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Security Summit wraps up two days of networking, sharing information

The Security Summit wrapped up Thursday evening after two days of panel discussions and collaboration opportunities.

The event, hosted by San Diego-based The Security Network, brought together businesses from across the country and around the world to discuss the state of the industry and various business opportunities available to them.

This year’s event included the first ever Chairman’s Award presented to three leaders in the security sector. The winners were Anthony Ashley, director general of the Centre for Security Science, Defence R&D Canada; Bruce Roberts, senior vice president of technology and advanced development for San Diego-based Cubic Corp. (NYSE: CUB); and Gary Wang, chief technology officer for Team SPAWAR.

The Security Network Chairman Michael Jones said recipients were selected based on their work in promoting technology innovation and in encouraging collaboration.

An awards ceremony set for Thursday night would name winners of the technology competition. Judges visited each competing company’s booth on Wednesday looking for the top company in each category.

Keynote speakers and panel discussions Wednesday focused on information assurance and cyber security. Attendees heard from government and industry leaders who offered their insight and perspective on the national imperative, the military and homeland security, and promoting research and application as it relates to information assurance and cyber security.

Afternoon sessions provided more detail and highlighted business opportunities.

Three panels in particular dealt with international trade. Participants heard, for example, what business opportunities and business resources are available to them in the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Thursday’s sessions focused on specific business options and departments that are looking for security technology.

This year marks the sixth annual The Security Summit. The event continues to grow each year.

About 200 people registered for this year's event, and more than 30 companies registered to exhibit their technologies.

In addition to information sessions, attendees were encouraged to network with other companies and seek potential business partnerships.

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