CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:20 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks & Keynote Address (Keynote to be announced)

Moderator: Steve Lasky, Editorial and Conference Director, Endeavor Business Security Media Group

9:20 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Session 1 – From Seed to Security 101: How Compliance Can Drive Successful Business Operations

Speaker: Steve Surfaro, Chairman, Security Industry Association Public Safety Working Group and the ASIS Security Applied Science Council

Every Cultivation Center, Dispensary, Logistics Operation unites a symphony of solutions meeting PCI-DSS, ABA, HIPAA Standards and each State's own requirements.  Learn how to meet minimum needs compliance and make these work for you in your business operations and enhance the customer experience. 

Veteran security industry consultant, technologist and visionary Steve Surfaro will provide the foundational look at how market conditions, evolving legislation, business drivers, and converged cyber and physical technology advancements are shaping the security and risk operations side of the cannabis industry. This class serves as the minimum learning requirements for specifying a SecuraCann system.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break/Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Vendor-Sponsored Security Session 1

11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 2 - Successes and Failures: SecuraCann Case Studies Revealed

Speaker: Steve Surfaro, Chairman, Security Industry Association Public Safety Working Group and the ASIS Security Applied Science Council

There is never a "perfect project," and always an opportunity to value engineer a grower, environmental, network and security infrastructure to work for you and your customer.  Three case studies will be revealed by their own project managers, how solutions worked together and ultimately improved profitability and decreased technology capitalization.  Each solution is presented as a Good-Better-Best tier so attendees will always understand where "the upgrade" is most meaningful.

Speaker Steve Sufaro parlays his introduction to this session that follows the strategic roadmap taken.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch/Exhibits Open

1:00 – 1:55 p.m.

Session 3 - Strategic Comprehensive Cannabis Operations Security

Speaker: Bill Cousins, CEO, WJ Cousins and Associates LLC

The presentation from Bill Cousins, CPP, an independent security consultant with over 30 years of progressive experience in federal law enforcement and private Industry and a leading authority in “seed to sale” security, will outline how to go about writing a successful security plan for a cannabis facility. Topics covered will include assessing the general environment of the facility, community impact, local law enforcement, securing the outer, middle, inner perimeter of the facility.

Advice will be provided on how to select a security consultant and what the role of the consultant is. Other topics covered will include how to choose a security integrator and technology such as video surveillance equipment, alarms, access control, Anti-diversion plans, policy and procedures and security protocols for both general operations and emergency procedures.  

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Vendor-Sponsored Security Session 2

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cookie Break/Exhibits Open

3:05 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Session 4 - Strategic Security Technology Implementation for Cannabis Operations

Speaker: Tim Sutto, Senior Security Consultant, Guidepost Solutions

Regulations for the cannabis industry vary from state to state and country to country.  One this that remains constant is the requirement to utilize security technology. The technology required is generally video surveillance and intrusion alarm systems.  Engineered electronic access control systems are not always required but are a best practice for sure.  Simply following the rules and regulations for your area of operation may be enough to remain approved for operation but is it enough?  Unless the technology is paired with strong security operations policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) what is the point?

The purpose for the technology should not be simply to meet requirements for compliance and the ability to hand over to regulators and law enforcement the information stored by these technology systems for them to investigate any events of loss or diversion.  The equipment should be used proactively by the cannabis organization to thwart theft and diversion attempts and work to mitigate against any losses.  Too many times after an event, there are signs and indications of a brewing threat that are not noticed in real time and are only noticed after an event occurs.  These are called “red flags.” 

We all have heard about terrible events that have occurred that might have been predictable or even prevented had the warning signs or “red flags” been noticed and acted upon. Learning how security technology can aid organizations in early detection and mitigation of all sorts of negative events and then training your security department to use the technology this way will maximize your investment in the technology.

In this session, Tim Sutton CPP, CHPA, a Senior Security Consultant with Guidepost Solutions and a a highly, sought-after security subject matter expert within the cannabis security industry, will discuss not only specialized technology that can be used but also some ways how to utilize the ordinary security technology already in place in most cannabis organizations to strengthen the security department’s ability to recognize potential threats before they materialize and become major events costing loss of licensing, reputation, production time, products, or even life.

4:05 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Vendor-Sponsored Security Session 3

4:40 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Session 5 - Cannabis Security Roundtable: Trends, Regulations & Legislation Driving Industry Risk

Excuse the pun, but the cannabis business is growing. Possessing the knowledge and expertise to take a proactive approach to securing that business and mitigating operational risk will spell the difference between success and survival for your organization. The challenges will mount as legalization expands along with regulations. Inventory will increase as will cash holdings. The number of clients accessing legal cannabis for the first time will expand the customer base. So, how much security will dispensaries and grow facilities need to meet this expansion?

Our panel of experts will chime in on various avenues to security from full-blown integrated high-tech systems to leveraging the DIY market in a burgeoning IoT universe. Come prepared with questions.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Wrap up/Sponsored “Beat the Traffic” social mixer

We invite all attendees and sponsors to beat the traffic and mingle with your peers and or experts in a “cool down” event following the day’s activities.