Kathleen Fletcher



Former FBI Agent Notes that New Technologies Require New Mitigation Methods


TAMPA, FL (February 22, 2018) – On February 6, the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) hosted its first-ever Leadership Roundtable, bringing together senior leadership and CEOs of some of today’s biggest names in hardware manufacturing to discuss industry trends, the future of builders hardware and key initiatives for 2020, and beyond.

The event kicked-off with a keynote presentation by Tom Gates, president of TG Gates & Associates, in which he discussed the rapid evolvement of the security industry as well as industry trends involving new technologies.

In his presentation, titled, “Mitigating Current and Future Security Deficiencies,” Gates, a retired FBI agent, stressed to the group that mitigation research should be as important as development research, because “if a human can build it, a human can breach it.”

“More technologically advanced security systems are rapidly changing the security industry, but these are being matched by the creation of more sophisticated ways to break into these systems,” said Gates.

Gates cited the growth of “safe rooms” and voice-activated security systems as growth industries that make people feel safe. Yet, these are the areas that are often breached and hacked more quickly than more traditional systems.

This address provided an appropriate introduction to the BHMA Leadership Roundtable meeting convened to discuss the future safety and security issues facing the builders’ hardware industry. Issues that were brought to the table ranged from the impact of IoT (the Internet of Things) and automatic locking systems, to school security and global manufacturing issues.

According to BHMA Executive Director, Ralph Vasami, “Our discussions will help to formulate the next steps for our 91 year-old organization. Understanding and identifying the new and changing challenges in locks, locking systems, egress hardware, standards and worldwide security concepts will help us in the coming years as we head towards BHMA’s second century of representing this industry.”

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About the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA): The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builders’ hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the “BHMA Certified” mark—ensuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information on BHMA, please write to BHMA, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY, 10017 or visit the website at