"He Is An Idiot!" Exclaims SIA Director John MackBy: John Honovich, Published on Mar 23, 2020
Why? We questioned a letter he and SIA are working on.
Supporting Security As Essential Service
IPVM supports security professionals being categorized as an essential service in the face of coronavirus. Moreover, common sense supports security professionals in this because security is a fundamental need, virus or not. Indeed, the US government has made it clear that security professionals are considered essential in March 19, 2020 guidance.
Sign The Letter
Despite this, SIA directors like John Mack spent the weekend trying to get signatures for a letter urging the government to do what it has already done. Indeed, I would not have been scolded if I did not ask the obvious question:
What practical risk is that security services are not considered essential services? From everything we have seen, municipalities and the federal government already consider them as such.
Mack acknowledged that this a battle essentially won:
You are right most jurisdictions have considered security essential. That said there are some that haven’t and this is with an abundance of caution that we make this point. Doesn’t the hurt to show strong support in any event.
I then asked Mack and other SIA members:
If there is some clear risk for jurisdictions that would not support security as essential, IPVM would support and speak out.Can you or SIA (cc:ed) or someone clarify what risk jurisdictions are at risk?Otherwise, it seems like you all are trying to take credit for a battle that is already won.
"He Is An Idiot!"
Mack responded inadvertently to me:
IPVM Happy To Help On Real Battles
The "leaders" of the industry would benefit from using IPVM's great reach. And we are happy to help with issues that really need help. If there are specific jurisdictions that somehow do not recognize security professionals as essential services, let us identify them and focus our efforts on those few.
Otherwise, we risk, like SIA, taking credit for a battle already won and then we really would be ... an idiot.