In The Boardroom With...
Mr. Don Erickson
Security Industry Association
SecurityStockWatch.com: As CEO of the Security Industry
Association (SIA), you certainly need no introduction to our audience,
but please give us a brief recap of your background and tell us about
your role at SIA.
Don Erickson: The Security Industry Association Board
of Directors provided me with the honor of serving as CEO in November
of 2011; prior to that I served as director of government relations for
SIA from 2006 to 2011 and worked closely with SIA's Government Relations
Committee on initiatives such as the enactment of legislation establishing
the GSA Schedule 84 Cooperative Purchasing Program and efforts to increase
the federal government's awareness of SIA's PIV activities.
Before coming to SIA, I served as manager of legislative affairs for Alcatel
and was legislative director for another association, OPASTCO. Prior to
that I was a senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Rod Grams (R-MN) facilitating
the enactment of legislation pertaining to telecommunications and technology
SecurityStockWatch.com: What is different about SIA under
Don Erickson: With the strong support of our Chairman
Jay Hauhn and our Board of Directors, SIA is becoming a more open organization.
We have worked hard to collaborate with other organizations within our
industry, such as ASIS, ESA and CSAA; with IT organizations like Tech
America; and with associations representing numerous vertical markets,
such as the County Executives of America. Those are all great organizations
and there are projects we can work on together that will benefit the industry.
Our outreach is also intended to help communicate our members' technology
expertise as a means to help end users solve significant security challenges.
As an organization that works to strengthen the entire industry, we are
also focused on membership diversification. For example, SIA is working
to increase the benefits offered to the independent integrator segment
of the industry to compliment the work of organizations such as PSA Security
Network and to help them address potential disruptive "game-changers"
to their business and bottom-line.
SecurityStockWatch.com: Since you were the director of government relations before becoming CEO, what are some of the initiatives happening in that department?
Don Erickson: In particular, our government relations
team has been very busy this year working on issues surrounding school
safety and security. In January, the GR team worked closely with SIA Chairman
Jay Hauhn to send a letter
to President Obama supporting funding for the Secure Our Schools program.
Shortly thereafter, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
introduced the School Safety Enhancements Act of 2013, which was recently
moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee
. SIA has proactively worked
toward the passage of this legislation, which is also supported by the
National Education Association, the American Association of School Administrators,
the Association of Education Service Agencies, the National Rural Education
Association, and the Rural Education Advocacy Association.
There have also been measures introduced in Oregon, Missouri and Texas
to limit the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) in schools,
and our government relations team has been busy contacting those legislatures
to advocate for the use of the technology. RFID is a proven solution for
the protection of people and assets, and these legislative efforts do
not take into consideration the safety and security benefits that the
use of such technology can provide.
SIA has created a LinkedIn Group,
SIA School Safety, to discuss policy,
technology, compliance issues, and the design and installation of security
systems to protect our nation's schools.
Last year, SIA Government Relations launched its inaugural
Fiscal Year Informer (FYI)
, which provides valuable budget information, analyzes appropriations
trends and allocations, and offers insight into federal funding decisions
-- helping SIA members and independent integrators to more closely "follow
the money." This complements SIA's
State Policy Digest, which is
a quarterly review of state legislative proposals, activities and trends
impacting the electronic and physical security industry.
SecurityStockWatch.com: SIA is a leader in the area of
standards for the industry. What are some of the new initiatives SIA is
working on in that area?
Don Erickson: SIA Standards has been very busy over the
past year. In October they released version 2.1.5 of the
SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP)
SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) specification -- a communication protocol that
allows devices, such as card readers, control panels or other security
management systems to work together.
The Digital Video Subcommittee released the
Digital Video Quality Handbook
in December, and an updated version will be released in early spring.
The handbook is a "go-to" practitioner's guide for achieving
maximum video quality for various applications of digital video through
proper system design, and contains guidelines based on established best
practices within the industry. The Video Perimeter Security working group
is creating a guidebook for video surveillance in large outdoor applications
that will be released later this year.
We are also offering a series of monthly
webcasts, which we kicked off
on March 13 with a webcast on Security Applications for the Cloud. Our
next webcast, which is focused on the migration to IP video, will take
place on April 28.
SecurityStockWatch.com: Does SIA offer credentialing
for the industry?
Don Erickson: SIA Education offers the SIA
Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM)
Program, which is a thorough, knowledge- and experience-based
credentialing program that supports the professional growth of security
project managers. This year we're offering a CSPM course at the Sands
Expo Convention Center April 7-10, and this is the first time the course
has been offered in the same venue as ISC West.
SIA Education has also brought back its SIA/ APCO
Central Station Operator Instructor Course
(CSOI) 'Train-the-Trainer' program, with newly revised
content reflecting advancements in Central Station operations and practices.
This instructor-led course remains the industry standard for central station
managers seeking a comprehensive training program for their call center
SecurityStockWatch.com: What is the relationship between
SIA and ISC Events, the producer of ISC East and ISC West?
Don Erickson: "SIA and ISC together" is the
best way to describe our relationship. In my more than seven years at
SIA, I honestly believe the relationship between our two organizations
has never been stronger. One simply needs to see the incredible branding
of SIA that occurred at ISC East last year, and the ISC team has gone
even farther with our branding at ISC West -- I cannot wait to see it
next month. This is an excellent partnership that displays excellent collaboration
between the ISC Team and SIA for our industry - most of which are SIA
SIA is proud to be the sole industry sponsor of ISC
West, which is the most important security event of the year supported
by SIA members -- the industry's technology leaders. The networking at
ISC West is unparalleled; it's a unique opportunity for 25,000 security
professionals to network with representatives from the security manufacturing
industry. It's the perfect place to find the products and services you
need, with 300,000 square feet of exhibition space and nearly 1,000 exhibitors.
One of the benefits of SIA membership is free registration for ISC
East and ISC West, the biggest security conventions in the country.
In addition, SIA members exhibiting at ISC West can receive substantial
discounts on exhibit space at the show.
ISC West attendees can interact with SIA by stopping by our booth (#3063)
on the show floor, and visiting the SIA
New Product Showcaset (NPS) display, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for
vendors to show their customers the latest innovations. Don't miss the
NPS awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 10.
SIA members and buyers of security products can join us at PURE nightclub
on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. for our annual Customer
Appreciation Reception. It's a great opportunity to network with industry
partners and, more importantly, with end-users of security solutions.
For those who are staying in Las Vegas after the show, SIA's
Ride for Education is being held on Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m.
This annual event raises money for educational opportunities for first
responders, and registrants can rent either a car or motorcycle to participate
in the event. Last year's ride included stops in the Valley of Fire and
at Hoover Dam.
SecurityStockWatch.com: How is SIA working with ISC on
the educational program at ISC West?
Don Erickson: We have been working closely with the ISC
Education Advisory Board to present the
SIA Education@ISC conference program at ISC East and ISC West.
The program offers high-quality training for integrators, central station
operators and end users.
SecurityStockWatch.com: Are there any particular upcoming
events you would like to talk about?
SIA Education restructured the 2013 educational
program to provide attendees with practical information on how to unify
current and future infrastructure technologies. We've also introduced
"Learning Labs" -- workshop-style sessions where participants practice
what they learn -- to help them gain hands-on experience while onsite.
We also shifted the conference program schedule to allow attendees more
time to explore the show floor without sacrificing learning opportunities.
We recently announced
that participants completing sessions and labs through
SIA Education@ISC may be eligible to receive ASIS Continuing Professional
Education Credit (CPEs), ALOA Education Credits (AECs) and NICET Continuing
Professional Development Points (CPDs) toward recertification for a variety
of credentials. Individuals seeking recertification credit should check with
their respective credentialing organizations to review guidelines and filing processes.
Don Erickson: The thing that is foremost in everyone's
minds right now is ISC West, however the
SIA Government Summit SIA Government Summit will be coming up in
just a few months (June 4-5) in Washington, DC. SIA's
Securing New Ground™ and the S500 executive conferences will be
taking place Nov. 5-6 in New York, and ISC East is scheduled for Nov.
20-21, with the Security Industry Gala on the evening of the 20th at Chelsea
Membership Directory is truly a blue chip listing of security industry
leaders. For those companies considering membership, please summarize SIA
We are currently in the processing of forming The SIA Safe School Industry
Group and The Mobility Interest Group. The Safe Schools Industry Group
will liaise with a diverse set of stakeholders within the education and
school security communities to identify and help address technological
and situational challenges facing local school districts, colleges, and
universities. The Mobility Industry Group will champion security solutions
within Mobile Device Management and BYOD policies that compliment traditional
physical security hardware and software developments.
Also in development is SIA Technology Insights, a semi-annual journal
that will feature articles by SIA members about trends in electronic physical
security. The first edition, which is scheduled to come out in June, will
focus on the transition to IP-connected devices in all segments of the
Don Erickson: SIA Members receive valuable exposure through
SIA's online membership directory, and free subscriptions to
SIA Update ,
the Fiscal Year Informer (FYI), the State Policy Digest, and other SIA
publications. They get the opportunity to participate in the development
of standards, and receive federal and state legislative tracking, analysis
Members receive significant discounts on courses, webinars, and market
reports and insights from around the globe. Member who participate in
ISC West get special pricing on booth space, $1,000 off the New Product
Showcase registration fee, and are included in an exclusive networking
opportunity with end users during the conference.
All SIA members have free access to
in SIA's new Silver
Spring, MD headquarters.