SIA Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Grow Security Talent Pipeline

Security Industry Association (SIA)

SIA’s umbrella plan consists of wide-ranging initiatives to assist its members in identifying and hiring qualified personnel.

Silver Spring, Md. —The Security Industry Association (SIA) today unveiled a comprehensive plan to assist its members to “Grow the Security Talent Pipeline.” By grouping resources for workforce development under one umbrella plan, SIA intends to augment its capabilities to help security companies—manufacturers, integrators, service providers, and others—to hire qualified talent.

“When SIA members provide feedback on their challenges, they consistently rank identifying and hiring qualified personnel as a top concern,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA has been working on a number of separate initiatives to help companies tackle that challenge, and now SIA has pulled them together in a coordinated effort to grow the pipeline for security talent. SIA will continue to add to these efforts going forward.”

The following elements fall under the comprehensive plan to Grow the Security Talent Pipeline.

Working with Community Colleges. In 2016, SIA partnered with Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to develop a degree program featuring project management, sales, product technology and security integration classroom and lab instruction. SIA will license the degree program, Systems Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree in Security Systems and Technologies, and its related curriculum to community colleges nationwide. Learn more about the MCCC degree program. Contact SIA Director of Education Kimberly Roberts for more info at

Creating the new SIA Academic Membership category for students and faculty. SIA created Academic Memberships for students to educate them about the security industry and to network with potential employers. SIA plans to target trade, technical and community college and engineering program students as potential members. Meanwhile, SIA Academic Memberships for faculty help professors connect directly with industry to stay atop trends and align educational requirements with future employers’ needs. Faculty also can take advantage of options for publication and networking. Academic Membership information is available on the membership section of our website. Contact SIA Director of Membership Kevin Murphy at for more info.

Engaging with ASIS in a Career Mapping Project. SIA has been working in collaboration with ASIS International on a comprehensive career mapping project that will identify career pathways and which will cover all aspects of the security industry—from security practitioner and consulting roles to roles at security manufacturers and systems integrators. The final product is expected to be available at the beginning of 2018. SIA members have been instrumental in contributing on the advisory board and with surveys and interviews. Submit questions to SIA Senior Director of Marketing Geoff Kohl at

Developing a Security Industry Careers Guide. To help make students and others aware of employment opportunities within the security industry, SIA has produced a career opportunities guide to typical industry employment positions at security systems integrators and security solutions manufacturers. Download the Security Industry Careers Guide from SIA’s website. Submit comments to SIA Senior Director of Marketing Geoff Kohl at

Connecting Young Professionals with SIA RISE. SIA RISE is a networking group that fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry. The group is available to all young professionals, under 40, or individuals who have been in the security industry for less than two years, whose company is a member of SIA. RISE launched a scholarship program with funds may be used for a variety of courses, including curriculum related to information technology or cybersecurity. Encourage your 20- and 30-something colleagues to join RISE and apply for the RISE scholarships. Send questions to SIA Manager of Operations Bryan Miller at

Advocating for Federal STEM Programs. Business leaders across the country are concerned over the current and upcoming workforce’s lack of requisite qualifications to address market trends, and majority of business leaders attribute the skills gap to poor prioritization of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. SIA will advocate for government policies that invest in STEM curriculum, reauthorize financial grants enabling students to pursue higher education and incentivize companies that adopt internal apprenticeship programs developing the future workforce. For more info, contact SIA Manager of Government Relations Joe Hoellerer at

Leveraging U.S. Chamber Foundation Resources. SIA intends to leverage the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s expertise and resources to promote the security industry through its Foundation Education and Workforce Center and its Hiring our Heroes Program, aimed at helping our nation’s veterans transition to new careers. For more info about SIA’s partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, contact SIA CEO Don Erickson at

About the Security Industry Association(SIA)

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with more than 750 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. 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 collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA Government Summit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground®, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking. ​