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Security industry creates coalition to fight war on cyber crime

Security industry creates coalition to fight war on cyber crime ASIS, ESA, TMA, PSA and SIA issue statement on unified vision for cybersecurity

Security industry creates coalition to fight war on cyber threats

YARMOUTH, Maine—With so much that has been going on in the cybersecurity space the past few months, leading global security industry organizations ASIS International, the Electronic Security Association (ESA), The Monitoring Association (TMA), PSA Security Network and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have come together to fight the war on cybersecurity threats with a unified strategy.

“As representatives of the security practitioners and security solutions providers responsible for protecting people and assets around the globe, we share a unified vision to continuously strengthen cyber readiness practices by all stakeholders within the security ecosystem,” the group said in a joint statement announcing the coalition. “It is our belief that a substantial number of manufacturers and integrators today recognize the importance of developing strong cyber hardening features within the design of products and systems.

“Equally important, security professionals responsible for the implementation of these solutions expect a clear commitment to cyber readiness from their technology partners. We realize that even with the best device hardening, tools and technology, the risk of cyberattack is never zero. Building a community of partnership and trust among the industry and its many stakeholders helps us share information and learn about the evolving threat landscape so we can be better prepared and learn from common challenges”

To meet expectations and protect sensitive information from being compromised as a result of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, ASIS, ESA, TMA, PSA and SIA have delivered a substantial volume of compelling content in the form of in-person and virtual educational conferences and workshops, online training, articles and recommended best practices intended to educate the security workforce about minimizing cyber risk.

Examples of these efforts and resources include:




  • Minimizing Your Cyber Risk in the Monitoring Center: TMA has developed a certificate program designed for monitoring center IT staff. Over four recorded sessions, participants learn how to mitigate external attacks and insider threats to minimize cyber risk.
  • Cybersecurity in the Monitoring Center: In 2020, TMA released a stand-alone module on cybersecurity in the monitoring center that is part of the online Monitoring Center Operator Level 2 course. This module will help students understand how they can minimize the risk of an attack by reviewing materials about cybersecurity threats, how common attacks work, when and where individuals and companies are vulnerable to attacks and what they can do to defend their organization.


  • PSA Cybersecurity Program: PSA has a focused Cybersecurity Committee made up of integrator members actively promoting cybersecurity within the industry. This group recently published a white paper on CIS Controls relevant to the electronic security market.
  • PSA TEC: PSA offers a cybersecurity training track at the annual PSA TEC education conference.


“ASIS, ESA, TMA, PSA and SIA will continue to elevate the importance of these types of educational and information-sharing initiatives throughout the industry,” the coalition said. “We will not waver in this mission.”


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