Resources for COVID-19 and Business Continuity

COVID-19 Resources

In light of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Security Industry Association (SIA) wants to express our concern to all SIA members and to the broader security industry, particularly any individuals and companies being directly impacted by the coronavirus. This message from SIA CEO Don Erickson highlights SIA’s promise to do all we can to support your business during these uncertain times.

SIA recognizes that the spread of this virus could affect employee health and your business’ continuity. As such, we have provided a selection of public informational resources below that anyone can access to prepare for this public health emergency. Our thoughts are with all those persons directly impacted by and those responding to this global public health situation, and SIA will continue to guide members to additional resources.

[To submit resources to this page for consideration, please email SIA's Geoff Kohl at gkohl@securityindustry.org.]

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FEVER DETECTION AND CAMERA TECHNOLOGY – PART OF THE SOLUTION FOR PANDEMIC RECOVERY?

In this on-demand session from the 2020 SIA GovSummit, Zane Arp, director of the Division of Biomedical Physics at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Jason Ouellette, head of technology business development at Johnson Controls, explore different applications of fever detection, thermal imaging systems and camera technology during COVID-19 recovery.

RESEARCH RESULTS: IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE INDUSTRY

SIA, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and The Monitoring Association (TMA) conducted a nationwide survey of members in order to better gauge the impact COVID-19 has had on electronic security and life safety businesses. The results of this survey confirm the electronic security and life safety industry is being negatively impacted despite its role as an essential service in our economy.

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Guide to State and Local COVID-19 Programs

Guide to State and Local COVID-19 Programs

This Guide to Local and State COVID-19 Programs has been compiled as part of the SIA and ASIS International partnership to create response-related resources and direct both organizations’ members to current information. The document is a state-by-state guide to programs, with web links and additional notes.

COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE SUMMARY REPORTS

Details on benefits to small businesses in COVID-19 stimulus bill now signed into law

RESEARCH RESULTS: How Security Industry Companies Are Returning to Work and Working From Home

SIA, with the support of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and The Monitoring Association (TMA), surveyed the industry to find out how firms were managing remote work and thinking about returning to the office following the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what we learned from our survey.

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SIA Submits Letter to FDA Addressing Thermographic Systems

SIA submitted a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn with a focus on an awareness that some companies are not following FDA guidelines related to the use of thermal imaging systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter also encouraged the enforcement of FDA’s guidelines. The letter is available here.

SIA-ASIS PARTNERSHIP ON COVID-19 RESPONSE

SIA and ASIS International are partnering to jointly provide resources for security professionals and security industry businesses and organizations. Key focuses of the partnership will include business continuity, government advocacy and the collaborative creation of educational resources and informational content.

ASIS International COVID-19 Resources Page: ASIS International has actively collected a number of resources to aid their members and the public, which includes link to key informational resources and educational content.

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SIA-ESA-TMA Letter to Public Safety Leaders on Importance of Security, Fire, Life Safety and Monitoring Services

The Security Industry Association, the Electronic Security Association and The Monitoring Association, in partnership with hundreds of industry executives, are calling state leadership to ensure that essential emergency services are not suspended or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The organizations have drafted a letter that has been signed by nearly 500 leaders of industry businesses.

The electronic security and life safety industry associations also partnered to create a letter from the three associations sent directly to federal, state and local officials.

Latest Updates and Upcoming Programs

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SIA Technology Insights – Summer 2021

By Kara Klein, Manager of Communications, Security Industry Association | July 28, 2021

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 lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on security operations, from touchless access control to temperature screening, as well as topics like how security technology is evolving from detection to intervention and prevention.

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Touchless Entry Is Here to Stay: How Modifications to Building Access Promote Both Security and Safety

By Greg Schreiber, Boon Edam | July 27, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, including how people interact and perform their jobs and even how buildings are designed. The goal of all these changes? Reducing human-to-human contact and, thus, slowing or stopping the spread of the virus. As a result, businesses are challenged to…

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The Year That Changed Security: How the Pandemic Shaped the Use of Technology in 2020 and Going Forward

By Alan Stoddard, Cognyte Software North America | July 27, 2021

To say that the year 2020 was challenging is a huge understatement. In March of last year, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life around the world. Regular business operations and the economy came to a halt. Businesses such as those in retail, stadiums, casinos, hotels and restaurants were particularly hard hit. Unemployment spiraled, as did frustration…

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Relevant Security Technologies Under the American Rescue Plan Act

By Kara Klein, Manager of Communications, Security Industry Association | May 12, 2021

In this video, get an overview of which safety and security solutions fall into allowable uses under ARP and CARES Act funding. On April 28, the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted Part 1 of the 2021 SIA GovSummit, the nation’s premier government security conference connecting government, security and technology. This daylong virtual conference featured insights…

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Coalition Letter to Congress to Extend CARES Act Section 3610

By Kara Klein, Manager of Communications, Security Industry Association | March 16, 2021

In a Feb. 25, 2021, letter, SIA and other business groups representing contractors urged Congress to extend Section 3610 in the American Rescue Plan.

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Summary of American Rescue Plan COVID-Relief Stimulus

By Jake Parker, Senior Director of Government Relations, Security Industry Association | March 12, 2021

On March 11, President Biden signed his administration’s first major piece of legislation, the American Rescue Plan, which appropriates $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief to aid small businesses, public schools, state governments and government contractors impacted by COVID-19. President Biden’s latest stimulus follows his pledge to provide robust relief to the American people and business…

Physical Security Vertical Market Assessment: Health Care

By Kara Klein, Manager of Communications, Security Industry Association | February 17, 2021

This vertical market report, produced by Omdia exclusively for SIA, assesses the U.S. market for physical security equipment in health care, examining market drivers and barriers for the health care vertical, the role of security technology and biometrics in helping health organizations combat the pandemic and legislation and regulations impacting the health care sector.

SIA Joins Tech, Business Groups to Encourage Federal Investment in IT Modernization

By Joe Hoellerer, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Security Industry Association | February 5, 2021

As Congress and the Biden administration continue to negotiate the final terms of another COVID-19 aid package, SIA partnered with tech and business trade associations led by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) to urge Congress to provide $9 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF). SIA supported the initial authorization of TMF, which allows…

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What the New Stimulus Package Means for Businesses

By Joe Hoellerer, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Security Industry Association | December 22, 2020

Congress and the Trump administration recently approved another round of federal stimulus to aid small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The measure, H.R. 133, is a $2.3 trillion spending bill that includes $900 billion in COVID-19 relief funds. For small business owners, here is a partial breakdown of the $900 billion relief package: An additional $284…

HEALTH AND PREVENTION RESOURCES

REGULATORY AND POLICY RESOURCES

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  • State and Local COVID-19 Response Information: This state-by-state guide from MultiState Associates provides state of emergency and executive order status for all 50 states, in addition to links to state health websites on COVID-19.
  • Summary of CARES Act SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Loan Forgiveness Program: This document summarizes key provisions of the CARES Act, the new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) PPP and loan forgiveness program and answers key questions on who is eligible, allowable uses for PPP loans, application requirements and more.
  • SBA PPP Frequently Asked Questions: This PDF resource from the U.S. Department of the Treasury provides timely additional guidance regarding the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program, including answers to common questions about lender requirements, small business borrower eligibility, the scope of PPP loan coverage and more.
  • Guide to State Executive Orders: The Council of State Governments has collected all executive orders in a single page.
  • COVID-19 2020 State & Local Government Report: Policy tracking firm Stateside delivered this PDF document that tracks executive actions, legislatures affected, worker protection, mass gathering limitations, retail closures, and orders related to non-essential businesses and workers.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND CONTINUITY RESOURCES

 

Webinars and Training Content

PREPAREDNESS SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SIA MEMBER COMPANIES

  • PSA Security Network COVID-19 Resources: PSA Security Network has developed resources of value for their network of security and AV integrators; many resources linked are also relevant to the broader security industry.
  • Teleworkr Service from TekMonks: SIA member company Tekmonks is offering its cybersecurity-focused teleworking solution, Teleworkr, to SIA member companies at no cost. To learn more about it, visit www.teleworkr.com or email Komal Dureja, global director of sales and marketing, at Komal.Dureja@tekmonks.com to set up a quick demo or to help you get this implemented today.
  • Tips for Remote System Design & Virtual Site Surveys: This webinar training (available on-demand and in scheduled live formats) from SIA member company System Surveyor covers how to use virtual tools like web and video conferencing along with the firm’s digital system design platform, enabling your design, surveying and sales teams to stay productive while on limited travel.
  • COVID-19 Situational Report From AS Solution: AS Solution has compiled this information page that tracks statistics and significant developments in the spread of COVID-19 in a format particularly useful for global risk and security managers.
  • Identiv COVID-19 Tips and Solutions: Identity solutions firm Identiv provides product recommendations and deal on remote authentication solutions. The firm also provides guidance on keeping data and remote employees secure.
  • Iomniscient Automated Fever Detection Product: Member firm iOmniscient reports that it has launched an automated technology solution for fever detection.