SAME Industry-Government Engagement (IGE): Building Cybersecurity


Industry-Government Engagement (IGE) has been the core tenet of SAME since the Society was founded 100 years ago. Now more than ever, our public and private sectors must come together to fight many different kinds of threats with short and long-term economic and national security implications.  Of utmost importance to our industry and our national security at this moment is building cybersecurity as it impacts human safety.  The World Economic Forum cites cyber attacks as the second top global business risk.  As we have recently seen with the Colonial Pipeline and the meat packing industry, our power grids, gas lines, water systems, facilities and homes are at risk.  Ransomware and other cyber attacks can directly threaten lives and property in all aspects of society if targeted to the smart technologies we rely on for essential services. Please read a short white paper on the topic, written by Lucian Niemeyer, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment.  Currently, Lucian is the CEO of the non-profit, Building Cybersecurity.   

In conjunction with the Northern Virginia (NOVA) and Washington D.C. Posts, SAME is hosting a series of engagements to identify parameters of this effort, leverage expertise both internally and externally, raise SAME member awareness, and publish guidance on improving the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) for the federal government and other specifications for public infrastructure.  All events require separate registration.  


Virtual Facility Management Workshop - 26-30 July 2021: Opening Keynote is Marene Allison, CISO at Johnson & Johnson.  Lucian Niemeyer will interview Ms. Allison in a fireside chat as she describes how Johnson and Johnson prepares their multitude of facilities against ongoing cyber attacks.  Closing session will be a panel of government experts discussing current cyber threats to facility systems.  

NOVA & D.C. Posts host "Improving Cybersecurity and Safety in Smart Buildings & Infrastructure" -  16 September 2021 - Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia:  This event will include an informative panel of experts and serve as the basis for forming work groups that will dig deeper into issues and solutions.  The session will end with a networking event.  This is the first of four sessions.  Register here


Small Business Conference - 15-19 November 2021 - Atlanta, GA (Applications are CLOSED):  SAME will host a CEO Roundtable on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 3:00 - 5:00 pm to discuss the IGE initiative and present progress to CEOs.  Size will not exceed 15 companies and will be filled on a first come, first served basis using the application below.  This roundtable will be integrated into the SAME Small Business Conference (SBC).  If you are chosen, you will receive logistical information to attend.  Attendees must be Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, or the equivalent executive level to qualify.  Government participation is coordinated by contacting Kathy Off,