Leading Security Associations Join Forces to Deliver Increased Services to Global Security Leaders as a Result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Crisis
Business Operations and Content Development among Educational Opportunities
SILVER SPRING, Md./ALEXANDRIA, Va. – ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA), the leading membership associations for the security industry, have entered into a partnership to best aid in the COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding efforts of their diverse group of 34,000 member professionals and over 1,000 member companies respectively.
The partnership will begin by addressing two primary areas of focus – business operations and advocacy – as well as content development and coordination.
Business Operations & Advocacy
SIA will lead a team composed of representatives from SIA and ASIS government relations/affairs departments as well as ASIS’ digital strategy office.
The primary responsibilities of this team will be to:
- Review and analyze rules pertaining to the final enactment of COVID-19 aid package(s) expected to be passed by Congress
- Review the supply chain and any changes in federal rules that may be needed
- Provide any information about preparedness grants to members
Content Development & Coordination
ASIS will lead a team composed of representatives from SIA and ASIS learning, editorial, marketing and industry relations departments.
The primary responsibility of this team is to develop and implement a coordinated approach to be a clearinghouse for information on COVID-19 and related knowledge and learning. Providing members support in aspects such as health, well-being, business continuity and communications, this outreach will include virtual learning opportunities, so members can participate on their own schedules.
In addition to these two primary objectives, other goals related to this partnership will include developing targeted collaborations with academia and aligned health care associations and evaluating the unique needs of small and medium-sized business members.
“This collaboration between ASIS and SIA is a perfect example of putting the industry first to help suppliers and practitioners navigate through uncertain and unsettling times,” stated Don Erickson, CEO, SIA. “Together we can help our members respond today to the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 and guide them with information and education that prepares our industry for a renewed future.”
Moving forward, information and announcements related to this partnership will be posted jointly on the SIA and ASIS websites.
“This partnership marks the security industry’s top associations coming together in an unprecedented way,” according to Peter O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International. “The COVID-19 crisis has provided a unique opportunity for us to create a paradigm shift to address the growing needs of security professionals both here in the US and across the globe. Our partnership reinforces the message that the security industry is stronger when it comes together.”
SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,000 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As the premier sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA GovSummit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.
About ASIS International
Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world’s largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange (formerly the Annual Seminar and Exhibits) – the most influential event in the profession – ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets. Learn more about the work we do at asisonline.org.