SIA Perimeter Security Subcommittee Takes on New Challenges

SIA's Perimeter Security Subcommittee at ISC West 2022

Forms working groups to tackle industry issues, develop guidelines and best practices

On Thursday, March 24, 2022, the SIA Perimeter Security Subcommittee hosted a roundtable during the 2022 ISC West. The event brought together over 70 professionals from perimeter security organizations to discuss topics impacting the industry and propose solutions. Chair Rob Reiter led discussions with guest speakers and input from the group. The result of the discussions led to the subcommittee formation of working groups to tackle the individual issues. They include the following working groups:

Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Working Group

Purpose: Guide and draft a document to provide relevant guidance on conducting security threat, vulnerability and risk assessments (TVRAs.) The project includes the following deliverables:

  • A primer for leaders and non-security professionals on security TVRAs
  • TVRA for non-security practitioners (security checklist)
  • TVRA for security practitioners (security TVRA)
  • Planned TVRA vs. urgent/crisis assessment
  • Security TVRA terminology consistent with guidance from DHS and other agencies
  • Cross-discipline consistency

Perimeter Security Terminology Working Group

Purpose: Review terms used in the fencing and related industry specialties such as “anti-climb,” “anti-cut” and “anti-scale” and consider recommending performance requirements to better define and clarify assessing perimeter security products. It was suggested to consider reviewing ASTM-F2781 as a possible source of guidance.

Temporary Barrier Working Group

Purpose: Review requirements surrounding temporary barrier usage and portable barrier deployments and consider harmonizing guidance on  safety and best practices within North America.

Installation, Repair and Maintenance Guideline Working Group

Purpose: Develop a guideline to help educate end users and specifiers on the importance of professional and certified installation services as well as continual maintenance and repair of perimeter security products over the lifecycle of the solution. Emphasis includes standardizing guidelines for manufacturing and an overview of factors that might compromise the crash rating of an installed product over time.

Industry-Supported Product Listing Solution Working Group

Purpose: Review current solutions of lists of perimeter security products with accurate reporting of third-party tested products and certifications. End users, specifiers, and manufacturers are encouraged to participate and  provide their feedback on current practices and ideal solutions.

International Partnership Working Group

Purpose:  Assist SIA to establish national and international partnerships with other organizations or associations to meet the strategic priorities of the Perimeter Security Subcommittee.

Stakeholders involved in perimeter security are welcome to participate on the various working groups and subcommittee. Please contact Edison Shen ( if you have any questions or interest in participating.