The Security Industry Association (SIA) is creating a new industry standard for security professionals. The Security Industry Cybersecurity Certification (SICC) was developed by the SIA in collaboration with PSA Security Network and Security Specifiers, and will attest to an individual’s familiarity with and knowledge of physical and cybersecurity systems.
In that regard, the SICC credential is geared toward technicians, IT managers, and anyone else who installs, configures, and provides ongoing support for electronic security devices. Those interested in achieving certification need to have at least two years of experience in the field, and must apply for and pass an exam that evaluates their skills. Businesses, meanwhile, can be confident that those with SICC credentials are qualified to perform a number of different tasks related to networking and cybersecurity.
“In today’s converged world, it is essential to support security installations according to best practices for both electronic security and cybersecurity,” said Northland Controls CEO and SIA Board of Directors Chair Pierre Trapanese. “By earning the new SICC credential, industry professionals will ensure they have the hands-on experience and deep understanding of physical security and cybersecurity convergence needed to offer more comprehensive security solutions that better serve their customers.”
“The daily news underscores the critical importance of cybersecurity awareness, hygiene and training,” added PSA Security Network President and SIA Executive Council Chair Ric McCullough. “This new cyber certification program specifically and proactively addresses those important concerns with a cyber certification designed especially for our security industry.”
The SIA will discuss the SICC program during a 30-minute virtual session on Tuesday, May 25. The organization will then begin accepting exam applications on June 1.
The creation of the SICC credential is in keeping with the SIA’s ongoing efforts to prepare businesses for the modern cybersecurity environment, and the more sophisticated attacks that come with it. The organization recently absorbed the Identification Technology Association, and turned it into an Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board that will guide the SIA’s future advocacy efforts.
May 13, 2021 – by Eric Weiss