Security Industry Association News

What’s new in U.S. government procurement for security?

Last week, the Schedule 84 Suppliers Research Panel participated in reviewing the 2018 contracting year with the GSA Schedule 84 leadership team. Our panel group consists of experienced contractors and consultants meeting for a monthly conference call. Schedule 84 is the GSA Schedules Contract for Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire and Rescue. Our opinions are part of a research programme to provide valuable feedback to the GSA Schedule 84 programme and...

Growth of ISC East in New York, becoming must-attend show

ISC East is making a name for itself as a must-attend regional conference and trade show in New York City that brings together the large community of law enforcement and private sector security professionals from the Tri-State area. ISC East, being held Nov. 14-15 at New York’s Javits Center, is emerging from the long shadow of its sister show – ISC West in Las Vegas in the spring – and making its own mark on the industry. ISC East is 20% larger than last year, and exhibitors...

SIA identifies and predicts 2019 Security Megatrends in the global security industry

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has identified and announced the 2019 Security Megatrends – the foundation of SIA’s signature yearly report defining the major trends and forces at play in the global security industry. Forecasting of 2019’s top 10 Security Megatrends was based on survey data generated in September and October 2018 from top security industry business leaders, association leadership and key volunteers and speakers for the next Securing New Ground (SNG) &n...

Magenta Security Services encourages industries to engage with SIA’s next generation of licensing qualifications

Magenta Security Services believes it is vital that the industry engage with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to develop the next generation of licensing qualifications. This follows the launch of a month-long consultation by the SIA which began on the 26th September. The consultation hopes to re-establish a suitable framework and potential new content for the licensing qualifications of the future. The SIA has invited the private security industry to share its views, deeming it ‘ess...

Importance of establishing security standards for K12 schools

As we approach National Safe Schools Week (October 21-27), it is appropriate for a conversation to begin regarding establishing standards for K12 school security. Currently no standards exist for assisting schools navigate the complexity of understanding what they need, how much it will cost and how they will secure their learning environments. Security industry experts The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) is one of the organisations at the forefront of establishing security standards...

Security Industry Association to present Edwina Reynolds with SIA Progress Award at Honors Night

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named industry veteran Edwina (Eddie) Reynolds – president and CEO of Iluminar Inc. – as the 2018 recipient of the inaugural SIA Progress Award, an honour presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum celebrating individuals who pave the way to success for women in the security industry. The award will be presented to Reynolds during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in New York City. Reynolds has been the founder and CEO of multi...

ASIS focuses on emerging technologies and the future of the security industry at GSX 2018

The second day of Global Security Exchange (GSX), the security industry’s flagship event, was jam-packed with security professionals eager to get first-hand exposure to exhibitors and vendors offering innovative solutions that solve traditional everyday security issues as well as deliver emerging technologies to solve problems of the future, such as AI, blockchain and AR/VR. Security education and insights GSX provides an outstanding opportunity for our members to gain education and insi...

Philip Haplin & James A. Gagliano introduced as keynote speakers for ISC East 2018 Keynote Series

Philip Halpin, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Security for Brown Brothers Harriman, and James A. Gagliano, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, headline ISC East’s Keynote Series. ISC East, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), is proud to announce not one, but two new keynote speakers for this year’s inaugural Keynote Series. The ISC East Keynote Series features veterans of the security indu...

Cyber-physical security event, ISC East collaborate with Infosecurity North America & USE

ISC East, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the Northeast's premier security industry convention for new products, solutions and technologies, announced its co-locating with Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo (USE). This move provides security professionals with even more opportunities to yield the benefits of robust educational sessions, listen to high-level speakers, explore new products and services, network with fellow security industry members and more...

SBN applauds SIA plans for overhaul of its licensing and Approved Contractor Scheme

Following a parliamentary review, the SIA has recommended a systematic and transformational approach to its regulations - a result supported by the Small Business Network (SBN), which is a security industry body made up of leading private security firms. SIA licensing After long advocating for industry-wide, mandatory SIA licensing as well as an overhaul of the current Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), the SBN is delighted to see progress on both fronts. They vehemently believe buyers of secur...

U.S. President signs government ban on Hikvision and Dahua video surveillance

The U.S. Congress has voted on, and the President has signed, a ban on government uses of video surveillance equipment produced by two of the world’s top manufacturers – Hikvision and Dahua. The provision is buried in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 26 and the Senate on August 1. The President signed the NDAA into law on August 13. The provision was originally introduced as an amendment to...

Secure Schools Roundtable session at the 2018 SIA GovSummit features Parkland shooting survivor

A half-day Secure Schools Roundtable was held on Capitol Hill as part of the Security Industry Association (SIA) GovSummit 2018. Legislators, academics, emergency services experts and more discussed the need for enhanced school security in the wake of tragedies in schools across the United States, including the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Student Jake Glacer, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, and his father, Noel Glacer, discussed Jake...