The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected 12 recipients for the inaugural SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship – a program developed by the SIA Women in Security Forum designed to further educational opportunities and promote advancement for a diverse security workforce. Through this new scholarship – open to SIA members and student members – each awardee will receive $6,650 to use toward continuing education and professional development courses, conferences or webinars, SIA program offerings, repayment of student loan debt and/or other academic or education programs. “The SIA Women in Security Forum continues to break new ground, inspire me and many others and provide unique opportunities for the widest spectrum of people possible to thrive in this field through initiatives like this new scholarship offering,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “We congratulate this talented and historic first class of SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship winners and look forward to celebrating their many accomplishments to come.” 2020 Scholarship winners The winners for the 2020 SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship are: Ryane Burke, Partner Marketing and Events Manager, Identiv Margurie Evans, SIA student member; Event Security Lead, Phoenix Suns Antoinette King, Key Account Manager – end-user, Axis Communications Kavya Madhusudhan, Senior Project Engineer, Allegion Erin Mann, Customer Experience and Strategy Marketing Manager, Multifamily, Allegion Canada Inc. Daphne Navarro, SIA student member Sheethal Rao, Mechanical Engineer, Allegion Jenna Rolfe, SIA student member; Junior Readiness and Security Policy Officer, Global Affairs Canada Joneka Russell, Security Offer, Allied Universal Holly Sanson, Marketing Manager, ADT Commercial Kerri Sutherland, Human Resources Business Partner, Axis Communications Rachel Wyatt-Swanson, Director of Business Development, Cherokee Nation Security & Defense These honourees were selected with the help of SIA’s Scholarship Selection Committee – a group comprised of volunteers from the SIA Women in Security Forum and SIA’s Human Resources Committee. SIA thanks the scholarship committee and its chairs for their work in evaluating the 2020 scholarship applications. The leadership of women SIA’s Women in Security Forum works to engage all security professionals to promote the leadership of women SIA’s Women in Security Forum works to engage all security professionals to promote, recruit and cultivate the leadership of women for a more inclusive and diversified industry. The forum’s key efforts and activities – in addition to the scholarship – include the SIA Progress Award, which celebrates individuals who advance opportunities and pave the way to success for women in the security industry. Activities also include quarterly virtual education series; collaborative projects with other organisations that seek to empower women in the security and technology fields; sponsorship of the Women in Biometrics Awards. Biometric identity and security industry The initiative recognises distinguished females in the biometric identity and security industry; thought leadership opportunities; and engaging networking and professional growth events. The SIA Women in Security Forum is open to all employees of SIA member companies. The 2020 SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship is generously supported by Diamond Level donor Axis Communications; Emerald Level donors Alarm.com, Allegion, Altronix and BCD International; Ruby Level donors Integrated Security Technologies, Brivo and Securitas. Donors Also, Sapphire Level donors Maureen Carlo, director of strategic alliances at BCD International, Ted Curtin, president of Repworks, Martha Entwistle, Women in Security Forum member, SIA CEO Don Erickson, John Gallagher, vice president of marketing at Viakoo, John Nemerofsky, chief operating officer at SAGE Integration, GSA Schedules Inc. Additionally, also supported by SAGE Integration, Security Specifiers, SoundSecure and Imperial Capital; and scholarship program affiliates SDM, SecurityInfoWatch, Security Matters, Security Sales & Integration and Security Systems News.
Alcatraz, the developer of secure autonomous access control products, and national security integration provider SAGE Integration have partnered to deliver facial authentication solutions to enterprise businesses to help modernise access control. Headquartered in Kent, Ohio, with a regional office in Atlanta, SAGE Integration will develop and expand Alcatraz’s presence along the East Coast and in Midwestern states. “We’re excited to partner with SAGE Integration to work together on modernising access control solutions. SAGE is a powerhouse that brings a client-centric approach to the services they offer and therefore understands and appreciates the Alcatraz Rock platform and its ability to deliver autonomous access control,” said Alcatraz’s Chief Revenue Officer, Tina D’Agostin. Biometric-based access control solutions SAGE Integration is a national security integration provider serving enterprise clients with the mission to protect their people, facilities, and reputation. SAGE was created to advance the industry, moving beyond boiler-plate solutions. SAGE brings creative ideas and on-the-ground support to prepare for and mitigate the kind of integrated challenges that their clients face every day. “Touchless, biometric-based access control solutions are in high demand,” said John Nemerofsky, chief operating officer, Sage Integration. “The Alcatraz platform, which accurately authenticates identities using facial recognition, is ideal for our enterprise customers. We look forward to partnering with Alcatraz to offer the solution.” Secure physical access Alcatraz offers a touchless and secure physical access control platform that works with any access control system. It replaces or augments badging as a credential with facial recognition, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security, and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they are badging in, eliminating the headaches associated with traditional enrolment. A newly added mask enforcer feature offers businesses the ability to comply with increasing state-mandated mask orders.
With decades of combined security industry leadership and experience, new Sage Integration brings a client-centric approach to protecting the people, facilities and reputation of enterprise customers nationwide. Sage combines the proven capabilities of AYSCO Security Consultants and DTS Security, two regional security powerhouses, with the resources and commitment of Talisman Capital, one of the country’s most recognised equity partners. “Our leadership team and strong financial backing will enable us to create a truly national footprint through both organic growth and acquisitions of other leading regional security integrators,” said Eric Frasier, Chief Executive Officer, Sage Integration. “As we grow Sage, we are only looking for the right partners. There must be a cultural fit which means leadership needs to be as passionate about exceeding customer expectations and empowering employees as we are.” Transform customer experience Joining Sage as its Chief Operating Officer is 30-year security veteran John Nemerofsky. He said Sage has the right blend of leadership and the new ideas to make long-needed changes to the way the security integrators conduct business. And by being onsite, Sage employees are ready to solve potential problems – often before they occur “I made a strategic decision to join SAGE because the vision was clear to me; transform the customer experience by empowering employees like never before,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in this industry, but nothing compares to the transformation that we need today. We are building SAGE to lead that transformation.” Automatic bomb detection One change already begun by Sage’s founding companies includes embedding up to 40% of its employees within the organisations of premier clients. Nemerofsky said that helps employees equally share a client’s commitment to risk management. And by being onsite, Sage employees are ready to solve potential problems – often before they occur. He said Sage’s financial strength will enable it to attract and keep experienced employees, maintain top-tier relationships with suppliers and invest in enterprise-grade technology to track projects, measure effectiveness, respond to emergencies and improve efficiency. New technologies such as drones, automatic bomb detection and facial recognition used to identify “not just the bad guys, but also visiting VIPs.” Nemerofsky said. Highly risk-exposed facilities Kent, Ohio-based Aysco Technology Integration was founded in 1988 by Rod Bragg, now Director of Operations for Sage. The integrator’s a decades-long specialisation in the utility industry immediately establishes Sage as a leader in the protection of complex, highly risk-exposed facilities. Aysco acquired Atlanta-based DTS Security in 2019 Bragg said prior to being acquired by Sage he knew his customers required a forward-thinking approach to security, but he needed more support to grow and provide those innovative and upgraded services. “I wanted a second act I could be proud of,” he said. “Selling to Sage allowed me to continue my leadership in this industry and partner with the kind of resources that would make all the difference,” he said. Entry management solutions Aysco acquired Atlanta-based DTS Security in 2019. Former DTS president Rick Leighton, now Sage’s Director of Sales, built a track record for providing entry management solutions for Fortune 100 headquarters. Matt Bennet, Managing Partner, Talisman Capital and a Sage board member, said his group looks at an organisation’s leadership before forming long-term partnerships. “When the opportunity arose to partner with the entrepreneurial minds behind Sage, our choice was an easy one,” he said. “You want to join a ship that intends to be a leader – a group that’s going to set the trends for the next 10 to 15 years. I firmly believe Sage is that team.”
Nemerofsky brings more than twenty years of entrepreneurial success in the security industry to CGL CGL Electronic Security, Inc. recently announced a key appointment to its executive team. John Nemerofsky has joined CGL in the newly created position of President of National Programmes. Nemerofsky and CGL founder Ron Ludvigsen have worked together for many years and have a track record of building successful national programmes. Customer-focused approach CGL President Ron Ludvigsen says, “John has proven time and time again he knows how to develop quality service offerings by developing strong customer relationships. This customer intimacy aligns perfectly with the CGL customer focused approach. As our customers see consolidation and growth in their own markets they need a security integration partner who can grow to accommodate their expanding footprint. We are confident John can lead this effort.” Past experience Over the years Nemerofsky has served as a Management Consultant to many system integrators, manufacturers and industry associations. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Global Marketing for Stanley Security Solutions and brings to CGL Electronic Security more than twenty-years of entrepreneurial success in the security industry. “Ron and his partners at CGL have proven over the last eighteen years a strong commitment to customer service and quality. They have been trusted by some of the most prestigious companies in the New England region and I look forward to helping CGL expand their service capabilities to include national programmes in the pharmaceutical, financial, education, and healthcare markets,” said Nemerofsky about joining CGL Electronic Security. Additional responsibilities In addition to Nemerofsky’s responsibilities with CGL he will also work closely with the Security-Net member companies of which CGL is a long-standing member. Security-Net is a consortium of the country’s elite regional security systems integration companies and is active in providing National Account installation, support and services to customers throughout North America. Save