SIA GovSummit to Examine Top Security Issues Facing Government Agencies

The event will feature discussions with key stakeholders from government, industry, education and law enforcement and highlight topics such as the need for school security guidelines and standards.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the agenda for its annual public policy and government security technology conference, SIA GovSummit 2018.

Held June 27-28 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., the event will bring together government security leaders and private industry technologists for information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and even local agencies.

The first day of SIA GovSummit will highlight discussions on a variety of topics, including:

  • OMB’s New Cybersecurity and Identity Policy: Impact on Federal Physical Access Control Systems
  • Movement to the Cloud for Video and Other Security Applications
  • Procurement Strategies for Effective Security Solutions
  • The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Video and Other Applications
  • Biometrics in Border Security

Speakers include Matthew Goodrich, FedRAMP director at the General Services Administration; Daryle Hernandez of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Interagency Security Committee; Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings; David Sousa, division director at the Federal Protective Service; and consultant Tim Williams.

Following the first day’s discussions, attendees will be invited to join a networking reception and the Policy Leadership Awards Dinner. Paul Begala, commentator at the Washington Speaker Bureau, will provide remarks at the dinner.

The second day will begin with a SIAThere! and Northern Capital Region Security Forum breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club, featuring remarks from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). Following the breakfast — in addition to its member visits to Capitol Hill offices — SIA is expanding the popular Secure Schools Roundtable into a half-day event presented in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus.

The gathering — held at the U.S. Capitol Visit Center — will feature discussion with key stakeholders from government, industry, education and law enforcement and highlight topics such as the need for school security guidelines and standards, the role of the federal and state governments in funding school security and the need for coordination among educators, school facility personnel and first responders in protecting our schools.

“SIA GovSummit gives government and industry the opportunity to come together, share information and collaborate on security, including assessment of security investment priorities,” says Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations. “In light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Fla., SIA is also looking forward to hosting a half-day, expanded version of its Secure Schools Roundtable as part of the summit to address safety and security in our schools.”

SIA GovSummit is free for all government employees, including federal, state, county and municipal-level staff (both domestic and international), plus all military, law enforcement and public safety representatives.

Early bird registration rates for non-government attendees are available through June 1. To learn more and register, visit

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