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Integrated Security for the Event Industry

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To ensure the safety of attendees, staff and your organization, an integrated security system of awareness, capabilities, and preparedness must be implemented.  History shows that events and hotels are targets for human-caused threats and the reality is that natural and technological threats can occur anywhere.  Using a multidimensional approach, meeting and event professionals must prepare mentally and physically for crises, emergencies, and disasters that may occur.  They must be prepared to respond appropriately when an adverse event does occur, and they must develop the personal and professional resilience to not only survive but thrive after a crisis or disaster.

This course will look closely at each stage of the planning process, from evaluating the threats unique to your meeting and event through on-site crisis management. Participants will explore strategies to build a resilient event staff as well as ensure the physical safety of clients. 


Mix of interactive presentations, invited speakers, and case studies.

Topic Areas

  • Threat assessment
  • Emergency response plan development and resources
  • Mitigation
  • Resilience building and the “whole person” concept
  • Case studies: Mandalay Bay/Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting, Hurricane Irma, Boston Marathon Bombing, Jacksonville Madden Tournament shooting

Benefits of Attending

  • Realistically assess your meeting, attendees, venue, and destination in terms of threats and vulnerabilities
  • Outline emergency response plan elements and resources that can be used for your meetings and events
  • Explain the importance of implementing an ongoing system for mitigating, preparing for, monitoring, and responding to meeting and event crises, emergencies, and disasters
  •  Articulate the importance of developing resilience from a personal and professional perspective


Invited Speakers


Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center, Arlington, VA

Target Audience

Mid- to senior-level meeting and event professionals seeking to understand the specific aspects of integrated security, cybersecurity, data management, and privacy so that they can better support and direct their internal or external partners in maintaining the security of their data, their clients and their events. This course is specifically geared towards arming event professionals with the tools they need to ask the right questions, understand their responsibilities and serve their clients better. 

Fee per Participant

$695; Includes all instruction, course materials, parking, and a networking lunch. Space is limited.

Group discounts are available for organizations sending three or more participants. Please contact Briana Blanchard, Continuing and Professional Education, for more information at or 571-858-3304.


Participants earn .6 CEU and/or 6 CPEs for this course.