In 2019, SIA Industry Relations 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.
- The SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board led the security industry to a better understanding of the increasing importance of proper management of personal information – and the opportunities and threats that accompany increasing regulation. The advisory board, among other things, produced a series of microlearning videos, visited multiple Capitol Hill offices to advocate for federal data privacy legislation that includes preemption of state laws to eliminate the current national patchwork of rules and was published in The New York Times.
- In partnership with IHS Markit, a global leader in providing research, information and analysis, SIA Industry Relations produced three white papers examining the markets and forecasting the growth in the education, health care and retail verticals.
- SIA’s industry relations team began reaching out to the next generation of security professionals by contributing to the new Discover Security newsletter for college students and assisting in the creation of a foundation to be launched in 2020 that will focus on workforce development in the industry.
In addition, the Drones and Robotics Working Group provided resources, including a white paper on the procurement of next-generation security technology, to offer guidance to SIA members and others who are considering the impact of automation on the security industry. And SIA Technology Insights completed its seventh year of publishing insightful, vendor-neutral articles about security technology trends and developments.
SIA Industry Relations also continued to develop mutually beneficial relationships with key partners, speaking before the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, The Monitoring Association and the Security-Net national coalition of integrators; presenting awards at conferences held by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) – while also serving on the IACP’s Private Sector Liaison Section – and serving on the board of directors of the International Association for Health Care Security & Safety Foundation.
As technology evolves, so does the workforce, and in 2020, SIA Industry Relations will lead SIA’s efforts to launch, in partnership with the Electronic Security Association, the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST). This 501(c)(3) nonprofit will promote the industry to media outlets and career seekers, conduct workforce-related research and develop education and training tools, all to enhance the ability of security companies and their employees to progress and grow.