Combating terrorism and cybercrime, as well as critical infrastructure protection, will be the focus of the 11th annual Government Security Expo & Conference (GovSec) featuring the U.S. Law Enforcement Conference & Exposition. The event, which includes attendees in law enforcement, government administration and technology, takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington from April 2-4.

Attendees will hear from experts on the above topics during keynote addresses and 36 sessions at the conference. They also can explore products and services designed to aid law enforcement and government agencies from more than 165 exhibitors expected at the two-day expo. This year, GovSec attendees will be able to attend sessions at two co-located conferences: the Contingency Planning & Management Conference and Expoand the Network-Centric Security Conference and Exposition.

Ralph Boelter, assistant director for the FBI Counterterrorism Division, and Gordon Snow, assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division will offer remarks at the GovSec opening keynote. Boelter will discuss “Protecting the U.S. from Terrorist Attacks,” highlighting the FBI’s top priorities in terms of today’s terrorism threats. Following Boelter, Snow will address “The FBI’s Role in Combating Cybercrime,” with a focus on the efforts and accomplishments of FBI cyber investigations. Snow will discuss how the FBI is continuing to develop techniques and resources that will help protect citizens from cybercrimes. Both Boelter and Snow will conclude their addresses with a question-and-answer session open to the audience.

In an April 4 keynote, former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, who served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace in the Obama administration, will address “Turmoil in the Middle East: What it Means for American Security.” Sen. Mitchell will discuss the current dangers in the Middle East — from the Arab Spring and Israeli/Palestinian conflict to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.

Show registrants can view live demonstrations in the exhibit hall, including explosives detection by an off-leash canine from American K-9 Interdiction, LLC. The demonstration will show how directional control handling and a passive response (up to 250 yards away from the handler) can help sniff out danger.

Attendees can test their skill, speed and judgment in true-to-life shooting simulations presented by TI Training. They will compete against federal, state and local law enforcement officials by demonstrating their ability to recognize threats, speed drills and make judgments. Using real-life video scenarios, contestants will be challenged by the simulator and pitted against one another to achieve the highest score possible.

At the expo, attendees can view demonstrations of the 48-volt Pon-e electric Trikke vehicle, a 36-volt Pon-e Lite and two manual Trikkes. The Pon-e is an ultra-light, foldable vehicle that is easily transportable for deployment. It is used for indoor and outdoor security patrol and is suited for parking, security and crowd control.

Several pre-conference half-day workshops, including the following, are available to conference registrants:

Lie To Me: Secrets of Linguistic Lie Detection” — Nejolla Korris, CEO of InterVeritas International, will present an overview of how linguistic lie detection is used in business, government, audit and investigative areas.

Implementing a High Definition Camera System to Improve Security: Project Planning with ROI” — In his workshop, Captain David Baisden of the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office will discuss the 138-camera fixed-megapixel system in his department’s facility.

Several sessions under the heading “Critical Infrastructure Protection,” take place during the conference. Some of the provocative topics include:

How I ‘Pwn’ (or Compromise) Your Network: A Chat with a Social Engineer and Facility Breach Expert

Building A Municipal Security Operations Center: A Case Study

Radiation Emergency: Detection Methods Your Agency Should Employ Before & After

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