Explain the imperative to focus in IT where government agencies are concerned.
SIA and the industry need to strengthen our value proposition to the IT community within federal agencies and make them more aware of the nuances with physical security and technologies. We are not there yet. Sometimes there is collaboration, sometimes there are still stovepipes, but we see signs of the gap being bridged a little bit. For example, we see the Federal CIO Council showing more interest in access control systems and the relationships with networks and convergence issues. Cloud computing is helping to foster greater coordination.
The components of DHS are not going to be fully integrated. It is going to take a long time until you see the culture change. That is what all the stakeholders face — the culture change of convergence and people within federal agencies being comfortable working with both sides of the house, physical security and IT.
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