2018 was a good year for integrators and manufacturers across the board. The economy has been strong which manifested itself in many ways but in particular construction was booming. This was very good for the security industry, especially those integrators and manufacturers who provide services and products in the commercial space. Two of the most unexpected things that impacted the market, and will continue to impact it into 2019, are the trade war and the rapid rise of interest rates. I have...
There is a new event on the calendar for the security industry in 2019: The Security Event 2019, 9-11 April, at NEC, Birmingham. For additional details and a preview of the new trade show and conference, we spoke with Tristan Norman, Founding Partner and Event Director, The Security Event. Q: It seems recently that some trade shows have been on the decline in terms of exhibit size and attendance. Why does the physical security industry need another trade show? Norman: I think there are numer...
ISC East, in collaboration with premier sponsor, the Security Industry Association (SIA), reported strong growth results at the conclusion of this year’s industry event in New York City. The International Security Conference & Exposition is the Northeast’s largest security trade show, where close to 7,500 security and public safety professionals convened this month to meet experts from over 300 leading security brands, all the while co-locating with the launch of Unmanned Securit...
Shaking hands, exchanging business cards, and making meaningful business connections with exhibitors were 8,420 trade visitors from both government and commercial sectors who roamed across 7,000 sqm of exhibition space at the Bangkok International Convention and Exhibition Center. “Smart city was an overarching theme at this 6th edition of the fair,” said Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Limited. “This, together with three concur...
Seagate Technology plc, a provider of data storage solutions, and IBM announces they are working together to reduce product counterfeiting using blockchain and security technologies. The project, which is designed to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners fight counterfeit hard drives, uses the IBM Blockchain Platform to authenticate the provenance of disk drive products, bringing a new level of multi-layered security protection to the data management industry. According to the...
DICE Corporation has announced that the company is launching a new Tech Security Summit that will combine the annual DICE User Group conference with exclusive training and educational resources for professionals in all sectors of the security industry. 2019 Tech Security Summit The inaugural event takes place April 29 through May 2, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand National Downtown in Nashville, TN. Event highlights include panel discussions with DICE representatives and industry experts, product d...
ESA is proud to recognize the distinguished group of companies supporting the industry in 2018 through its Executive Strategic Partners program. Executive Strategic Partners Program This program allows us to partner with key manufacturers and service providers that are looking to make a significant impact on the industry" “This program allows us to partner with key manufacturers and service providers that are looking to make a significant impact on the industry,” says Merlin Guilbeau, CEO of ESA. “There are key factors we look for in our strategic partners: They must deliver a quality, reputable product that allows our members to better run and grow their businesses. Each one of these players not only check that box, but they also make a significant impact on the installation, integration and monitoring channel — by investing in the association to support vital programming.” As a non-profit organization, ESA invests in and constantly seeks new ways to benefit the association’s members and the industry. The Executive Strategic Partners program is one way for vendor companies to give back and demonstrate their alignment with ESA’s core values by supporting its efforts to move the industry forward. Interlogix, Diamond Level Sponsor For ESA Leading the way as the exclusive 2018 Diamond Level sponsor is Interlogix. “Interlogix is proud to be a long-standing sponsor of ESA’s Executive Strategic Partners program. As a Diamond sponsor of this initiative, we are committed to investing in the evolution and growth of the security industry,” said Warren Hill, Vice President of Partner Solutions, Interlogix. Honeywell, Platinum Level Sponsor For ESA From education to advocacy programs, the ESA is helping to strengthen and advance the security industry" The ESP program’s sole 2018 Platinum Level sponsor is Honeywell. “As our business prepares to spin off from Honeywell into an independent security, smart home and distribution company, we’re excited about the future and the opportunity to deliver solutions our customers want through our unparalleled global network of 100,000 professional dealers,” said Alice DeBiasio, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Homes. “As a strategic partner with the ESA for more than 10 years, we appreciate the work they do to support our industry. From education to advocacy programs, the ESA is helping to strengthen and advance the security industry.” Axis And Telguard, Gold Level Sponsors The 2018 Gold Level sponsors are Axis Communications and Telguard. “2018 marks our seventh year as a Gold Level Executive Strategic Partner with ESA. We are just as excited to show our support of ESA’s commitment to investing in the future of our industry today as we were back in 2011,” said Shawn Welsh, SVP, Product Line Management and Marketing, Telguard. “We’re proud to support ESA and help their members expand their business potential,” said Mike King, Hosted Video Manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “The complexities of protecting people, property and assets require security integrators to offer innovative and comprehensive solutions, from video surveillance to access control to managed services. We look forward to continued collaboration with ESA and supporting the industry’s advancement.” Altronix, Anixter And SARPG, Silver Level Sponsors The 2018 Silver Level sponsors are Altronix, Anixter and Security America Risk Purchasing Group (SARPG) The 2018 Silver Level sponsors are Altronix, Anixter and Security America Risk Purchasing Group (SARPG). "We chose to partner with ESA for some of our marketing initiatives, because we know our investment will continue to support our industry into the future,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix. “The association brings great value and professionalism to our industry and its members through fostering education, improving government relations and driving industry standards." “We understand that our insurance is designed specifically to fit the needs of this industry,” says Michael Keegan, president of SARPG. “As such, we always look for ways to support those dealers and integrators that comprise the industry — our executive strategic partnership with ESA is one way we accomplish this.” Talent Acquisition In Electronic Security Industry The significant financial investment of these companies helps further ESA initiatives to recruit new talent for the industry, provide legislative updates, conduct research and be the voice of the electronic security and life safety industry. In return for their financial support, Executive Strategic Partners gain access to various marketing opportunities and a platform for connecting with members, prospects and decision makers through ESA's extensive network of highly qualified installers, dealers and integrators.
DigiCert Inc., the global provider of scalable PKI solutions for identity and encryption, Gemalto, a global provider in digital security, and ISARA Corp., the provider of quantum-safe security solutions, announced a partnership to develop advanced quantum-safe digital certificates and secure key management for connected devices commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). “DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA are collaborating today to solve tomorrow’s problem of defending connected devices and their networks against the new security threats that the implementation of quantum computers will unleash,” says Deepika Chauhan, Executive VP of Emerging Markets at DigiCert. “The work we’re doing now will ensure that the connected systems that serve as the brains of automobiles, industrial control systems, medical devices, nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure are safe from those threats in five, 10 and 20 years.” ISARA recognizes DigiCert’s track record in advancing many of the certificate innovations in use Secure Key Storage And Management The partnership provides significant advantages for enterprise security teams looking to secure connected devices with lengthy product lifetimes to avoid expensive security retrofitting as quantum computing becomes more prevalent. Organizations can deploy these solutions at any scale, given that DigiCert is already capable of issuing and reliably hosting billions of digital certificates for public trust and private PKI systems. The work of DigiCert with ISARA and Gemalto will enable quantum-resistant certificates with the full capability of hosted, on-premise and hybrid deployment options. DigiCert already works with many companies and consortiums using PKI to authenticate, encrypt and provide integrity for their connected devices. ISARA recognizes DigiCert’s track record in advancing many of the certificate innovations in use, as well as its robust certificate management capabilities, and in operating the industry’s most ubiquitous, trusted roots. Gemalto offers secure key storage and management via its SafeNet Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that integrate with DigiCert APIs to enable large-scale, automated credential issuing for connected devices via an internet-enabled gateway to distribute identity over the cloud. Certificates obtained through this partnership will be enabled with quantum-safe cryptography ahead of any breakthroughs that could eventually lead to quantum computing threatening connected device security. Quantum-Safe Cryptography Gemalto’s SafeNet Hardware Security Modules act as the root of trust to secure the most sensitive data and applications" “Experts estimate that the dawn of large-scale quantum computing will arrive in the next eight to 10 years, bringing with it the moment when all current public key cryptography can no longer be trusted,” says Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-founder at ISARA. “The work we’re doing today ensures that a fundamental element of the security stack, root certificates, is secure by embedding quantum-safe cryptography. This means that IoT manufacturers and other large organizations will have the solutions and tools they need to prepare for the quantum threat well in advance of that date, keeping confidential information and high-value assets safe.” “Gemalto’s SafeNet Hardware Security Modules act as the root of trust to secure the most sensitive data and applications and protect billions of the digital transactions every day around the world,” said Todd Moore, Senior Vice President for Encryption Products at Gemalto. “This partnership with DigiCert and ISARA will help organizations build secure and future-proof cryptographic operations that can guard against the potential security threats of quantum computing and ensure a more secure world for connected automobiles, devices, machines, smart cities and mission-critical infrastructure.” Quantum Computing Security Many IoT devices rely on RSA and ECC cryptography to protect the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of electronic communications. However, NIST and others in the security community predict that within a decade, large-scale quantum computing will break RSA and ECC public key cryptography. DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA recognize that crypto-agility becomes paramount for manufacturers of connected devices that will be in use a decade or more from now. Efforts to address quantum computing security will support connected device manufacturers and users well into the future To advance the use of reliable quantum-proof certificates, DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA are collaborating with industry standards bodies that also are pursuing the advancement of post-quantum cryptography such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Efforts to address quantum computing security will support connected device manufacturers and users well into the future. Sustainable Security Management Consider the automobile industry, which is producing more vehicles with semi- and fully-autonomous driving capabilities. A car should last for 20 years or more, and manufacturers will need to ensure that the IoT devices they install will be secure and continue to function even if there is a breakage in the RSA algorithms that would render digital certificates ineffective. “The automotive industry is very focused on long-term and sustainable security management that covers the lifecycle of our vehicles," said SAE Hardware Security Sub-Committee Chair Bill Mazzara. “Crypto agility is one of the key areas we consider and that includes quantum-resistant technology.”
Following a parliamentary review, the SIA has recommended a systematic and transformational approach to its regulations - a result supported by the Small Business Network (SBN), which is a security industry body made up of leading private security firms. SIA Licensing After long advocating for industry-wide, mandatory SIA licensing as well as an overhaul of the current Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), the SBN is delighted to see progress on both fronts. They vehemently believe buyers of security services have a need to check the quality of their suppliers and see it as part of their role to help make this possible for all. This is particularly true because failure to do so could result in situations that invalidate their insurance cover. “It is important to us that our industry is presented in the best light.” comments Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security Services and press officer for the SBN. “I believe we have been very vocal about challenges we’ve faced as an industry as well as possible solutions. It is a real coup to finally see some of our greatest concerns being both recognized and legitimised in this review.” “We want to congratulate the SIA on their decision to listen to the needs of the industry and respond accordingly. It makes us all proud to know that our association is standing up for our industry needs as they focus on protecting us as providers and our clients,” Abbey added. Public Safety and National Security Business licences should only be issued to companies who meet the voluntary revised Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) standards Details about specific licensing recommendations included - all businesses offering security services whether operating under contract or operating in-house, where there is a risk to public protection, safeguarding and national security, should be subject to mandatory business licensing. Business licences should only be issued to companies who meet the voluntary revised Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) standards. On the whole the review, in which the SBN was actively involved, recognized that the SIA performed to satisfactory standards as a regulator and should be retained as it plays a large role in the performance of the Private Security Industry (PSI). Other key recommendations included an increased focus on risk, introducing new shared standards, clearer market signaling and transparency as well as working towards a broader, more intimate industry partnership. Approved Contractor Scheme Standards It was also recognized that the ACS should be industry owned and administered in addition to being refreshed and strengthened It was also recognized that the ACS should be industry owned and administered in addition to being refreshed and strengthened. The SIA would be responsible for setting its standards and rigorously overseeing compliance. Abbey continues, “We have said, as our SBN history has proved, that working more closely with the SIA would be a relationship that benefits all parties, so it is satisfying to see a move towards this. We are not about to rest on our laurels though. We will continue to work towards creating a fairer, more reputable industry for all – inside and out.” Reviews like this are undergone by Arms-Length Bodies (ALB’s) every five years or so and consider a combination of views from the Private Security Industry (PSI) and other stakeholders. This review was undertaken in 2016 with the final results being published on June 7th, 2018.
alliantgroup announces that it has been named an associate member of the Electronic Security Association (ESA). Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association in the United States representing the electronic security and life safety industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. Federal And State Tax Incentives "ESA is pleased to welcome alliantgroup into our association," said Merlin Guilbeau, ESA Executive Director and CEO. "Their firm's tax consulting services are valuable to companies within our industry and offer our members the potential to explore growth opportunities as well as other strategic business development initiatives." As the largest association representing the electronic security and life safety industry, ESA members are often some of the best candidates for a number of federal and state tax incentives. Among the most valuable of these incentives is the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit - a federal, dollar-for-dollar tax credit that brings in an estimated $10 billion annually to U.S. businesses. Development Of Security System Solutions ESA members are often among the absolute best candidates for the R&D Tax Credit" The R&D Tax Credit is designed to specifically reward companies for making technical enhancements to their products or processes - or in the case of many ESA members and other electronic security providers, the technical work and experimentation that is done to design, develop or integrate important electronic security and life systems. For common activities such as the development of security system solutions (be it through design engineering, mechanical fabrication or hardware and software integration) or the integration of smart devices into network applications, ESA members can receive substantial tax savings through the R&D Tax Credit. "It is an absolute honor to be joining a phenomenal organization such as ESA," said alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav. "The integration of multiple systems within a private, residential or public facility is traditionally a necessary practice in the development of a broader electronic security system, and as a result of such technical activities, ESA members are often among the absolute best candidates for the R&D Tax Credit. I look forward to introducing ESA members to this fantastic government-sponsored incentive."
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the keynote speakers for its annual public policy and government security technology conference, SIA GovSummit. Christopher Krebs, undersecretary (nominee) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) National Protection and Programs Directorate, and Soraya Correra, chief procurement officer for DHS, will provide remarks at the event, which brings together government security leaders and private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and even local agencies. SIA GovSummit 2018 Day 1 of SIA GovSummit will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., on June 27. Krebs, who oversees the cyber and physical infrastructure security mission for DHS, will kick off SIA GovSummit at 8:00 a.m. Correa, who provides leadership, policy, oversight and support for DHS procurement activities and contracting workforce, will provide keynote remarks following lunch at the conference. SIA GovSummit 2018 is packed with top government officials who are implementing measures to support U.S. security priorities" “SIA GovSummit 2018 is packed with top government officials who are implementing measures to support U.S. security priorities,” said Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations. “We are thrilled to have Christopher Krebs and Soraya Correa provide remarks at this year’s event focusing on how government leverages security technologies to drive success across a wide spectrum of missions.” New Cybersecurity and Identity Policy In addition to the keynote addresses, SIA GovSummit 2018 will feature a number of engaging discussions and events, including: The Office of Management and Budget’s New Cybersecurity and Identity Policy: Impact on Federal Physical Access Control Systems The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Video and Other Applications Policy Leadership Awards Dinner Secure Schools Roundtable Evolving Policy on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS Technology for Security SIA GovSummit – taking place June 27–28 in Washington, D.C. – is free for all government employees, including federal, state, county and municipal-level staff (both domestic and international), plus all military, law enforcement and public safety representatives.
SentryCon, SentryNet’s annual dealer conference held in Biloxi, MS, was held April 23-26 with over 225 security industry professionals in attendance. The main focuses for this year’s conference included how to deal with current challenges facing the security industry and how to increase business and Recurring Monthly Revenue (RMR). SentryCon 2018 “This year, our theme was the Challenge of Change,” says Julie Beach, VP of SentryNet. “During our several days together, we focused on education and networking to help our dealers gain the tools and knowledge needed to continue to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving security environment.” SentryCon is known for its education sessions and this year was no exception. Impressive speakers included: Mark Brown, Keynote and Emmy nominated speaker, who taught proven tools to multiply your time in today’s fast-paced world. Bob Harris, Attrition Busters, who discussed ways to change the opinion of the end user. Rob Davis, Davis Mergers and Acquisitions, who discussed what keeps alarm dealers up at night. Robert Schell, CSSI, shared news regarding the Tax and Jobs Act and how dealers could leverage this new legislation in commercial sales. Product Classes that were held by AlarmNet, Napco, Hikvision, idRestore 360, and Telguard. Hikvision, Honeywell and Napco Among Participants The SentryCon tradeshow gives dealers a chance to be face-to-face with the industry’s top product and services providers In addition to education, the SentryCon tradeshow gave dealers a chance to be face-to-face with the industry’s top product and services providers. Hikvision, SentryCon’s Platinum sponsor, shared the latest in camera systems. Silver sponsors ADI, Honeywell and Napco displayed trending end user products and services that dealers. Bronze sponsors Alarm Insurance, Alarm.com, DSC and Telguard also displayed the latest products and services they offer. During the event, dealers, vendors and employees raised over $5,000 in donations to the National Firefighter Cancer Support Network (NFCSN). These funds go to assist firefighters who are battling cancer contracted by their career. The NFCSN also provides valuable training and tools to firefighters to keep them safe from the contaminants that cause cancers. Excursions included fishing, golfing, skeet and trap shooting, a shrimping tour, and a Biloxi Shuckers (Minor League Baseball) game that hosted 80 employees, dealers and vendors. SentryNet’s own General Manger, Alain Jamet, threw the first pitch at the Shuckers game. Overall, SentryCon 2018 was a booming success. SentryNet treats their dealers like family and is proud to hear SentryCon referred to as a “family reunion” by many.
In 1973, a brilliant economist named E.F. Schumacher wrote a seminal book titled ‘Small Is Beautiful:’ taking an opposing stance to the emergence of globalization and “bigger is better” industrialism. He described the advantages of smaller companies and smaller scales of production, highlighting the benefits of building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations. In almost every industry or market that exists in the world today, you're likely to find a difference in size between companies. Whether it’s a global retail chain versus a small family-owned store, a corporate restaurant chain versus a mom-and-pop diner or a small bed and breakfast versus a large hotel chain — each side of the coin presents unique characteristics and advantages in a number of areas. Disparity In Physical Security Industry Customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises as the big names typically imply stability This disparity very clearly exists in the physical security industry, and differences in the sizes of product manufacturers and service providers could have important implications for the quality and type of the products and services offered. All too often, customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises, as the big names typically imply stability, extensive product offerings and global reach. And that's not to say that these considerations are unwarranted; one could argue that larger companies have more resources for product development and likely possess the combined expertise and experience to provide a wide range of products and services. But the value that a company’s products and services can bring isn’t necessarily directly related to or dependent on its size. In an age where the common wisdom is to scale up to be more efficient and profitable, it’s interesting to pause and think about some of the possible advantages of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Typically, “small” companies are defined as those with less than 100 employees and “medium” with less than 500. Providing Social Mobility Schumacher argued that smaller companies are important engines of economic growth. Indeed, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of 36 member countries that promotes policies for economic and social well-being, SMBs account for 60 to 70 percent of jobs in most OECD countries. Importantly, SMBs provide resilience in that there are often large economic and social impacts when big companies fail. Smaller companies are better for regional economies in general, as earnings stay more local compared to big businesses, which in turn generates additional economic activity. SMBs are also better at providing social mobility for disadvantaged groups by giving them opportunities and enabling them to realize their potential. Smaller companies are often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions such as Cloud, analytics, AI, and IoT New Companies Introduce New Technologies There's no denying the role of start-ups when it comes to innovation. In the security industry, many new technologies (e.g. Cloud, analytics, AI, IoT) are first brought to the market by newer companies. In general, smaller companies’ products and services often have to be as good or better than others to be competitive in the marketplace. They are therefore often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions. And these companies are also more willing to try out other new B2B solutions, while larger companies tend to be more risk-averse. Customer Service Aside from the quality of products and services, arguably one of the most important components of a security company’s success is its ability to interact with and provide customers the support that they deserve. Smaller companies are able to excel and stand out to their customers in a number of ways: Customer service. Customers’ perceptions of a product’s quality are influenced by the quality of support, and smaller manufacturers often possess a strong, motivated customer service team that can be relatively more responsive to customers of all sizes, not just the large ones. A superior level of support generally translates into high marks on customer satisfaction, since customers’ issues with products can be resolved promptly. Flexibility. SMBs have a greater capacity to detect and satisfy small market niches. While large companies generally create products and services for large markets, smaller companies deal more directly with their customers, enabling them to meet their needs and offer customized products and services. And this translates to adaptability, as SMBs become responsive to new market trends. By having a pulse on the market, smaller companies have much more flexibility in their supply chain and can adjust much faster in response to changing demand. Decision-making. Smaller companies are much more agile in decision-making, while larger enterprises often suffer from complex, tedious and lengthy decision-making processes. Communication is easier throughout SMBs, as smaller teams enable new ideas to flow and can solve problems faster. Job Satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction. SMBs are also generally more connected to local communities and participation in community activities leads to a greater sense of purpose. Additionally, SMBs have a much smaller impact on the environment, which is increasingly becoming an important consideration for today’s employees and customers. Though Schumacher's book takes a much deeper dive into the large global effects of scale on people and profitability, the general impact of a company’s size on its products and services is clear. It’s important for all players in the security industry to remember that the commitment and dedication to product quality can be found in businesses of all sizes. Ensuring Safety Of People, Property And Assets Large manufacturers may catch your eye, but small business shouldn’t be forgotten, as they can offer end users a robust set of attributes and benefits. While all security companies are aiming to achieve a common goal of providing safety for people, property and assets, smaller businesses can provide extensive value when it comes to driving the economy, innovating in the industry, providing quality employment and offering superior customer service.
ASIS International continues to adapt, innovate, and grow at the high speed of the industry and profession. If 2016 represented a year for new CEO Peter J. O’Neil and his senior management team and volunteer leadership to explore, review, and assess, 2017 was the year when many new initiatives took wing. Career Pathing Initiative For one, the Society is working on a new model that includes corporate membership. A Career Pathing initiative is under way, in which the knowledge, skills, and abilities for various career trajectories will be identified, with ASIS charting the course with tailored educational opportunities, certificate programs, certifications, and knowledge resources. A new content management framework will result in more strategic development and distribution of our information resources. IT security and ESRM have prominent new futures at ASIS. The CSO Center is adopting executive coaching and will be holding chapter-based programs around the globe. The ASIS Foundation is undertaking a Scouting the Future initiative that explores the change drivers that are and will be affecting the security profession over the next several years. From the resulting analysis, ASIS leaders will develop strategic priorities for both the association and the profession, as well as create a research agenda for the Foundation. Attendees to the annual seminar and exhibits in Dallas got a preview of changes to come at our flagship event. Former President George W. Bush, Mark Cuban, and futurist Scott Klososky drew in and stirred the imaginations of attendees. The event also featured more diverse educational programming, a new show footprint, a busier show floor, and a refreshing new energy and buzz in the air. 2018 in Las Vegas promises even more positive developments, including a wholesale rebranding of the event. The Internet of Things (IoT) will attract hackers lookingto interfere with everything from airplanes to pacemakers 2017 Security Trends Trends that we identified in last year’s review and forecast intensified in 2017. We predicted “high numbers of lone wolf and soft target attacks,” driven by “the confluence of self-radicalization, social media, violent extremism, and mental illness.” We saw each one of these factors alone or in combination lead to horrific attacks. For example, the culprit in the Texas church shooting was a mentally-ill lone wolf with a grudge against his in-laws. The drivers who rammed pedestrians in Barcelona, on London Bridge, and on a bicycle path in Manhattan—as well as the bomber at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert—were all self-radicalized Islamist extremists targeting the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, there’s no indication that these attacks will abate. Many of them take little time, coordination, or resources. The best preparation is preparation, situational awareness, and strong networks. Internet of Things And Hackers We also noted that the proliferating Internet of Things (IoT) will attract hackers looking to interfere with everything from airplanes to pacemakers. According to researchers at F5 Labs, attacks against the IoT in the first half of 2017 surged 280 percent compared to the six months prior. Much of that increase can be attributed to the malware known as Mirai, which turns IoT devices into bots. And even though the Mirai botnet was identified in August 2016, the threat it poses remains severe. Other of our projections looked farther into the future, with security leaders becoming holistic risk managers steeped in Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM). In fact, ASIS’s ESRM initiative has started to embed these principles into the DNA of the Society. Specialized work teams are integrating ESRM into ASIS standards and guidelines, education and certification, marketing efforts, and a maturity model. Security professionals will begin to see the fruits of those efforts in the first and second quarters of 2018.
In the past year, ONVIF prepared the release of two new profiles, Profiles Q and A, which are currently in Release Candidate status, being fine-tuned by developers from member organizations. They are ONVIF’s fourth and fifth profiles, with Profile Q addressing easy set-up and advanced security features and Profile A encompassing daily tasks for access control. ONVIF also hit major milestones in 2015, reaching the 5,000-conformant product mark and maintaining a membership of more than 500 members, which include manufacturers, consultants, integrators and media members. In addition, ONVIF held two successful Plugfests in 2015: one in June hosted by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. in Durham, N.C. and a second hosted by Dahua Technology in Hangzhou, China, in November. Both events included multiple testings of ONVIF conformant video, access control and edge devices ONVIF Profiles Q And A 2016 Final Release In looking ahead to 2016, ONVIF is excited about its work on developing a new video profile that will incorporate recent technological developments. The final release for Profiles Q and A are also slated for 2016. ONVIF will be an exhibitor at trade shows such as Intersec 2016 in Dubai, ISC West and at specifier- and consultant-centric gatherings such as the International Association of Security Professionals 2016 conference in April. We will continue to work hard at engaging our existing members and will reach out to potential members who can offer valuable contributions to the development of future ONVIF profiles. Interoperability Demand To Rise In 2016 At a broader level, 2016 will likely see a rise of the smart city, which will bring interoperability to new heights. We may also see other industries enter the physical security industry, as our industry’s potential role in IoT becomes more apparent across markets. Though I am obviously biased, I think interoperability will be the major trend of 2016 in the security industry. There is so much unrealized potential in integrated systems that I think the power of multiple integrations will be exploited more fully in the coming year. The call for all physical security systems to share one interface will remain strong in the coming year, which is an idea that is at the very center of ONVIF’s mission and work. In the world of international standards, this year the ONVIF specification was officially adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The IEC is a non-profit, non-governmental international standards organization that creates and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. That means the ONVIF specification is now part of a world-wide, internationally recognized global standard, which likely will be significant as the Internet of Things grows in strength and industries use IEC standards in their manufacturing to facilitate interoperability across industries. This is “kind of a big deal,” as the saying goes. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
Newly modernized halls with lots of daylight will house hundreds of exhibitions and conference events at the upcoming Security Essen 2018 at Messe Essen, Germany. A new layout and hall numbering system will be unfamiliar to past attendees but promises to simplify the experience as it brings together attendees and exhibitors. European Physical Security Market Security Essen is an international trade fair, but the emphasis is more on German, Austrian and Swiss companies. In all, Security Essen will feature 1,000 exhibitors from 40 nations. The trade fair has more of a continental European “flavor” compared to IFSEC, which focuses more on the U.K market. At the last Security Essen in 2016, organizers reported about 40,000 visitors including conference participants, VIP guests, members of various delegations and journalists. Security Essen 2018 has more of a continental European “flavor” compared to IFSEC, which focuses more on the U.K market “This year, we have sharpened the profile of Security Essen,” says Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen, a trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. “The trade fair has become considerably more digital, more modern and more interactive. Due to the optimized hall layout, we are offering our exhibitors and visitors the best possible experience with short paths and direct communication.” Newly Modernized Messe Essen The newly modernised site of Security Essen will encompass eight halls, newly renumbered and with the subject areas reorganised, too. Visitors will find Services in Hall 1; Access, Mechanatronics, Mechanics and Systems in Halls 2 and 3 and the Galeria; Perimeter Protection in Hall 3; Video in Halls 5 and 7; and Fire, Intrusion and Systems in Halls 6 and 7. A helpful smart phone app, downloadable free from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS), will be available two weeks before the event and include a show floor plan; the exhibitor list with booth numbers and contact information; and an overview of the supporting program. A separate hall – Hall 8 – will house new Cyber Security and Economic Security categories. Cyber Security Conference At the new Cyber Security Conference, located prominently at the new East Entrance, experts will share their knowledge about the more pressing challenges and potential of cybersecurity. The program opens and closes on 25 and 28 September with the main topic “Opportunities and Risks of Cyber Security”. On 26 September, discussions and lectures will center on “Entry, Admission, Access: Identification Options”.A helpful smart phone app, downloadable free will be available two weeks before the event and include a show floor plan On 27 September, the topic will be smart homes and focus on “Connected Building, Security in the Buildings of the Future”. Speakers will include the president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, who will address cybersecurity as a challenge for politics, business and society. The fair organises the conference in cooperation with the BHE Federal Association of Security Technology and the technical support of the Federal Office for Information Security. In Hall 8, a new Public Security Forum will enable visitors to experience digital security technologies for public spaces from the areas of sensors/IoT, cyber security and surveillance. The products and solutions will be installed in four different building scenarios (town hall, school, hospital and library) and it will be possible to test them extensively. The forum, including lectures and discussions, will target municipal decision makers and planners of public spaces. Comprehensive Program A Security Expert Forum in Hall 2 will present a continuous program with more than 90 presentations during the period of the fair. Visitors will obtain information and solution ideas about all six subject areas covered at the fair, and the program will begin with a keynote lecture each morning and finish with a live demonstration in the evening. On the first day of the fair (25 September), Security Essen’s Career Forum will introduce retrainees, students, trainees and graduates to companies from the security industry. Targeted and professional communication will be established between companies and job applicants to facilitate making contacts, developing networks, and filling actual vacancies. Thursday (27 September) will be observed as Fire Prevention Day, and a Drone Course will be provided each day in Hall 7. One day admission to Security Essen is €41; a four-day ticket is €105. Advance sale tickets are discounted.
A complex set of biological, psychological, sociological, contextual and environmental factors are involved when a perpetrator decides to commit an act of workplace violence. In many cases, the perpetrator doesn’t really want to become violent; rather, they are seeking to achieve an outcome and mistakenly believe violence is their only option. An underused approach to preventing workplace violence is to consider the issue from the perspective of the instigator, to seek to understand their grievances, and to suggest alternative solutions, says James Cawood, President of Factor One Inc. “It’s helpful to consider their perspective at a point of time, and how do I use that information in a way that explores the issues and influences them to seek other means of achieving their goals without violence?” suggests Cawood. Preventing Workplace Violence An underused approach to preventing workplace violence is to consider the issue from the perspective of the instigator Factor One specialises in violence risk management, threat assessment, behavioural analysis, security consulting and investigations. Cawood will present his insights into preventing workplace violence in a session titled “Workplace Violence Interventions: The Instigator’s Perception Matters” during GSX 2018 in Las Vegas, September 23-27. Intervening and seeking to understand the instigator’s viewpoint can direct them away from violence. Often, diffusing a situation can prevent tragedy. Delaying a violent act is a means of prevention, given that the instigator might not reach the same level of stress again. Cawood says several recent examples of workplace violence illustrate the importance of identifying behavioural precursors and intervening. It is difficult to quantify the benefits of such an approach, since no one is keeping statistics on incident that were successfully diverted, he says. Reaching A Mutually Agreeable Solution “Accommodation and appeasement often won’t serve the problem,” says Cawood. “Instead of projecting our needs on what would be effective for us, we must really understand what matters to them and what we are able to do to solve the problem. “It’s about listening and reflecting back to reach a mutual agreement of their perspective of what matters,” he says. “Now we can talk about what’s possible or not. Is there something concrete I can do that is within the rules? Just being heard in depth is a de-escalator of violence.” It’s the same methodology used by hostage negotiators: Listen, reflect back, and come to a mutually agreeable solution. Giving a troubled employee a severance package – money – might not address their underlying complaints For example, giving a troubled employee a severance package – money – might not address their underlying complaints. “We may not have solved the underlying problem as they perceive it,” says Cawood. “They may feel disrespected or picked on. There may be an underlying mental condition, such as paranoia, or a grandiose sense of self-worth, underlying filters that have nothing to do with money.” GSX Networking And Education GSX is the new branding for ASIS International’s trade show, attended by more than 22,000 worldwide security professionals Global Security Exchange (GSX) is the new branding for ASIS International’s annual conference and trade show, attended by more than 22,000 security professionals from 100-plus countries. Cawood’s session will be September 24 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. “My purpose is to hone in on an area of workplace violence that is often ignored,” says Cawood. Cawood started out in law enforcement in the 1970s and transitioned to security in the 1980s. His credentials are typical of the high level of speakers presenting at GSX 2018: He holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology, and a Doctorate in Psychology, is a Certified Threat Manager (CTM), and has successfully assessed and managed more than 5,000 violence-related cases. He is the former Association President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and currently the Vice-Chair of the Certified Threat Manager program for ATAP. Cawood has written extensively on the topic of violence risk assessment, and co-authored a book, Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook. Cawood has been active in ASIS International since the 1980s and sees value in attending GSX 2018. “People from all over the world are coming and being exposed to a common set of topics to use as jump-off points for additional conversations. People from all types of experiences and exposures will be providing information through those lenses.” Knowledge gained from GSX provides a “real chance to drink from a fire hose” and get a deeper understanding of a range of topics. The relationships and networking are another benefit: “Nothing is more powerful than knowing someone face-to-face,” he adds.
How do you make a 63-year-old organization even better? That’s the challenge for ASIS International as it continues an effort to be more transparent and inclusive, and to adapt to 21st century work environments. Transforming The Focus Of ASIS International “ASIS International is undergoing a tremendous amount of transition and reexamination, creating a lot of opportunities,” says Amy Fischer, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. There’s a new CEO and there has been shuffling on the executive leadership team, all directed toward fine-tuning how the organization can fulfill its role in the profession. “How can we achieve our mission? We are reexamining and reevaluating our programs from the ground up. Our reinvestment in the annual seminar and exhibits are just the beginning. We will be rolling out new programs in the next 18 months.” The new strategies come with the complete support of the ASIS International Board of Directors. Since the summer of 2015, the board has taken a stronger role, working with staff to develop a more member-centric plan that has transformed the focus of the organization. “Every program area is being looked at and evaluated,” says Fischer. “We are looking to improve the value proposition for members, to ensure they are reaping the value of their membership dollars.” “Every day is a new adventure,” adds Peggy O’Connor, ASIS International’s Director of Communications. “I have been here 10 years, and the change I have seen in the last year has been exciting. Members feel that this is their association. People are excited about what we are doing.” Staff has been moved, changed and restructured. Emphasis On Virtual And e-learning “We have a great partnership with our board,” says Peter O’Neil, CEO of ASIS International, who joined the organization at the beginning of 2016. “We are looking at the operation through a mobile-first, digital and agile lens that lets us be more responsive. I have served five other associations, and I have never experienced a more committed membership. Commitment is high at other organizations, but I have never seen this kind of commitment. Members are behind us and want nothing more than for their professional society to succeed.” “We are looking to improve the value proposition for members, to ensure they are reaping the value of their membership dollars” Among the changes will be greater emphasis on virtual and e-learning. The association will also work to help young, non-security professionals see a career path in security. To that end, the association will be taking a hard look at new membership models. New Entry-level Certification Program ASIS International will also be considering a new entry-level certification program for new professionals who come into security from law enforcement, the military or other fields. Launching a new certification takes about two years, and the organization is currently six months or so into it. Another challenge is ASIS International’s dependence on volunteers; today’s security professionals struggle to find time to devote to the organization. A new approach will likely engage “micro-volunteers,” allowing members to be involved without devoting as much time. A new ASIS International website will be launched in 2017 Q4, providing association management as well as learning management tools. New virtual learning initiatives, such as live streaming of annual meeting presentations, will be part of the investment. The changes to the 2017 Annual Meeting and Seminars will be just the beginning of additional evolution of the association’s largest yearly event. “2018 will be a whole new and exciting world,” says O’Neil.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed strong support for MI HB 5828 and HB5830, two bills designed to improve school security across the state of Michigan. Michigan Legislation In a letter to Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Laura Cox and Vice-Chair Rob VerHeulen, SIA CEO Don Erickson praised the bills’ creation of a comprehensive school plan and fund to enable local districts to procure security solutions to protect students from malicious perpetrators and update building code requirements to include security measures. “Sadly, our nation’s schools have increasingly become a soft target for mass violence – at Sandy Hook Elementary, recently at Stoneman Douglas High School and in many other attacks,” said Erickson. “We support holistic approaches to improving school safety and security in response to these tragedies – recognizing there is no single action that can be taken that will, by itself, make our schools safe.” SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts Improving School Security SIA represents about 900 security and life safety solutions providers – companies that develop, manufacture and integrate technologies that help keep people and property safe from hazards. These industry leaders strive to introduce robust security solutions integrated into our nation’s K–12 public schools, private academic institutions, colleges and universities. In addition to serving member organizations working to improve security in schools and other environments, SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts that developed threat- and income-based guidelines for schools housing grades K–12 to implement appropriate, layered security measures. These guidelines are available to help guide school investments. Additionally, PASS provides integrators with risk assessments and white papers that can be used when working with schools to evaluate and establish the best security protections for their buildings. SIA believes state assistance like that in the Michigan legislation is a start to addressing key security gaps in schools and is especially critical to high-risk school districts or those with limited budgets.