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SIA Committees and Working Groups

Leadership. Volunteerism. Engagement​. Through highly engaged and active members like you, SIA Committees, Advisory Boards and Working Groups lead the industry by defining policy, developing standards, planning education, and organizing membership​ activities.​

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The SIA Committee Guide is a comprehensive guide to the association's committees, advisory boards and working groups in a downloadable and easy-to-print format.

Get Involved: Volunteer Your Expertise!

Your knowledge and leadership on a SIA committee can help shape the future of the security industry. To participate in any of these committees, respond to the SIA 2017 Call for Volunteers. You may also contact SIA staff, listed at the bottom of this page.​


 

Guide to SIA Committees, Advisory Boards and Working Groups

Certification Committees

  • Certification Committee

Education Committees

  • Education and Training Committee
  • ISC Education Advisory Board

Government Relations Committees

  • Government Relations Committee
  • Body Worn Cameras Working Group
  • Homeland Security Working Group
  • Identity Working Group
  • Procurement Policy Working Group
  • State & Local Policy Working Group
  • Transportation Policy Working Group​

Industry Relations Committees

  • CSI MasterFormat Working Group
  • Cybersecurity Advisory Board
  • Data Privacy Advisory Board
  • Health Care Security Interest Group
  • International Relations Committee
  • Investment Trends Committee
  • Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)
  • Public Safety Working Group
  • Retail Security Interest Group

Marketing Committees

  • Marketing Committee
  • New Product Showcase (NPS) Committee

Membership Committees

  • Membership Committee
  • RISE Committee (Young Professionals)

Standards Committees

  • Standards Committee
  • Access Control & Identity Subcommittee
  • Architectural Graphics and CAD Working Group
  • Cloud, Mobility and Internet of Things Subcommittee
  • Digital Video Subcommittee
  • Intrusion Subcommittee
  • Perimeter Security Subcommittee
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Subcommittee

Certification Committees

​Certification Committee

The Certification Committee ensures SIA certification programs adhere to the standards for the development and maintenance of sound and legally defensible certifications. The committee determines the policies and procedures under which certifications are administered and awarded.

Accomplishments:

  • The Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM®) exam is now available worldwide through the Kryterion network of more than 900 testing centers in about 100 countries.
  • Expanding the pool of exam items to populate additional exams.
  • Heightened visibility of the CSPM credential

Committee chair:

  • Greg Arthur, Security Project Services

Education Committees

Education and Training Committee

The Education and Training Committee builds a qualified security workforce by identifying and creating learning, training and career development opportunities for security professionals. Its offerings include instructor-led training, online education, educational conferences and forums, and instructional materials and resources.

Accomplishments:

  • Deliver SIA’s 2.5-day, instructor-led Security Project Management Training throughout the United States and Canada as both a public and private course.
  • Develop and manage webinars and custom online education for security project managers.
  • Annually develop and deliver industrywide education through the SIA Education@ISC educational programs at ISC West and ISC East.
  • Annually develop and deliver education for SIA’s Securing New Ground®, an executive-level conference that explores the business of security and the global and domestic markets for security products and technologies.
  • Created an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Security System Technology in partnership with the Mercer County Community College (N.J.) to educate the next generation of security professionals.

Committee chair:

James Marcella, Axis Communications Inc.

ISC Education Advisory Board

The ISC Education Advisory Board evaluates and guides the development and delivery of the SIA Education@ISC educational program at ISC West.

Accomplishments:

  • Final conference evaluation scores show a 2.43-point increase in the average session rating (85.36 vs. 82.93 in 2015) and a 2.95-point increase in the average speaker rating (87.52 vs. 84.57 in 2015).
  • Development of 100+ educational sessions annually at ISC West and ISC East

Government Relations Committees

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee advises SIA members regarding legislation, regulations and other pending government actions affecting the security industry, and makes recommendations for related actions.

Accomplishments:

  • Representation of SIA Members and their interests before federal and state policymakers
  • Publications (Inside SIA Government Relations, Fiscal Year Informer, State Policy Digest, Federal Grants Guide)
  • Webcasts on emerging policy issues affecting the security industry

Committee chair:

Kathleen Carroll, HID Global

Body-Worn Cameras Working Group

This working group advocates funding and policy measures supporting the successful implementation and use of body-worn camera (BWC) systems, and provides subject matter expertise on BWC technology to end users.

Accomplishments:

  • Briefed end users and federal agency contracting and grant program officials on technical considerations for BWC systems and related data storage solutions.
  • Supported improved funding mechanisms for BWC systems at the state and federal levels.

Homeland Security Working Group

The working group works to identify, support and advocate for policies and programs that protect our nation against threats and secure our critical infrastructure—the facilities, systems and networks upon which our society depends. The working group informs policymakers about security products, capabilities and solutions for a wide range of security requirements.

Accomplishments:

  • Provided key input throughout the development process for the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards program.
  • Supporting increased funding for transportation and port security grants.
  • Drafted comments on the new physical security standard for the electric grid.
  • Provided input to Congress on DHS border security related procurement practices.

Identity Working Group

This working group promotes the effective use of identity management solutions in the public and private sectors by providing resources and insight to policymakers on biometrics; physical and logical access control systems; Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) infrastructure; and other related issues.

Accomplishments:

  • Provided written comments to GSA on proposed changes to procurement policies for identity management and physical access control products.
  • Produced the SIA White Paper on physical access control systems for FICAM.
  • ​Monitoring changes in testing requirements and advocating for the further adoption and effective use of personal identity verification (PIV) security features by the federal government.
  • Closely followed the drafting of immigration reform legislation in Congress and developed SIA’s position on provisions requiring full implementation of the biometric entry/exit system for foreign visitors.

Working group chair:

Rob Zivney, Identification Technology Partners

Procurement Policy Working Group

This working group serves as a forum for members to discuss policy issues that impact their ability to conduct business with government customers and help guide SIA’s involvement on procurement policy issues.

Accomplishments:

  • Pushed enactment of the “Local Preparedness Acquisition Act” legislation authored by SIA that extended General Services Administration (GSA) Cooperative Purchasing to Schedule 84 under the Federal Supply Schedules program.
  • Monitoring and communicating with members about ongoing changes in the GSA schedules program and GSA requirements for installation of HSPD-12 compliant equipment.
  • Drafting SIA comments on regulations and legislation affecting procurement policy.

Working group chair:

Lynn de Seve, GSA Schedules, Inc.

State & Local Policy Working Group

The working group monitors state government activities affecting the development, use and sale of security solutions, and provides insight into the state legislative challenges facing the industry while shaping SIA’s engagement on these issues.

Accomplishments:

  • Successfully analyzed and influenced state legislative proposals on data centers, biometrics, body-worn cameras, school security, cyber security, Buy America requirements, licensure and security monitoring services, among other issues.

Working group chair:

John Steele, Johnson Controls

Transportation Policy Working Group

This working group provides industry insight to government decision-makers on funding or policy issues affecting deployment of security solutions for mass transit, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and highway systems. 

Accomplishments:

  • Drafted and presented SIA recommendations on recording devices for use in train cabs to the Federal Railroad Administration.
  • Secured U.S. Department of Transportation policy changes streamlining the deployment of security solutions. 

Working group chair:

Anthony Incorvati, Axis Communications

Industry Relations Committees

CSI MasterFormat Working Group

The CSI MasterFormat Working Group seeks to ensure that the MasterFormat construction specifications for security and life safety equipment, especially those contained in Division 28, are appropriate for current technologies and uses.

Accomplishments:

  • Submission of c​omments to CSI regarding the MasterFormat Division 28 update, which were accepted as submitted

Working group chair:

Ray Coulombe, SecuritySpecifiers.com

Cybersecurity Advisory Board

The Security Industry Association (SIA) Cybersecurity Advisory Board is a board appointed group of industry cybersecurity experts. The mission of the CAB is to guide SIA members ahead of potential cybersecurity issues related to electronic physical security measures. The board provides prescriptive guidance and advocacy for new and existing cybersecurity strategies and solutions. This leadership enables SIA to prepare its members for challenges related to wider adoption of the Internet of Things and the use of secure networked devices for security.

Data Privacy Advisory Board

The Security Industry Association (SIA) Data Privacy Advisory Board provides information and best practices to help SIA members handle sensitive data in a safe and secure manner to protect the personally identifiable information of their employees, partners and customers from potential breaches. The board leverages the collective expertise of industry professionals, law enforcement, security practitioners, and data privacy experts to inform and educate SIA member companies about methods to mitigate the risk of data breaches.

Health Care Security Interest Group

The Health Care Security Interest Group brings together members of the electronic physical security industry, end users, law enforcement and other stakeholders to develop analyses and recommendations regarding the implementation of security solutions, the impact of emerging technologies, and the unique demands, constraints and challenges of securing health care facilities.

Working group chair:

Paul Baratta, Axis Communications

International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee serves as a liaison to U.S. government international trade officials. The committee also facilitates education about U.S. trade and export programs to SIA members while fostering collaboration with global security industry associations.

Committee chair:

Richard Brent, Louroe Electronics

Investment Trends Committee

The Security Investment Trends Committee presents information on electronic security-related capital markets, M&A and investment developments to members of the security industry and investors.

Accomplishments:

  • Webinars to pr​ovide financial information to the security industry

Committee chair:

John E. Mack III, Imperial Capital

Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)

PASS brings together representatives of the security industry, law enforcement and educational institutions to gather, develop and make publicly available information about securing schools.

Accomplishments:

  • Document outlining tiered solutions for school security
  • Launch of website at www.passk12.org

Working group chair:

Brett St. Pierre, HID Global

Vice chair:

Jim Crumbley, Risk Response Team

Public Safety Working Group

Newsly launched in May 2017, the SIA Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) develops recommendations to improve the safety, security, and sustainability of cities and communities using technology.

Seeking volunteers! Contact Ron Hawkins at rhawkins@securityindustry.org to participate.

Volunteer information: PSWG will be comprised of SIA members and active practitioners from all seven first responder groups within the Practitioner Section: Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Search & Rescue, Hazmat, Explosives Detection and Communications. Relevant state and/or national non-profit organizational representatives may participate in the working group activities. Such groups may include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Sheriffs' Association, Major County Sheriffs' Association, Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM), Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA), and ASIS Applied Sciences Council.

Accomplishments:

  • Launched in May 2017
  • Includes SIA members and active public safety practitioners

Working group chair:

Steve Surfaro, AXIS Communications

Retail Security Interest Group

Launched in April 2016, the Retail Security Interest Group will bring together security technology suppliers, security practitioners, law enforcement and other stakeholders to develop analyses and recommendations regarding the implementation of security solutions, the impact of emerging technologies, and the unique physical security, loss prevention and other security challenges in the retail sector.

Working group chair:

Alex Asnovich, Hikvision

Marketing Committees

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee provides feedback and guidance on organizational messaging and media strategy, tactics and the execution of public relations campaigns, and all other relevant projects and initiatives. The committee seeks out ways to market the association’s programs and services to its members and the public at large and to interested parties or groups that may represent potential new members.

Accomplishments:

  • Annual Report
  • Branding and communications
  • Video marketing

Committee chair:

Janet Fenner​, Dahua Technology USA

New Product Showcase (NPS) Committee

The New Product Showcase is the premier industry event to recognize new and innovative security products and services. The NPS judges present awards in 27 product and service categories, and they also present six honorable mention awards in eight categories.

Committee chair:

Jennifer Martin, Vanderbilt Industries

Membership Committees

Membership Committee

SIA Membership Committee provides value to the organization and staff in three distinct areas: (1) Practical and hands-on assistance in Membership Recruiting and Retention efforts; (2) Ongoing assessment of the strategic value of various SIA programs, products and services; and (3) Helping set expectations with SIA levels of member engagement, member service and satisfaction.

Accomplishments:

  • Assistance in unprecedented SIA membership growth
  • Input into new value-based membership dues program

Committee chair:

Rich Cillessen, Siemens Industry

RISE Committee

The RISE committee delivers educational content and networking opportunities to young professional employees of SIA member companies and college students and recent graduates who may have employment interest in the global security industry.

Accomplishments:

  • Development of RISE scholarship
  • Launch of RISE month (November)
  • Webinars specifically developed for young professionals
  • Monthly RISE member profiles to highlight young professionals in the security industry

Committee chair:

Mairin Priestley, Allegion

Vice co-chairs:

Tim Wenzel, Facebook

Brendan McFall, Northland Controls

Standards Committees

Standards Committee

The guiding body of the SIA Standards program ensures coordination between the individual subcommittees and approves new project proposals.

Committee chair:

Steve Van Till, Brivo Systems

Vice chair:

Rob Zivney, Identification Technology Partners

​Access Control & Identity Subcommittee

The subcommittee is tasked with activities related to access control and identity management. Working groups within this subcommittee focus on legacy SIA access control and identity management standards and participate in relevant initiatives specified by the U.S. federal government (e.g., FICAM)

Accomplishments:

  • Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) (Released May 2014)
  • Open OSDP Test Tool (Released June 2014)
  • OSDP Profiles (April 2015)
  • OSDP–IP (2016)

Subcommittee chair:

Perry Levine, BluB0x

Architectural Graphics and CAD Working Group

The Architectural Graphics and CAD Working Group focuses on the revision of AG-01 Architectural Graphics and CAD Symbols for the Security System Standard. SIA and the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) are partnering together on this effort to revise this useful standard.

Accomplishments:

  • AG-01 2015 SIA/IAPSC AG-01-2015 - Architectural Graphics - CAD

Working group chair:

Andrew Sova, ASSA ABLOY

Cloud, Mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) Subcommittee

This subcommittee is exploring the role of the cloud, proliferation of mobile devices and the larger concept of Internet of Things (IoT) in physical security. The group has released a whitepaper with proposed standardization topics for the cloud in security and will begin exploring communications bindings and physical security frameworks for the IoT-enabled world.

Accomplishments:

  • Cloud and Mobility Whitepaper
  • Cloud, Mobility and Internet of Things Charter

Subcommittee chair:

Jeremy Brecher, Securitas Electronic Security Inc.

Digital Video Subcommittee

The subcommittee is tasked with the creation of standards for video applications. This subcommittee leads to involvement in both domestic and international video standards activities, including Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) and it will develop and publish current IEC and ISO CCTV initiatives.

Accomplishments:

  • Digital Video Quality Handbook
  • Camera Set-Up Guide
  • Video Quality Standard (2015)

Subcommittee chair:

Steve Surfaro, Axis Communications

Intrusion Subcommittee

The subcommittee maintains and promotes standards dealing with security intrusion panels and communication between protected premises and monitoring stations. The subcommittee addresses CP-01 and the SIA DC family of standards, and it will develop and publish new intrusion standards.

Accomplishments:

  • CP-01 revision
  • DC-09 Communications Protocol for Monitoring and DC-07 revisions
  • DC-05 Digital Communication – Contact ID Protocol

Subcommittee chair:

Ted Nesse, North Latitude Technologies

Perimeter Security Subcommittee

The subcommittee is tasked with developing standards and papers geared toward the security of large outdoor facilities using video, electronic sensors and barriers.

Accomplishments:

  • Perimeter Video Application Paper

Subcommittee chair:

John Romanowich, SightLogix

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Subcommittee

The subcommittee is tasked with developing network communications standards for IP-enabled security systems. The first project includes defining a standardized set of Management Information Bases (MIBs) for use with the SNMP protocol that will help security professionals and IT Network professionals monitor critical health information about individual devices and the enterprise network.

Accomplishments:

  • Security MIBs Standard (IETF)

Subcommittee co-chairs:

Sal D’Agostino, IDmachines

Rodney Thayer, Smithee, Spelvin, Agnew and Plinge, Inc.

 

Get Involved With SIA Committees and Working Groups

To volunteer for any of these committees, respond to the SIA 2017 Call for Volunteers.

You may also contact SIA staff:

  • Certification: Kimberly Roberts, Director of Education, kroberts@securityindustry.org, 301-804-4708
  • Education: Kimberly Roberts, Director of Education, kroberts@securityindustry.org, 301-804-4708
  • Government Relations: Joey Hoellerer, Manager of Government Relations, jhoellerer@securityindustry.org, 301-804-4714
  • Industry Relations: Ron Hawkins, Director of Industry Relations, rhawkins@securityindustry.org, 301-804-4713
  • Marketing: Geoff Kohl, Sr. Director of Marketing. gkohl@securityindustry.org, 301-804-4702
  • Membership: Kevin Murphy, Director of Member Services, kmurphy@securityindustry.org, 301-804-4706
  • Standards: Mia Smith, Manager of Standards, ssmith@securityindustry.org, 301-804-4727