Historically, physical security systems and information technology systems dwelt in different silos. Chief security officers and chief information officers ran their respective domains without input from the other. But rapid adoption of IP-based security devices spurred the convergence of physical and information security, bringing the two spheres together. SIA is dedicated to managing disciplines within this convergence.

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Ensuring Connectivity to Enhance Security

I recently conducted an interview with security industry veteran Michael Kemp about connectivity issues for the Security Industry Association (SIA). Many people may be familiar with initiatives, such as FirstNet, which bring public safety systems into the Internet of Things through a single wireless broadband connection. Still, they may not understand the other wireless options…

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Unlimited Access: How Cloud and Open-Source Solutions Allow for Greater Access Control Scalability & Efficiency

Jumping into the world of entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. In addition to managing finances, hiring competent employees and creating a sustainable business plan, there are many other important considerations to be aware of, such as ensuring the comprehensive protection of the people and assets inside a facility. Entrepreneurs are responsible for…

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Who Am I, and Why Am I Here in this Database? Addressing Privacy Concerns With Security Technology

The definition of personal data, also known as personally identifiable information (PII), has expanded in recent years. Previously, personal data typically referred only to the most sensitive information, such as name, address, Social Security number, health records and date of birth. Today, it has expanded to include things like location data, IP address, MAC address,…

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Smarter Cities Through Secure Data

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The first step to leveraging sensor and other information is ensuring that it is protected. Jason Bonoan As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, growing pains felt by large cities can be seen across a number of indicators, from rising crime rates to increased traffic to housing shortages. In 1950, only 29 percent of the global…

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SIA Technology Insights – Spring 2020

In every issue of SIA Technology Insights, we try to look to the cutting edge (and sometimes even to the bleeding edge) of security technology, to ensure you stay current with the steady whir of technology change. This edition examines the new world of security, where everything is online, machines are learning to perform tasks and threats can come from anywhere in the world.

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Development of Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition Should Not Be Impeded, White House Official Says

One of the top science advisors in the White House cautioned at a recent event in Washington, D.C., against tightly restricting the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. “I’m a firm believer that it is unethical to not use AI if it can lead to important benefits,” Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Lynne Parker said.…

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Lawmakers Note Agreement, Differences on Data Privacy

At a Jan. 28 event in Washington, D.C., a Republican senator said that data privacy is his “favorite issue,” two Democratic congresswomen said there is “a sense of urgency” regarding the topic and a Republican congresswoman said a bipartisan bill “needs to happen.” But none of the lawmakers indicated that a bill is likely to…

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New SIA Resources to Help You Navigate Data Privacy Regulations

With the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in effect, take advantage of these two new guidance documents from SIA to help your firm navigate these regulations’ impact on your business. Both reports are available exclusively for SIA members; your firm’s SIA membership gives you access.…

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