Security's 'Great Conversation' Announces its Key Note Speakers for March 6 Event in Seattle

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They understand that by collaborating and connecting throughout the year on the risk, technology and business issues as well as convening at The Great Conversation event, they become part of driving this industry to a new level of effectiveness.

The Great Conversation continues on March 6, 2012 as the premier thought leadership forum around risk and security at Bell Harbor Conference Center on the waterfront in Seattle. It is hosted by a local security integrator and professional services organization, Aronson Security Group (ASG) and produced by The Sage Group, a value driver in the security market.

“Unlike other events, this is a connected community of security professionals and business executives”, said Phil Aronson, President of Aronson Security Group. “They understand that by collaborating and connecting throughout the year on the risk, technology and business issues as well as convening at The Great Conversation event, they become part of driving this industry to a new level of effectiveness.”

The Great Conversation is a diverse community of public and private organizations focused on identifying, communicating, and measuring the best practices that drive the mitigation of risk to create highly resilient, adaptable and competitive organizations.

By leveraging regional online forums and physical events to communicate thought leadership around the people, process and technology that drive risk mitigation, organizational resilience and value, The Great Conversation has become a platform and program for the entire security ecosystem.

The Keynote Speakers and topics for The Great Conversation are:

  •     Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer of Microsoft Global Security. He will be speaking on ‘Why the Cloud Changes Everything’
  •     William Raisch, Founder and Director of the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) and facilitator of the emerging Global Risk Network. He will be speaking on ‘Risk and Reward: Collaborating for Survival & Success’
  •     Dr. Thomas A. Cellucci, Chief Commercialization Officer and Senior Counselor to the Undersecretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He will be speaking on ‘Creating a Force Multiplier in your Security through DHS’

“We have been participating in The Great Conversation for years”, said Mike Howard, CSO of Microsoft. “We are able to communicate our best practices and lessons learned as well as learn from others. The experience is invaluable for my entire team.”

“Today’s global corporations and nation states, for that matter, operate in an increasingly complex and interdependent environment. Collaboration on shared risks is both a necessity and a tremendous opportunity.” said William Raisch, Director of InterCEP. “The Great Conversation online platform and event promises to be a great resource for stakeholders within the risk and security ecosystem to explore the potential force multiplier of collaboration.”

“Knowledge, applied solutions, emerging technology and collaboration these are the kinds of efforts that DHS applauds”, said Dr. Thomas Cellucci. “We will be leveraging this event and this community in many ways.”

About ASG:
Aronson Security Group (ASG) is the premier independent integrator and provider of professional services for enterprise security solutions and services. Building on a strong reputation for security consulting, engineering and service for over 45 years, ASG provides engineering excellence, world-class service, and security expertise to premier regional, national and global organizations.

About Microsoft Global Security
Responsible for a large global organization with 700 sites and more than 180,000 employees and other personnel, the key challenge for Microsoft Global Security is to provide a safe and secure environment at a reduced cost by improving productivity using solutions that are scalable and extensible.

About InterCEP
The International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP), is the international research and development center dedicated to strategic risk management and organizational resilience. Acknowledging that "risk and reward" are at the core of all undertakings in both the public and private sectors, the Center focuses on the development of strategies to most effectively address uncertainty so as to achieve targeted objectives - in essence addressing "risks" to achieve "rewards." The Center focuses on solutions to challenges in private sector management of risk and the interface of the public and private sectors in addressing shared risks.

About DHS Science and Technology Directorate
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) manages science and technology research to protect the homeland, from development through transition for Department components and first responders. The S&T Directorate's mission is to strengthen America’s security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise.

About The Sage Group
The Sage Group’s core guiding mission is to secure and to grow the value intrinsic in its client’s organizations and markets through strategic insights and targeted execution of their business model. For Security, The Sage Group is dedicated to extending the value of the security ecosystem through the facilitation of thought leadership and best practices in The Great Conversation.

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