Networking Programs

A community united

NRF PROTECT is where like-minded professionals stand united in their commitment to safeguarding their retail organizations. 

We make it easy for loss prevention, asset protection, cyber risk, digital fraud, risk management, law enforcement and mall security to connect and plan for tomorrow with programs that allow for effortless networking and learning opportunities.

Opening Party

Carnival at the Cove Opening Party

Everyone’s a winner at the Carnival at the Cove! Network with over 1,000 retail professionals while enjoying fresh local cuisine and cocktails. Engage in friendly competition -and win prizes - while trying your hand at games of luck and skill like PLINKO, paintball target shooting, beer pong and more. Afterward, continue the party in downtown Long Beach with dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance.  

Grand Hosts: Blue Dot Safes, The Zellman Group
Supporting Partners: CIS Security Solutions, Deep North, Rolland Solutions, Scarsdale Security Systems


NRF Fusion Center

NRF Fusion Center

The NRF Fusion Center is where you can collaborate with all levels of law enforcement agencies, mall security and Organized Retail Crime Associations to discuss trending issues in retail crime and explore new strategies to combat threats together.

Sponsored by: ebay, Macy's


Casual Community Conversations

Talk It Out Conversations

Join your peers in a moderated group table talk to discuss learnings from NRF PROTECT and the key topics impacting our industry. We will dive into three topics, timed at 20 minutes each, allowing individual tables and the collective group to learn in a dynamic and interactive way. 


NRF Protect Cybersecurity Exercise

Cybersecurity and Digital Fraud Tabletop Incident Response Exercise

This tabletop exercise is for senior-level retail industry attendees and is built around a scenario where a national company detects and responds to an incident that requires engagement from the company’s cybersecurity and fraud prevention teams, as well as other enterprise business partners. Attendees can participate this multi-stage exercise and work with peers to coordinate a response around the incident and discuss lessons learned from the scenario.

Sponsored by: Palo Alto Networks


Executive Afternoon

Executive Afternoon

Specifically designed for senior level loss prevention and asset protection professionals, the Executive Afternoon offers interactive discussions, expert insights and takeaways and exclusive peer-to-peer networking. The program considers topics that help keep pace with the rapidly changing expectations and challenges currently facing your profession and new dependencies on others in the business to affect change.

If you meet the qualifications, this program can be added to your on-site experience during the registration process. The event is limited to 100 participants; only three executives may attend from each retail organization. Lunch is included. For questions, please reach out to

Sponsored by: Axis Communications, LVT


Women at Protect Luncheon

Women at PROTECT Luncheon

This exclusive luncheon will inspire, celebrate, educate and bring together women in the retail industry. This program is open to female retailers registered with an All-Access Pass and can be added during the registration process.


NRF ORC/Investigators' Network Lunch

NRF ORC/Investigators’ Network Luncheon

The NRF ORC/Investigators’ Network Meeting provides a great opportunity to meet retail and restaurant loss prevention professionals, mall security and law enforcement partners, as well as ORCA leaders in the region where you work. Join us for lunch in a roundtable format to share insights and discuss critical trends and issues in your regional area. Bring BOLOs and alerts and be prepared to benchmark with your peers. This program is only open to retailers registered with an All-Access Pass and law enforcement professionals. Program can be added during the registration process.



Expo Experiences

Enjoy social breaks with peers, free lunches, giveaways, fun games and prize-winning opportunities in the Expo. Games include Match, Spin & Win, the Daily Double and Grand Prize Giveaway. It’s the perfect way to take a break and have some fun before getting back to all the serious stuff!

Sponsored by: 3SI Security Systems, Auror, CONTROLTEK, Ensurity, March Networks, Motorola Solutions, NuTech NaTional, Telaid, Two Way Radio Gear, Inc., Verkada


NRF PROTECT cookout connections

Grill and Chill

Arriving to the west coast early, or just excited to begin your NRF PROTECT 2024 experience? Join us for pre-gaming with burgers brats and beer at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency, Poolside.

Sponsored by: Blue Dot Safes, Security Industry Specialists, The Zellman Group


NRF PROTECT workshop

Retail Law & Risk Workshop

Open to retailers with roles in legal and/or risk, the Retail Law & Risk Workshop offers interactive sessions with renowned retail legal and risk experts. The workshop also includes a curated tour of the Expo to explore the most cutting-edge technologies impacting the industry through a risk-management lens.

Sponsored by: Hogan Lovells, Vorys


NRF PROTECT workshop

Educational Workshop: OSINT for Partner Due Diligence

This workshop will teach analysts and front-line managers how to employ Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) methodologies to spot indicators of fraud or others risks about your retail partners that may negatively impact your consumers and your organization. The workshop will be a combination of lecture and hands-on practical exercises.


Port Security Tour

Port Security Tour at the Port of Long Beach

Join Port executives for a free guided boat tour of the Port of Long Beach! As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States serving 175 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports around the world, the Port handles trade valued at $200+ billion annually and supports 2.6 million jobs across the nation. Security at the Port of Long Beach is the multi-jurisdictional responsibility of many government agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs & Border Protection, state and federal Homeland Security offices, the Long Beach Police Department, and the Port’s own Harbor Patrol. Learn how the Port takes a leadership role in the development of strategies to mitigate security risks in the Port’s containers, terminals and coastline.

Complimentary boat tour open to all-access pass retailers; capacity limited to 100 attendees. Pre-registration required.