Security Industry Association Names Kasia Hanson as 2022 SIA Progress Award Honoree
Hanson will be recognized for her leadership, allyship and mentorship in advancing women while fostering diversity, inclusion, equity, innovation and leadership in the security industry at the 2022 SIA Honors Night.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Kasia Hanson, global director – video, safety and security – Network and Edge Group at Intel Corporation, as the 2022 recipient of the SIA Progress Award, an honor presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum (WISF) celebrating individuals who pave the way to success for women in the security industry. SIA will present Hanson with the award on Wednesday, Nov. 16, during the 2022 SIA Honors Night reception.
Hanson – who serves as SIA’s WISF chair – leads Intel’s global video, safety and security sales for the company’s Network and Edge Group. Her team drives technology design, go-to-market and ecosystem orchestration strategies that drive revenue and adoption of artificial intelligence and edge technologies across the security industry. She is a 22-year veteran of Intel with deep technology expertise across the Internet of Things, AI, physical security and cybersecurity, data center and storage. Additionally, Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow for the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience and was named the No. 3 IFSEC Global Security Influencer in 2021.
“I am honored to receive the 2022 SIA Progress Award,” said Hanson. “Paving the way for diversity and inclusion in security is a win-win for the industry that creates opportunities for the next generation of female leaders in security. I’m proud of the work SIA and the Women in Security Forum continue to do to create an inclusive industry today for the future.”
Hanson, who has chaired the SIA Women in Security Forum since 2021, led the 2022 launch of the WISF Power 100, an annual initiative recognizing 100 women in the security industry who are role models for actively advancing diversity, inclusion, innovation and leadership in the community. The Power 100 honorees are an accomplished, impactful group who are modeling leadership, inspiring others and transforming the security industry. Additionally, Hanson has spearheaded a variety of leadership and professional development initiatives through WISF, including informative and inspiring virtual events for and by women and professional development content and networking offerings at major industry trade shows.
“SIA is proud to honor Kasia Hanson with the 2022 SIA Progress Award,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Kasia has been a creative and inspiring advocate for growing the security industry’s diversity and has helped the SIA Women in Security Forum to bring together people, insights and opportunities that will make our industry even better. Her vision for establishing the SIA Power 100 elevated industry awareness of the substantial impact and contributions made by these exceptional business leaders. Our security community thanks Kasia for her trailblazing efforts and for truly making a difference.”
SIA’s Progress Award recognizes SIA members who have shown excellence in their advancement of opportunities and success for women in the security industry. Each year’s recipient is determined based on their contributions to fostering women in the industry, promotion of women’s professional growth through mentorship and/or sponsorship, recognitions and awards for related activities and demonstration of the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in the security industry.
SIA’s Women in Security Forum works to engage all security professionals to promote, recruit and cultivate the leadership of women for a more inclusive and diversified industry. In addition to the SIA Progress Award, the SIA Women in Security Forum offers a number of key programs and activities, including the WISF Power 100; the SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship; insightful keynote and breakfast events at ISC West and East; volunteer efforts that give back to the community; collaborative projects with other organizations that seek to empower women in the security and technology fields; sponsorship of the Women in Biometrics Awards, which recognize distinguished female leaders in the biometric identity and security industry; thought leadership and speaking opportunities; and engaging networking and professional growth events. Participation in the SIA Women in Security Forum is open to all SIA members; learn more and get involved.
SIA Honors Night is a premier cocktail, networking and awards reception honoring exceptional members of the security industry for their leadership, commitment and service to the industry. New in 2022, SIA Honors Night will benefit the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST), a 501(c)(3) organization created by the Electronic Security Association and SIA to promote careers in the physical security technology industry, and bring together and connects up-and-coming security talent with established industry luminaries for an evening of celebration and supporting the future of the security industry. In addition to presenting the SIA Progress Award, SIA will also recognize the 2022 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. SIA Honors Night 2022 will be held Nov. 16 at Location05 in New York City; learn more and register here.
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 learning and development, 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.