Security Industry Association Selects Axis Communications as 2019 Member of the Year


Axis will be honored at The Advance 2019 for its impressive leadership efforts, engagement in SIA programs and contributions to the security industry.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced Axis Communications as the recipient of the inaugural Member of the Year Award, which honors SIA member companies that have shown noteworthy involvement in SIA committees and working groups, SIA events and the SIA Education@ISC conference program; leadership activity; recruitment of SIA members; and contributions to SIA thought leadership and the industry overall. SIA will present Axis with the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West.

Axis takes an active role in SIA’s committees, working groups and interest groups, with its representatives serving as chairs of the SIA Education and Training Committee, Transportation Policy Working Group, Health Care Security Interest Group and RISE Committee. The company is also highly involved with SIA’s education and training programs. Additionally, Axis has helped to recruit speakers for SIA events and invited SIA to participate in its corporate events.

“In large part due to the invaluable efforts of members like Axis Communications, SIA was able to expand its robust selection of resources, develop new education and training offerings and build on its accomplishments and offerings in 2018,” said Scott Schafer, chairman of the SIA Board of Directors. “We applaud Axis for its impressive engagement, thought leadership and contributions to SIA, our members and the security industry overall.”

In 2018, Axis directly contributed to specific SIA member benefits – including the Cyber Onboarding Guide for Employees, which shares cybersecurity guidelines for employers and staff and helps companies reduce cyber vulnerability, and the Security Cornerstones Learning Series, an e-learning resource designed primarily for novice security professionals and provides a fundamental overview of the business practices and technologies used within today’s physical security industry – and fostered collaboration with vertical market organizations such as the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security. 

“Axis Communications is honored to receive the inaugural SIA member of the year award. I personally first got involved with SIA in 2007, discovering a plethora of opportunities to support the industry and drive positive change,” said Fredrik Nilsson, vice president of the Americas at Axis Communications, a former member of the SIA Board of Directors and SIA Executive Committee and the 2016 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. “I also quickly realized that the more you give, the more you get. Getting many Axis team members involved over the years has helped further SIA and the industry, as well as their careers. Our hope is that this award can inspire other companies to get involved.”

The Advance 2019 will take place during ISC West on Tuesday, April 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. All SIA members are invited to attend. In addition to the presentation of the SIA Member of the Year Award, attendees will enjoy a high-impact presentation from Sal Mani, security systems manager for Google, on the workforce imperative of developing cross-functional skill sets to stay competitive in the security industry. SIA will also submit five nominations to the SIA Board of Directors for ratification and present the SIA Chairman’s Award, Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award and Committee Chair of the Year Award. Attendees of The Advance will also receive complimentary lunch and enjoy top-quality networking with industry colleagues. Learn more and register to attend.

About SIA

SIA ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 1,000 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 collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As the premier 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 GovSummit, 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.