Cybersecurity
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DHS Announces New Grants to Bolster Cybersecurity Under Infrastructure Law

Grant applications due by Nov. 15, 2022 Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a joint effort between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide new cybersecurity grants authorized and funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Cyber risk management is complex for a…

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SIA 2022 Legislators of the Year: Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax)
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Security Industry Association Announces 2022 Winners of the SIA Legislator of the Year Award

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Virginia Del. Jay Leftwich and Virginia Sen. Scott Surovell will be honored for their leadership in advancing landmark biometrics legislation at the 2022 SIA GovSummit. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Virginia Del. Jay Leftwich, Jr. (R-Chesapeake) and Virginia Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) as the 2022 recipients of the SIA Legislator of…

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U.S. States and Cities Rethinking Bans, Setting Rules for Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

On April 27, 2022, a bill was enacted in Virginia to replace the state’s complete ban on local law enforcement use of facial recognition technology with a comprehensive set of rules for its use. Virginia is only the latest and largest jurisdiction where policymakers are rethinking blanket bans and seeking to establish guardrails ensuring the…

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Examples of Successful Use of Facial Recognition in Virginia

As demonstrated throughout its 30+-year history of development, facial recognition technology offers tremendous benefits to society when used effectively and responsibly. The benefits of facial recognition are proven and growing, through a wide range of vastly different applications. For example, in the United States, the technology has been used for more than a decade to detect…

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Virginia’s New Rules for Facial Recognition and What They Mean

Updated May 6, 2022 On April 27, 2022, S.B. 741 was enacted in Virginia, replacing the state’s complete ban on local law enforcement use of facial recognition technology with the most stringent law in the country regulating its use.  Introduced by Virginia Delegate Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake) and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax), the measure to establish…

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SIA Expresses Concerns on Use of Classroom Door Barricade Devices in Schools

There have long been questions in jurisdictions across the country regarding classroom door barricade devices. Typically designed to be installed on classroom doors during a lockdown in addition to the existing, code-compliant locking hardware, these devices are tempting solutions for schools because they seem to address the perceived immediate need for additional security. But there…

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SIA's Commitment to Data Privacy, Jan. 24-28, 2022
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SIA’s Commitment to Data Privacy: What You Need to Know

Presented by the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board To mark Data Privacy Week – which the Security Industry Association (SIA) is proud to be a “Champion” of – the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board is publishing its first monthly update to the security industry. This update will provide readers with news and information about privacy…

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