IFSEC India Virtual Expo 2nd June: Post-Show Report

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IFSEC India Virtual Expo

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.

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 supporting IFSEC India Virtual Expo

Mitkat Advisory and IISSM are knowledge partners. It is duly 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

Key speakers

  • Harendra Bana, Associate Director – Global Security, PepsiCo India
  • Rupal Sinha, Director IFMS, Quess Corp
  • Samrendra M Kumar, Co-Founder and MD, MitKat Advisory Services
  • Anil Dhawan, Co-Chair, ASSOCHAM Homeland Security Council
  • Iqbal Singh, Director Cloud Deployment, Nokia
  • Ankush Maria, Associate Director-Risk Management, Global Security-Global Delivery Services, EYGBS (India)
  • Lt Col Himani Thapliyal, Chief Security Officer & Head Plant Admin, Vedanta Aluminum Ltd
  • Rakesh Sharma, Vice President, GCSO – Corporate Security, Barclays
  • Col. Ashok Prabhakar, Joint Secretary - Ethics & Governance, GACS
  • Ankit Sabharwal, Head – Security Audit, BCM and Risk, VFS Global
  • Major Rakesh Tripathi, Location Security Head | Global Security Group |Telangana & AP, Wipro Limited
  • Dr Abhijit Sarkar, Vice President & Country Head CRE, Admin & Infrastructure , Sharekhan
  • Shakil Ahmed, Vice President, Security & Risk, OYO Rooms
  • Sahima Hannan Datta, Country Security Manager India, Bangladesh and SriLanka, Shell India Markets
  • Dr.Mohar M Ghosh, Board Member, iNFHRA
  • Milind Wakankar, Security Systems Strategy and Technical Delivery Lead- Asia Pacific, IBM Corporate Security
  • Roop Singh Kuntal, Chairman – Delhi- NCR Chapter, International Institute of Security and Safety Management
  • Purvesh Gada, Country Director – Americas, VAMS Global
  • Sanjeev Sabharwal, Director and Head South Asia Global Security Services and Crisis Management, Credit Suisse
  • Diwakar Nath Pandey, Regional Security Manager – India, Real Estate & Workforce Planning, Gartner India & Vice Chairperson - ASIS New Delhi Chapter
  • Abhishek Mani Sharma, Regional Security Manager – India & South East Asia, ByteDance
  • Akshay Markandey, Founder, VersionX Innovation
  • Premnath, Feenix Consultants

Eminent Panelist

Quotes

“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

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.”

IFSEC Virtual Expo 2020