Nominations Open for the 2020 Women in Biometrics Awards


The Security Industry Association and SecureIDNews will recognize innovative women guiding the biometrics and security industry during the 2020 SIA GovSummit.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Women in Biometrics Awards, a globally-recognized program co-founded by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors IDEMIA, Biometric Update and the SIA Women in Security Forum. The recipients of this year’s Women in Biometrics Awards will be honored at the 2020 SIA GovSummit, SIA’s annual government security conference.

“Biometric technologies are fundamental to securing physical and digital identities in today’s society and to helping protect our cities, businesses, schools and citizens,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “The innovative women recognized each year as Women in Biometrics award winners have made incredible advancements toward creating a more secure world through guiding this crucial technology market, and SIA looks forward to welcoming the next class of awardees to this elite group.”

The Women in Biometrics Awards recognize top female leaders in the biometric identity and security industry. Nominees and past winners include those working for biometric companies, peripheral suppliers, system integrators, academia, government and security and IT departments at a variety of organizations in the United States and internationally.

“Since we launched the Women in Biometrics Awards in 2015, the program has recognized more than 20 entrepreneurs, scientists and visionaries guiding the biometric identity and security industry,” said Chris Corum, publisher of SecureIDNews. “When we started, biometrics was an emerging technology. Today it is a key tool securing modern society, and female leaders are charting the course.”

Each nominee should exemplify one or more of the following contributions to the industry:

  • Leadership: Substantive and defining leadership in academic, public awareness, legislative and/or standards efforts
  • Participation: Efforts that go above and beyond individual company walls and into the larger identity sphere
  • Innovation: Pioneering product development, innovation or corporate startup efforts
  • Mentoring: Industry involvement sharing expertise and mentoring peers, thus growing the market

“IDEMIA has been an enthusiastic sponsor of the Women in Biometrics Awards since 2015, and we are proud to have many highly-skilled and deserving women at IDEMIA selected to represent the industry over the years,” said Ed Casey, chief executive officer of IDEMIA’s business in North America. “IDEMIA wouldn’t be the technology leader it is today without the women on our team and women everywhere working to advance the science of biometrics. They inform, inspire and encourage us. We are honored to partner with SIA and SecureIDNews to recognize their contributions.”

Nominations for the 2020 Women in Biometrics Awards program will be accepted until April 30. A jury comprised of previous award winners will select this year’s award recipients. Learn more and submit a nomination for the 2020 award program at

“Biometric Update is proud to support the Women in Biometrics Awards both to advance the role of women in this important and fast-growing STEM area and to improve the breadth of perspectives at play in the identity ecosystem,” said Biometric Update Editor Chris Burt. “Identification and identity-proofing systems must work for everyone in order to be truly effective, and the way to ensure that is by encouraging inclusive teams and product development.”

SIA GovSummit brings together government security leaders and private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing and education on cutting-edge security topics affecting federal, state and even local agencies. This year’s GovSummit will be held virtually June 1-4 and will be free to all government and industry attendees. Learn more and register to attend at​summit.

About SIA

SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,000 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 the premier 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 GovSummit, 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.

SIA’s Women in Security Forum offers programs, networking and professional growth events and thought leadership opportunities to promote and advance the involvement of women in the security industry. Any employee of a SIA member company – regardless of gender – is eligible to join the forum.

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.


IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, provides a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space. Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, an identity that ensures privacy and trust and guarantees secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect one of our greatest assets – our identity – whether for individuals or for objects, whenever and wherever security matters. We provide Augmented Identity for international clients from the financial, telecom, identity, public security and IoT sectors. With 13,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.

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