Networking
& Events

Throughout 2019, SIA continued a successful series of networking events under the banner of SIAThere! 

SIA hosted cocktail receptions and networking and professional growth gatherings in cities around the United States, providing security professionals with the chance to network, hear insights from industry leaders and learn more about SIA. SIAThere! gatherings, occasionally hosted with partner organizations, provide 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 members of SIA, which sponsors the happy hours for the benefit of the security industry.

SIA is the proud premier sponsor of the ISC Security Events, the world’s largest converged security 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.

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 2019 continued a surge in growth for the trade show at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 9-12. 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 950 exhibitors, including 200 new for 2019. Amid its featured exhibits, including Unmanned Security Expo, Connected Security Expo, Public Security & Safety Expo, Connected Home Pavilion and the Emerging Technology Zone, the event saw impressive new solutions growth, particularly with the Emerging Technology Zone (startups) and the Connected Security Expo, where exhibit space grew by 47 percent and 15 percent in 2019 respectively. ISC West, in conjunction with SIA Education@ISC, expanded educational offerings in 2019 to include over 85 sessions, spanning a range of topics that impact security professionals across physical, IT and Internet of Things (IoT) security – from biometrics to drones to leadership skills. Some of the most highly-attended sessions included Next-Generation Security: The Truths, The Myths, The Future of Fusion Centers and Security Operations; The Convergence of Cyber and Physical Security – a Shared Responsibility, and Perimeter Security Best Practices for Protecting Critical Infrastructure Resources; the Active Shooter Workshop; the ISC West Keynote Series Sessions featuring William N. Bryan, acting under secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate; and Russ Butler, vice president of security for the San Francisco 49ers and Levi's Stadium.

On April 9 at ISC West, SIA members gathered for The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which featured a high-impact presentation from Sal Mani, security systems manager at Google, on the workforce imperative of developing cross-functional skill sets to stay competitive in the security industry. SIA also presented the 2019 SIA Chairman’s Award, Member of the Year Award, Committee Chair of the Year Award and Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award. Later in the day, hundreds of SIA members and guests kicked off ISC West at the SIA Market Leaders Reception, SIA's official 50th anniversary celebration, socializing, marking 50 years of SIA and networking with customers and industry partners at Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub. Additional SIA-hosted events included the SIA InteropFest on April 10, which showcased interoperability among physical security solutions leveraging SIA’s Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) technology standard, and the SIA RISE Happy Hour – hosted by SIA’s RISE community for young security professionals – on April 11. On April 12, SIA hosted the  first-ever Women in Security Forum Breakfast at ISC West featuring remarks from honorary Speaker Juliette Kayyem, former assistant secretary for international affairs to President Obama.

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2019 SIA GovSummit

SIA hosted the 2019 SIA GovSummit – an annual policy conference connecting government, security and technology – June 26-27 in Washington, D.C. This event provided attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge security and technology issues and connect with government and security leaders. Highlights from SIA GovSummit 2019 included featured remarks from representatives of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and State; a lively networking reception; the Policy Leadership Awards Dinner honoring the SIA Legislators of the Year, the SIA Statesman Award winners and the recipients of the Women in Biometrics Awards; a SIAThere! breakfast hosted in partnership with the National Capital Region Security Forum; a briefing on smart cities and security hosted in partnership with the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus; and SIA member visits on Capitol Hill.

SIA partnered with ISC Security Events and PSA Security Network to host the second Cyber:Secured Forum, a cybersecurity educational summit connecting the worlds of cybersecurity, physical security and systems integration. Cyber:Secured Forum 2019, held July 29-31 in Dallas, Texas, shared  insights from top chief information security officers (CISOs), penetration testers, cyber law advisors, technology developers and cloud security experts. Highlights from Cyber:Secured Forum 2019 included keynote remarks from Mark Weatherford, global information security strategist at Booking Holdings; a dynamic panel discussion of cyber-physical security technologies with representatives from Google, Facebook and McAfee; takeaways on what physical security can learn from cybersecurity from George Finney, CISO of Southern Methodist University; breakout sessions related to the “Minimize,” “Maximize,” and “Monetize” conference themes; lively networking receptions; and engaging small group conversations on the top cyber-physical challenges facing the industry.

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For the first time, SIA’s RISE community hosted AcceleRISE – a conference for young security industry professionals featuring top-quality idea sharing, coaching, business skills development, networking and inspiration – Aug. 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Highlights from this inaugural conference included interactive workshops on purposeful networking and addressing conflict in the workplace, insights from the Twin Cities Marathon team on the evolution of race-day security, presentations on the power of positive leadership and providing customer service, a lively networking reception and group exercise classes with tomorrow’s security leaders.

On Oct. 17, SIA hosted its second annual free symposium on preventing vehicular terrorism. This event, held at the Reserve Officers Association on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., brought together policymakers, federal agency personnel, state and local government leaders, public safety personnel, project designers, security industry solution and service providers, and other stakeholders to examine how safety and security of facilities and public spaces can be enhanced – with a particular focus on protecting pedestrians and crowds. Rob Reiter, chair of SIA’s Perimeter Security Subcommittee and co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council, worked with SIA to coordinate and develop the symposium and served as the moderator for the event.

Later in October, SIA’s Securing New Ground (SNG) conference drew the security industry’s brightest minds, biggest players and most driven entrepreneurs for premier information sharing, networking and business analysis. Held Oct. 29-30 in New York City, SNG 2019 featured keynote remarks from security leaders at SAP, Johnson Controls and the Consumer Technology Association; discussions on how chief security officers mitigate security risks; topic-focused thought leadership roundtables; and a lively networking reception. For SNG attendees and SIA members, the association produced Security Megatrends: The 2020 Vision for the Security Industry, a 28-page report that serves as a companion resource to the SNG conference, examining trends such as cybersecurity’s impact on physical security, artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, data privacy 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.

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SIA was once again the premier sponsor of ISC East, held Nov. 20-21 at the Javits Center in New York City. ISC East 2019 marked strong growth for the show with more than 350 exhibiting companies and more than 7,600 high-profile security professionals attending. ISC East featured over 100 new brands, 6% attendance growth over 2018 and a bustling show floor highlighting the newest technology in access control, biometrics, IT and Internet of Things security, detection technology, mass notification, smart home solutions, video surveillance, AI, drones and robotics, bollards and more. The SIA Education@ISC East program featured over 20 complimentary sessions with practical and in-depth content on converged security, cybersecurity, computer vision and AI, physical security and more, offering attendees the critical information they need on the newest and most relevant strategies and best practices in the industry. Additionally, the SIA Education@ISC East program showcased two prominent female Keynote Speakers for the first time as a part of the ISC East Keynote Series— Deanne Criswell, commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department, and Angela Stubblefield, chief of staff at the Federal Aviation Administration. At ISC East, SIA also hosted the first-ever Return on Security roundtable event showcasing how security solutions providers find return on investment for their systems beyond typical security, and SIA’s Women in Security Forum hosted a breakfast event exploring diversity and creating an empowered workforce.

On Nov. 20 in conjunction with ISC East, security luminaries gathered at Chelsea Piers in New York City for SIA Honors Night to close out SIA's 50th anniversary year, recognize leaders’ contributions to the security industry, enjoy dinner and engaging entertainment and support the efforts of Mission 500, a charity that advocates for children and families living in extreme poverty in the United States. At the 2019 Honors Night, Steve Van Till, Brivo president and CEO, was recognized with the 2019 George R. Lippert Memorial Award honoring long-term, selfless service to the security industry and to SIA. SIA also presented the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award to Andrew Lanning, co-founder of Integrated Security Technologies and a member of SIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board; honored George W. Anderson – director of World Trade Center security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – with the Insightful Practitioner Award; and presented the SIA Progress Award to Maureen Carlo, director of strategic alliances – North America at BCD International and chair of the SIA Women in Security Forum steering committee.