SIA is on the forefront of advocacy in front of government agencies on behalf of the security industry as the association also works to facilitate government purchases of security products and services. Moreover, SIA formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security to remain on the cutting edge of developments.

2024 SIA Excellence in Government Service Award Winners: Arun Vemury, DHS Daryle Hernandez, CISA
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Security Industry Association Announces 2024 SIA Excellence in Government Service Award Winners

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Daryle Hernandez and Arun Vemury of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be recognized at the 2024 SIA GovSummit. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected two government security leaders – Daryle Hernandez and Arun Vemury – to each receive a 2024 SIA Excellence in Government Service Award. This award, presented at…

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Maryland Set to Enact Nation’s Strongest Regulations for Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Updated May 16, 2024 SILVER SPRING, Md. – On April 8, 2024, during its last day of regular session, the Maryland General Assembly unanimously passed House Bill 338/Senate Bill 182 to regulate the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement across the state. Gov. Wes Moore signed the bill into law on May 16.…

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SIA GovSummit, May 21-22, 2024, Washington, D.C., Connecgint Government, Security and Technology
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Security Industry Association Announces Agenda for 2024 SIA GovSummit

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SIA’s public policy and government security technology conference will take place May 21-22 in Washington, D.C. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced details for the 2024 SIA GovSummit, SIA’s annual public policy and government security technology conference. SIA GovSummit 2024 will be held May 21-22 in downtown Washington, D.C. Each…

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2024 National Defense Authorization Act: What It Means for the Security Industry
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Highlights From the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and What It Means for the Security Industry

On Dec. 22, 2023, President Biden signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2024. Approved annually, the NDAA primarily authorizes appropriations and sets policy requirements for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), while also addressing U.S. Department of Energy national security programs, U.S. Department of State activities, the intelligence community…

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Event Report: Perimeter PREVENT – the Premier Perimeter Security Event

Highlights From SIA’s Gathering of Industry and Government to Address Critical Issues Related to Perimeter Defense for Physical Environments On Nov. 1, 2023, the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted Perimeter PREVENT, a free daylong symposium examining critical issues related to perimeter defense for physical environments, including government and commercial facilities, critical infrastructure, events and more.…

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Guest Post: sUAS and the Urban Fight  

Building Intelligence’s Bill Edwards, Chair of the SIA Counter-UAS Working Group, Discusses How Tunnels Affect Drone Operations and Why Security Professionals Should Care Operating, detecting and mitigating drones in a dense urban environment is not only hard but extremely complex. This is not only true for combat zones but can also include large city environments.…

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President Biden’s New Executive Order and AI Policy Impacting the Security Industry

Industry Engagement in Washington, D.C., and Brussels, Belgium If you haven’t noticed, artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the hottest topics in the media and policy circles in the U.S. and around the world. In Washington, D.C., there have been more than nine congressional hearings on AI since Sept. 1, 2023, and more than 50…

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NDAA Section 889 Update: Grant Funding Eligibility for Equipment Replacement

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Since 2018, the Security Industry Association (SIA) has provided timely updates to members about implementation of “Section 889” U.S. government procurement and grant prohibitions on certain Chinese video surveillance and telecommunication equipment, as a benefit to SIA members and their customers. Today SIA provides new information that clarifies recent reports about the authorized use of…

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Guest Post: Building the “Air Domain” Into Your Security Program

Building Intelligence’s Bill Edwards, Chair of the SIA Counter-UAS Working Group, Answers the Question, “Where Do I Start?” The small uncrewed aircraft system (sUAS) evolution is well underway. A recent drone event in New Jersey, where a person used their sUAS platform to drop chemicals into swimming pools to turn the water green, is not…

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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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