a military veteran seeking a career in the security industry, then this interactive session is for you!  This insightful panel discussion will also be valuable for hiring managers who are interested in learning more about this seldom-tapped source of talent.

“Speaking from experience, I am intimately familiar with changing careers; the process can be stressful and pressure filled. In a study of the top 43 anxiety-inducing events, changing careers was only slightly less stressful than experiencing the death of a close friend.  I am looking forward to hosting this panel discussion featuring three successful career-changers who have left the public sector to join the security industry. I hope you will join us for this unique session.”

Elaine Palome, Head of Human Resources, Americas, Axis Communications


  • Steve Beaudry, business area director, Northeast, Axis Communications
  • Holli Draines, CEO and co-founder, Elite Strategy Global
  • Elaine Palome, head of human resources, Americas, Axis Communications
  • Brian Reich, chairman, ASIS International New York City Chapter

Critical Infrastructure Protection 2.0: What’s Next?

Thursday, Nov. 16, 10:15-11:00 a.m.

Are unrealized risks and politics changing the current threat landscape and normal responses to critical infrastructure protection? This session, will highlight current trends in cyber and physical security and how they are changing by the week. Domestic violent extremists, nation-state adversaries and hacktivist groups are targeting key systems, resources and infrastructure. Attendees will explore the current state and the future of keeping these assets secure.

“Critical assets, systems and networks that are essential to our way of life are constantly under attack. The threat landscape has changed, and critical infrastructure has become prime target(s) for domestic and nation-state bad actors. As we enjoy the benefits of an interconnected world, we must prioritize risk reduction investments and resilience efforts.”

Brian Harrell, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Avangrid


  • Brian Harrell, vice president and chief security officer, Avangrid

The GSOC of the Future

Thursday, Nov. 16, 3:00-3:45 p.m.

The global security operations center (GSOC) of tomorrow is going to be unrecognizable from what we’re working with today. Already, there are tools and technologies emerging that make many of our expert assumptions and strategies around security obsolete. With the landscape of GSOC abilities changing dramatically every year, practitioners need to know what threats and technology they need to focus on, where to dig in deeper and when tried and true is actually just tired and blue. This presentation will offer a deep dive into positioning your GSOC for the future. You’ll learn what the current GSOC baseline looks like, upcoming trends and technologies to look out for and what value they can add and a framework for evaluating new technology, the questions to ask and how to leverage them to make the most of your team and budget, while keeping your perimeter – and your career – secure.


  • Shikhar Shrestha, CEO and co-founder,

You can access the full SIA Education@ISC conference program for only $170 by registering for a SIA Education@ISC 3-Day Pass here. And don’t forget to use SIA’s free registration link to sign up for the ISC East trade show.

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