Annual Awards to Recognize Female Leaders in Biometrics

Aug. 29, 2018
Nominations now being accepted for 2018 women in biometrics awards.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Women in Biometrics Awards – an honor co-founded by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews, and co-presented with sponsors FindBiometrics, IDEMIA and the SIA Women in Security Forum – recognizing the contributions of women in security and biometrics. The recipients of this award will be recognized at SIA Honors Night on Nov. 14 in New York City.

Nominations for this award are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 28. Learn more on the Women in Biometrics Award page.

“Each year, SIA’s Honors Night celebrates professionals who are leading the way in the security industry. I am looking forward to this year’s program as we recognize the outstanding contributions of women in the industry with the 2018 Women in Biometrics Award,” said Don Erickson, SIA’s CEO. “SIA is proud to support the advancement of women in biometric identity and thankful to the many female leaders shaping the industry.”

“When we started Women in Biometrics awards back in 2015, I had no idea how tremendous the response to the program would be,” said Chris Corum, publisher of SecureIDNews. “The role that biometrics plays in modern identity and security initiatives grows year after year and so too does the role that women play in leading this crucial technology sector.”

The Women in Biometrics Award – now in its fourth year – honors women in biometric companies, peripheral suppliers, system integrators, academia, government and/or security and IT departments who help drive the biometric identity and security industry. Nominees’ contributions may include:

  • Substantive, defining leadership in academic, public awareness, legislative or standards efforts
  • Corporate leadership extending beyond company walls to the larger industry
  • Pioneering product development, innovation or corporate start-up efforts
  • Industry involvement in sharing expertise and mentoring peers, growing the market

Past winners include biometric company executives, industry lobbyists, standards creators, association leaders and security practitioners from a variety of organizations spanning industry, government and nonprofit sectors. Nominees are not required to be employees of SIA member companies; the award is open to all women working in or impacting the field of biometrics. Learn more about the award and past winners and submit your nominations.

“From face scanning at the airport to iris authentication on your smartphone, biometrics technology is an increasingly prominent part of everyday life. And yet half the population – women – are still underrepresented in the biometrics industry. This imbalance has real consequences, with an MIT Media Lab study having shown prominent facial recognition systems are more accurate for male subjects than for women, to take one example,” said Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics.

“This award recognizes women who work diligently to expand the understanding, development and widespread application of biometrics for enhanced identity and security,” said Teresa Wu, vice president of IDEMIA Identity and Security N.A. “As a 2016 recipient, I celebrate the accomplishments that women have made in this industry toward a collective goal of leveraging the power of biometrics.”

SIA’s Women in Security Forum is designed to support the participation of women in the security industry. Through programs like a new roundtable series, thought leadership opportunities, professional development offerings and networking events, the forum engages both men and women who share this goal.

Along with the awards ceremony, SIA Honors Night – held each year concurrent with ISC East, New York City’s biggest security products trade show – features a gala dinner reception benefiting Mission 500 and engaging entertainment. As part of the awards ceremony on Nov. 14, 2018, SIA will also present the inaugural SIA Progress Award (an initiative sponsored by SIA’s Women in Security Forum), the George R. Lippert Memorial Award, the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award and the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award. Learn more on the Honors Night page – and register for ISC East on the conference website.

About SIA

SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 900 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA Government Summit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.

About SecureIDNews

SecureIDNews is an industry-leading source for enterprise and government identity, credentialing and security markets published by AVISIAN. More than 30,000 subscribers and hundreds of thousands of web visitors get their ID technology news from AVISIAN’s suite of identity and security publications.

About FindBiometrics

FindBiometrics is a leading industry resource for information on biometrics identification and identity verification systems and solutions, sharing the latest daily news from the global biometric and identity management community, information on vendors and biometric associations, helpful articles, interviews with industry leaders, exclusive videos and a calendar of key industry news events and conferences. For more than a decade, FindBiometrics has remained an integral player in the biometrics community, helping readers stay more connected, knowledgeable and up to date on the latest identity management news.


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