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SIA is a proud sponsor of the ISC Expos, the world’s largest security product trade shows and conferences.

By supporting these events, we ensure that members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as to valuable educational sessions from industry subject matter experts

The 2017 edition of ISC West continued a surge in extraordinary growth for the trade show at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas on April 4-7. ISC West attendance grew by 3 percent over 2016. The ISC West exhibition floor hosted more than 30,000 industry professionals and offered attendees the opportunity to learn about, test and discuss cutting-edge products and technologies from roughly 1,000 exhibiting companies and brands.

New in 2017, ISC West took to the air introducing the first ever Unmanned Security Expo @ ISC West (USE). Unmanned Security Expo quickly became the hottest area on the Show Floor as energy buzzed around Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Robotics & Vehicles (UGVs) and the various software and applications that support (and detect) them. With 30 leading companies exhibiting, participants got a first-hand look at the future of security. Creating a totally immersive experience, Unmanned Security Expo also included free educational sessions in a Theater on the Show Floor, complete with a fly-net that allowed UAVs and ground robots to do live demos.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the exhibit hall, Connected Security Expo @ ISC West (CSE) focused on building a holistic security strategy for the connected enterprise and included vendors that bridge the gap between physical and information security to mitigate new and emerging cyber threats. CSE also featured two dedicated tracks of education as a part of the SIA Education@ISC conference program. The area attracted a bevy of new attendees including the CIO of the US Navy, Google, Facebook and many more high-profile end-users.

ISC West, in conjunction with SIA Education@ISC, expanded educational offerings in 2017 to include 75+ sessions, while ISC also produced the free Unmanned Security Expo sessions and Vendor Solution sessions located both on and off the show floor. Philip A. Celestini, Section Chief of the FBI Cyber Security Division, delivered the conference keynote address.


On April 4, hundreds of SIA members and guests launched ISC West at the SIA Market Leaders Reception, socializing and networking with customers and industry partners, at Breathe Pool Ultra Lounge, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas.

Earlier in the day, SIA recognized Ken Mills, General Manager, Surveillance and Security, Dell EMC, with its 2016 Chairman’s Award at The Advance, the annual gathering of SIA Membership. Also recognized were John Steele, Senior Director of Government Relations, Johnson Controls, as 2016 SIA Committee Chair of the Year and Doug Haines of Haines Security Solutions received the 2016 Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award.

In addition, Dennis Bonilla, executive dean of University of Phoenix’s College of Information Systems and Technology, joined SIA Chairman Denis Hébert at The Advance to honor recipients of the inaugural SIA Scholarship program, which awarded full-tuition scholarships to 11 full-time employees from SIA member companies. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix.

In June, the 2017 SIA GovSummit set another record for participation by government employees and included engaging speakers like Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Bryan Langley, Executive Director, Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

At the accompanying SIA Policy Leadership Awards Dinner, SIA honored two women as its SIA Statesmen of the Year:

  • Teresa Wu, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Government Relations, Oberthur Technologies-Morpho, for her pivotal role in SIA’s advocacy supporting the effective and appropriate use of biometrics technology at the federal and state levels
  • Holly Borgmann, Head of Government Affairs, ADT, for her vigilant efforts in fostering pro-industry policies as a member of the SIA State and Local Policy Working Group

In October, Securing New Ground® (SNGTM) drew top executives for another successful C-suite strategy conference. Held Oct. 26-27 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, SNG brought together the C-Suite of manufacturers, integrators and service providers as well as top security practitioners to exchange vital business intelligence.

For SNG attendees and SIA members, the association produced “Security Megatrends: The 2018 Vision for the Security Industry,” a 16-page report that serves as a companion resource to the SNG conference. The report examined trends including the assessment of Big Data, transformation of the channel, and the evolution of risk management. The report distilled top ideas and forecasts presented at SNG into high-level executive takeaways for strategic planning while also highlighting independent resources for further study.

On Nov. 15-16, SIA sponsored ISC East 2017 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. ISC East 2017 marked strong growth for the show with more than 240 exhibiting companies and more than 7,000 high-profile security professionals attending. ISC East featured 75 new brands, 20 percent more new exhibitors than 2016, and the largest exhibition floor in recent years as exhibitors grew 14 percent over the previous year. Exhibitions at the show covered video surveillance, access control, public security, biometrics, smart home, unmanned security, Internet of Things and more.

The SIA Education@ISC program supported 30+ hours of free education sessions, free exhibitor product trainings, the returning Tech Tank @ ISC East and four Hands-On Workshops designed to provide cutting-edge information and valuable insights on the most current business trends, technologies and new developments in security. The ISC East keynote session featured an informative conversation with Group Vice President Will Wise and Ray Kelly, former commissioner of the New York Police Department.

On Nov. 15, 2017, security luminaries gathered at Chelsea Piers in New York City for SIA Honors Night to recognize John Stroia, President, Hamilton Security, a Gunnebo Company, with the 2017 George R. Lippert Memorial Award. SIA also awarded the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award to Brivo CEO Steve Van Till and the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award to David McGowan, Tiffany & Co.’s Vice President-Global Protection Services.


At SIA Honors Night, SIA and SecureIDNews teamed up to honor leading Women in Biometrics. For 2017, five Women in Biometrics honorees were selected, and three of them attended SIA Honors Night to accept awards and share their insights.

Honorees attending included Kimberly Del Greco, Deputy Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, FBI; Stephanie Schuckers, Paynter-Krigman Endowed Professor in Engineering Science, Clarkson University; and Frances Zelazny, Vice President, BioCatch. Women in Biometrics honorees who could not attend in person included Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute, and Liane Moriyama, Administrator, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center.

The evening raised thousands for Mission 500 to help children in need across the United States.

This year also saw the expansion of the regional SIAThere! networking events program around the United States to strengthen outreach to SIA Members around the country. These gatherings, occasionally hosted with partner organizations, provided SIA Members and guests with informal forums for learning more about the work of their peers and clients.

Security Industry Association 2016 Annual Report

SIA 2017 Annual Report