SIA, ISMA Adopt Agreement to Foster Collaboration Between Security Practitioners and Suppliers

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Joint activities may include the establishment of a joint technology interest roadmap, vendor-neutral presentations, information-sharing, and suggestions on education topics.

SIA members will benefit from this alliance by improving their understanding of the unique challenges facing chief security officers.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the International Security Management Association (ISMA) have adopted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote information sharing between corporate security practitioners and suppliers around security technology information and standards development, SIA announced today.

A primary objective of the agreement is for SIA and ISMA members to share expertise and jointly identify potential solutions to electronic physical security compliance challenges facing large business enterprises.

"As President of ISMA, I am very excited about our partnership with SIA, created with this memorandum of understanding. Technology trends and their effective management will continue to be a priority for CSOs globally. SIA is an organization with core competencies in security technology information and standards development. I believe that the information sharing between ISMA and SIA will enhance both the knowledge that CSOs need in the technology space, as well as provide insight to SIA executives about the strategies and challenges facing CSOs in mitigating risk. I want to personally thank John Stroia, Don Erickson, Jay Hauhn and the SIA Board for their collaboration, leadership and vision in developing this MOU. I believe it will provide significant benefit to members of both organizations," said John Imhoff, ISMA president.

"SIA is honored to serve as a vendor-neutral technology resource to ISMA members through our Standards Committee activities and education initiatives," said John Stroia, SIA chairman. "SIA members will benefit from this alliance by improving their understanding of the unique challenges facing chief security officers. I would like to thank Mike Howard, John Imhoff and the ISMA Board for their leadership in reaching this agreement and for their confidence in working with SIA for the benefit of our collective memberships."

Activities under the MOU may include the establishment of a joint technology interest roadmap, vendor-neutral presentations presented by SIA to ISMA, information-sharing between the ISMA Resources Committee and the SIA Standards Committee to assist ISMA members in meeting requirements, recommendations from ISMA members for vendor-neutral articles in SIA Technology Insights and suggestions from ISMA members on education topics for the ISC West and ISC East conferences, presented in partnership with ISC Events.

SIA and ISMA intend to conduct these activities at organizational meetings and industry events, such as ISMA general meetings, ISC West and ISC East.

For more information, contact Susan Pohlmann, ISMA executive director, at 563-381-4008 or susan.pohlmann(AT)isma(DOT)com, or Mickey McCarter, SIA communications manager, at 301-804-4704 or mmccarter(AT)securityindustry(DOT)org.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( 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.

About International Security Management Association

International Security Management Association (ISMA), founded in 1983, is a premier international security association of senior security executives from major business organizations located worldwide. ISMA's mission is to provide and support an international forum of selected security executives whose combined expertise will be utilized in a synergistic manner in developing, organizing, assimilating and sharing knowledge within security disciplines for the ultimate purpose of enhancing professional and business standards.

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