Technological and socio-economic developments, changing consumer preferences, the COVID-19 pandemic and an array of other factors are re-defining businesses and customer expectations. From a security perspective, the threat spectrum is becoming diverse, diffused and complex with emergence of new and more sophisticated threat actors and vectors. The past few years have seen a number of natural as well as manmade crises – from natural disasters to tech-enabled and insider threats impacting businesses. Technological developments in security and surveillance, convergence of physical & logical functions are noticeable trends.
Businesses leaders and other stakeholders including millennial workforce have rising/different expectations from security leaders. Future would belong to smarter Security & Continuity Leaders with sound understanding of business and technology, overseeing less human-dependent, more tech-enabled, process centric and cost-conscious integrated security deployments, probably as part of integrated Corporate Services.
Progressive organisations across the globe are imaginatively using technology to redefine workspaces and work culture, make them ergonomic, women-friendly and safe and secure for women. Safety of women at workplace has been an area od of specific concern. There has been a spate of regulations at central as well as state levels. Geo-political developments in India and neighbourhood, socio-economic issues, technological developments and disruptions, environmental issues etc have implications for corporate security.
Through an elaborate two-day virtual conference with the theme—The New Normal in Security—thought leaders in security and those who actually lead the security function at their organisations, will examine the technologies that would redefine surveillance, security (including those of devices, networks and applications), fire, transport and life safety, incident and emergency management landscape, etc. The discussion would include, but not be limited to AI, ML, AA, IoT, Cloud, internet, Social Media, Blockchain etc.
- Changing Security Paradigm– Implications for Corporate Security and Loss Prevention
- Empowering India with ‘Make in India’ Manufacturing Roadmap and Smart security Technologies
- The New Normal for CSOs – Preventing Crises and Ensuring Business Continuity
- Evolution of Security Risks to an Organisation
- Cyber Attacks and their Role in Intimidating Organisations
- Securing Safe Cities, Smart Campuses & Emerging Technologies in Command and Control Centres
- How AI Packs More than a Punch to the Existing Surveillance Setup
- Preventing Losses, Frauds and Managing Regulatory Compliance Requirements—The Role of Digital Forensics
The first edition of IFSEC India 2020 Virtual Expo provided all the business networking opportunities that security industry is used to as part of the physical expo sans the requirement to be physically present at the exhibition venue. Over 2,100 attendees with profiles of CSOs, security managers, Consultants, System Integrators, Dealers and Resellers browsed through the various booths and conference sessions. A user-friendly web-based platform facilitated exhibitors to display all products virtually as well speak to your customers as part of the conference sessions and through one-to-one audio/video calls. There were opportunities to disseminate white papers, case studies, PPTs, brochures and other informative material that is normally shared with customers.
The inaugural ceremony included the Guest of Honour, Padma Shri D. R. Kaarthikeyan (IPS), Ex-Director, Central Bureau of Investigation and the Keynote speaker, Prof. Amol Deshmukh, Police and Cyber Advisor, Dept. of Home, Govt. of Maharashtra. Mr. Yogesh Mudras, MD, Informa Markets in India delivered the Welcome Address while Mr. Pankaj Jain, Group Director-Security & Safety portfolio, Informal Markets in India concluded the ceremony with a vote of thanks.
As we slowly come out of the onslaught of Covid-19, businesses across the globe are preparing for a long haul of changed working conditions, newer security challenges, supply chain disruptions and absence of physical interactions. During this time, it makes sense to prepare for the upcoming challenges using all the technology available at our disposal to ensure business continuity and build the capability to mitigate those challenges. IFSEC India 2020 Virtual Expo is one of the steps in that direction. Building on the legacy of IFSEC India Security Expo which is organised annually in New Delhi since 2007, it has been designed to provide all the business networking opportunities that you are used to as part of the physical expo sans the requirement to be physically present at the exhibition venue. So, sitting from the comfort of your office or even home, you get to reach out to your community, seamlessly through your PC or mobile device.
Glimpses from the 1st Edition of IFSEC India Virtual Expo
As part of the Virtual Expo there was a one-day conference with the theme-- Gearing Up for New-Age Threats--to deliberate on the new-age challenges to security of cities and organisations, the role played by AI and IoT in making surveillance systems more robust, and challenges to information security. Some of the topics discussed:
- COVID 19: The All Pervasive Impact and the Way Forward (panel discussion)
- Threats to Digital Assets in a Virtually Connected World (panel discussion)
- What COVID-19 Teaches Security Leaders in Crisis Management and ensuring Business Continuity (panel discussion)
- Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make Security Systems Smarter, Intelligent & Self-Learning (panel discussion)
Key Associations: Mitkat Advisory and IISSM as knowledge partners. Supported by: APSA, ESAI, ASIS New Delhi Chapter and GACS
Key partners: -
- Platinum Partner : HID
- Gold Partner : Axis and Western Digital
- Silver Partner : Globus Infocom, Motorola,
- Exhibit Partner : Optex
“While we reminisce the grand inauguration ceremonies in the physical format that we are accustomed to in the presence and support of our well-wishers, partners, thought leaders and visitors, the Covid 19 situation worldwide has made us rethink situations, adapt, innovate and move forward. Currently, we are leveraging effective technologies available at our disposal as a global giant to ensure business stability and build expertise to mitigate the challenges brought about by COVID-19. With initiatives such as these, we also hope to see India advancing further than the 44th position it has in terms of digital competitiveness in the world basis knowledge and future readiness to adopt and explore digital technologies. IFSEC India 2020 Virtual Expo was one of the steps in that direction."
“IFSEC India be it offline or virtual has been established for professionals in the safety and security space across the globe. Refurbishing of the security strategy and discussion about the cutting-edge technologies is the need of the hour for the country as well as organisations now. In our very first attempt, the one day virtual show attracted relevant buyers and visitors for the expo and attendees for the conference. We hope to see IFSEC virtual and our other virtual shows in the pipeline to continue serving as a catalyst to the industry in the near future.”
-Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India
“IFSEC India Virtual Expo held on 2nd June is the first among many Virtual Expos planned by Informa Markets in India. I did my first virtual expo way back in 2011, which was probably way ahead of others at that time. This time around it was a case of perfect timing as far as the launch of the IFSEC India Virtual Expo is concerned. We are delighted to have 2100+ attendees, 30+ speakers as part of the show and overall provided a world-class experience to the security industry.”
-Pankaj Jain, Group Director-Security & Safety portfolio, Informa Markets in India
Industry speak at IFSEC Virtual Expo 2020
Speaking on IFSEC Virtual Expo, Mr. Khalid Wani, Director, Channel Sales, Western Digital, India said, “With the current pandemic restricting most of the channel partners at home, IFSEC Virtual Expo proved to be an innovative and novel platform to help Western Digital attain remarkable partner outreach. IFSEC Virtual Expo provided us efficient tools to demonstrate capability of Western Digital portfolio and was appreciated by partners liberally.”
Adding to it, Mr. Jaganathan Chelliah, Marketing, Western Digital, India said, “IFSEC Virtual Expo proved to be an engaging and effective platform in current environment that eliminates any possibility of conducting physical events. The depth of the platform and its technological capability was well received by Western Digital partners who participated in large numbers. The flexibility of the platform to plug in engagement activities was a bonus and helped Western Digital marketing team use it to converse with multiple participants in a meaningful manner.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Kiran Dham, CEO, Globus Infocom said, “We have been an integral part of IFSEC for the past several years and this year we are as much delighted as always. Being business pioneers in the technology led industry and a Make in India brand for over two decades, Globus Infocom believes in staying ahead with the industry trends. Looking at the recent pandemic crisis, we found this virtual platform apt to introduce our newest vertical of Healthcare & Wellness to be launched focused upon offering solutions to create a safer & secure environment for organizations & institutions.”
“Globus Infocom will continue to participate in such virtual expos to ensure the business continuity in any crisis time and stay updated with new trends about the industry”, she added.
Mr. Sudhindra Holla- Sales Director, Axis India SAARC said, “IFSEC Virutal Expo was a different experience for Axis India SAARC team. We had good visitor turnout at our booth & we tried to engage them to our best of the abilities. The layout was good & was easy for all to use & manoeuvre. While it helped create some awareness it would be early to comment on the effectiveness from a demand generation perspective. Overall a good initiative considering the current situation"
Mr. Vivek Prakash, Country Marketing Manager – India, Philippines & Vietnam, Motorola Solutions said, “IFSEC Virtual Expo was a great experience. In current Covid 19 crisis it brought us a great way to engage and communicate with industry. Virtual platforms are really a user-friendly and effective in driving the right message online to industry.”