The Security Industry Association (SIA) announces the creation of the Security Industry Cybersecurity Certification (SICC), a new industry credential developed by SIA with support from PSA Security Network and Security Specifiers and the first-ever certification focused specifically on cybersecurity and physical security convergence. The SICC program is designed for security industry professionals and assesses and validates the core competencies these individuals must possess to effectively perform roles involving key facets of cybersecurity. Supporting security installations “In today’s converged world, it is essential to support security installations according to best practices for both electronic security and cybersecurity,” said Pierre Trapanese, chair of the SIA Board of Directors and CEO of Northland Controls. “By earning the new SICC credential, industry professionals will ensure they have the hands-on experience and deep understanding of physical security and cybersecurity convergence needed to offer more comprehensive security solutions that better serve their customers.” The SICC is intended for security industry professionals who perform or provide technical support for the installation, networking, configuration and/or specifying of electronic security/low-voltage technology devices. These individuals may include lead/senior service technicians, lead/senior installers, technical project managers, security systems designers, technical support engineers, security specifiers and consultants, IT and cybersecurity managers, chief technology officers, network administrators and product managers. Low-voltage technology To earn the SICC credential, individuals must apply and take a certification exam “The new SICC was born out of the recognition that the security of installed systems depends on the knowledge and qualifications of those who install and configure them,” said Ray Coulombe, founder and managing director of Security Specifiers. “This certification is an important step in the provisioning of cyber-secure systems.” To earn the SICC credential, individuals must apply and take a certification exam. Each applicant is required to have a minimum of two years of experience directly related to or technically supporting the installation, networking, configuration and/or specifying of electronic security/low-voltage technology devices. Cyber certification program “The daily news underscores the critical importance of cybersecurity awareness, hygiene and training,” said Ric McCullough, president of PSA Security Network and chair of the SIA Executive Council. “This new cyber certification program specifically and proactively addresses those important concerns with a cyber certification designed especially for our security industry. PSA is proud to be an active co-contributor to this program.” On Tuesday, May 25, SIA will host a 30-minute virtual information session, during which interested parties can learn more about the SICC program. The information session will cover what makes the SICC unique compared to other cybersecurity credentials, the benefits of earning the certification, core requirements to earn the SICC and how the application and testing process works. Applications will be accepted to test for the SICC credential beginning Tuesday, June 1.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Craig Sharman as the 2021 recipient of the SIA Chairman’s Award, an award presented annually and selected by SIA’s Board of Director's chair recognising SIA members’ diligent efforts in furthering the association’s mission and commitment to its future. SIA will present Sharman with the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which will be held March 23 as a virtual event. Private-sector experience Craig Sharman – senior director of federal government relations at Johnson Controls – is a long-time member and the current chair of the SIA Government Relations Committee, which advises SIA members regarding legislation, regulations, and pending government actions affecting the security industry and makes recommendations for related actions. Sharman has more than 20 years of government, association, and private-sector experience Sharman has more than 20 years of government, association, and private-sector experience; prior to his time with Johnson Controls, he served in government relations and leadership roles with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and the National Volunteer Fire Council. He holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University. Government relations team “I am honoured to be named the 2021 SIA Chairman’s Award winner; thank you to SIA for your support and the opportunity to give back to the security industry,” said Sharman. “I’d like to thank my colleagues on the SIA Government Relations Committee, as well as Jake Parker and SIA’s government relations team, for their outstanding efforts on behalf of the industry. It has been so rewarding to work together in advocating on the issues that matter the most to our members and to the safety of our citizens.” Sharman was an early recipient of the SIA Statesman Award and has helped guide SIA in developing and coordinating its advocacy and lobbying activities. In addition to expanding SIA’s contacts and relationships with members of Congress and their staff, he was instrumental in helping SIA launch SecurityPAC, SIA’s political action committee, and in engaging other members to participate in that effort as well as other special projects. Making enormous contributions Craig Sharman has been and is a key leader on SIAS’s Government Relations Committee" Sharman has helped maximise participation from employees at his own company in SIA events and activities and engaged with members to help grow participation in SIA’s government relations committee and working groups. “Craig Sharman has been and is a key leader on SIAS’s Government Relations Committee and has helped drive SIA’s advocacy and lobbying initiatives. He has made enormous contributions in leadership, time, and effort as a volunteer with the association overall,” said Pierre Trapanese, chair of the SIA Board of Directors. “SIA is grateful for Craig’s valuable efforts to benefit the security industry and help advance SIA’s mission. We look forward to honouring him with the 2021 SIA Chair’s Award.” Exchange market intelligence The Advance 2021 will take place on Tuesday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. EDT and be hosted as a virtual event. At this special membership meeting, attendees will review official association business, recognise volunteer achievements in 2020, and exchange market intelligence for the year ahead. In addition to presenting the SIA Chairman’s Award, SIA will honour the 2021 recipients of the Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award, the SIA Standards Service Award, and the SIA Member of the Year Award.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the SIA RISE Steering Committee are launching Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME) – a new mentorship program for early and mid-career professionals in the security industry. The TIME program is designed to promote diversity, equity and inclusion and empowerment of underrepresented identities in the security industry by creating a well-defined pathway for learning and development. Talented security industry “SIA’s new TIME mentorship program seeks to build a security industry full of diverse perspectives, people and cultures,” said Pierre Trapanese, chair of the SIA Board of Directors. “Through the program, we look forward to creating valuable learning experiences for both mentees and mentors, giving back and helping to grow an inclusive, talented security industry.” SIA’s TIME mentorship program aims to offer meaningful developmental opportunities for participants. Key components of the TIME mentorship program include: Career development: Connecting early and mid-career professionals and students with established industry professionals to further career growth and talent development Skill enhancement: Building a sustainable community of support through collaboration, networking and skill building Recruitment: Attracting students to the security industry by providing insights on the wide array of career opportunities available Executive leadership development: Promoting leadership development opportunities that will encourage diversity within the ranks Fun networking opportunities TIME is guided by volunteers from the SIA RISE Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee – including Bobby Louissaint, technical operations solutions manager at Facebook; Erin Mann, strategy and marketing manager, multifamily at Allegion; and Eddie Reynolds, CEO of Iluminar Inc. – and with the support of SIA staff. The program will run for 12 monthly sessions and have semi-annual orientations. SIA is seeking seasoned security industry professionals to serve as mentors in the TIME program. SIA RISE is a community that fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry. Membership in SIA RISE – which offers fun networking opportunities, career growth webinars and education tracks at ISC West and East, scholarships and the annual AcceleRISE conference – is open 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.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA) have launched the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST), a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation designed to promote careers in the physical security technology and life safety industry. FAST Created through a partnership of ESA and SIA, the industry’s renowned security associations, FAST will connect passionate, innovative professionals with new opportunities in electronic security and life safety. ”Whenever we talk to SIA members about the greatest challenges, they universally put recruiting talent into the security industry and workforce development, at the top of the list,” said Pierre Trapanese, Chairman of the SIA Board of Directors. Promoting workforce development FAST will help our entire industry to be more competitive in what has become a ‘war for talent’ among all tech sectors" He adds, “FAST will help our entire industry to be more competitive in what has become a ‘war for talent’ among all tech sectors. We are excited to partner with ESA to address an issue that we know is just as critical to the future of the industry as the continued development of technology.” As security and life safety companies embrace more advanced technologies, their education, skill and training needs grow, making workforce development one of the top challenges facing the industry. FAST seeks to help companies through: Outreach to schools, colleges and universities to increase awareness of the exciting and rewarding careers available in security. Research on the industry’s workforce development needs and possible solutions. Continuing education resources to help those already in the industry stay current with rapidly emerging and evolving technologies. Countering skilled labour shortage “The skilled labour shortage is reaching a critical point. We’re seeing climbing demand and shortfalls in applicant pools,” said Jamie Vos, President of Electronic Security Association (ESA). He adds, “For some time now, we’ve been working to arm ESA Members with resources for becoming an employer of choice. However, as an industry, if we don’t do something impactful together, the long-term impact will be devastating. We are happy to join forces with SIA on such an important initiative.” FAST website The new FAST website offers job seekers information about the security industry’s growth and unique position at the convergence of cutting-edge technology and a mission that matters, the types of roles available in the industry and what employers are looking for and a jobs board featuring immediate opportunities in security technology and life safety. SIA and ESA members will be able to list jobs for free for the next 12 months to help the industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic’s business impact.
ISC West 2020, scheduled to take place from October 5th to October 8th 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been canceled due to industry and market circumstances. While the organisers cannot convene in person in 2020, Reed Exhibitions, along with Premier Sponsor, SIA (Security Industry Association), will transform ISC West 2020 into an all-virtual event that has been scheduled for October 5th to October 7th, 2020 to serve the security and public safety community. ISC West 2020 event cancelled During this time of major change and transformation in the U.S., the ISC West community of security integrators, installers, dealers and consultants, along with corporate, government and law enforcement/first responder practitioners, have frontline essential services and mission-critical responsibilities. Amidst travel and budget restrictions, security industry professionals and solution providers are playing a major role in serving regional communities, as businesses are working on re-opening and re-designing facilities in order to ensure public health and safety across all cities and communities. Connecting via digital programs and virtual events We look forward to continuing to help the ISC West community engage via digital programs, resources and connections" “While we are very disappointed to not be able to meet face-to-face this year in Las Vegas, we look forward to continuing to help the ISC West community engage via digital programs, resources and connections. Our team, along with our valued venue partner, Sands Expo and Venetian, is working on detailed planning and protocols for ISC West 2021, which will take place March 23-26, 2021,” said Will Wise, Group Vice President, Reed Exhibitions. Pierre Trapanese, Security Industry Association (SIA) Chairman said, “We at SIA sincerely regret not being able to meet face-to-face in Las Vegas in 2020. We know the importance of ISC West to our community and know that we have a responsibility to our industry to adapt during this period.” ISC West 2020 Virtual Event Pierre adds, “We will continue to provide our members with timely information and resources on an on-going basis. We look forward to producing a great virtual event with the ISC team, anchored by a compelling SIA Education@ISC conference program delivered in a dynamic format in October.” “We will be rolling out additional information on the ISC West 2020 Virtual Event very soon, including formats for education, discussion groups, matchmaking, showcased solutions and technologies, plus elements to celebrate the security community, and support our charity partner Mission 500 and their key role in helping kids and families in crisis,” stated Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Event Director of ISC Security Events. ISC East 2020 event under continuous assessment She adds, “Regarding ISC East 2020, our smaller scale, more regional-focused event slated for November 18th to November 19th, 2020 in New York City, we will be assessing event viability over the next 8-10 weeks with guidance from the Javits Center, New York State and New York City authorities.” Mary further stated, “We will continue to consult with SIA, with the ASIS NYC Chapter, and other Northeast regional association supporters, along with our loyal community of attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Our security community is committed and resilient and we look forward to continuing to rally and adapt with everyone to chart the course forward.”
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