Throughout 2018, SIA continued a successful series of networking events under the banner of SIAThere!
SIA hosted SIAThere! cocktail receptions and networking opportunities in cities around the United States, providing security professionals with the chance to network and learn more about SIA. strengthen outreach to SIA members around the country. These gatherings, occasionally hosted with partner organizations, provided SIA members and guests with informal forums for learning more about the work of their peers and clients.
Attendees of SIAThere! events do not have to be member of SIA, which sponsors the happy hours for the benefit of the security industry.
SIA is the proud premier sponsor of ISC Events, the world’s largest security product trade shows and conferences.
By supporting these events, we ensure that members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as to valuable educational sessions from industry subject matter experts.
ISC West 2018 continued a surge in growth for the trade show at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 11-13. The ISC West exhibition floor hosted more than 30,000 industry professionals and offered attendees the opportunity to learn about, test and discuss cutting-edge products and technologies from over 1,000 exhibiting companies and brands. Following ISC West being named to Trade Show Executive’s Next 50 List for Attendance Growth in 2017, the 2018 show included a larger show floor with more exhibits than ever before (an additional 4K square feet from last year), growth in featured areas (Unmanned Security & Safety Expo, Connected Security Expo, Public Security & Safety Expo and Connected Home, plus the addition of the brand new Emerging Technology Zone that had 40 companies participate), 120+ new products displayed in SIA’s New Products Showcase, 6-percent growth in overall attendees and 10-percent growth of the coveted ISC Executive’s Club.
ISC West, in conjunction with SIA Education@ISC, expanded educational offerings in 2018 to include over 85 sessions, spanning a range of topics that impact security professionals across physical, IT and IoT security – from biometrics to drones to leadership skills. Some of the most highly-attended sessions were Access Control and Video in the Cloud, The Evolution of Credentials and their Use in the IT, OT and Physical Security Environment, Connected Home – The Future is Now and The Future of Physical Security: The Decade Ahead. Providing comprehensive education is one of the cornerstones of ISC West, and more attendees are leveraging these offerings each year, learning from one another and networking with their peers. Each keynote drew large audiences, with Dr. Douglas Maughan of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) explaining how the DHS Science and Technology is re-inventing cybersecurity, and Jeff Crume, distinguished engineer, inventor and IT security architect at IBM talking about the dark side of the IoT.
On April 10, SIA members gathered for The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which featured remarks from guest speaker and former chief information security officer Dave Tyson. Later in the day, hundreds of SIA members and guests launched ISC West at the SIA Market Leaders Reception, socializing and networking with customers and industry partners, at Paris Las Vegas’ Beer Park.
SIA partnered with ISC Security Events and PSA Security Network to host the inaugural Cyber:Secured Forum, a cybersecurity educational summit connecting the worlds of cybersecurity, physical security and systems integration. The first Cyber:Secured Forum – June 4-6, 2018, in Denver, Colorado – featured keynote remarks from representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Colorado and Valerie Thomas, executive information security consultant at Securicon, a panel on the hacker’s perspective and more.
Later that month, SIA hosted its 2018 GovSummit, gathering leaders in the security industry, government and technology for top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. The 2018 summit – held June 27-28 in Washington, D.C. – tackled key security and policy issues like moving security services to the cloud, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for surveillance and the path forward for government and private security regarding the commercial use of aerial drones. Additionally, the event featured a half-day, expanded version of SIA’s popular Secure Schools Roundtable, SIA member visits on Capitol Hill, a networking breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club and presentation of the 2018 Legislator of the Year and Statesman Awards.
The 2018 Legislator of the Year honorees were Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.) for their work on the STOP School Violence Act, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) for authoring the Investment in New Ventures and Economic Success Today (INVEST) Act, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for authoring the Secure Airport Spaces Act and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) for authoring the Shielding Public Spaces From Vehicular Terrorism Act. Additionally, Rob Reiter, co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council and chief security consultant at Calpipe Industries, was recognized with the 2018 Statesman Award for his leadership on issues related to protective and architectural bollards to address the need for greater perimeter security. View more highlights from GovSummit here.
In October, Securing New Ground® (SNGTM) drew top executives for another successful C-suite strategy conference. Held Oct. 25-26 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, SNG 2018 brought together the C-Suite of manufacturers, integrators and service providers as well as top security practitioners to exchange vital business intelligence.
For SNG attendees and SIA members, the association produced Security Megatrends: The 2019 Vision for the Security Industry, a 28-page report that serves as a companion resource to the SNG conference. The report examined trends such as cybersecurity’s impact on physical security, IoT and the big data effect and cloud computing, distilling top ideas and forecasts presented at SNG into high-level executive takeaways for strategic planning while also highlighting independent resources for further study.
On Nov. 13-14, SIA sponsored ISC East 2018 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. ISC East 2018 marked strong growth for the show with more than 300 exhibiting companies and more than 7,500 high-profile security professionals attending. ISC East featured 85 new brands, 23-percent attendance growth over 2017 and a show floor 60 percent bigger than it had been just four years ago. Exhibitions at the show covered video surveillance, access control, public security, biometrics, smart home, unmanned security, IoT and more.
The SIA Education@ISC program supported 25+ hours of free education sessions and highlighted two distinct keynote speakers for the first time at ISC East – Philip Halpin, senior vice president and head of global security for Brown Brothers Harriman, and James A. Gagliano, retired FBI supervisory special agent, CNN law enforcement analyst and adjunct assistant professor at St. John’s University. SIA also hosted the first-ever SIA Women in Security Forum Breakfast and a meeting of the SIA Data Privacy Board.
On Nov. 14, 2018, security luminaries gathered at Chelsea Piers in New York City for SIA Honors Night to honor security industry veteran and former SIA Board of Directors member Pat Comunale with the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. SIA also presented the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award to Larry Folsom, co-founder and president of I-View Now, and awarded Guy M. Grace, Jr., chair of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools Steering Committee and director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools in Littleton, Colorado, with the Insightful Practitioner Award. SIA also presented the 2018 Women in Biometrics Awards to Kelly Gallagher, senior account manager at NEC Corporation of America; Lisa MacDonald, director of the Identity Management Division in the Office of Biometric identity Management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Colleen Manaher, executive director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Lora Sims, senior biometric examiner at Ideal Innovations, Inc.; and Anne Wang, director of biometric technology research and development at Gemalto Cogent. Additionally, SIA presented the inaugural SIA Progress Award to Eddie Reynolds, president and CEO of iluminar Inc. The SIA Progress Award, presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum, recognizes an individual paving the way to success for women in the security industry.
SIA Honors Night attendees also enjoyed keynote remarks from Bonnie St. John, a Paralympic ski medalist, Fortune 500 business consultant, Rhodes Scholar, former White House official and best-selling author, and learned about Mission 500, a charity that advocates for children and families living in extreme poverty in the United States; each year, SIA Honors Night raises funds for Mission 500.