Silver Spring, Md. (PRWEB) May 06, 2014
Dr. Reginald Brothers, the undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will make one of his first public speaking appearances since his confirmation at DHS, as a keynote speaker at 9:45 a.m. on June 3 during the SIA Government Summit at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Security Industry Association (SIA) announced today.
The SIA Government Summit brings together the public and private sectors to discuss legislative and regulatory matters of importance to the security industry. The annual two-day conference, held June 3-4, also provides attendees with unique policy insights that help create new market opportunities.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Brothers as DHS undersecretary on April 7. As head of the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, Brothers is responsible for a science and technology portfolio that includes basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation with the purpose of helping DHS operational elements and the nation's first responders achieve their missions in the most effective, most efficient and safest manner possible. (See http://www.fiercehomelandsecurity.com/story/senate-confirms-two-high-level-dhs-nominees/2014-04-10.)
"Our industry association has always had a strong working relationship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security," said Richard Brent, CEO of Louroe Electronics and chairman of the SIA Government Summit Planning Committee. "We appreciate this openness to engagement with the security industry, and we welcome remarks from Undersecretary Brothers as we seek ways to improve our partnership with the department, and specifically the Science and Technology directorate.
"As we believe that our nation should utilize state-of-art physical security technologies to protect the American people, the opportunity to open a dialogue with the undersecretary is vitally important," Brent added. "Together, we can work to find ways to improve the interoperability, interconnectivity, durability and effectiveness of security technologies, and build a bridge to the future for a safe and secure nation."
In October 2013, SIA and the DHS S&T Directorate signed a memorandum of understanding to bring together DHS employees, first responders, end users and industry experts to exchange information and resolve technical challenges to achieve common homeland security objectives. This was the first time that SIA has signed such an agreement with a federal agency.
Registration for the 2014 SIA Government Summit is open at http://www.securityindustry.org/summit. Members of the press interested in attending please contact Mickey McCarter, SIA manager of communications, at mmccarter(at)securityindustry(dot)org.
For more information on the SIA Government Summit, contact Elizabeth Hunger, SIA manager of government relations, at ehunger(at)securityindustry(dot)org.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 500 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 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 collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.