Steve Van Till to receive SIA’s 2019 Lippert Award

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) selected Steve Van Till, co-founder, president and CEO of Brivo, as the 2019 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. This honor is presented annually to a distinguished individual for long-term, selfless service to the security industry and to SIA. Van Till will receive the award during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, November 20, in New York City. 

Van Till, a former SIA Board of Directors and SIA Executive Committee member, currently serves as chairman of the SIA Standards Committee, which develops, promotes and advocates security industry standards in a coordinated effort with other standards and specification writing bodies. In this role, Van Till has been instrumental in the road map for the SIA standards program as the industry has undergone digital transformation, including identifying and introducing the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) access control communications standard to SIA Standards. 

A prominent thought leader and speaker, Van Till has also regularly contributed to SIA Technology Insights and the SIA blog; participated as a Securing New Group and SIA Education@ISC conference speaker; served as an advisor for SIA’s annual Security Megatrends report; supported SIA’s RISE community for young security professionals and served as a liaison between SIA and the International Security Management Association.

“The security industry today is in many ways unrecognizable from when I entered it 20 years ago as an entrepreneur; as a microcosm of the technology universe, we can find in our own backyard all the great changes of the past two decades: the impact of the internet and broadband communications, the many ramifications of Moore’s Law, the rise of the as-a-service business model, the broadening and wide acceptance of enabling technical standards and the consumerization of the tools available to accomplish our mission,” Van Till said in the announcement. “I am honored and humbled to be selected from among all the people whose contributions brought about these many improvements in our ability to serve our customers and the public at large.” 

Prior to his career at Brivo, Van Till served as direct of internet consulting for Sapient Corporation and held leadership roles with HCIA, COMSAT and Geostar. He also authored the book, The Five Technological Forces Transforming Physical Security.” 

“SIA is pleased to honor Steve Van Till with the 2019 Lippert Award for his extraordinary leadership, dedication and service to SIA and the security industry,” SIA CEO Don Erickson said. “Steve is a security luminary with deep knowledge of the industry who had been instrumental in cultivating and professionalizing standards, forging partnerships and fostering innovation, and his active SIA involvement as chairman of the SIA Standards Committee has helped use be a catalyst for success within the global security industry.” 

The Lippert Award is named in honor of George R. Lippert, who dedicated more than 20 years of his life to SIA and the security industry. When evaluating candidates for this award, SIA’s committee considers nominees’ long-term service to SIA and the security industry; the impact of their efforts on behalf of SIA and the industry; and the integrity, leadership and diplomacy displayed in their industry dealings.