Letter From the Chairman

Letter from
the Chairman

 

Scott Schafer
Chairman, SIA Board of Directors

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

In 2018, SIA strengthened its efforts to support the security industry through a robust workforce development effort and initiatives to foster a diverse industry. Through programs like SIA’s Women in Security Forum, the introduction of a free academic memberships for students and partnerships with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Electronic Security Association to develop tomorrow’s security leaders, SIA is leading the charge in promoting a growing, inclusive security industry.

SIA’s government relations team achieved some notable victories last year through its coalition-building efforts with fellow nonprofit organizations to advocate for positions that benefit the security industry. Highlights from 2018 include the enactment of the STOP School Violence Act, the Secure Public Spaces Act, the Preventing Emerging Threats Act and the Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act. SIA staff testified before five separate legislatures discussing legislation ranging from right to repair to biometrics use, and the 2018 GovSummit had a record attendance and impressive lineup of speakers, including U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs and U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mick Zais.

SIA Education had another remarkable year, delivering 88 sessions at ISC West, 26 at ISC East and 12 at Securing New Ground. SIA continued its partnership with Mercer County Community College in New Jersey in support of the security systems technology associate in applied science degree. Additionally, SIA continued to grow the Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) program, receiving 91 new applications for the credential and recertifying 18 individuals in 2018. SIA also began developing a new online Security Project Management (SPM) training, which will be available in several sessions in 2019.

SIA’s flagship standards activity, SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), took another leap in development, making the jobs of security systems integrators and security practitioners easier. With the number of access control suppliers implementing SIA’s OSDP protocol reaching a critical mass, the focus of the SIA OSDP Working Group shifted towards improving the utility of the specification and providing guidance for the security teams that are using it. Additionally, the SIA standards program spearheaded the development of providing guidance to the industry on the critical issue of cybersecurity, introducing content for the first-ever Cyber:Secured Forum and creating a number of new cybersecurity resources.

In 2018, SIA Industry Relations expanded its efforts to build partnerships and provide resources that enable more informed and effective deployments of security equipment. The Data Privacy Advisory Board produced new valuable data privacy resources, the Drones and Robotics Working Group (formerly the Autonomous Security Robotics Working Group) launched education efforts around the security uses of robotics technologies and SIA produced an all women-authored edition of SIA Technology Insights.

In fall 2018, SIA partnered with WSJ Pro Cybersecurity, ESI Thoughtlab and a coalition of other organizations to release The Cybersecurity Imperative, a benchmarking study of the cybersecurity practices and initiatives of global organizations. The report – which shows that digital transformation is exposing companies to higher and more costly cyber risk – analyzed the cybersecurity practices of 1,300 companies around the world.

Finally, SIA’s many accomplishments for 2018 included growing its corporate membership base by 13 percent over 2017. A full 97 percent of members would recommend SIA to their industry colleagues, according to our most recent member satisfaction survey.

Throughout 2018, 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 2018, consider how those partners have made SIA and the security industry stronger together.

It is an honor to serve as SIA’s chairman, and I thank all of our members, committee members, staff, partners and fellow board members for their contribution toward making SIA an outstanding organization.

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.

Security Industry Association 2016 Annual Report

SIA 2018 Annual Report