The Security Industry Association (SIA) has stated that the decision by the City Council of Portland, Oregon, to ban facial recognition technology use by businesses in places of public accommodation, starting January 2021 and to prohibit all city government use of facial recognition technologies are shortsighted decisions that do not consider effective and beneficial applications of facial recognition. Ban on facial recognition tech use The Portland ordinance prohibiting private entities’ use of facial recognition technologies affects any business providing goods, services or other accommodations to the public and will impact businesses’ ability to protect workers, customers, facilities and property, since it effectively targets business use of security systems. “Turning back the clock on technological advancement through a complete ban on private-sector use of technology that clearly keeps our fellow citizens safe is not a rational answer during this period of social unrest in Portland,” stated Security Industry Association (SIA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Don Erickson. Educating masses on facial recognition technology It is hardly a model approach to policymaking that any government should adopt" He adds, “It is hardly a model approach to policymaking that any government should adopt. Let’s act together now to thoughtfully educate the public about the legal and effective use of facial recognition technology, while at the same time, being mindful of legitimate questions raised about the impact of this technology on all stakeholders, including communities of colour.” Don further stated, “We continue to invite local leaders across the country to work with us to develop more sensible approaches to the use of facial recognition.” SIA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Jake Parker, provided his testimony at the Portland City Council hearing on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2020, in opposition to these widespread prohibitions on the use of facial recognition technology. National Institute of Standards and Technology research paper As part of the council’s discussion, Portland City Councilwoman, Jo Ann Hardesty stated prior to the vote that the council would revisit the ban when there is technology that is not racially biased and is tested by independent third parties. SIA notes that such technology is available in the current scenario, and in July, SIA authored and submitted a letter to Portland’s Mayor and City Council, which noted the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research paper that documented that high-performing algorithms perform equally well across different demographics. The letter stated, “The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the world’s renowned and foremost authority on this technology, found last year that the highest performing technologies had ‘undetectable’ differences across demographic groups, with accuracy rates well above 99% and undetectable false positive differences across demographics, even when tested against galleries of up to 12 million images.” Lawful, ethical and nondiscriminatory use of facial recognition SIA believes all technology products, including facial recognition, must only be used for lawful purposes SIA believes all technology products, including facial recognition, must only be used for purposes that are lawful, ethical and nondiscriminatory, and recently released and committed to a series of principles to be used in the development and deployment of facial recognition, ensuring the technology is used in a transparent and nondiscriminatory way that implements privacy protections and human oversight into its use. SIA welcomes working with cities and government on future facial recognition ordinances and policies to ensure decisions are based upon facts and a complete understanding of current technologies and that such policies consider widespread public support for the benefits of this technology. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organisations.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the keynote speakers for its annual public policy and government security technology conference, SIA GovSummit. Christopher Krebs, undersecretary (nominee) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) National Protection and Programs Directorate, and Soraya Correra, chief procurement officer for DHS, will provide remarks at the event, which brings together government security leaders and private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and even local agencies. SIA GovSummit 2018 Day 1 of SIA GovSummit will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., on June 27. Krebs, who oversees the cyber and physical infrastructure security mission for DHS, will kick off SIA GovSummit at 8:00 a.m. Correa, who provides leadership, policy, oversight and support for DHS procurement activities and contracting workforce, will provide keynote remarks following lunch at the conference. SIA GovSummit 2018 is packed with top government officials who are implementing measures to support U.S. security priorities" “SIA GovSummit 2018 is packed with top government officials who are implementing measures to support U.S. security priorities,” said Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations. “We are thrilled to have Christopher Krebs and Soraya Correa provide remarks at this year’s event focusing on how government leverages security technologies to drive success across a wide spectrum of missions.” New Cybersecurity and Identity Policy In addition to the keynote addresses, SIA GovSummit 2018 will feature a number of engaging discussions and events, including: The Office of Management and Budget’s New Cybersecurity and Identity Policy: Impact on Federal Physical Access Control Systems The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Video and Other Applications Policy Leadership Awards Dinner Secure Schools Roundtable Evolving Policy on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS Technology for Security SIA GovSummit – taking place June 27–28 in Washington, D.C. – is free for all government employees, including federal, state, county and municipal-level staff (both domestic and international), plus all military, law enforcement and public safety representatives.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the agenda for its annual public policy and government security technology conference, SIA GovSummit. This event – held June 27 and 28 at the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. – will bring together government security leaders and private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and even local agencies. Day 1 of SIA GovSummit 2018 will highlight discussions on a variety of topics, including: OMB’s New Cybersecurity and Identity Policy: Impact on Federal Physical Access Control Systems Movement to the Cloud for Video and Other Security Applications Procurement Strategies for Effective Security Solutions The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Video and Other Applications Biometrics in Border Security Speakers include Matthew Goodrich, FedRAMP director at the General Services Administration; Daryle J. Hernandez of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Interagency Security Committee; Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings; David Sousa, division director at the Federal Protective Service; and consultant Tim Williams. SIA is expanding the popular Secure Schools Roundtable into a half-day event presented in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus Expanding Secure Schools Roundtable Following the day’s discussions, attendees will be invited to join a networking reception and the Policy Leadership Awards Dinner. Paul Begala, commentator at the Washington Speaker Bureau, will provide remarks at the dinner. The second day will kick off with a SIAThere! and Northern Capital Region Security Forum breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club, featuring remarks from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). Following the breakfast – in addition to its member visits to Capitol Hill offices – SIA is expanding the popular Secure Schools Roundtable into a half-day event presented in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus. The gathering will highlight topics such as the need for school security guidelines and standards, the role of the federal and state governments in funding school security Highlighting school security related topics This gathering – held at the U.S. Capitol Visit Centre – will feature discussion with key stakeholders from government, industry, education and law enforcement and highlight topics such as the need for school security guidelines and standards, the role of the federal and state governments in funding school security and the need for coordination among educators, school facility personnel and first responders in protecting our schools. “SIA GovSummit gives government and industry the opportunity to come together, share information and collaborate on security, including assessment of security investment priorities,” said Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations. “In light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, SIA is also looking forward to hosting a half-day, expanded version of its Secure Schools Roundtable as part of the summit to address safety and security in our schools.” Free entry for government personnel SIA GovSummit is free for all government employees, including federal, state, county and municipal-level staff (both domestic and international), plus all military, law enforcement and public safety representatives. Early bird registration rates for non-government attendees are available through June 1. This event is made possible thanks to the following sponsors and partners: Washington Sponsors Lenel and Interlogix; Lincoln Sponsor HID Global; dinner and reception sponsor Allegion; event sponsors AMAG Technology, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Ameristar Security, ASIS International, Axis Communications, BCDVideo, Calpipe Industries, Gallagher, GSA Schedules Inc., DHS Science & Technology, Louroe Electronics, Marshalls, Milestone, Nasatka Security and Renova Technology; and industry partner ISC Expos and Conferences.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has opened registration for its annual public policy and government security technology conference, SIA GovSummit. At the 2018 SIA GovSummit, security industry leaders and government officials meet and examine technology requirements, review policy trends, and address evolving security challenges. Additionally, the Secure Schools Roundtable on day of the conference will address school security needs, funding, guidelines and standards. SIA will host SIA GovSummit 2018 at the NAHB headquarters conference facility, located at 1201 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, on June 27-28. Registration is open at the SIA GovSummit website.The first day of the conference will feature a full day of sessions on key government security topics, as well as networking events and the SIA Policy Leadership Awards dinner IT modernisation in focus “Particularly with the emphasis on IT modernisation and many active legislative priorities, federal and state governments are reviewing where to invest sin security technologies,” said Jake Parker, SIA Director of Government Relations. “SIA GovSummit allows government leaders and security industry professionals to collaborate, share information and assess security investment priorities. Our 2018 SIA GovSummit agenda shares wide-ranging perspectives on government security initiatives and helps the private and public sectors work together on important issues.” The first day of the conference will feature a full day of sessions on key government security topics, as well as networking events and the SIA Policy Leadership Awards dinner. Session topics for day one of SIA GovSummit government security conference include the following: New policies impacting security IT modernisation initiatives: Implications for security and surveillance Interagency Security Committee (ISC) policies and best practices: New initiatives in 2018 New OMB Identity Policy guidelines: Impact on Federal PACS CBP’s Technology Infrastructure Strategy for securing the border Procurement strategies Federal Category Management, GSA contracts and other procurement initiatives Harnessing innovations through lifecycle management and tech refresh strategies Navigating buy American and other domestic content requirements Standards for security technology Movement to the Cloud – Using FEDRAMP for video and other security applications Understanding the RMF process for DOD Information Technology NIST Standards Development and Security Key legislation Congressional staff discuss legislative developments in impacting use of security technology in defense, homeland security and critical infrastructure protection. Emerging technologies The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in video and other applications Counter-UAS technology: The path forward for government and private security The growing uses of IP audio for threat detection Facial recognition goes mainstream: From law enforcement to border security Secure Schools Roundtable On day two of the SIA GovSummit conference, in addition to its member visits to Capitol Hill offices, SIA is expanding the popular Secure Schools Roundtable into a half-day event presented in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus.Important topics for the Secure Schools Roundtable include need for school security guidelines and standards This timely gathering will be held at room HVC 201 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and will feature discussion with key stakeholders from government, education, law enforcement, and industry. Important topics for the Secure Schools Roundtable include: The need for school security guidelines and standards The role of the federal and state governments in funding school security The need for coordination among educators, school facility personnel and first responders in protecting our schools
The hearing chaired by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 Jake Parker, director of government relations at the Security Industry Association(SIA), will appear as a witness at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, “Examining DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Engagement with Academia and Industry,” chaired by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Academia and private company collaboration The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies called the hearing to seek perspectives on how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate collaborates with academia and private companies on relevant research topics and how it partners with industry on the development and acquisition of products for DHS component agencies. The hearing will convene in Room 311 of the Cannon House Office Building. “For the past few years, the Security Industry Association has fostered a strong partnership with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate to serve as the voice of the security industry into federal homeland security research and development processes,” Parker said. “SIA members highly value the receptiveness of DHS S&T to collaborate with industry, and we have some perspectives from our members as to how that collaboration can to continue to improve and evolve. SIA looks forward to a constructive conversation with the agency and with Congress on the mutual benefits of utilizing private sector expertise to enhance homeland security.” Jake Parker is available for interviews on SIA collaboration with the DHS S&T Directorate before and after the hearing. His full testimony will be made available on May 19. Please contact Mickey McCarter, SIA communications manager, at email@example.com or 301-804-4704 to request an interview. The hearing is open to members of the press and the public.
The bill includes a new provision establishing an out-of-cycle review mechanism The Security Industry Association (SIA) commends the U.S. Senate for approving the bipartisan measure reauthorising the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), S. 1267, on May 14. In addition to extending the Act, which expires Sept. 30, the bill includes a new provision establishing an out-of-cycle review mechanism to ensure compliance with fair trade practices required of Sub-Saharan countries receiving export preferences under AGOA. Forced localisation Over the past year, SIA urged the committees drafting the AGOA extension to address the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Act (PSIRA) under consideration by the South African Government. PSIRA contains a provision, inserted at the last minute during parliamentary consideration, which requires foreign-owned security companies, including technology firms, to sell at least 51 percent of their South African businesses to South Africans, in what is often referred to as a “forced localisation” measure. A surprise to many observers, the provision was included despite the fact that such companies are already required to exclusively employ South African citizens within the country. Protective measures The review mechanism in the Senate passed bill allows firms to petition the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to investigate actions they believe may violate AGOA eligibility criteria. If found in violation, the USTR would be authorised to limit benefits or suspend the country from AGOA participation. Additionally, in an unprecedented move, the bill singles out a country for immediate review, requiring South Africa to undergo a six-month review beginning within 30 days of enactment. “The inclusion of this enhanced oversight provision in the Senate passed bill will lead to a more reciprocal and balanced trade relationship with beneficiary countries, most notably South Africa, the largest beneficiary of AGOA preferences by far,” said Jake Parker, SIA director of government relations. "The inclusion of this enhanced oversight provision in the Senate passed bill will lead to a more reciprocal and balanced trade relationship with beneficiary countries, most notably South Africa," says Jake Parker, SIA PSIRA Act It is important to note that the out-of-cycle review mechanism is not an additional eligibility requirement, but rather a provision to ensure compliance with AGOA, Parker said. Under the existing agreement, such a review could only occur at the end of AGOA’s five-year cycle, making it difficult to hold beneficiaries accountable to their commitments. The PSIRA Act is awaiting the South African president’s signature to pass it into law. The South African industry organisations, business, trade and law exports that oppose the foreign ownership limitation clause have called for South African President Jacob Zuma to send the PSIRA Act back to Parliament for the removal of the offending section on expropriation. “If the South African Parliament does not remove the discriminatory clause from the PSIRA Act, it is highly likely such an issue would be raised as a matter of concern during the South Africa review required under the AGOA reauthorisation moving through Congress,” Parker said. SIA calls on the House of Representatives to expeditiously act on AGOA reauthorisation.