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How SIA’s Counter-UAS Working Group Is Addressing Evolving Drone Threats

Earlier this month, members of SIA’s Counter-UAS Working Group, comprised of technology providers, security integrators, service providers and subject matter experts on counter-drone technology, visited lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill to support action urgently needed to address the rapidly evolving threats posed by the misuse and weaponization of uncrewed aircraft (UAS) systems, i.e., drones.…

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Counting Costs: The Impact of a Government Shutdown on the Security Industry

A federal government shutdown on Oct. 1, 2023, seems all but certain, as the expectation in Washington, D.C., is that Congress will be unable to pass the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund government operations – or even adopt an extension of current spending under a “continuing resolution for temporary relief” – before the beginning…

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The FCC’s “U.S. Cyber Trust Mark” Proposal: What It Means for the Security Industry

In July 2023, the Biden administration announced the creation of a voluntary cybersecurity labeling program for smart devices with the goal of protecting American tech consumers. Under the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) subsequently published in August, the new program would be administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), operational as early as late 2024…

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What SIA Members Need to Know About the New FAR Rule on TikTok

In response to the recent surge of security concerns regarding the application TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance Limited, Congress prohibited federal agency and contractor use under Division R, section 102 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, known as the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act,” which was signed into law Dec. 29, 2022.…

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Protecting Mass Gathering Venues Against Drone Threats: How SIA and the Industry Are Leading the Way

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Bill Edwards and Cory Peterson discuss how SIA and our members are working to advance UAS-specific authorities and regulations within the United States Code. It’s Time to Protect the Public   The weaponization of uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, poses a significant threat to public safety and, specifically, those venues that…

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Calls to End Biometrics for Air Traveler Verification Are Misguided, Put Americans at Risk

In a recent letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), several U.S. senators have called for ending the successful and popular use of facial recognition technology for traveler verification at TSA screening checkpoints. Unfortunately, the senators’ demand is based on mischaracterizations despite visible information provided by TSA on how the technology is used. It’s always…

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Omnibus Funding Package for 2023: What’s Relevant for the Security Industry

Inside the $1.7 trillion funding bill: technology upgrade money, grants funding, dollars for school safety, standards projects, even new headquarters for FBI and DHS In the final weeks of 2022, Congress unveiled, and quickly passed, a $1.7 trillion omnibus package to fund the government through September 2023. The sweeping spending package is comprised of 12…

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Want to Grow Your Government Business? Participate in an “Industry Day”

Industry Days (and Reverse Industry Days) are a great way for those in the security industry to get a better understanding of how government agencies work and learn about their acquisition plans. Usually held before a Request for Proposal (RFP) is released or before any major program changes are initiated, Industry Days allow for agencies…

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