Letter from
the 2019 Chairman

 

Scott Schafer
Chairman, SIA Board of Directors, April 2018-March 2020

Dear Security Industry Association (SIA) members and industry colleagues,

My thoughts are with you, your colleagues and your family during these difficult times. As your association, we are here to support your business' recovery. Even before we knew the full impact the pandemic would have upon our industry, SIA was ramping up services, content and information designed to help you, our members, navigate these new concerns.

Although 2020 has already been a year of challenges due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this report looks back to 2019 – a year in which the security industry experienced the best performance in its history. Our industry grew in all segments.  New, compelling technologies made a positive impact: artificial intelligence, analytics, facial recognition, cloud, the Internet of Things, software as a service, robotics, drones and new services all improved security solutions globally.

2019 marked SIA’s 50th anniversary, and it will be recorded as the year in which your association made tremendous progress to advance the security industry. SIA corporate membership base grew by 13% over 2018! And 96% of SIA members will recommend SIA to their industry colleagues, according to our most recent member satisfaction survey. SIA made strong progress in driving the diversity of member companies and engaging women, minorities and young professionals in SIA committees, working groups and events like SIA There! The SIA staff, led by our CEO, Don Erickson, had an outstanding year delivering new member benefits, and they led the industry in many important events and actions. The SIA Board of Directors continues to drive direction and thought-leading programs to help the security industry grow further and faster.

The association continued to increase its efforts to foster improvement the security talent pipeline. To put it simply, the work done in 2019 will pave the way for a better workforce tomorrow. We partnered with the Electronic Security Association to create the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (projected to launch in July). We embarked on the first-ever SIA Wage & Benefits Benchmarking Study. Leading the industry toward gender parity, we saw strong achievements by the SIA Women in Security Forum. SIA is leading the charge in advancing tomorrow’s security workforce by conducting even more student outreach and growing the RISE community for young security talent and those new to the industry.

In the area of government relations, SIA achieved some notable victories last year through its coalition-building efforts with fellow organizations to advocate for positions that benefit the security industry. Highlights from 2019 include Congress’ increase in funding for key federal school security grants through the STOP School Violence Act, the enactment of the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act and work with key legislators to ensure smart city grant recipients can incorporate relevant security solutions. SIA engaged with federal agencies on issues in school security, public spaces and vehicular attacks, government procurement and transportation security. SIA weighed in on nearly 20 bills of interest to the industry throughout the states, and the 2019 SIA GovSummit had record attendance and an impressive lineup of speakers, including U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security Brian Harrell and Federal Protective Service Deputy Director of Operations Scott Jones.

In the area of education and certification, it was another remarkable year. In 2019, SIA delivered 84 sessions at ISC West, presented 30 sessions at ISC East and hosted the inaugural AcceleRISE conference for young security talent. In October 2019, SIA launched the SIA Center of Excellence, an online repository of on-demand training and certification courses, e-learning modules, webinars, articles and other key learning tools to foster industry growth and knowledge. Additionally, SIA launched the Security Cornerstones Learning Series – a series of self-paced online training courses designed for novice security professionals – and the virtual Basics in Security Project Management (SPM) course, another option for SPM training in addition to the in-person and on-demand SPM training offerings. SIA continued to grow the Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) program, receiving 117 new applications for the credential, recertifying 27 individuals and seeing 29% growth overall.

SIA’s flagship standards activity, SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), produced several initiatives in 2019, including a successful SIA InteropFest featuring insights from experts at Facebook and Strategic Security Solutions and the launch of the SIA OSDP Boot Camp training series. Additionally, SIA Standards spearheaded the development of a report on the threats facing today’s connected physical security products and launched the Return on Security roundtable series exploring how security solutions provide return on investment in a non-traditional security sense.

In 2019, SIA looked toward the future with projects aimed at helping members of the physical security technology sector manage emerging challenges and prepare themselves for changes to come. Major initiatives included the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board’s white papers examining key vertical markets and efforts to promote a better understanding of the importance of proper management of personal information and the procurement of next-generation security technology and the seventh year of  producing SIA Technology Insights. Additionally, part two of The Cybersecurity Imperative – a benchmarking study produced in partnership with ESI Thoughtlab and WSJ Pro Cybersecurity – and follow-up research were released in 2019. The new Good-Better-Best vertical market reports have been a real hit and will be expanding in 2020.

SIA’s Securing New Ground (SNG) conference saw a banner year with a strong growth in the quantity and quality of attendees. SNG continued its mission of delivering thought leadership on the business of security and facilitating one-to-one connections among CEOs and senior leaders of major member firms. We also saw important practitioner input from organizations that included Microsoft, Accenture, Pratt & Whitney, SAP, the National Football League, the City of Detroit and others. The conference and its high-level audience have continued to serve as primary research tools for the SIA’s 2020 Security Megatrends report, which lays out the defining technology, business and social trends poised to impact the industry.

Throughout 2019, we developed and maintained SIA initiatives through collaborating with some great partners and by continuing our focus on fulfilling the objectives of our strategic framework. As you read through the SIA Annual Report for 2019, consider how those partners have made SIA and the security industry stronger together. I especially want to thank Reed Exhibitions/ISC Events for the work it puts forth for our best-in-world trade shows and educational forums.

I thank all our members, committee members, staff, partners and fellow board members for their contribution toward making SIA an outstanding organization. Although this current year presents great challenges, please consider volunteering your talents to SIA committees and working groups. You and your organization will gain from your experience and contributions, and your participation will help the security industry will emerge stronger than ever!

As I retire from the role of SIA chairman, I wish you and your business a swift recovery and a prosperous future. It has been an honor to serve you as SIA’s chairman for the past two years.

Sincerely,

Scott Schafer
Chairman, SIA Board of Directors

 

SIA’s Strategic Framework

With the goal of providing more value to SIA members and the industry at large, the SIA Board of Directors defined four essential areas of focus for the association:

Advocacy

Goal: To provide opportunities for SIA members to educate government decision-makers and increase member/non-member awareness of SIA’s influence and accomplishments.

Collaboration

Goal: To develop “win-win” alliances with organizations/associations that will provide additional value to SIA members while expanding SIA’s influence and expertise in new areas.

Membership Engagement

Goal: To increase the value proposition of membership for existing and prospective members and provide these businesses with regular engagement opportunities into association activities.

SIA as a Trusted Technical Resource

Goal: To position SIA as a sought-after resource for trusted and objective security technology information.