Organizations seek to collaborate on standards, government affairs, education and research
SILVER SPRING, MD – Senior leadership of ASIS International (ASIS) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) will formally announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at ISC West.
The objective of the MOU is to promote collaboration and information sharing between the two leading security industry associations. The largest professional association for security management professionals, ASIS represents more than 38,000 security practitioners worldwide.
SIA, the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, represents more than 450 member companies.
The overarching goals of the agreement are to foster growth of the security industry, promote public safety, and protect critical infrastructure globally. Among the issues that may be addressed by the two associations are: privacy concerns over the use of security technologies; the development of an educated security workforce; voluntary consensus standards; and the availability of federal and state financial resources for the protection of critical infrastructure during a time of fiscal austerity.
“As a combined global community of tens of thousands of security practitioners and technology innovators, ASIS and SIA together possess an invaluable repository of knowledge and expertise,” says, Geoffrey T. Craighead, CPP, president, ASIS. “The security challenges facing our nation and our world continuously evolve and new risks emerge making it increasing vital to collaborate and to leverage available resources to ensure the future protection of people, property and information. It is our primary, common goal.”
“A key strategic SIA goal is to increase our collaboration with organizations within the security industry toward the common goal of protecting critical infrastructure around the globe,” explained SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Combining the expertise of technology leaders from the supplier community within SIA with the vision of leading security practitioners from ASIS will help shape the future direction of the homeland security industry. We can do more working together to achieve our common objectives in the fields of education, government relations, research and standards than we can do on our own.”
News of developing initiatives resulting from the MOU will be announced on the organizations’ websites—www.asisonline.org and www.securityindustry.org.
About ASIS International
ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more than 38,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.
About the Security Industry Association (SIA)
The Security Industry Association (www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and fostering collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Expos and Conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground Conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.