How to protect your meeting
In a year when there have so far been more mass shootings than days (202 as of this writing), meeting organizers are on higher alert than ever to the risks inherent in group gatherings.
As Steve Jones, Global Chairman and CEO of security services, systems and solutions firm Allied Universal said, "Anytime you get a large group of people together, depending on the facility, there’s going to be vulnerabilities." The good news is that, since most B2B meetings and events carefully control access to registered attendees, they already are dramatically reducing the risk of a potential human-caused security risk, he added.
"The main risk is when you have an open environment, when you don't know who's coming or going. So meetings at a convention center or hotel are already ahead due to the controlled access," he said. However, depending on the group and the topic, the risk could be elevated. "You have to take into account the environment in which conference is taking place and what that conference is about. These will factor into the determination of your security threats."
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