Security Industry Association Announces Winners of the 2023 SIA Women in Biometrics Awards

SIA Women in Biometrics Awards Winners Larisa Boyko, NEC Corporation of America; Alicia Harrison, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Casey Mayfield, IDEMIA; C. Maxine Most, Acuity Market Intelligence; Bethany Retton, FBI

Larisa Boyko, Alicia Harrison, Casey Mayfield, C. Maxine Most and Bethany Retton will be honored for their leadership and contributions in biometrics and security at the 2023 SIA GovSummit.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named five female biometrics leaders as recipients of the 2023 SIA Women in Biometrics Awards, a globally recognized program presented by SIA with support from sponsor IDEMIA and NEC Corporation of America and organizational and media partners AVISIANBiometric UpdateFindBiometricsMobile ID World and SIA’s Identity & Biometric Technology Advisory Board and Women in Security Forum. The 2023 awardees, who will be honored at SIA GovSummit, SIA’s annual government security conference, are:

Larisa Boyko, Director, Quality Assurance, Advanced Recognition Systems, NEC Corporation of America

Larisa Boyko is a seasoned information technology professional with over 20 years of experience in the software development life cycle. She spent over eight years in the biometrics field focused on quality assurance, information security and quality processes and has led a variety of projects, including the implementation and certification of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System (ISMS) for NEC Advanced Recognition Systems. Boyko managed the quality assurance team and led implementations of Multiple Biometric Identification System projects for state and local government and law enforcement agencies. She has acquired a wide range of skills and continues to apply them to improve and streamline processes to improve overall customer satisfaction. As the director of NEC quality assurance (QA), she is also focused on operations process implementation and improvements, release and configuration management, root cause analysis and process improvements. Boyko has held a variety of QA roles with NEC and LexisNexis, Inc., responsible for directing QA, supervising the development and implementation of QA processes and procedures, performing root cause analysis of escalated issues/nonconformities, ensuring on-time and on-budget milestone deliverables, overseeing access management, asset management, incident management and business continuity processes within ISMS controls and managing a close relationship with each customer to ensure quality is built in from the beginning of projects. She holds an MBA in finance and financial management and a bachelor’s degree in economics and is certified as a Scrum Master and Product Owner and lead auditor for ISO:9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013.

Alicia Harrison, Chief, Stakeholder Engagement, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Alicia Harrison has over 16 years of experience as a subject matter expert in the field of biometrics. She currently leads her organization’s Stakeholder Engagement Team in support of OBIM’s role as the principal entity in DHS for biometric identity services that enable mission partner operations. Harrison is responsible for the coordination of stakeholder engagement activities and helps to identify biometric identity management solutions in support of existing OBIM stakeholders. As a business owner of the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) playing a critical role in sharing biometric identity information for the U.S. government, she leads efforts that directly contribute to the security and defense of the nation. Harrison represents OBIM in numerous high-level departmental and interagency venues, demonstrating OBIM’s prominent leadership role in biometric management. She led the coordination that established direct interoperability of automated biometric information sharing between the DHS IDENT and the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) Automated Biometric Identification System for the exchange of identity data. During Operations Allies Refuge and Allies Welcome, Harrison led the effort to stand up OBIM’s 24/7 operational support through the creation of a tiger team of biometric subject matter experts to assist in requests, prioritize support and provide daily operational reports to DHS leadership. She successfully implemented a new stakeholder activity management tool that increases transparency of information sharing within OBIM for the purpose of expediting the delivery of biometric identity services. Harrison has supported OBIM (formerly US-VISIT) in numerous capacities over the years, including overstay analysis, watchlist adjudications and customer relations. She also spent a year at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an information sharing officer in the Office of Privacy. Harrison holds a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Gannon University.

Casey Mayfield, Senior Vice President, Justice and Public Safety, IDEMIA

Casey Mayfield leads IDEMIA’s Justice and Public Safety division, which delivers the company’s state and local hardware, software and Criminal Justice Information Services- (CJIS-)compliant solutions for criminal justice, law enforcement and enrollment services customers throughout the United States and Canada. Previously, she oversaw the enrollment operations team supporting over 25 state, federal and commercial programs, including the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) Transportation Worker Identification Credential, hazardous materials, Flight Training Security Program and TSA PreCheck, along with managing the successful deployment of multiple statewide and agency-specific enrollment programs. Mayfield has humble roots in IDEMIA, starting her career with a subsidiary of Identix, Inc. in an entry-level position, as a fingerprint technician providing enrollment services to customers in the state of Illinois. She is a charter member of the Customer Advisory Board, organized in collaboration with FBI Compact Council initiatives, and serves as the business line leader for the Executive User Board. She is also a member of the Women In Idemia network, in addition to numerous industry advocacy groups. Mayfield holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois Springfield. She is a former emergency medical technician and professional in human resources. 

C. Maxine Most, Principal, Acuity Market Intelligence

Strategic innovator, market visionary, and forecasting guru Maxine Most is the founding principal of Acuity Market Intelligence, a strategic research and analysis consultancy recognized as the definitive authority on global biometrics market development. Throughout her 35-year career, Most has evangelized emerging technology on five continents. Since 2001, she has applied her unique ability to bring clarity to the unpredictable and volatile world of emerging technology to the rapidly evolving biometric and digital identity marketplace. Under her leadership, Acuity has provided strategic guidance to Global 1000s, established technology market leaders, startups, and a range of organizations in between. Previously, Most managed the computer aided molecular design market for Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, directed Pacific Rim operations for a pioneering hospitality-based interactive services company and founded and operated a Silicon Valley-based retail company. She designed, developed and delivered sales and technical training courses worldwide and began her career as a software engineer specializing in 3D graphics applications. Most is the author of numerous research reports, as well as a contributor to several books. She regularly offers insight and analysis in online and offline publications; is quoted often in industry, business and consumer press; and regularly presents on the evolution and development of the biometrics and digital identity markets at industry events. She is a graduate of the University of California San Diego with a multidisciplinary degree in mathematics and computer science and minors in visual arts and economics.

Bethany Retton, Management and Program Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Bethany Retton has been involved in research and development at FBI’s CJIS Division for over 10 years.  Her projects have included latent search best practices using FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, Universal Latent Workstation software and Latent Quality Metric software and the FBI’s iris pilot. Retton is a member of the International Association for Identification as a certified latent print examiner and the Organization of Scientific Committees for Forensic Science, working to develop standards for iris recognition. Prior to her employment at FBI CJIS, Retton worked as a forensic entomology research aid, adjunct professor, police officer, detective, biometric examiner and latent fingerprint examiner.           

“The SIA Women in Biometrics Awards program – now in its ninth year – recognizes the inspiring leaders who are driving change and innovation in biometric identity and security, and this year’s awardees have achieved tremendous success in biometric technology, quality assurance, stakeholder engagement, research and development across both government and industry,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA applauds Larisa Boyko, Alicia Harrison, Casey Mayfield, Maxine Most and Bethany Retton for their outstanding commitment and contributions to this essential field and looks forward to honoring them at SIA GovSummit.”

The 2023 SIA Women in Biometrics Awards will be presented May 16 at a special award ceremony during SIA GovSummit. Each year, SIA GovSummit brings together government security leaders with private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing, networking and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. SIA GovSummit 2023 will be held May 16-17 at the National Housing Center in downtown Washington, D.C. In addition to featuring a cadre of security industry speakers, the 2023 SIA GovSummit will include insights from experts at DHS, DOD, TSA, the Architect of the Capitol, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and more. The event is free for all government employees, including U.S. and international federal, state, county and municipal-level staff, plus all military, law enforcement and public safety personnel. SIA GovSummit is considered a “widely attended gathering” and complies with all relevant event guidelines. Industry registration starts at $395; register to attend here.

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SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,300 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.