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Access control device standard, SIA GovSummit 2020 agenda and free registration announced

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Access control device standard, SIA GovSummit 2020 agenda and free registration announced

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has launched a testing program to validate the conformance of biometric and other secure access control devices to the new SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard and protocols related to performance.

The new SIA-developed standard applies to access control communications, based on the interoperability among access control and security products, and is already used by many leading manufacturers, the organization says. The SIA recommends the standard be used for high-security access control applications, including government settings.

OSDP Verified products will be cataloged in a list overseen by the SIA, and will be authorized to use the SIA OSDP Verified mark in product marketing materials, according to the announcement.

“SIA OSDP has been steadily gaining momentum as the standard for secure access control, and SIA is pleased to present the OSDP Verified program, which will provide an authoritative listing of OSDP solutions and reduce confusion in the access control ecosystem,” comments Joe Gittens, director of standards at SIA. “Becoming SIA OSDP Verified and displaying the SIA OSDP Verified mark on your company’s product will instill confidence in integrators, specifiers and practitioners that the device will work as intended for its access control use cases and provide an interoperable, high-security access control solution.”

The program includes an authoritative listing of solutions and a consultative process to give implementation and remediation guidance to vendors. The program is lightweight, nonpunitive, and has no annual membership fee. Open-source testing tools and community feedback to promote device conformance throughout the product lifecycle are also available.

The SIA has also announced the speakers and agenda for its virtual 2020 SIA GovSummit, and that the event will be free for industry and government attendees.

The annual public policy and government security technology conference will be held virtually in four three-hour segments from June 1 to 4.

“SIA GovSummit 2020 will explore how security technologies can be leveraged to drive success in government missions. With this virtual format, we look forward to delivering the programming to more interested attendees and presenting even more in-depth content on the topics that matter to government security practitioners at the federal, state and local levels,” says Jake Parker, senior director of government relations at SIA. “As part of the 2020 virtual SIA GovSummit, we will be offering additional sessions and training on emerging technologies relevant to government and homeland security applications.”

The first day of the event discussion will center on policies and legislation related to security technology, with Brian Harrell, assistant director of infrastructure security of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) delivering a keynote presentation. Sessions will also be held on COVID-19 response and recovery, federal procurement trends, emerging applications and policy developments in facial recognition, and the evolving data privacy policy landscape.

Day two of SIA GovSummit will focus on securing government facilities, and feature a keynote from DHS CISA Interagency Security Committee Chief Daryle Hernandez. Other sessions will include the changing needs of the mission-critical federal market, modernizing physical access control systems and applying cybersecurity practices to video surveillance systems.

The June 3 schedule includes the Women in Biometrics Awards and a special keynote session on “The Women in Biometrics Awards Presents the Future of Biometrics in Government Security Applications.” The keynote will feature a panel of Women in Biometrics Awards recipients examining how cutting-edge biometric applications are supporting homeland security missions. The Women in Biometrics Awards are co-founded by the SIA and SecureIDNews, and co-presented by sponsors Idemia, Biometric Update, and the SIA Women in Security Forum. Additional sessions will consider fever detection and camera technology, building security operations centers for future effectiveness, and the future of audio surveillance technology in law enforcement and security systems.

Day four will focus on best practice for securing public spaces, and will begin with keynote remarks by State of Delaware Auditor of Accounts Kathleen McGuiness. Further sessions will explore digital strategy, security, safety and privacy in the age of digital transformation, integrating safety and security into public-private partnerships, trends and guidelines for deploying security barriers, and using drones and robotics technology in security operations.

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