The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named five young security professionals as the recipients of the 2021 SIA RISE Scholarship, a programme offered through SIA’s RISE community, which supports the education and career development goals of young industry talent. Through this scholarship programme, open to SIA student members and RISE members who are employees at SIA member companies each awardee will receive a $3,000 scholarship to use toward continuing education and professional development courses, SIA programme offerings and/or other academic or education programmes. Scholarship funds can be used to expand knowledge in the areas of business, human resources (HR), information technology (IT), marketing, sales, project management, security engineering and/or risk management. Young security professionals “The 2021 SIA RISE Scholarship awardees are an extraordinary group of young security professionals who represent tomorrow’s industry leaders,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA is proud to help foster the careers of these talented honourees, and I look forward to seeing their many accomplishments and successes to come.” Winners for the 2021 SIA RISE Scholarship Nadim Hammoud, Software Developer, Feenics As a key member of the software development at Feenics, Nadim Hammoud has contributed to multiple new features in production and bug fixes, built proofs of concept for prospective clients and contributed new tests to the automated testing of the company’s web API. Hammoud plans to use the SIA RISE Scholarship funds toward a computer and network security course and certification in AI He has a strong interest in the latest technologies, including cloud computing and machine learning. Prior to his time at Feenics, Hammoud served as a teaching assistant at Carleton University and held engineering and software development positions at Bertrandt and Tactical Technologies Inc. He holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and biomedical and mechanical engineering from Carleton University. Hammoud plans to use the SIA RISE Scholarship funds toward a computer and network security course, a professional certification in the field of artificial intelligence and attendance at industry events. Olivia Peralta, Account Executive, Allegion In her role as an account executive at Allegion, Olivia Peralta works with teams around the world to plan and sell access control projects – from teaching the company’s security software to implementing hardware installations hosted on the cloud for physical security end-users. Prior to her time at Allegion, she served as an account executive at ISONAS Access Control and completed communications internships at Western Resource Advocates and the Oregon Natural Desert Association. She holds bachelor’s degrees in environmental sciences and communication and environmental studies from Northern Arizona University and a continuing education certification from Colorado Water Education’s Water Educator Network and is IPVM University Access Control certified. Peralta plans to use the scholarship funds toward earning SIA’s Certified Security Project Manager certification and pursuing an education that bridges the gap between strategy, design and product delivery. Matthew Rios, Regional Sales Manager, Axis Communications Rios plans to use the scholarship funds toward completing the EC-Council MasterClass Certified Ethical Hacker certification In his role at Axis Communications, Matthew Rios promotes the use of IP video and Axis cameras to integrators, distributors, consultants and end-users and maintains fluid and enthusiastic relationships with current and prospective customers. Prior to his time at Axis Communications, Rios held sales management roles at Hanwha Techwin America, Honeywell and R&D Lock and Alarm. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in cybersecurity from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in the homeland and corporate security from St. John’s University. Rios plans to use the scholarship funds toward completing the EC-Council MasterClass Certified Ethical Hacker certification. Mary Sharp, HRA, Stanley Access Technologies As a key member of the HR team at Stanley Access Technologies, Mary Sharp is responsible for over 220 professional hourly, non-union service and install technicians and provides support on major change management and organisation redesign efforts and issues pertaining to team cohesiveness, dynamics and management. Prior to her time at Stanley Access Technologies, she held HR and administrative roles at Stanley Healthcare, Infrasource Underground Construction and Frontline Private Security. She holds a bachelor’s degree in ethics and public policy from the University of Iowa. Sharp will use the scholarship funds toward obtaining the Society for Human Resource Management’s SHRM-CP certification. Trevor Zuerlein, System Designer, VTI Security Zuerlein plans to use the scholarship funds to pursue further education in IT, become a member of (ISC)² and to earn CISSP credential Trevor Zuerlein started at VTI Security in 2017 as a security systems technician and now serves as a system engineer; Zuerlein is skilled in access control security systems, security cameras, computer repair, computer science, technical writing and AC/DC electronics. Before his time at VTI Security, he held IT and sales roles with Time Warner Cable, Mead Lumber and Archer Daniels Midland Company. Zuerlein holds an associate’s degree in information technology from Central Community College. He plans to use the scholarship funds to pursue further education in the IT field, become a member of (ISC)² and work toward his goal of earning the Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential. Networking events SIA RISE is a community that fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry. In addition to awarding the annual SIA RISE Scholarship, SIA RISE offers fun networking events for young professionals, created the RISE Microlearning Series of mini-webinars on top professional development topics, hosts career growth webinars and trade show education tracks. Mentorship programme The recently launched the Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME) mentorship programme for early and mid-career professionals in the security industry and presents the annual AcceleRISE conference, an essential experience designed to ignite new thinking, strengthen leadership and sharpen business acumen in young security talent. RISE is available to all employees at SIA member companies who are young professionals under 40 or have been in the security industry for less than two years.
ISONAS, a Pure IP access control system manufacturer, has announced that the company has expanded its team and added three new hires to its roster. ISONAS continues to foster a customer-centric philosophy throughout the company and created a new Account Executive and Senior Java Engineer positions to focus on deepening customer interaction and product development efforts. Driving feature and function Olivia Peralta was recently hired as an inside sales Account Executive responsible to create personal relationships with integrators, distributors and end users in the eastern territory. In addition, Olivia will work on the ISONAS lead generation front and build customer relationships through interactive communication, and provide ongoing solutions to ISONAS customers. Olivia comes with an open mind and great sense of determination to bring futureproof solutions to customers. With the overwhelming success of Pure Access, ISONAS’s cloud-based software, the necessity to continue to drive feature and function was imminent. Ben Gemperline joins the ISONAS Pure Access development team as a new Senior Java Engineer and will be responsible for back-end application support and scale the Pure Access system to the next level. ISONAS will continue to expand and deliver the simplest and most flexible solutions in the access control market Next generation of IoT products Ben comes with a vast knowledge of SaaS architecture and brings an incredible level of expertise to the ISONAS team. He will be an integral part of the ISONAS engineering team in developing the company’s next generation of IoT products and providing a performant application for ISONAS customers. “These additional ISONAS team members bring great expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit that matches our fast-moving culture and allow us to expand our application and customer interactions,” states Rob Mossman, CEO at ISONAS. “We continue to invest our resources in our people and build a team that is second to none and pushes the Pure IP Revolution to the next level.” Growing sales on the West coast On a sales front, ISONAS hired a new Regional Sales Manager on the west coast, Brian Koeck. Brian will be responsible for growing sales on the west coast in states west of the Mississippi River and will be working closely with ISONAS partners and customers. ISONAS has built long-term relationships with a team of certified integrators, distributors and manufacturer rep firms that Brian will be fostering and continuing to grow business in the western territory. He will also interact with the ISONAS inside sales and operations team to ensure that customers continue to have their expectations exceeded by ISONAS. ISONAS has a culture of quick witted-entrepreneurs that move quickly and are fully focused on their customer. This culture drives their product development and customer interaction and this philosophy is clearly seen in their powerful cloud-based software solution, Pure Access, and the next evolution in IP access control hardware with the RC-04. With the right team in place, ISONAS will continue to expand and deliver the simplest and most flexible solutions in the access control market and take Pure IP access control to the next level.
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