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.
Registration is open for Cyber:Secured Forum, a cybersecurity educational summit focusing on integrated systems, in Denver, Colorado, on June 4-6, 2018. The event is being produced in partnership by PSA Security Network, the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative, ISC Security Events (Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser) and the Security Industry Association (SIA), a trade association for global security solution providers. Key discussion topics In addition, the organisations revealed the agenda for Cyber:Secured Forum, indicating conference discussions will center around topics including: We have tapped some of the nation’s top cybersecurity advisors, strategists, and technical experts to be part of Cyber:Secured Forum" Cyber-Physical Framework by U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology Global Cybercrime Trends How to Make Your Business Cyber Resilient New Tools and Technologies for Better Cybersecurity of Physical Security Systems New Standards for Cybersecurity Assurance Right-Sizing Your Company’s Cyber Strategy Cutting-edge Strategies for Cyber-Hardening of Security Systems “The educational program at this event will be unlike anything else the industry has experienced so far regarding cybersecurity,” said Bill Bozeman, president and CEO of PSA Security Network. “We have tapped some of the nation’s top cybersecurity advisors, strategists, and technical experts to be part of Cyber:Secured Forum. They are poised to help physical security and IT professionals navigate the quickly changing cybersecurity environment and understand how best to work together in the face of new threats to evolve response tactics and build new business opportunities.” Confirmed speakers to date include Bob Troyer, U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado Judy Smith, Cybercrime and National Security Section Chief, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado Patti Chrzan, Senior Director, Strategic Programs, Microsoft Chris Greer, Director, Cyber-Physical Systems, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Ed Griffor, Smart Grid Program Office, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Randall Frietzsche, Chief Information Security Officer, Denver Health Pamela Passman, President and CEO, Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe) John Savarese, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Terry Gold, Founder, D6 Research Ray Coulombe, Founder and Managing Director, SecuritySpecifiers Cyber:Secured Forum’s event format facilitates a learning and peer-to-peer connections environment" Risk mitigation strategies “The inaugural Cyber:Secured Forum will provide actionable information to all attendees that that can become part of their risk mitigation strategies immediately,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Attendees will come away from this unique event with new insights and practical guidance that will help their clients and customers to adopt enhanced cyber-readiness programs.” “Technology convergence and the complexity of security threats and incidents are stimulating a mandate to create new norms for collaboration,” said Will Wise, Group Vice President, Reed Exhibitions Security Portfolio. “Integrators, enterprise and government physical and IT security decision makers, and security manufacturers all know the time is now to move from reaction mode to substantive cyber-physical action plans and the establishment of ecosystem best practices. Cyber:Secured Forum’s event format facilitates a learning and peer-to-peer connections environment that will start in Denver and continue via year-round SIA, PSA and ISC education and community-building initiatives.”
The Program will provide information, tools and support to partners focused on superior customer service and security system design Oncam, the leading provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, announced recently the debut of its new Oncam OnSpec A&E Program to provide planning and support services to architects, engineers and security consultants focused on the video surveillance market. Understanding capabilities of 360-degree IP cameras As part of the initiative, Oncam will work closely with experienced architects, engineers and consultants to develop expertise with the company’s solutions and services. The Oncam OnSpec A&E and Consultant Program is designed to provide the information, tools and support needed in key projects to deliver extended customer value through strategic deployment of Oncam video surveillance technology solutions. “Today’s 360-degree panoramic IP cameras, combined with sophisticated image processing algorithms, have been one of the industry’s most significant developments,” said Ray Coulombe, Founder and Managing Director, SecuritySpecifiers.com. “It is important for security designers and consultants to understand the capabilities of this technology, and I support efforts by manufacturers to further educate this community. In this regard, we welcome Oncam as a sponsor of SecuritySpecifiers.” Member access to Oncam’s product portfolio information Members of Oncam’s OnSpec program automatically gain access to a host of information and benefits, including: a quarterly newsletter with updates on the Oncam suite of solutions and supporting documents; access to the Oncam Partner Portal; ability to receive products on loan; advance information on upcoming technologies; support from Oncam Sales Engineers for training and product demonstrations; and targeted information on product specifications in CSI format, and Autodesk Revit CAD models of hardware and information through Autodesk and SecuritySpecifiers.com. Members will also be able to access A&E specifications, product descriptions, user guides and installation manuals for Oncam’s product portfolio. “Oncam is committed to providing superior resources and solutions to our partners and customers, and we recognise the importance of focusing on understanding the needs and challenges of the design community,” said Jumbi Edulbehram, Regional President, Americas, Oncam. “We are committed to providing our partners with the support they need to deliver Oncam’s unique technology, enabling them to tap into new opportunities in a wide range of markets while increasing long-term relationships with end customers.” Oncam is discussing the value of its new A&E and Consultant Program during the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.