Leading security associations join forces

Teaming up helps deliver increased services to global security leaders
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Monday, March 23, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and SILVER SPRING, Md.—ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA) 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. 

“This partnership marks the security industry’s top associations coming together in an unprecedented way,” Peter O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International said in the announcement. “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 U.S. and across the globe. Our partnership reinforces the message that the security industry is stronger when it comes together.” 

The partnership will begin by addressing two primary focus areas —business operations and advocacy—as well as content development and coordination with information and announcements related to this partnership posted jointly on the ASIS and SIA websites. 

“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,” Don Erickson, CEO, SIA said. “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.” 

Regarding business operations and advocacy, SIA will lead a team compose 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: 

  1. Review and analyze rules pertaining to the final enactment of COVID-19 aid package(s) expected to be passed by Congress. 
  2. Review the supply chain and any changes in federal rules that may be needed. 
  3. Provide any information about preparedness grants to members.

For content development and coordination, ASIS will lead a team composed of representatives from SIA and ASIS learning, editorial, marketing and industry relation 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, virtual learning opportunities will be offered so members can participate on their own schedules. Other goals include developing targeted collaborations with academia and aligned health care associations, and evaluating the unique needs of small- and medium-sized business members.