Recently, the Security Industry Association (SIA) published its 2012 Annual Report, which gave SIA Members insight into an outstanding year for SIA. In 2012, SIA grew stronger, added new members, strengthened its government outreach, provided strong educational opportunities and expanded its standards activity.
An association such as ours is only as good as its membership, and we were pleased to gain 57 new members in 2012. The diversity of those new member companies makes our already powerful base even more so.
At SIA Education, our able educators increased attendance at ISC West sessions by 11 percent. We rebranded our well-regarded training programs at ISC West and ISC East as SIA Education@ISC, increasing their visibility. SIA Education also continued to support its popular Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM®) program, hailed by attendees as the best project manager program for security managers seeking to gain a robust understanding of security project manager concepts.
The SIA Government Summit, hosted by SIA’s Government Relations team, had record attendance in 2012. Government Relations launched a new publication, Fiscal Year Informer, to provide useful insights into the federal budget and appropriations process.
SIA Standards also did some excellent work in 2012, releasing the Open Supervised Device Protocol v2.1.5, which establishes critical technical standards to allow card readers, control panels and other devices to work together.
With great pride, I look back on SIA’s accomplishments in 2012, and with excitement I look forward to its potential in coming years. As the security industry continues to evolve, and new technologies make security and life safety products even more effective, SIA will be at the forefront, providing its members with the information, insight and influence they need to succeed.
Chairman, SIA Board of Directors