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Recipients of Women in Biometrics Awards to Be Recognized at SIA Honors Night

Silver Spring, Md. (Nov. 3, 2016)—The Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews (a publication of AVISIAN) will salute recipients of the 2016 Women in Biometrics Awards at SIA Honors Night in New York City on Nov. 16. The gala event is held concurrent with ISC East (

The awards were launched to recognize innovative women dedicated to creating a more secure world by guiding the crucial biometric technology market. This year's awardees include leaders in public and private sector organizations setting high standards for their capable use of biometrics:

  • JoAnn Buscaglia, Research Chemist, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Tovah LaDier, Managing Director, International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA)
  • Elham Tabassi, Electronics Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Teresa Wu, Director of Strategic Marketing and Government Relations, MorphoTrak

Chris Corum, publisher of SecureIDNews, said, "There are no four women, or men for that matter, who have exemplified leadership in this field more than FBI's JoAnn Buscaglia, IBIA's Tovah LaDier, NIST's Elham Tabassi and MorphoTrak's Teresa Wu. I congratulate them on their achievements in helping to make the world a more secure place, and I thank our judges for their efforts reviewing a field of highly qualified nominees."

SIA CEO Don Erickson added, "It is an honor for SIA to host and co-present the 2016 Women in Biometrics Awards and to recognize these outstanding leaders in their field. Biometric solutions have continued to shape the world of security and identity, and these recipients are all centrally responsible for the direction this technology has taken. SIA is particularly proud of the accomplishments of our member organizations—as both recipients and judges—and we thank them for their industry-leading efforts."

These leading women in biometrics will receive recognition as part of the SIA Honors Night event at the Current at Chelsea Piers in New York, N.Y., on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Register for SIA Honors Night at

SIA Honors Night partners include ISC Events and Mission 500.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 700 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 collaboration 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 Avisian

AVISIAN Publishing produces a suite of industry-defining publications covering the major vertical markets of identification technology. SecureIDNews and the company's other highly regarded print and online publications serve a global audience of end users and industry leaders from security and identity markets. 

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