Alex Orr of Johnson Controls and Esteban Pastor of ZKTeco will receive $5,000 scholarships to use toward education and professional development in the identity management field.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named two recipients for the 2022 Denis R. Hébert Identity Management Scholarship, a program offering $5,000 scholarships for SIA members to help further their education in the field of identity management.
This scholarship program – named after Hébert, chair and investor at Nightingale Security and a past member of SIA’s Board of Directors who served as chair from 2016 to 2018 – is designed to support the professional development goals of individual SIA members and student members who specialize in identity management – a field involving the systematic control of access, authenticating users, securing assets and protecting privacy. Identity management encompasses many aspects of risk management, public policy, fraud prevention, privacy, data analysis, risk and governance, information technology and security.
“SIA congratulates the 2022 Denis R. Hébert Identity Management Scholarship winners and applauds their noteworthy accomplishments and commitment to advancing this critical field within our industry,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “It is essential to continue building on our identity management knowledge to better address threats, protect assets and privacy and promote innovation, and SIA is proud to help foster the honorees’ career development and education in the identity management space through this scholarship program.”
The winners for the 2022 Hebert Scholarship are:
Alex Orr, Global Strategic Account Manager, Johnson Controls
In her role at Johnson Controls, Alex Orr leads global building solution sales into Fortune 50 big tech clients of the company’s enterprise portfolio. She has a proven track record of experience consulting on enterprise-level access control system deployment, in addition to infrastructure and resource development scaling globally to support the enterprise within data center and commercial real estate markets. Orr has served as a mentor in the SIA RISE community’s Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME) program since April 2021. She is dedicated to creating diversity of talent in the security industry globally by acquiring and retaining new talent from external industries and promoting opportunities within the security business to drive end-user behavior across the Internet of Things and better secure assets and foster innovative ways to utilize identity management to solve unique end-user problems.
Prior to her time at Johnson Controls, Orr completed her integrated Master of Physics degree from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. She is an avid soccer, golf and tennis player, and throughout her life navigating different cultures in Canada, the U.K. and the United States, she has found these games to be a universal language bringing communities together.
Orr is enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s executive MBA in global strategic leadership program, which she will begin in September, and plans to use the scholarship funds toward earning her degree to learn new tools that can be implemented to work together impactfully across people, organizations and technologies to support her teams.
“Where I have found identity management particularly impactful in today’s climate is understanding space utilization as customers return to work in a hybrid model,” said Orr. “Additionally, ensuring that the right people have the right access as some companies move away from 5-day work weeks and the pre-COVID expectation that you could simply recognize someone on site who isn’t normally there!”
Esteban Pastor, Access Control Product Manager, ZKTeco USA
As access control product manager for ZKTeco USA – a 20-year-old global manufacturer of physical security solutions – Esteban Pastor is responsible for the management of teams worldwide overseeing product design, delivery and promotion of all access control panels, software solutions and multicredential readers, including prox, Bluetooth, QR code, fingerprint, face and palm. Pastor’s first involvement with SIA was back in back in 2017, when he was one of the recipients of the SIA RISE Scholarship, which helped him to obtain multiple certifications to help further his career. These courses and acknowledgements also provided the necessary credibility to engage with other security professionals working on important initiatives, including the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol standard. As a champion of SIA OSDP, Pastor has not only worked on ZKTeco USA ‘s implementation, but has also taken the responsibility of educating industry professionals and customers on the future of access control. He is always looking for solutions, integrations, partnerships and technology to take access control and security to the next level.
Pastor plans to use the Hebert Scholarship funds toward furthering his identity management education in the business and sales side of the industry, as well as learning more new technology and exploring how using Web3 will play a part in identity management.
“Where I see the future of the security industry is more of what we are starting to see now with proptech garnering more interest from larger integrators and multitenant property management companies,” said Pastor. “The idea of having just about everything integrating with anything on a single platform is something that really excites me, and I have already dived headfirst into start to bring more complete and accessible solutions to our customers. There are a lot of exciting things that we are working on right now, and I think coupling it with our contactless biometrics will be a game changer.”
In 2018, SIA and the Board of Directors established the Denis R. Hébert Identity Management Scholarship program in recognition of the substantial subject matter expertise Hébert offered and continues to offer to SIA members. His input has helped businesses to interpret and influence identity management trends and achieve greater business success. In his role as a leader on the SIA board, Denis Hébert positively impacted SIA’s service to its members in the domain of identity management as evidenced through the development of many of its education, government relations and standards initiatives. Learn more here.
SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,200 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 learning and development, 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.