Issues & Policy Priorities



Video: It’s Time to Act on School Security

To stress the importance of investing in K-12 school safety, SIA produced a video with partners from the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools and from Safe and Sound Schools. Learn why it’s time to act.

SIA is actively tracking a wide range of issues for our members. Pressing topics include border security, preventing vehicular terrorism, artificial intelligence and school safety.

Airport Security

Safe and secure air travel is the expectation of every passenger, and it is critical that airports are able to update security strategies in response to evolving threats.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Trump administration and Congress have recognized the significance of AI and machine learning across many sectors by creating working groups such as the White House Select Committee on AI and the Congressional AI Caucus to learn how the federal government can foster, and not stifle, development and use of these technologies.

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Body-Worn Cameras

SIA supports efforts to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies for the implementation of body-worn camera systems. Learn more about this timely issue.

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Border Security

SIA supports ensuring that any legislation seeking to improve security at U.S. borders provides for the deployment of modern security technology to its full potential in conjunction with other measures and in a manner that is most cost effective and beneficial for U.S. taxpayers.

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The security industry fulfills a crucial role in cybersecurity and national security by providing systems that manage credentials for federal workers and contractors and control access to federal facilities and computer networks.

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Facial Recognition

For many years, use of advanced facial recognition technology has benefited Americans in countless but underpublicized ways – helping to find missing children, fight human trafficking, find dangerous criminals, bring sexual predators to justice and thwart identity thieves. Clearly, the benefits of facial recognition technology vastly outweigh the risks.

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Fair & Open Trade

SIA has a deep and increasing concern with the direction of U.S. trade policy due to the willingness of the current administration to use tariffs as a major policy tool in disputes with our trading partners, and the negative economic effects that could result from escalating tariffs.

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Patent Reform

SIA supports legislation that cracks down on abuses by patent trolls, which thwart technological innovation and cost manufacturers millions of dollars each year.

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Preventing Vehicular Terrorism

Unfortunately, public areas and places where crowds gather have become targets for vehicular attacks around the world, and recently in the U.S.  The strategic placement of security barriers and other systems in key locations is critical to protecting the public but requires significant security and engineering expertise to deploy effectively.

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School Safety

SIA is committed to promoting safe and secure learning environments for our children, where security technology is a vital component.

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Technology Workforce Development

SIA is engaged in efforts to grow the security talent pipeline by working with community colleges, creating outreach programs for students and young professionals and providing information about security industry careers – which are increasingly IT centric as the information technology and security disciplines converge.

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SIA advocates that the federal government should play a key role in fostering investment in the communications infrastructure that supports the Internet of Things and collaboration between the public and private sectors to eliminate barriers to deployment.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS

Autonomous robotics are increasingly relied upon for smarter security by complementing – not replacing – traditional security practitioners, guards and other personnel and systems.

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Get Involved in SIA Government Relations

Our active committees help SIA members like you shape public policy and be the first to know about regulations and legislation that could impact your business.

What the Buy American Rule Changes Could Mean for the Security Industry

The second major change to Buy American rules within the past year is now under consideration by the federal government. The last major rule, finalized in January, implemented changes proposed under an executive order by the Trump administration, including, among other provisions, the removal of an exemption for commercial items if they contain more than…

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Security Policy Brief: Background Check Legislation & the Security Industry

In this video, learn about recently introduced state bills related to background checks and identification, their impact on the security industry and how SIA is engaging on behalf of members on this issue. Along with the Consumer Data Industry Association and the Professional Background Screening Association, the Security Industry Association (SIA) has recently signed on…

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What Science Really Says About Facial Recognition Accuracy and Bias Concerns

Throughout the United States, a number of activists are demanding that lawmakers ban the use of facial recognition technology. Such an extreme position demands a well-grounded justification. In many cases, the sole reason given for banning the use of facial recognition is the claim that photo matching technology is inherently inaccurate with respect to photos…

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Most State Legislatures Have Rejected Bans and Severe Restrictions on Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology and related legislation have been a hot topic in the media and in policy discussions around the country. The Security Industry Association (SIA) is advocating nationwide for policies ensuring responsible use and sensible privacy protections, while urging rejection of blanket bans or unbalanced restrictions of these technologies that ignore the clear benefits…

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