Steve Surfaro

Security Expert

With 30 years of security industry experience, Steve Surfaro is Chairman of the Public Safety Working Group for the Security Industry Association and Chairman of the ASIS Security Applied Sciences Council. He is also Standards Team Leader for the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Division, Video Quality in Public Safety Group. Steve is published in a wide range of security publications and delivers industry-accredited sessions each year to audiences in the Americas, Middle East and Asia. Steve has been a subject matter expert in smart cities and buildings, cyber security attack trends, forensic video, data science, command center design and first responder technologies. He also delivers an industry intelligence Twitter feed and bi-monthly podcasts.

He recently served as Public Safety Solutions Designer on the Super Bowl LIVE! Event, a multi-day sports themed event in Downtown Houston that attracted over 1 million fans, and included the NFL Experience, multiple concerts, sports studios and many attractions. The City of Houston Police Department considered it so successful that the solutions used will be re-deployed for crime reduction, early warning and traffic management. Steve recently appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell on the subjects of early warning systems and enhanced security screening.

He is author of the Digital Video Quality Handbook, a Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Division publication and the upcoming SIA Tactical and Smart City Solutions Handbook, providing guidance for law enforcement, fire and other first responders. Steve is also the recipient of the Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence from ASIS International.



Steve, is an excellent advisor on Public Safety Initiatives and a trusted source in developing strategies related to situational awareness and incident management. He co-designed a video surveillance system for Super Live associated with the festivities of Super Bowl LI in Houston. His fore site in development created a model that paved the way for two “Technology Sandboxes” for first responders. Steve is always on hand to assist in any endeavor and his institutional knowledge is a valued resource in the complicated world of emerging technology.
— Jack Hanagriff, Law enforcement Liaison at City of Houston


I know when Steve signs on as a subject matter expert for a CSAA Education project that the end result will be world-class. Steve’s expertise in electronic security is both deep and wide, and he is generous with his knowledge and time in support of the industry.
— Stephanie Morgan, Director, Member Education at CompTIA


Steve’s strong technical knowledge of video surveillance, electronic systems, his level of design expertise, hands on integration and project implementation give Steve outstanding credibility.
— Augie G. Garcia, Agency’s Security Applications Delivery Manager at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey


I know Steve to be a highly-productive collaborator on a variety of security efforts — from CCTV design and installation to headquarter card access strategy. He is a results-oriented professional with a clear vision in multi-location security system application over networks, as well as an expert who focuses on details, education, innovation and leadership. His extensive experience will make him a tremendous asset to any team.
— Leigh Spigelman, Partner at Imaging 123


I have had the privilege of working with Steve for several years and find him to possess a wealth of knowledge second to none in the advanced application of surveillance sytems. Steve is an excellent educator and has incredible presentation skills. I consider Steve as both a friend and colleague that I can always turn to for subject matter expertise.
— W. Douglas Fitzgerald, CPP, CHS-III, CFE, President / CEO Fitzgerald Technology Group


It has been such a pleasure to work with Steve on the ASIS International Physical Security Council over the past couple years. For the past 2 years, while Chair and Co-Chair for the Security Force Management committee, under the PSC, I was thrilled when Steve agreed to be a presenter, as he is a dynamic, knowledgeable and passionate. He is able to clearly explain highly technical subject matter, making us want to learn even more. Steve is pleasant and professional towards everyone he comes in contact with. We are fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and skills serving on the Physical Security Council.
— Inge Sebyan Black, CPP, CFE, CEM, CISM, CCIE, Branch Manager, Securitas Security Services, CVP ASIS (Volunteer)


Steve was a great asset to Panasonic his expansive technical knowledge of the video world was very instrumental in creating large scale integrated CCTV systems with digital recording over IP networks for. He was a team player with an eye for the details. It was a pleasure to work with Steve.
— John Migliaro, President – Retail Security Solutions LLC

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Practice Areas

  • Security Technology Solution Design
  • Smart Cities and Buildings
  • Crime Reduction
  • Early Warning Solutions
  • Traffic Flow and Incident Management Solutions
  • Public Appearances and Technology Debates
  • Enhanced Security Screening
  • Technology Podcasts
  • Industrial and Consumer Technology Trends
  • Cyber Security Attack Trends
  • Forensic Video
  • Data Science
  • Command Center Design
  • First Responder Technologies