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GDSF India 2018 wraps up successfully in critical security

GDSF India 2018 wraps up successfully in critical security
The event held from 27 – 28 September at Holiday Inn, Mumbai, brought more than 30 security experts and 100 delegates together to analyse the intensity of threats and understand the steps they are willing to take to combat those issues.
There is a paradigm shift with new government schemes and technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and IoT infused systems entering the Indian security culture. Companies are leveraging onto each other for security support and taking these positive changes ahead, the companies realise there is a need to find new ways to educate the security industry with important protocols and more collaborations with other companies.

"Prepare and prevent rather than repair and repent is to be followed to safeguard our critical infrastructure," said  Shri B. K. Ravi, IPS, Advisor (Security), Indian Oil Corporation, as he inaugurated the ninth edition of GDSF India which emphasised on creating a ‘Security culture’ in the organisation. He also thanked Messe Frankfurt India for organising the conference and bringing together all the security experts and industry leaders under one roof.

Held from 27 – 28 September at Holiday Inn, Mumbai, the event brought more than 30 security experts and 100 delegates together to analyse the intensity of threats and understand the steps they are willing to take to combat those issues. It proved to be a knowledge forum and learning platform for discussions on most pertinent subjects and issues concerning digital security. Eminent panel of speakers included:
  • Col. V S Chandrawat, President- Security, Adani Group,
  • Capt. Sanjeev Mishra, Senior Vice President- Global Corporate Security, Reliance Industries,
  • Manish Advani, Head- Change Management, Marketing & Public Relations, Mahindra SSG,
  • Ratnakar Bade, Director- Security, Flipkart,
  • Suraj Shankhpal, Director- Corporate Security, UBS,
  • Aldrin Fernandes, Associate Director- Regional Security, Abbott Healthcare,
  • Vivek Kumar, Country Manager (India), iComply Veracity Surveillance,
  • Capt. Bhaskar Jyoti Das, Head- Security & Vigilance, Mahanagar Gas,
  • Mukesh Ved Prakash, Country Security Manager-India and VP - Global Security, State Street Corporate Services
There were panel discussions on topics like, developing the culture of security across the organisation, security 4.0, IoT, integrated security systems, physical security, critical infrastructure, safer cities: crime prevention and law enforcement, crisis communications, emergency management. Cmdr. Subroto Mukherjee, Head- Administration, Facilities Management & Security, Cipla said: “It has been a really wonderful experience attending first of a kind security forum in India which is not vendor oriented and more focused towards sharing security knowledge with the industry. Thanks to Messe Frankfurt India“

This edition of GDSF conference saw a rational change with more women attending the security oriented conference. This indicated that there was an increase in the interest of women processionals taking charge of security related issues. A special panel discussion on women in security- increasing role was hosted where we saw a vibrant change in the atmosphere with Sagarika Chakraborty, CEO, IIRIS Consulting as moderator and Rekha Gairola, Regional Security Advisor- India & South Asia, Boeing International, Mahesh Bhatt, Vice President,  Kirticorp, Veena Gupta, CEO and MD, Seam Risk Consulting as panellists spoke about the challenges they faced and how they turned them into opportunities to make their mark in the industry.

Major Rohit Sharma, Head Of Security, Sterlite Power Transmission said: “The topics such as women in security were interesting and different from other security forums. It is a good start towards a change. I would like to congratulate GDSF India and look forward to the next edition”

The agenda discussed at GDSF India has set new action points in the IT sector to combat security issues. Predictive analysis with human intervention could be used as a tool to alarm the organisation of when and where the next threat would occur. Technology is moving towards greater computing, artificial intelligence, block chain and analytical tools to help better secure the organisation.
GDSF India had strong backing from organisation like Veracity, Axis Communications, 2020 imaging and Solus. The two day conference was actively supported by associations like Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI), International Council for Industrial Security and Safety Management (ICISSM), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS- Mumbai chapter #257).

“Very good panel in terms of discussion, especially the cyber security. The conference provided a platform for really interesting debates, sessions and addressed issues pertaining to security” shared, David Corson, Group Commercial Director, Veracity UK. 

The two day conference concluded on a high note, cementing its position as the leading conference for the security industry in India. Tackling new challenges and exploring new opportunities in the security industry, the 10th edition of GDSF India Conference will be held in 2019.
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