Security organization sets up international forum

Wednesday, 27 November 2002, 4:36 PM EST

A Washington, D.C.-based organization formed in August to make recommendations on how government and industry can work together to solve national security problems has reached an agreement with a trade show management firm aimed at increasing information sharing among security companies and organizations based in different countries.

The Homeland Security Industry Association (HSIA), founded by a Washington, D.C.-based attorney and executives from two security companies, announced the agreement Tuesday with Krause & Associates Inc. Under the agreement E.J. Krause, which annually produces more than 80 events in 16 countries, will include HSIA as a cosponsor of its homeland security events in North America, Europe and Asia.

This will allow HSIA and E.J. Krause to establish an international forum for organizations from various nations to exchange information and technology needed to fight global terrorism, HSIA spokesman Steve Ellis said.

One of HSIA's missions is to provide members with networking opportunities so they can partner in fulfilling U.S. government security contracts. However, HSIA does not allow non-U.S. companies as members unless the company has a strong presence in the U.S., so there is a need for the international forum created under the agreement with E.J. Krause.

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