PSA, SIA team up to create cyber track for PSA TEC 2020

Former State Department senior advisor for innovation Alec Ross to keynote
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA and the Security Industry Association (SIA) are teaming up to provide a cybersecurity track at PSA TEC 2020, an annual systems integrator focused conference, held April 20-23 at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver, Colo.

“PSA TEC 2020 will feature exclusive cybersecurity thought leadership in our track, cyberTEC powered by SIA,” PSA CEO Bill Bozeman told Security Systems News. “The cyberTEC track will feature sessions on cyber-attack risk mitigation, cybersecurity managed services, cyber hygiene compliance and more. We partnered with our trusted ally, SIA, to present this necessary and relevant education.”

PSA also announced TEC 2020 keynote speaker Alec Ross, a New York Times best-selling author and former senior advisor for innovation with the U.S. Department of State. The keynote address will be presented by SIA and take place on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 a.m. in the Plaza Ballroom.

“We are thrilled to work together with SIA in developing our cybersecurity education for PSA TEC 2020 and presenting Alec Ross as our keynote speaker,” Anthony Berticelli, vice president of operations for PSA, said in the announcement. “SIA’s team has invaluable connections in the industry, and partnering with them has raised the bar for the cyberTEC track. Likewise, the insight that Mr. Ross can provide will be thought provoking for all security industry professionals.”

Ross worked with the State Department during the Obama administration on goals of maximizing the potential of technology and innovation in the service of America’s diplomatic goals. He advanced the State Department’s interests on a range of issues including Internet freedom, cybersecurity, disaster response and the use of network technologies in conflict zones. His best-selling book, The Industries of the Future, explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next decade, from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics to the code-ification of money, markets and trust.

“SIA and PSA have worked effectively together to improve the industry’s awareness of cybersecurity. The cyberTEC track powered by SIA reinforces the commitment both organizations have made to ensuring the industry has access to the training it needs to reduce cyber risk and open doors to new business opportunities,” Don Erickson, CEO, SIA, explained. “We’re also very happy to sponsor TEC keynote speaker Alec Ross; we believe his message perfectly captures the spirit of innovation that PSA operators and SIA members deliver in their businesses and security technology solutions.”

In total, PSA TEC 2020 will feature more than 125 education sessions, workshops and certification offerings from experts and partner organizations categorized into dedicated learning tracks focused on job function. The educational content includes sessions for systems integration professionals with a desire to stay relevant and thrive in changing markets through personal and professional development. A complete list of the sessions can be found here.

“New for PSA TEC 2020, we will be partnering with Gary Kayye from rAVe Pubs to bring our exhibition online,” noted Bozeman. “We will shoot exclusive product demos and executive interviews live from the show floor and host them online.”