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SIAcademy LIVE! e-learning programs are presented as tracks with between 4 and 6 hours of training each. These live virtual courses are designed to accelerate your business growth, covering topics like how to do business with the government, how to optimize challenging parts of your integration business and cybersecurity for physical security pros and even technical training on video and access control systems.

The Basics

  • Instructor-led live online programming: Just like SIA’s popular Security Project Management courses, our SIAcademy LIVE! programs are all led by SIA-selected expert instructors in a small-group type format (maximum class size is 25 students). Expect lots of interaction; come ready to ask questions, bring your problems and share collaboratively with other students.
  • 4+ hours of training per course: You'll attend weekly classes covering important topics with each series.
  • 100% virtual! Our e-learning format makes it convenient to fit this into your busy schedule.
  • Missed a class? Don’t worry; all sessions will be recorded for your on-demand access.
  • Certificate of Completion: Once you complete a series, you will receive an official SIA Certificate of Completion, attesting your knowledge in this area.
  • SIA Center of Excellence quality content: Each SIAcademy LIVE! learning series is approved as SIA Center of Excellence content, ensuring it is thorough, vendor-neutral and highly informative.

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  • Individual Access: Purchase your access to a SIAcademy LIVE! series for just $149 ($149 for SIA members; non-member rate is $199). Your ticket includes access to all sessions/dates within that course.
  • Corporate Access Package: Purchase access to any SIAcademy LIVE! series for any 5 employees for just $499 ($499 for SIA members; non-member corporate package is $699 for 5 employees).

Next Course Series Begins October 5: Cybersecurity for Physical Security Professionals

SIAcademy LIVE! Cybersecurity for Physical Security Professionals course

Developed in partnership with:

PSA Security Network

2021 SIAcademy LIVE! Courses

SIAcademy LIVE! Cybersecurity for Physical Security Professionals course

Produced in Partnership With:

PSA Security Network

Series Begins Oct. 5, 2021!

In this series of learning sessions, we cover some of the most important cybersecurity and networking topics that physical security professionals must be competent in, whether you’re installing and managing solutions or simply need proficiency and common knowledge when working with partners and clients.

Best of all, this course series aligns with topics tested by the new Security Industry Cybersecurity Certification (SICC).  By taking this course, you will learn key concepts that are covered on the SICC exam such as device security, software assurance, information security principles and more!

This series is ideal for:

  • Technicians, installers, and project managers
  • IT directors, managers, and tech support
  • Engineers (systems, application & IT), designers and integration specialists
  • Sales and marketing professionals who need to be knowledgeable on customer networks and cybersecurity requirements

Covering these important topics:

  • Basic Networking Knowledge and Information Security Principles
  • Network Hardware and Device Security
  • Network Communications Security
  • Installation and Configuration
  • Software Assurance and Security
  • Operations Standards, Policies and Risk Assessments

Course Schedule

This course is held as a six-part series beginning Oct. 5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. EDT each of those days. Course dates are Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and 21.


Registration for this course series is $149/$199 (SIA members save $50). Your registration includes all course sessions (October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and  21). A 5-seat corporate registration package is $499/$699 (SIA members save $200) and includes registration for five individuals from your company.

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Course Schedule, Instructors and Objectives:

Understanding Documentation and Specifications (October 5, 3-4 p.m. EDT)

Instructors: Ray Coulombe, Managing Director, Security Specifiers; and Brian Coulombe, Principal, Director of Operations at Ross & Baruzzini

SICC domain covered: Installation and Configuration

Session learning objectives:

  • Understand the key elements of The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat, why it’s relevant and the divisions that may impact security projects
  • Understand the role of a security designer/specifier and explain the relationship between consultants and integrators
  • Identify the components of a construction documentation package as they may impact an installer and important features and symbols contained within

Device Security for Cyber Hardened Electronic Technology (October 7, 3-4 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Josh Cummings, Vice President, Technology, VTI Security

SICC domain covered: Device security

Session learning objectives:

  • Examine common network connected edge devices testing protocols, settings configuration, and hardening
  • Explain the importance of disabling unused ports, protocols, and services in an edge device.
  • Review password provisioning and management based on the principle of “Least Privilege.”
  • Discuss principles surrounding the essentialness of physical hardening network devices, servers, and equipment

An Overview of Fundamental Information Security Principles (October 12, 3-4 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Rich Campbell, Professional Services Engineer, RFI

SICC domain covered: Information security principles

Session learning objectives:

  • Describe basic IT infrastructure and review maintenance requirements for operating systems and firmware related to physical security
  • Classify threats to networked security system information security and identify common vulnerabilities of networked security systems
  • Discuss fundamental defensive measures to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats
  • Discover how physical security supports information security

Identifying and Protecting Against Physical Security System Vulnerabilities (October 14, 3-4 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Chris Peckham, Chief Operating Officer, Ollivier

SICC domain covered: Operational standards, policies and risk assessment

Session learning objectives:

  • Learn about operational and technical security controls and how they work
  • Discuss how to implement security controls to protect an organization’s information assets from natural or man-made threats
  • Determine how to assess risk, identify vulnerabilities, and advise on potential mitigations of physical security systems
  • Identify backup tools used to safeguard critical resources and monitor activity (software and hardware)

Attack-o-nomics: Securing Physical Security Systems, Data and Applications (October 19, 3-4 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Jody Booth, Security Champion, Vision Products, Intel

SICC domain covered: Software assurance and security

Session learning objectives:

  • Discuss the current cyber threat landscape surrounding physical security systems
  • Review the assets that need to be protected
  • Learn about various types of computer malware, ransomware, and different attack vectors on a network
  • Understand the depth of impact computer hacks and malware can pose to your organization
  • Review device security tools, best practices, and procedures to safeguard against virus attacks

Technical Project Management for System Installations (October 21, 3-4 p.m. ET)

Instructor: Brendan McFall, Technical Engineering Manager, Northland Controls

SICC domain covered: Project management and problem solving

Session learning objectives:

  • Discuss key aspects of project planning and initiation including defining a scope of work and distinguishing the tasks covered in it
  • Learn to interpret plans or blueprints and identify the location of devices within security design documents
  • Review key points of information that should be communicated to project managers and Application Engineers during a project
  • Share examples of various hazards that may occur during and after a task of work
Learning Levels: Intermediate, Advanced

Registration for this course series is $149/$199 (SIA members save $50). Your registration includes all course sessions (October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and  21). A 5-seat corporate registration package is $499/$699 (SIA members save $200) and includes registration for five individuals from your company.

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