WISA News and EventsBelow is a list of recent news related to the Wisconsin Security Association
Joint Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the Electronic Security and Life Safety Industry Associations
A special message from ESA, SIA & TMA.
During this challenging time, ESA, SIA and TMA are united in representing your interest in the electronic security and life safety industry. The rapid government response through executive action, regulatory changes and legislation at the local, state and federal level to the COVID-19 virus is unprecedented. We stand together to assure all members, consumers and other stakeholders that this industry will continue to remain on the front lines as a vital partner in public safety.
We understand member companies across the country are contending with executive and legislative action that potentially impacts electronic security and life safety businesses in thousands of jurisdictions across the country because of confusion over defining the essential services critical to the Nation’s infrastructure.
To that end, we wish to inform you of recently published guidelines from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which provides “identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response.” While these guidelines are not a mandate to state and local jurisdictions, they do provide strategic guidance toward the unified effort to maintain the Nation’s critical infrastructure and as such we believe these guidelines serve an important role as communities respond with executive and legislative action.
The list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” identified by the CISA pamphlet and important to our industry include:
- Workers supporting communications systems and information technology used by law enforcement, public safety, medical, energy and other critical industries;
- Maintenance of communications infrastructure- including privately owned and maintained communication systems supported by technicians, operators, call-centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, undersea cable landing stations, Internet Exchange Points, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment;
- Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed;
- Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to Network Operations Command Centers, Broadcast Operations Control Centers and Security Operations Command Centers;
- Data center operators, including system administrators, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers, data transfer solutions engineers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators;
Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration.
We appreciate your participation in this industry and the work you do to protect property and lives. This challenge will make us stronger and rest assured, we will be here to protect you, your company and the essential critical infrastructure services you provide.
The Wisconsin Security Association Day of CEU’s is in full swing! Jason West from Digital Watchdog is discussing Cloud Management Made Easy. The group has been asking some great questions and Jason is an expert in his field.
Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients founded in Davenport, IA, is pleased to announce it has awarded twenty-one, $500 scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Each year, children of Per Mar or Midwest Alarm Services employees can apply for scholarships to be used towards higher education. “We are glad that we are able to award scholarships to deserving students,” said Brain Duffy, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s great to see the program expand more this year.”
Nathan Check is the son of Scott Check, a Technician out of our Wausau branch. Nathan is studying at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Cameron Melk is the daughter of Matt Melk, District Operations Manager for our Wausau branch. Cameron is studying nursing at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Jenna Rach is the daughter of Dave Rach, Sales Consultant at the Madison branch. Jenna is studying Pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ian Stussy is the son of Pete Stussy, Sales Consultant at the La Crosse branch. Ian is studying Finance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
STANLEY Security recently presented the police department of Fishers, Ind., with a donation of $10,000 in honor of fallen K-9 Harlej, who passed away in November 2019. Harlej was shot and killed by a suspect during a manhunt after following him into a wooded area. The man was later apprehended by Harlej’s handler, Fishers Patrolman Jarred Koopman.
A division of Stanley Black & Decker, STANLEY Security is a provider of integrated security solutions for a variety of industries including education, retail, healthcare, financial services and government. Their products include intrusion detection software, fire alarms, video surveillance systems and other safety solutions.
“Being headquartered in Fisher, STANLEY Security has developed a close-knit relationship with the Fishers PD,” Robert Dro, STANLEY Security chief financial officer, said. “We are pleased to be offering the Fishers PD a donation toward a new canine officer to thank them for their unwavering dedication and service to our community.”
STANLEY Security first established roots in Fishers in August 2017. Since their arrival in Fishers, they have worked closely with the Fishers Police Department on a number of projects, including the donation of Macho, another K-9 officer, to the department in 2018.
“STANLEY Security has been a collaborative partner for us throughout the years,” Ed Gebhart, Fishers Police Chief, said. “Receiving this donation from them will help us create a more secure environment within the Fishers Community and we look forward to continuing our relationship with STANLEY Security in the future.”
LaForce Vernon Hills office volunteered with Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit, dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development.
WISA Makes a Donated of $1000.00 to the AIREF to help research and education that serves the electronic security industry. Funds raised through the tournament will be funneled into initiatives that support workforce development efforts to attract more qualified talent to our growing and evolving industry.
Are you going to the event in Las Vegas on March 17, make sure you are on the look out for the new WISA logo at this year golf event. It should be located at the Tee Box.
Tuesday, March 17 | Las Vegas
What is AIREF
The Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) serves as the research arm of the electronic security industry. This is AIREF’s mission: Everything we do should make our industry’s products and services more viable, reliable and relevant. We will continue on this mission as we support the security industry and all of those involved in it.