Security Industry Association Opens Nominations for the 2022 Women in Biometrics Awards

previous Women in Biometrics Awards winners

The globally recognized program will honor innovative women guiding the biometrics and security industry during the 2022 SIA GovSummit.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has opened the call for nominations for the 2022 Women in Biometrics Awards, a globally recognized program presented by SIA with support from sponsors AVISIAN, Biometric Update, FindBiometrics, IDEMIA, Paravision and SIA’s Identity & Biometric Technology Advisory Board and Women in Security Forum. The recipients of this year’s Women in Biometrics Awards will be honored at the 2022 SIA GovSummit, SIA’s annual government security conference.

The call for nominations comes on March 8, International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and presenting a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. SIA supports International Women’s Day and will celebrate the day and its 2022 theme by encouraging its members and the larger security industry to work to forge women’s equality and #BreakTheBias.

“Each year, the Women in Biometrics Awards honor outstanding women at the forefront of the biometrics industry who are driving innovations that help keep our cities, workplaces, schools and people safe,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA is pleased to mark International Women’s Day by calling our members and the security industry to recognize the dedicated, inspiring female leaders helping to advance this vital technology market.”

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.

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 is honored to play a role in SIA’s 2022 Women in Biometrics Awards, supporting inclusivity and diversity across our industry.  IDEMIA encourages all security solution providers to get involved by submitting nominations for the award,” said IDEMIA Vice President of Innovation and Client Engagement Teresa Wu. “This award reinforces that diversity in the workplace leads to innovation and advances women into leadership roles, contributing to an inclusive and high-performing biometric and identity community.”

Nominations for the 2022 SIA Women in Biometrics Awards program will be accepted until Friday, April 15. A jury including previous award winners will select this year’s honorees. Learn more and submit a nomination here.

The SIA Women in Biometrics Awards were founded in 2015 by AVISIAN with support from SIA. In 2022, SIA became the organizer of the awards program with support from AVISIAN. The 2022 awards will be presented at a May 24 reception during the 2022 SIA GovSummit – the nation’s premier government security conference connecting government, security and technology. Each year, 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 May 24-25 at the National Association of Home Builders headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. Learn more and register to attend here.

About SIA

SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,200 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 works to engage all security professionals to promote, recruit and cultivate women’s leadership for a more inclusive and diversified industry. The community offers programs, networking and professional growth events and thought leadership opportunities to promote and advance the involvement of women in the security industry, including the Power 100 recognition program, the SIA Progress Award, the SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship, special breakfast keynote events at ISC West and East, volunteer efforts that give back to the community; a virtual education series, collaborative projects with other organizations seeking to empower women in security and technology, thought leadership and speaking opportunities and engaging networking and professional growth events. Participation in the SIA Women in Security Forum is open to all employees of SIA member companies and SIA student members.

SIA’s Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board is an exclusive advisory panel to the SIA Board of Directors. The advisory board is comprised of biometric and digital identification experts who guide SIA’s engagement with operators of critical infrastructure both in private and public sectors. The advisory board’s technical expertise focuses on the operational and scalable features embedded within advanced biometric and digital identification solutions, and its members are prepared to work with policymakers and decision-makers interested in understanding such solutions.


AVISIAN Publishing produces a suite of online titles focused on the identity and security markets. The company’s flagship publications, CampusIDNews and SecureIDNews, are global leaders in this rapidly evolving technology sector. Collectively, more than 20,000 subscribers get their ID technology news from AVISIAN. The company’s consulting arm advises government agencies, universities, banks and corporations on issues related to identity and credentialing.

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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 close to 15,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.

About Paravision

Leveraging the latest advances in deep learning, Paravision’s industry-leading Vision AI software is trusted globally by security device manufacturers, solution providers, systems integrators, and financial services firms to deliver frictionless experiences and comprehensive safety and security. From the latest in Edge AI platforms to cloud-ready solutions, Paravision powers computer vision-centric solutions with modular, highly scalable toolsets that deliver breakthrough capabilities in the most challenging conditions. Paravision has developed deep expertise in face recognition specifically and strives to consistently raise the bar for face recognition technology in accuracy, security, inclusion, and convenience. Paravision has consistently ranked among the top global performers in NIST’s gold standard Face Recognition Vendor Tests, including 1:1 Verification, 1:N Identification, Face Mask Effects and Paperless Travel, and matches these benchmarks with breakthrough performance in a wide variety of identity-centric applications around the world.