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MAR 2019

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12 Security Business / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / March 2019 New SIA Event Focuses on Young Security Pros AcceleRISE – set for August 2019 in Minneapolis – is aimed at recruiting and retaining Millennials Event Report Attracting and retaining young professionals is one of the biggest challenges across all industries today but the issue is even more pronounced within the security market. According to research conducted by Security Business magazine for its annual Fast50 awards, which ranks the fastest grow- ing security integrators in North America, 73 percent of companies surveyed say employee recruitment and retention was one of the top threats to their business. "Industry-wide, experienced and seasoned technicians are aging, with some wanting to retire and oth- ers looking to get out of the field and into the office. Skilled trades are down in favor of higher educa- tion for incoming generations, and we are feeling the pain," Andy Boyd, President of Integrated Protection Services, told Security Business as part of the 2018 Fast50 survey. As part of an effort to keep young security professionals engaged and help them improve and refine their skills in the industry, the Security Industry Association (SIA) recently announced that it is launching a new event – "AcceleRISE." The event will take place Aug. 14-16 in Minneapolis, and will feature blended learning sessions with a mix of keynote presentations, panel dis- cussions, team-building exercises, peer networking and workshops. "In my opinion, the number-one business issue facing SIA members and the industry is attracting, recruit- ing and keeping qualified talent," SIA CEO Don Erickson says. "The AcceleRISE event seeks to comple- ment the tools and programs that employers – on both the manu- facturer and integrator side – have for their young talent to help them become future leaders." One aspect of the event will focus on so-called soft skills development to help younger professionals learn how to communicate with their supervisors and higher ups within an organization. Other focuses of the event will include financial acumen; team-building exercises with peers SECURITY WATCH BY JOEL GRIFFIN, EDITOR, SECURITYINFOWATCH.COM Learn more about AcceleRISE at www.securityindustry.org in a less structured environment than they would typically find in the corporate setting; and training that will help them learn more about the security ecosystem. Erickson says the event will also likely have someone deliver a keynote address on how to help a start-up business in the indus- try grow, as well as on how to hone project management skills "I don't' think we have done a great job as an industry in actually promoting the industry and its tech- nology innovation in a really exciting way to pro- spective employees who are younger," Erickson says. "There is a war for talent out there. That's why you continue to see many younger profes- sionals continue to look at Silicon Valley – at places like Google and Facebook, and for lack of a better term, more household names and common brands – as sources of employment." In contrast to the stereotype that today's workers – particularly Millennials – are difficult to motivate, Erickson has found that young secu- rity professionals are intellectually curious about the industry. "They want to learn more about their jobs and why they are doing it; and they want employers to explain in greater detail the purpose of what they are being asked to do as part of an organization's overall mission," Erickson explains. Additionally, Erickson believes companies need to stress the inno- vation happening in security. "The industry has to do a better job of talking about the excitement and innovation behind these technolo- gies and what they are capable of doing in terms of fulfilling the mis- sion of the industry." ■ In my opinion, the number-one business issue facing SIA members and the industry is attracting, recruiting and keeping qualified talent." — Don Erickson, CEO, SIA

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