SIA Launches Effort to Create Security Device Network Protocols

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Security Industry Association (SIA) Standards Committee will begin work on a security industry-specific set of attributes relating to simple network management protocol (SNMP) management information base (MIB) structure.

SIA’s decision to define the security-specific information bases stems from the surge of security devices hosted on enterprise networks. The SNMP allows monitoring and supervision of network devices. SNMP commands operate through MIBs embedded in the IP device. Currently, there are no standard MIBs defined by the security industry, leaving individual manufacturers to define custom MIBs in their products.

Characterizing a set of industry-wide MIBs, could essentially be used to provide a uniform means of monitoring security devices within the widely-used SNMP structure, according to SIA.

“This is an obvious opportunity for the SIA Standards Committee to plug a big hole,” says Ray Coulombe, managing director of says. “Most responsible vendors offer SNMP functionality, but there is no guidance on exactly what this should provide. This effort will bring the industry into closer harmony with a major IP-related protocol and allow for better integration of security devices into the network fabric.”

Coulombe will lead an ad-hoc SIA Standards Subcommittee that will begin working on the project in early August. Those interested in joining the subcommittee should contact SIA Director of Standards Joe Gittens at [email protected].

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