Amsterdam Security 2017 closes the gap between IT and physical security

  • 10 November, 2017
  • Amsterdam Security

New concept attracts new visitors with ICT background


Thursday 2 November 2017 - Cyber security is integrating more and more with existing physical security. That became clear during Amsterdam Security which took place in RAI Amsterdam from 31 October to 2 November 2017. The proportion of visitors with an IT background rose from 5% in 2015 to 14% this year. The proportion of visitors with a management position also increased significantly, from 20% in 2015 to 54% in 2017. In the words of exhibition manager, Nynke Lipsius, "It shows that, with Amsterdam Security, we have started out on the right road, with a focus on the future."

During the past few days RAI Amsterdam was probably the most secure location in the Netherlands. The more than 140 exhibitors and partners of Amsterdam Security attracted 6,000 visitors in three days. "The concept has been presented from a future-proof perspective, whereby we can see a shift in the market towards ICT", Nynke Lipsius adds.

'Bridging the gap between IT and Physical Security' was the theme of Amsterdam Security Convention. An open discussion was conducted with the public in an extremely innovative and interactive way, using scenario-based programming. A film specially produced for Amsterdam Security Convention, containing three alarming scenarios, confronted participants with the consequences of a cyber attack on a distribution company. Keynote speakers, including Melanie Rieback (Radically Open Security), Inge Philips (Deloitte Cyber Risk), Lotte de Bruijn (ICT Nederland) and Marcel Saarloos (HP/TAPA) then explained in more detail how things can often go wrong in these kinds of situations. Again and again it transpired that the human factor is often the weakest link in the security chain.

Despite the high quality of the keynotes, Nynke Lipsius believes there is plenty of space for Amsterdam Security Convention to keep growing. "Our partners indicate that they are extremely satisfied with the quality of (inter)national visitors. Together with those partners we are going to start developing the 2018 edition later this year."

At Amsterdam Security Expo (formerly Safety Security Amsterdam (SSA)), which was being held at the same time and which is the most important trade fair in the field of security and (fire) safety, exhibitor PG Security Systems was visited by hundreds of existing and new customers in three days. As CEO, Peter Gatowinas, explains, "Amsterdam Security is the best place for us to show that we are a great deal more than a wholesaler in security solutions." The exhibition hall was divided up into a Public Safety Square, a Cyber Security Dome, a Secure Smart Buildings Square and a Fire Protection Area. On the first day of the trade fair Innovation Awards in 5 categories were awarded to Aras Security, RoutIT, Acal BFI, Smart Service Solutions and Telepage.

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Alice Muurlink, Communication Manager RAI

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