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MANILA, Philippines – Business, government and institutions face increasing threats to their survival and competitiveness. The challenge lies in the increasing frequency and severity of cyber attacks, natural hazards, market uncertainties driven by geo-political risks, identity thefts and counterfeit crimes.

In this year’s 8th PROTECT conference series on “Doing Business Amidst New Threats”, leading practitioners will present best practices and the latest advances on risk management, ICT advances to solve crimes, disaster preparedness, business continuity and technologies to fight identity thefts and counterfeit cases.

A round table discussion will analyze the impact on security in Asia of developments in other parts of the world.  In another session, future global critical concerns to the next century is the subject of a panel discussion among experts in the fields of food supply, energy sources, health issues and regional/global political dynamics.

The PROTECT series is the largest and longest-running conference with specialized exhibit on security, risk and emergency management in the Philippines.

Launched in 2005 with the Anti-Terrorism Council in response to the New York 9-11 terrorist attack, the PROTECT series has, over the years devoted added attention to risks arising from increasing natural disasters, pandemics, ICT developments and the changing face of terrorism

This annual conference is attended by CEOs and senior executives of government and private companies and organizations responsible for guiding their institutions navigate the changing powerful forces of economics, technology, culture, and politics.

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The conference, to be held on April 17-18 at InterContinental Hotel, Manila, Philippines, is organized by Leverage International. Interested parties may contact the secretariat at tel (632) 818-6828 or 810-1389, fax (632) 810 1594, e-mail: leverage@leverageinternational.com. The conference website is http://protect.leverageinternational.com.

The agenda for the conference includes: Overview of the Threat Landscape, New Schemes in Identity Theft and Counterfeit Crimes, Security Risks in our Computer and Mobile World, a round table discussion on global Asia: How Security Developments Worldwide Impact on the Stability of Asia, The “New Normal” from Natural Hazards, The latest advances in our national preparedness:  The Way Forward and a panel discussion on The World Towards 2030:  Future Critical Concerns.

Among the confirmed speakers are Maria A. Ressa, CEO and executive editor, Rappler and author of “10 Days, 10 Years: From Bin Laden To Facebook”; Rohan Gunaratna, head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore; Ricardo Blancaflor, director general, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines; Steve P. Cutler, chief executive officer, Official Global Control Corp. and former FBI officer; William Wairoa-Harrison, security adviser for Philippines and Japan, United Nations Department of Safety and Security; Enrico Rampinelli, chairman, Zetos and senior document expert, Switzerland; assistant secretary Geronimo L. Sy, head of The Office of Cybercrime, Department of Justice; Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas, university professor, University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P); Tim Scyner, regional security director (APAC), Sykes Asia Inc.; John F. Walker, principal, ARC; Col. Dennis S. Acop, associate director, head of security and intelligence of Wyeth Nutrition (Philippines) and former chairman of ASIS International-Philippine Chapter; Dr. Rolando Dy, head, Center for Food and Agribusiness, University of Asia and the Pacific.

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