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Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates to Keynote Information Security Conference

March 14, 2012

ASIS International (ASIS) announced Robert M. Gates, 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense (2006-2011), will address attendees of the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2012) on September 12, 2012 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Attendees at the second annual (ISC)2Security Congress, which is colocated with ASIS 2012, are also invited to attend this keynote address. ASIS is the organization for security professionals worldwide. (ISC)2 is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals.

“Having served eight U.S. presidents in the course of his vast and distinguished career, Secretary Gates offers unparalleled personal insights into U.S. intelligence and defense strategies,” said Eduard J. Emde, CPP, president, ASIS. “His perspectives on global politics and world affairs are particularly relevant to our members and security professionals at large. Seminar attendees always benefit from the high-caliber keynote speakers at ASIS events, and this year’s presentation will certainly be a highlight.”

Gates’ 27-year career as an intelligence professional began in 1966 when he joined the Central Intelligence Agency; it culminated with his serving as director from 1991-1993. He is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly-elected President. View a full biography online.

ASIS 2012 and the second annual (ISC)2 Security Congress will take place Sept. 10-13, 2012, in Philadelphia. Recognized as the world’s largest conference dedicated to security, ASIS 2012 will bring together more than 20,000 security professionals from more than 90 countries for education, networking, and an expansive exhibit floor of security products and services.

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