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Nominations sought for first-ever SIA Progress Award

Award to recognize individual dedicated to the advancement of women in security
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08/08/2018

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association has opened nominations for the inaugural SIA Progress Award, an initiative sponsored by SIA’s Women in Security Forum.

SIA seeks nominations for 2018 George R. Lippert award

High honor recognizes service and leadership in the security industry
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08/01/2018

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association is now seeking nominations for the 2018 George R. Lippert Memorial Award, an honor presented annually to a distinguished individual for long-term, selfless service to the security industry and to SIA. The Lippert Award will be presented during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in New York City. Nominations for 2018’s award are being accepted through Friday, Aug. 24.

Janet Fenner joins ISS as CMO

Formerly with Dahua, Fenner takes on newly created role at ISS
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07/11/2018

WOODBRIDGE, N.J.—Seasoned and highly respected executive Janet Fenner, formerly with Dahua Technology U.S.A., was recently hired by Intelligent Security Systems to take on a newly created role as chief marketing officer.

Keynote speakers announced for Cyber:Secured forum

Leaders from U.S. Attorney’s Office to discuss cybercrime trends
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05/07/2018

DENVER—The Security Industry Association, PSA Security Network and ISC Security Events have announced the keynote speakers for the upcoming Cyber:Secured Forum—an event centered on how to improve and maintain the cybersecurity of integrated solutions and physical security systems.

SIA announces New Product Showcase Award winners

IPConfigure takes top honors in juried awards program presented annually at ISC West
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04/18/2018

LAS VEGAS—The Security Industry Association announced winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards Program. Winners were recognized on stage here at ISC West 2018, April 10-13, and IPConfigure took top honors as Best in Show.

Steve Van Till of Brivo to receive Hauhn Award

​​SIA to present industry award during SIA Honors Night on Nov. 15
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10/04/2017

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced that it will present the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award to Brivo CEO Steve Van Till at SIA Honors Night on Nov. 15, 2017, at The Current at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

SIA announces keynote speaker for Securing New Ground 2017

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08/23/2017

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association announced Rose M. Littlejohn, managing director, security, meeting and events services and U.S. travel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a keynote presenter for Securing New Ground 2017, to be held in New York City, Oct. 26-27.

Educating integrators about cybersecurity for work on college campuses and elsewhere

IST’s Andrew Lanning: ‘It's incumbent upon us to elevate our game’
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03/17/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Andrew Lanning enjoys visiting college campuses and “the ubiquity of their Wi-Fi access.” But the reason he is on campus, usually, is that easy Wi-Fi access means easy prey for hackers and cyber threats.

De Fina: A forward-looking industry veteran

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Like others here at Security Systems News and across the industry, I was saddened to learn of Frank De Fina's death.

Over the past 10 years I got to know Frank and I admired him a lot. He was a great businessman who knew his technology and the security industry inside and out, but one of the reasons I liked talking to him is because he knew as much about music and art as he did about IP video.

And more than just talk about music, he was a musician. If you've been to PSA-TEC, you've probably enjoyed watching Frank play guitar at Bill Bozeman's annual PSA Jam. Here's a link to a 2010 performance.  And here is a photo of Frank playing at the House of Blues in Chicago at ASIS a couple of years ago.

Frank was a security veteran—he spent more than 30 years in security—but he was not one to pine for the good old days of the security industry.

He welcomed a challenge and he was forward-thinking.

Recognizing that the security industry is too gray, too male and too white, he worked to prepare the security industry for a financially healthy and vibrant future in many ways.

He was a mentor to many, he was active in security industry associations, and he was the driver behind a security college degree program at Mercer County Community College, which will launch in September.  De Fina worked with the Security Industry Association, Northland Control's Pierre Trapanese and System Sensor's Dave Lyons on the idea. The two-year program  will combine security-specific training, liberal arts and business classes and will lead to an associate's degree in applied sciences. 

As the industry “aggressively moves into IP, these new [degree-holding] professionals will be well equipped to fill upcoming positions,” De Fina told me in an interview. He was excited that the new degree program will expose young professionals to the security industry, an industry that most college students do not know about. Noting the "tremendous lack of diversity in the security industry," De Fina said one of the reason organizers chose Mercer County Community College for this program is because it “draws a higher-than-normal percentage of African Americans, Hispanics and women."

Frank did great things at Panasonic and Samsung and he was poised to do the same at Hikvision, but he leaves a legacy that goes way beyond impressive profits and sales goals achieved. As SIA CEO Don Erickson pointed out "he put forth ideas and proposals that would strengthen the industry rather than any one single company." 

And I think he had fun doing it. Frank De Fina was a multi-talented guy who was one of the most well-liked and respected people in our industry. He will be missed.

 

 

Ray Dean joins MSA Systems Integration

Dean will work internally with MSA SI staff and externally with manufacturers, consultants
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07/23/2014

NEW YORK—Ray Dean, who was most recently with Stanley Security, has joined MSA Systems Integration here as SVP.

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