The Security Industry Association (SIA) is pleased to announce that Allegion and Feenics will each receive a 2021 SIA Member of the Year Award. SIA will present Allegion and Feenics with their awards at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which will be hosted on March 23 as a virtual event. The SIA Member of the Year Award honours SIA member companies that have shown notable involvement in SIA committees and working groups, SIA events and the SIA Education@ISC conference program; leadership activity; recruitment of SIA members; and contributions to SIA thought leadership and the industry overall. This year marks the first time that SIA will present the award to two companies – highlighting the diversity of the association’s membership and showcasing companies of different scales that exhibit outstanding engagement in SIA and the security industry. Involvement and contributions to SIA “SIA commends Allegion and Feenics for their exceptional involvement in and contributions to SIA and the security industry as a whole and is proud to honour these innovative, engaged companies as the 2021 SIA Members of the Year,” said Pierre Trapanese, Chair of the SIA Board of Directors. “SIA’s mission to be a catalyst for success within the global security industry would not be possible without the outstanding support of members like Allegion and Feenics, and we look forward to continuing to work together to build on SIA’s resources, programming, and professional development offerings to serve our members and the industry through high-quality information, insight, and influence.” Allegion participations Allegion accepts the award on behalf of the employees, who truly are the foundation of the partnership with SIA Allegion is a long-time SIA corporate member that actively participates in a variety of SIA programs, events, products, and services and welcomes its employees’ involvement in SIA committees, working groups and advisory boards. “Allegion is honoured to accept this award on behalf of our employees, who truly are the foundation of our partnership with SIA,” said Tim Eckersley, Senior Vice President of Allegion International. “Since our inception, Allegion has worked with and through SIA to make a difference on the issues that not only matter to our industry but also to our customers. We’re thankful for engagement opportunities through groups like SIA RISE and the Women in Security Forum, as well as affiliate organisations like the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), among others, that facilitate critical conversations, networking, and idea-sharing.” Sponsor of key SIA events Allegion is highly engaged in SIA’s RISE community for young professionals – with staff serving in roles on the RISE Steering Committee and as mentors in SIA’s Talent, Inclusion, Mentorship, and Education program and participating in SIA’s RISE Scholarship program – and the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST), with staff serving on the FAST Board of Directors. The company is a regular sponsor of key SIA events, including SIA GovSummit and Securing New Ground, and was the Premier Sponsor of AcceleRISE 2020. “Moving forward, we expect SIA will continue to be a catalyst for progress within the security industry,” added Luis Orbegoso, Senior Vice President of Allegion Americas. “Allegion is excited to remain engaged and work alongside our peers there – especially at a time when our collective industry is leading the way in the responsible use of impactful technology and building the next generation of security leaders. Together, we can make a tremendous difference in driving innovation and protecting people and our communities.” Feenics participations Feenics is an enthusiastic SIA member involved in a variety of SIA events, programmes and initiatives Feenics, a provider of innovative cloud-based access control solutions developed by security industry veterans – has been an SIA member since 2015. Feenics is an enthusiastic SIA member involved in a variety of SIA events, programmes and initiatives. In the past year, Feenics leadership and staff have been highly engaged with SIA’s resources and publications. The company’s employees have participated in the SIA RISE Scholarship program, and the firm was an event sponsor of AcceleRISE 2020. Employees have attended and spoken at multiple other SIA events, including speaking roles at Securing New Ground and the presentation of the Lippert Memorial Award during the SIA Honors ceremony. Active member of SIA “Feenics is honoured to be presented with an SIA Member of the Year Award. We have been an SIA member since our founding and have always benefited from the reciprocal value of contributing to the association and drawing from its impressive array of resources,” said Denis Hébert, President of Feenics and Former Chair of the SIA Board of Directors. “Participating in events, on committees, on the Board of Directors and in the training, as well as contributing to events, training or surveys, in addition to benefiting from valuable publications and research, provides any member with an invaluable return on investment. All this, combined with the simple benefit of networking amongst your peers to discuss collective issues and trends within our industry, is why Feenics is proud to be an active member of SIA.”
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected Efrain Pardo as the spring 2020 recipient of the Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship, a program presented in partnership with the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin offering $5,000 scholarships for SIA members to help further their education in the field of identity management. This scholarship program – named after Hebert, President of Feenics Inc. and a past member of SIA’s Board of Directors who served as Chair from 2016 to 2018 – is designed to support the professional development goals of individual SIA members and student members who specialise in identity management – a field involving the systematic control of access, authenticating users, securing assets and protecting privacy. Identity management encompasses many aspects of risk management, public policy, fraud prevention, privacy, data analysis, risk and governance, information technology and security. Identity management expertise Pardo – a SIA student member who has a proven track record of experience in network and information security – serves as a flight operations implementation specialist at Horizon Air. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in networking and cybersecurity at Green River College and will use the scholarship funds to further his network and cyber security education. “SIA congratulates Efrain Pardo for being selected as the spring 2020 Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship winner and for his impressive accomplishments and dedication to helping to advance this foundational security space,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA is proud to help cultivate members’ identity management education and career development through this unique scholarship program; it is critical that we continue to build on our identity management expertise to better address identity threats, protect privacy, secure assets and foster innovation.” Center for Identity Prior to his time at Horizon Air, Pardo held IT, research, sales, analyst and customer service roles with Prime Strategy, the Kline Group, Venues & Events – Global Travel, IDC and IBM. He holds a Master’s Degree in sales and IT from the United Kingdom’s University of Lincoln and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Information Systems from Monterrey Tech and is currently working toward certifications with the PM Institute and CompTIA. Applications are now open for the Fall 2020 Denis R. Hebert Identity Management ScholarshipThe Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin works closely with its public-private partners, including corporations, state and federal government agencies and law enforcement, to deliver innovations for consumers, businesses and government that help them to better protect people’s identities. Access and identity management As a critical component of its mission, the center conducts research to better understand how emerging technology such as biometrics affects consumers and organisations alike and how standards and expectations of privacy are evolving. Applications are now open for the Fall 2020 Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship. Each applicant must be either a SIA student member or a full-time employee of a SIA member company and have 1-5 years of professional experience in the security industry or a verified plan of study in the field of access and identity management. Scholarship funds must be used toward post-secondary education programs, including training courses, accredited college courses, certifications or other credentialing programs related to identity management.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) is now accepting applications for the Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship. This program, presented in partnership with the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin, will offer two $5,000 scholarships for SIA members to help further their education in the field of identity management. The scholarship was named after Hebert, a member of SIA’s Board of Directors and immediate past chairman of the board, serving as chair from 2016 to 2018. Hebert also serves as president of Feenics Inc. Identity management solutions Identity management encompasses many aspects of risk management, fraud prevention and security “I am thrilled and honored to be affiliated with this special SIA scholarship program,” said Hebert. “Identity management is a foundational security component that helps mitigate current and future identity threats, protect the privacy of individuals and enterprises and secure critical assets – it is essential that we continue building on our knowledge of this field and promote innovation and advancement in the creation, convergence and use of identity management security solutions.” SIA created the Denis R. Hebert Scholarship program to support the professional development goals of individual SIA members who specialise in identity management – a field involving the systematic control of access, authenticating users, securing assets and protecting privacy. Identity management encompasses many aspects of risk management, public policy, fraud prevention, privacy, data analysis, risk and governance, information technology and security. Security industry “We are grateful for Denis’ leadership in the security industry and applaud the impact he has had on SIA’s service to our members in the area of identity management, including through the development of many high-quality education, government relations and standards offerings,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA is proud to help students and security professionals grow in their careers in this critical field and looks forward to recognising two honorees with the 2020 Hebert Scholarship.” The Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin works closely with its public-private partners, including corporations, state and federal government agencies and law enforcement, to deliver innovations for consumers, businesses and government that help them to better protect people’s identities. As a critical component of its mission, the center conducts research to better understand how emerging technology such as biometrics affects consumers and organisations alike and how standards and expectations of privacy are evolving. Securing identity information A qualified workforce is fundamental to address the diverse challenges in securing identity information" “The Center for Identity recognises that the success of an organisation’s identity management and security policy and practices depends in large part on the personnel tasked with implementing them. A well-qualified workforce is fundamental to addressing the complex and diverse challenges in securing sensitive identity information and protecting consumer privacy, while harnessing the power of data for good,” said Dr. Suzanne Barber, director of the Center for Identity. “The Center for Identity at the University of Texas has partnered with the School of Information to create a unique, interdisciplinary education and training program in information security to address this need and is proud to partner with the Security Industry Association to help promote development and professional growth in this critical field.” Access and identity management Each applicant must be either a SIA student member or a full-time employee of a SIA member company and have 1-5 years of professional experience in the security industry or a verified plan of study in the field of access and identity management. Scholarship funds must be used toward post-secondary education programs, including training courses, accredited college courses, certifications or other credentialing programs related to identity management. The 2020 application deadline for the Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship is Feb. 29, and awardees will be announced on March 17 at The Advance, held concurrently with ISC West 2020.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced its 2019 executive committee and welcomed five new members to the SIA Board of Directors at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. New voting members At The Advance – held Tuesday, April 9, at the Sands Expo Center – the SIA Board of Directors ratified the selection of five new voting members of the Board of Directors to serve two-year terms from 2019 to 2021: Greg Hill, director, intrusion architecture, Johnson Controls Kim Loy, chief marketing officer, ACRE Jody Ross, vice president, sales, AMAG Technology James Rothstein, senior vice president, global security solutions, Anixter Brian Wiser, regional president, North America, Bosch Security Systems Following the ratification, the SIA Executive Committee for 2019 includes: Chairman: Scott Schafer, SMS Advisors Chairman Elect: Pierre Trapanese, CEO, Northland Control Systems Vice Chairman: Scott Dunn, director, business development, Axis Communications Secretary: Lynn de Séve, president, GSA Schedules. Inc. Treasurer: Richard Brent, CEO, Louroe Electronics Immediate Past Chairman: Denis Hébert, president, Feenics Global security industry I look forward to the work we will do together to advance the global security industry and provide top-quality service" “SIA is thrilled to welcome its newest members to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leverage the insights of this esteemed group of industry leaders,” said Scott Schafer. “I look forward to the work we will do together to advance the global security industry and provide top-quality service to our members.” The SIA Board of Directors is comprised of industry professionals representing a broad spectrum of interests in the security industry. At The Advance 2019, in addition to announcing the new board members and executive committee, SIA presented its annual membership awards – the Milestone Awards, the Chairman’s Award, the Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, the Committee Chair of the Year Award and the inaugural Member of the Year Award. Attendees also enjoyed networking, lunch and a high-impact presentation from Sal Mani, security systems manager at Google, on the workforce imperative of developing cross-functional skill sets to stay competitive in the security industry.
Feenics Inc., a provider of the Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted platform, continues to grow and expand, adding Blair Cox, CPA as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Cox specialises in financial reporting, forecasting and modelling as well as corporate taxes. Most recently he worked at a cloud-based SaaS telecommunications company in San Francisco where he was responsible for finance operations as well as strategic budgeting, planning and analysis. Blair has both the enthusiasm and expertise that will blend well with the Feenics culture and our ongoing initiatives as a leading ACaaS provider"He applied controls and procedures to simplify the accounting department, while building forecasts and financial models to drive strategic decision making. Cox also implemented a due diligence process for sales of assets as well as provided valuation guidance for stakeholders. Managing financial reports “I’m excited to be part of Feenics and this technology space. Feenics is poised to take off with lots of opportunity for growth, so it will be a great experience,” Cox said. In his role as CFO, he will be working on financial reporting and streamlining processes so the company can continue to expand successfully. Denis Hébert, President of Feenics, said Cox brings new skills and innovative ideas to prepare Feenics for its explosive growth. “Blair has both the enthusiasm and expertise that will blend well with the Feenics culture and our ongoing initiatives as a leading ACaaS provider.” Extreme scalability and advanced security Keep V3 provides extreme scalability, unprecedented flexibility and advanced security in a cloud-based ACaaS solutionFeenics most recently was recognised with two prestigious security industry awards for innovation: 2017 Security Industry Association New Product of the Year and 2017 Most Valuable Product from Security Sales and Integration magazine, both for the latest Keep by Feenics Enterprise V3. Keep V3 provides extreme scalability, unprecedented flexibility and advanced security in a cloud-based ACaaS solution. It integrates native visitor management and a RESTful API that allows system installers simple integration of a wide array of complementary systems and open hardware devices, generating new revenue streams while creating a path for customers to lower their total cost of system ownership. Keep by Feenics gives users the choice of on-site servers or offsite cloud deployment, hosted by the public cloud Amazon Web Services. Keep significantly minimises costs through simple, maintenance-free and automatic upgrades, patches, disaster recovery and back up.
Feenics announced that it participated in CA Technology’s Veracode Verified program over the past 10 months, a stringent process that validates a company’s secure software development procedures, and has received the seal of Verified by Veracode. With approximately 30 percent of all breaches occurring as a result of a vulnerability at the application layer, software purchasers are demanding more insight into the security of the software they are buying. CA Veracode Verified empowers Feenics to demonstrate its commitment to creating secure software. When purchasing software, customers and prospects are demanding to understand how secure the software is. As part of CA Veracode Verified, Feenics can now demonstrate through a seal and provide an attestation letter from an industry leader that the application has undergone security testing as part of the development practice. Additionally, participating in the program ensures that our software meets a high standard of application security, reducing risk for the customer. Security gates in software development Organisations that had their secure development practice validated, and their application accepted into the Standard Tier, have demonstrated that the following security gates have been implemented into their software development practice: Assesses first-party code with static analysis Documents that the application does not allow Very High flaws in first-party code Provides developers with remediation guidance when new flaws are introduced The API is secured with TLS encryption and optionally authenticated with time-based, one-use passwords (RFC 6238) Keep’s RESTful API The Keep API provides the developer with programmatic access to all the functionality of a deployed physical access control solution. From adding cardholders, to adjusting door schedules, modifying access levels or querying for hardware status, all activities are programmable through this unified, RESTful API. In addition to the stateless HTTPS protocol the API service also offers a live stream of events over a web-socket connection. This stream of events can be used for live alarm monitoring, real time data analysis and threat detection. The API is secured with TLS encryption and optionally authenticated with time-based, one-use passwords (RFC 6238). Reducing risk of security breaches “Feenics is committed to delivering secure code to help organisations reduce the risk of a major security breach. Companies that invest in secure coding processes and follow our protocol for a mature application security program are able to deliver more confidence to customers who deploy their software,” said Asha May, CA Veracode. Denis Hebert, President of Feenics, stated that “third party review and audit within our software development lifecycle is an essential part of the vulnerability assessment process, ensuring that Feenics does everything possible to mitigate cyber risk for our users.” Feenics believed it needed to take additional precautions to validate our solution, Keep, from potential threats" Additional precautions against threats “As breaches become more prevalent, the electronic security industry has a responsibility to take every possible step to guard against potential threats that may be caused by weaknesses within its API." "While quality assurances (QA) are steps that all manufacturers should take before release of any solution or additional functionality, Feenics believed it needed to take additional precautions – such as taking part in and being compliant with Veracode’s Verified program – to validate our solution, Keep, from those potential threats,” said Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President, Feenics.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) welcomed a new Chairman and new Directors to the SIA Board of Directors during ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SIA Board of Directors ratified the selection of Scott Schafer, Principal at SMS Advisors LLC, as SIA Chairman of the Board during an organisational meeting of the Board held at ISC West. “I thank the Security Industry Association for entrusting me with the responsibilities of SIA Chairman of the Board,” said Schafer. “As a longtime member of SIA, I understand the value the association has delivered to its members the importance of driving even more value though great execution of our strategic plan going forward. I would like to thank Denis Hebert for his many contributions to SIA during his term as chairman. We look forward to his future engagement with the SIA board.” SIA executive committee Following the ratification, the SIA executive committee for 2018 now includes:These leaders will help SIA navigate through emerging opportunities while ensuring the association’s programmes are achieving their full potential" Chairman: Scott Schafer, SMS Advisors Vice Chairman: Dan Moceri, Convergint Technologies Treasurer: Rich Cillessen, Siemens Industry Secretary: Pierre Trapanese, Northland Controls Immediate Past Chairman: Denis Hebert, Feenics Voting members The SIA membership ratified new voting members of Board of Directors (listed alphabetically by last name): Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Solutions & Services, Axis Communications Janet Fenner, Director, Business Development, Dahua Technology Mike Foynes, Senior Director, Global Security, Microsoft Corporation John E. Mack III, Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Investment Banking, Imperial Capital, LLC Tom Nakatani, Vice President, IT, Customer Monitoring Technology, ADT The Chairman and Directors of the SIA Board serve two-year terms. “SIA members will continue to be well-represented through an impressive set of directors who are well-respected within the global security industry,” said SIA Chairman Schafer. “Collectively, these leaders will help SIA navigate through emerging opportunities and challenges while ensuring that the association’s programmes and events are achieving their full potential for all of our members.”
The Security Industry Association (SIA) will recognise Richard Brent, CEO, Louroe Electronics with the prestigious 2017 SIA Chairman’s Award for his work to support leading the SIA International Relations Committee and supporting key government relations initiatives. With his service on the SIA Board of Directors and as Chair of the SIA International Relations Committee, Brent has forged relationships between SIA and agencies like the U.S. Commercial Service. A longtime advocate for government engagement generally and exports specifically, Brent’s efforts resulted in the publication of the SIA Export Assistance Guide last year as a tool to assist SIA member companies exploring export opportunities or expanding their participation in trade. SIA Chairman Denis Hébert will present the SIA Chairman’s award to Brent at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at ISC West.SIA bring together distinct companies to share expertise across vertical markets in a collaborative fashion" Sharing security expertise “As the leader of an American manufacturing company, I have seen great business opportunities in foreign sales,” said Brent. “Through SIA, I have been pleased to extend my knowledge and experience to other companies that can benefit from exporting. And that is the power of SIA: To bring together distinct companies to share expertise across vertical markets in a collaborative fashion. I’m pleased to contribute, and I thank the Chairman for his recognition.” “As a member of the SIA Board of Directors, Richard Brent is consistently engaged on a variety of issues of importance to the security industry, particularly related to export assistance programmes that will help SIA members to grow their businesses,” said Hébert. “His contributions in all areas of SIA programming have been formidable, but we owe him a particular debt in sharing his experiences in exporting. Thank you for your leadership, Richard.” Hébert will present SIA award recipients, including the SIA Chairman’s Award, SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award and Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, at The Advance, held during ISC West in Rooms 505/506 of the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, April 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced recognition of Ted Curtin of Repworks Inc. and Joel Schwartz of LCA Sales as SIA Sandy Jones Volunteers of the Year for 2017. With the award, SIA recognises Curtin and Schwartz for pioneering a new category of SIA membership with manufacturer’s representatives. Thanks to the efforts of Curtin and Schwartz, manufacturer’s reps are eligible to join SIA at a special associate’s membership rate. SIA Chairman Denis Hébert will present the 2017 Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Awards to Curtin and Schwartz at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, scheduled to occur on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, during ISC West 2018. “With SIA’s leadership, manufacturer’s representatives now have a dedicated voice in the initiatives developed by the association to help reps grow professionally,” said Curtin. “Thanks to SIA for the opportunity and the recognition of the value of manufacturer reps within the security industry.”Ted Curtin and Joel Schwartz provide us with a perfect example of individuals ‘giving back’ to the industry Expanding SIA membership “SIA membership is important to security manufacturing companies and to the entire business channel, including manufacturers’ representatives—who are often the essential liaison with a manufacturer’s partners, integrators, service providers and practitioners,” said Schwartz, “As a manufacturer’s representative, I’m pleased to help manufacturers and representatives achieve their goals, and to expand SIA’s membership to this vital part of the channel.” “Ted Curtin and Joel Schwartz provide us with a perfect example of individuals ‘giving back’ to the industry,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Thanks to their efforts, manufacturer’s representatives have a seat at the table, and manufacturer member companies are better equipped to take full advantage of everything SIA has to offer.” Hébert will present SIA award recipients, including the Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, SIA Chairman’s Award and SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award at The Advance, held during ISC West.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected James Marcella, Director, Industry Associations, Axis Communications Inc., as 2017 SIA Committee Chair of the Year for his work with the SIA Education Committee. With this award, SIA honours Marcella for his work in strengthening education programming for the security industry through SIA Education. SIA Chairman Denis Hébert will present the 2017 Committee Chair of the Year Award to Marcella at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, scheduled to occur on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, during ISC West in Las Vegas. “I am humbled and honoured to be recognised for my work with SIA,” said Marcella. “SIA serves as a keystone for the security industry, connecting many different companies together in a common cause." "It serves as a powerful platform for promulgating the latest industry education, whether to share news of regulations and best practices or to update professionals on the latest developments in state-of-the-art technology. I look forward to continuing to guide SIA course offerings as the association’s Education Committee Chair.”James shares instructions on how to maximise the efforts to bring value to SIA and its members Security education expertise Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Solutions and Services, Axis Communications, said, “James takes every opportunity to educate our current and new team members on the mission and values of SIA and the importance of being involved in moving our industry forward to meet the challenges we face. He is a great internal teacher as well." "He instructs us on our work with SIA and how to maximise the efforts with various other committees to bring value to SIA and its members. He has made us all better in that work.” SIA CEO Don Erickson said, “I very much appreciate the time James has put into leading the Education Committee and working with SIA. I recognise there are many different places he could spend his time with associations and the fact that he has made so many important contributions to help educate the industry in this role is greatly appreciated!” Contributions to SIA The contributions Marcella has made as SIA Education Committee Chair include: Co-creating the curriculum for the Systems Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree in Security Systems and Technologies, and serving as the main instructor Leading the update of the Security Project Management Common Body of Knowledge Guidebook Serving as a member of the ISC Education Conference Advisory Board Assisting with the development of Securing New Ground executive conference program content Championing the Certified Security Project Manager certification Promoting SIA across the security industry Hébert will present SIA award recipients, including the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award, Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award and SIA Chairman’s Award, at The Advance, held during ISC West 2018 in Rooms 505/506 of the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, April 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Keep by Feenics provides a new level of flexibility for organisations to manage security infrastructures Feenics, a provider of cloud-based access control solutions, has announced it has won the Security Industry Association (SIA) New Product Showcase award in the Cloud Solutions category for its Keep by Feenics enterprise solution. The SIA awards programme recognises the year’s most innovative products, services, and solutions in the industry. Open architecture hardware “The SIA New Product Showcase award is highly competitive and we are extremely honoured that our new enterprise solution for cloud-based access control has been recognised by the preeminent voice in the security industry,” said Denis Hébert, President of Feenics Inc. “This award further validates the important role access control as a service is playing in the security market and is a profound indicator of the growing adoption of these solutions by organisations large and small.” Keep by Feenics enables organisations to minimise the cost and complexity of deploying highly available and resilient access control systems, while providing the superior service, data availability and support required today. The solution is built on open architecture hardware and fortified by the security, disaster recovery and redundancy of Amazon Web Services. Managing security infrastructures Scalable from one door to global enterprise environments, Keep by Feenics provides a new level of flexibility and choice for organisations to manage security infrastructures, integrate third-party applications and reduce capital expenditures.
New Keep by Feenics platform provides extreme scalability and leverages RESTFul API for faster integration and deployment Feenics, a provider of cloud-based access control solutions, launched its enterprise Keep by Feenics platform that delivers extreme scalability, unprecedented flexibility, and advanced security. The new cloud-based access control as service (ACaaS) platform integrates native visitor management, and incorporates RESTful API that dramatically simplifies integrating complementary systems plus connecting Keep to applications outside the organisation. The solution’s mobile capabilities also make it possible for customers to monitor and manage systems on the go. Flexible infrastructure “The new enterprise version of Keep by Feenics solidifies our leadership in the access control as a service space with an agile solution which addresses the need for pre-configured, highly customisable systems that are easy to implement and manage,” said Denis Hébert, President of Feenics Inc. “Keep’s flexible infrastructure is particularly important for security directors in today’s smarter, more connected environments where systems must seamlessly work together. The solution also has the unique ability to quickly scale up based on an organisation’s evolving business and security requirements.”Utilising RESTful API "The solution also has the unique ability to quickly scale up based on an organisation’s evolving business and security requirements" Utilising RESTful API, the most efficient and widespread open standard for scalability, Keep enables customers to use one simple code for rapidly incorporating video, intrusion detection, IoT applications, building automation, third-party applications, and other complementary systems. The solution also empowers organisations to deploy an extensive range of technologies, on demand, through an easy, straightforward process that delivers consistent performance, predicable behaviour, and reliable results. Organisations seeking to manage their systems using a combination of desktop apps, HTML5 browsers, and mobile apps can easily integrate features across these platforms utilising the same API. Cloud-based access control Built specifically for the cloud and hosted by Amazon Web Services, Keep significantly minimises costs through simple, maintenance-free upgrades and patches. It also eliminates the need to purchase costly software or hardware and streamlines training required to maintain the system. This increases the return on investment for the end customer and contributes to healthier margins for the integrator.Feenics demonstrated the Keep by Feenics cloud-based access control solution at ISC West 2017 between April 5th-7th.
Tim Eckersley has provided consistent support to the PASS and the National School Boards Association Allegion Senior Vice President and President of the Americas Tim Eckersley was honoured with the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award at The Security Industry Association (SIA) Honors Night during ISC East in New York. Eckersley has been a consistent advocate for SIA’s school security initiatives and for increasing industry collaboration with the K-12 school community. He has played an important and ongoing role in SIA’s government relations efforts to secure federal funding and legislation for security enhancements in K-12 schools. In this role, he has provided support to the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) and the National School Boards Association, in addition to moderating a lunch briefing about school safety on Capitol Hill. Eckersley also plays an active role with the Secure Schools Alliance, which was founded by Allegion in 2015 and works in partnership with SIA to lead the national conversation about school safety and security. Creating safer schools “It’s an honour to receive the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award and to work with SIA to create safer schools,” Eckersley said. “As security professionals, we must collaborate with educators, government officials, law enforcement and parents to protect our nation’s children to the best of our ability.” A 25-year veteran in high growth technology industries, Eckersley is now responsible for leading Allegion’s Americas-based business, which employs more than 5,500 people across Canada, Latin America and the United States, and accounts for $1.5 billion in revenue. The Americas organisation is responsible for several of Allegion’s core brands, including Schlage, Von Duprin and LCN. Trade association collaborations "Tim Eckersley has helped drive SIA's collaboration with the K-12 school community and promote best practices and government policies that will keep classrooms safe for learning. His passion for working with elected officials and industry organisations toward this end is exemplary. SIA is proud to recognise him with the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award," said SIA Chairman Denis Hebert. The Hauhn Award is presented each year to an individual within an SIA member company who has worked to foster partnerships across the industry. The award is named in honour of Jay Hauhn, the previous SIA chairman who supported collaboration among trade associations and increasing member interests. Save Save
Feenics nearly doubles physical footprint with headquarter expansion Feenics, Ottawa, Canada, continues to expand operations, moving into additional spaces and nearly doubling their physical footprint at their existing headquarters to accommodate growth, which included adding President and Equity Partner, Denis Hébert, and Canadian Sales Director, Fadi Hajjar, as well as additional software developers.Business growthThe start-up company launched operations in 2010 and brought its Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted access control and security management system (SMS) to market in 2014. Since then, Feenics has expanded its value-added reseller (VAR) programme, adding many top systems integrators as partners, and winning numerous awards for its Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. Feenics has expanded its value-added reseller programme, adding many top systems integrators as partners, and winning numerous awards In addition, the company recently announced a new integration with Allegion/Schlage NDE Series wireless locks and the launch of AccessXpert Enterprise Security Solution, an OEM partnership with Schneider Electric. Coming to market soon is the newest release of Keep with additional capabilities, unlimited scalability and easy to programme and use features available through the intuitive user interface, with connectivity through smartphones, tablets, laptops and other connected devices.Cloud hosting“The efficiencies, cost effectiveness, and power from cloud hosting is now being realised by both systems integrators and end-user communities,” said Paul DiPeso, Executive Vice President. “It’s an exciting time to witness and be able to propel widespread acceptance by CIO’s and facilities directors on the value of cloud-hosted SMS, especially Keep, which reduces hardware costs and provides a lower total cost of ownership while offering automatic backups, redundancy, real-time updates and scalability. We’re looking forward to additional growth and helping more systems integrators transform their business to include hosted and managed services by using Keep. These services add a new, higher margin, revenue stream to their bottom line while improving their ability to service their customers more effectively.”
Hébert is the Chariman-elect of the Security Industry Association Denis Hébert, president and CEO of HID Global, has quietly left the company. There has been no official announcement, and the company has yet to report the change, but Hébert’s LinkedIn account confirms the news. The company’s website also now lists Ulf Södergren, CTO of parent company ASSA ABLOY, as HID’s interim CEO. Hébert, who is chairman-elect of the Security Industry Association (SIA), was President and CEO of HID Global from November 2002 until this May, as well as an executive vice president of ASSA ABLOY. Previously, he spent 16 years at Honeywell, most recently as president of NexWatch. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 2,200 employees worldwide with international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global has production facilities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe, as well as research and development centers all over the world. HID Global provides products, services and solutions enabling millions of customers worldwide to create, manage and use secure identities. HID Global supplies OEMs, integrators, and developers in a variety of markets, including physical access control; IT security, including authentication/credential management; card personalization; visitor management; government ID; and identification technologies for technologies for a range of applications. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.
HID Global has been a Mission 500 sponsor for six years and will be hosting School Kit build HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions is sponsoring two Mission 500 events at this week’s ISC West International Security Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. Mission 500 is the security industry’s initiative to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis through partnership with the World Vision Christian humanitarian organisation. Hosting School Kit Build: A Mission 500 sponsor for six years, HID Global is hosting a School Kit Build where volunteers will load backpacks with school supplies for local students at a Title One school in the Las Vegas area. The School Kit Build will take place in the visitor registration area on April 15th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is open to all volunteers. “HID Global is deeply committed to Mission 500 and its goal to support children in crisis worldwide. Sponsoring the backpack build and the 5K run reflects our dedication to give back to communities around the world where we live, work and operate,” said Denis Hébert, HID Global President and CEO. “It is incumbent upon us to help children in need today for they are our future. A backpack filled with school supplies may seem like a small contribution but it can make a huge difference in a child’s life.” The Security 5k Run/2k Walk will be held on Thursday morning, April 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Mission 500 will use all race proceeds to provide food, clothing, education and disaster relief to children and families in need in the United States, as well as provide ongoing support to projects in India and Tanzania. Additional information about each event is available on the ISC West events pages or by emailing email@example.com. HID Global live demos and presentations at ISC West 2015, Booth #11063 Demonstrations of HID Mobile Access® solution for opening doors and gates with smartphones, and the company’s new ActivID Tap Authentication for simplified “tap” access to applications and web services from mobile devices. Kiosks featuring access control, visitor management, card personalisation, IT security, secure NFC applications, biometrics and embedded solutions. Vertical market showcase: Government, Healthcare, Corporate/Enterprise, Financial/Banking and Education markets Daniel Bailin, strategic business development and innovation with HID Global will present “The age of wearables: Inventive applications for increased security and convenience using popular smart devices,” on Thursday, April 16 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in room 307.
The Quantum Secure acquisition gives ASSA ABLOY customers a robust, policy-driven software application ASSA ABLOY has acquired Quantum Secure, Inc, the leading provider of solutions to help enterprises manage identities and meet compliance requirements in highly-regulated industries. “I am very happy to welcome Quantum Secure to the ASSA ABLOY Group. This acquisition reinforces our strategy of being the world leader in secure identity solutions. Quantum Secure takes us one step further in being able to provide our customers with an end to end identity management system. The company has experienced very strong growth since its founding and we look forward to continued growth in the future,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. SAFE software suite “Our acquisition of Quantum Secure gives customers a robust, policy-driven software application that will help them achieve their identity management goals,” says Denis Hébert, Executive Vice President ASSA ABLOY and Head of business unit HID Global. “The SAFE software suite allows organisations to manage identities across multiple sites for employees, visitors, vendors, and contractors.” Quantum Secure was founded in 2004 and the head office is located in San Jose, California. The company has some 175 employees and contractors. Bookings are expected to reach USD 45 M (approx. SEK 400M) in 2015. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to earnings from start.
HID Global’s broad reach and Quantum Secure’s software suite will help customers mitigate risk and ensure compliance HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced that it has acquired Quantum Secure, a leading provider of software solutions for managing identities, access compliance and provisioning access within physical security infrastructure. With this acquisition, HID Global will enhance its ability to deliver an end-to-end identity management solution. SAFE software suite - integrated physical security policy platform Quantum Secure’s SAFE software suite provides a single, fully interoperable and integrated physical security policy platform to manage secure identities, compliance and operational analytics across multiple sites and systems. Using this platform, customers are able to reduce operational costs and the risk profile of the organisation as well as foster compliance with regulations across disparate security infrastructure. “With the acquisition of Quantum Secure, HID Global is taking a significant step in addressing customer needs in managing identity, risk and compliance. The company has been at the forefront in delivering a versatile management tool for all organisations, especially those in highly-regulated industries such as finance and healthcare with demanding compliance requirements,” said Denis Hébert, HID Global President and CEO. “Going forward, the combination of Quantum Secure’s SAFE software suite with HID’s product portfolio will deliver ever better and more comprehensive solutions for our customers.” “The growing need for compliance and risk management for a diverse set of identities will have to be satisfied by intelligent, predictive data analysis and related process automation in a global security environment. By bringing together HID Global’s best-in-class technologies, its global reach and Quantum Secure’s software suite, this acquisition will help customers mitigate risk and ensure compliance,” said Ajay Jain, Quantum Secure’s CEO. Quantum Secure, founded in 2004, is headquartered in San Jose, California.
The platform will drive the development of secure & privacy protecting mobile applications ASSA ABLOY announced that it will license its Seos® platform for mobile credentials to the broad identity and access management community as well as application developers and consumers. This powerful new platform will drive the development of a wide range of interoperable, secure and privacy protecting mobile applications, enabling secure access to physical and virtual resources for enterprises, governments and consumers around the world – and it accommodates any smart device. Addressing the need for mobile access applications that are secure and protect privacy, Seos is already simplifying life for users across universities, enterprises, hotels and residential properties. By eliminating the need for multiple credentials, such as an access card or physical key, solutions built on the Seos platform are speeding everyday transactions such as hotel check-in, access to government services and access to personal residences. “People around the globe rarely leave home without their mobile devices. To give them the ability to access everything from their home to their place of business, and everything in between, using one device, both securely and privately, is a convenience that Seos delivers on a grand scale,” said Denis Hébert, executive vice president of ASSA ABLOY and head of HID Global, an ASSA ABLOY business. Seos, which can communicate over multiple interfaces, including NFC and Bluetooth, incorporates design features that allow any smart device, from phones to tablets to wearables, such as watches, to become a trusted credential. Applications built on the Seos platform do not reveal any unique identifiers to unauthorised readers, thereby protecting privacy. “We designed and built the Seos platform with security top-of-mind,” added Hébert, “so that users can be confident in their use of the technology and developers will be able to fully take advantage of these features.” Built on a common, interoperable standard, Seos allows smart devices from different manufacturers to speak the same language. Seos employs tools that create secure transactions and trust between devices. “It’s a revolutionary solution in that it does not compromise privacy in the name of security or convenience,” said Hébert. Demonstration at Mobile World Congress ASSA ABLOY will be demonstrating Seos at Samsung in Hall 8.1 (App Planet Stand 8.1A61) and Nordic Semiconductor in Hall (6 Stand 6H20) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from March 2-5, 2015.