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SIA Highlights What the New Infrastructure Law Means for Security Pros

On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bipartisan legislation, which Congress recently passed following months of negotiations, includes investments designed to help fix, modernize, and secure the country’s infrastructure.

Courtesy: White House

“Look folks, for too long, we’ve talked about having the best economy in the world,” said Biden during the signing ceremony. “We’ve talked about asserting American leadership around the world with the best and the safest roads, railroads, ports, airports. Here in Washington, we’ve heard countless speeches and promises and white papers from experts. But today, we’re finally getting this done.”

The White House has hailed the legislation as the “largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history.” But what does it mean for the security industry, in particular?

Although myriad federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, and Homeland Security, have released individual fact sheets covering how the infrastructure law will impact their respective organizations, the Security Industry Association (SIA) has released a comprehensive summary highlighting how the legislation could specifically affect security pros and companies.

“SIA commends the president and Congress on the passage and signing of this important bipartisan legislation, which will help meet the urgent need for modernizing our nation’s infrastructure and provide a much-needed boost to our nation’s economy,” writes Jake Parker, SIA’s Senior Director of Government Relations. “Solutions across a wide range of sectors within the security industry will play an essential role in infrastructure expansion and modernization, providing increased safety and security throughout the nation.”

SIA’s full analysis of the new law, which also explains how the group plans to support and provide further guidance to its members, is available here.

Total Security Advisor’s parent company, BLR, is a proud member of the Security Industry Association.