Now amid all the backdrop of Security Week, there was some big news in the industry. SIA, which had been without a CEO since Richard Chace exited the position earlier this year, announced that Don Erickson is the CEO. The industry reaction was incredibly favorable, and all persons I spoke with consider Erickson's appointment very favorable and a necessary move for SIA. I had a chance to speak with Erickson during Security Week (look for that interview in next week's Tuesday Frontline/Markets & Systems e-newsletters), and he spoke of two main point goals for the changes underway in SIA: 1) more collaboration in the industry, and 2) an improvement on the value proposition for SIA membership. If you don't know Don, he was SIA's government relations director, and I think collaboration is something he's going to be natural at after all those years dealing with Capitol Hill. A healthy industry needs strong industry associations, and it's great to see one of the cornerstone industry associations receive great leadership.
In other news
Change at JVC, Occupy the Port of Oakland?, Cyber attacks on chem companies
JVC Professional Products (which includes security products) announced a new president, Bob Mueller. ... Occupy protests disrupted the Port of Oakland. ... Four "grumpy old men" were the source of a terror plot in Georgia that involved the toxin known as ricin. ... A man was brutally murdered in the sporting goods section of Walmart. ... Metal detectors become standard at NFL games later this month. ... Cyber attacks hit U.S. chemical companies. China was said to be the origin. (Are we at war with China? What do you think? I've been told by two senior corporate security leaders that cyber attacks from China may be the new Cold War, and I'm starting to agree with them.)