The year 2018 was yet another exciting one in SIA standards, as the 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. Remote addressing now lets integration teams provision readers through the specification, removing the need for a technician to travel to every reader and manually address each device across a distributed environment. The advanced functionality now also allows for updating firmware for multiple readers centrally. Already the standard for security in access control, SIA OSDP now offers even more practical functionality for the industry.


These advancements were on display at SIA’s 2018 Interopfest at ISC West, where attendees were treated to a demonstration of the new capabilities. Keeping on message, the value to end-users of security was on display as representatives from JP Morgan Chase shared their reasons for specifying and completing an OSDP deployment in their environment. Benjamin Paladino, security infrastructure director at JP Morgan cited the security features and interoperability that the specification provided as a critical decision point for managing the organizational security risk portfolio.

A major focus of the SIA standards program in 2018 was providing guidance to the industry on the numerous cybersecurity threats that have emerged as the industry hurdles into Internet of Things convergence. Chief among these efforts were content contributions to Cyber:Secured Forum, a partnership between SIA, PSA Security Network and ISC Security Events delivering actionable insight, information sharing and best practices related to how, as an industry, we can improve and maintain the cybersecurity of integrated solutions and physical security systems. In addition to Cyber:Secured Forum, SIA produced various best practice resources, including a primer on data security, a cyber onboarding guide for new employees and a new Cybersecurity Office Hours program which creates its agenda from the cyber-physical convergence issues SIA members are experiencing within their environments. In each of these webcasts, SIA members were provided with actionable advice on everything cybersecurity-related, from hardening products to quality assurance, how to respond to a breach and how hackers target physical systems.

Finally, the SIA Standards Intrusion Subcommittee revised the CP-01 False Alarm Reduction Standard, adding functionality that allows for customer verification on mobile devices. Since most false alarms are caused by human error and un-needed dispatches take resources away needlessly from the community, the revision of the standard is one of the tools the industry is using to curb the false alarm issue.