The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named three award winners to be honored at Securing New Ground, happening Oct. 21 and 22.
Andrew Lanning is the 2020 recipient of the SIA Progress Award, an honor presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum to celebrate individuals who pave the way to success for women in the security industry.
Min Kyriannis is the 2020 recipient of the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award, an annual distinction recognizing leadership in security industry collaboration. Kyriannis is the managing director of EMD | JMK and co-president of Women in International Security (WIIS) New York.
Denis Hébert, president of Feenics, is the 2020 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award, an honor presented annually to a distinguished individual for long-term, selfless service to the security industry and to SIA.
All three will be presented their respective awards on Oct. 21.
Lanning is the co-founder at Integrated Security Technologies, a member of SIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board and holds a board of directors position with — and serves as the defense industrial base sector chief for — the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s InfraGard Hawaii Members Alliance. Lanning is an avid advocate of the SIA Women in Security Forum, a group open to all SIA members that offer programs, professional development opportunities, networking and career advancing events to support women’s growth in the security industry. Through his Security Matters videocast program, he promotes and encourages women by giving them a platform and a voice to share their expertise and feel empowered to flourish as leaders in our industry.
“Our customers, our communities and our country require our vigilance now more than ever,” Lanning said. “It’s incumbent upon the entire security industry to persevere and to adapt during this pandemic, progress isn’t optional.I am happy to be of service to the SIA community and grateful for the opportunity to represent our amazing SIA Women in Security Forum. On behalf of all our members, thank you sincerely for this award.”
Through his work with the SIA Women in Security Forum, Lanning was heavily involved in the launch of the SIA Women in Security Scholarship Program. This scholarship program furthers educational opportunities for the broadest spectrum of people and empowers all to thrive in the industry. Lanning was instrumental in developing a donor program to support the new scholarship program when it launched earlier this year; the donor program received nearly $52,000 in gifts in its first year, an astounding figure that grew in large part thanks to Lanning’s constant championing of the scholarship program.
As a sought-after speaker at many conferences on topics related to workforce development, business leadership, cybersecurity and systems integration, Lanning has made it his personal mission to work with event organizers to diversify the speakers at security events and is a constant advocate on why growing female leaders and working with women is good for business.
“In recognition of his commitment as a leader in furthering the growth of diversity and inclusion and the advancement of opportunities for women in our industry, we congratulate Andrew Lanning as the recipient of the 2020 SIA Progress Award,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Andrew’s enthusiasm for the mission of the Women in Security Forum programs is inspiring and his actions serve as an example for all of us to emulate. Andrew’s gracious manner and sharing of expertise are among the any reasons the SIA community respects him so much.”
SIA’s Women in Security Forum supports the involvement of women in the security industry. Through programs like the Progress Award, regular profiles of female security business leaders in industry publications, professional development offerings and networking events, the forum engages both men and women who share this goal.
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, promoting women’s professional growth through mentorship and/or sponsorship, recognitions and awards for related activities and demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in the security industry.
Through her active role in SIA’s Women in Security Forum, Kyriannis has fostered strong collaboration with WIIS New York, resulting in many joint events that have benefited security stakeholders and members of both organizations. Kyriannis also previously served as the vice chair of SIA’s New Product Showcase Committee and serves as chair of SIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board.
“Creating and extending partnerships is emblematic of Min Kyriannis’ incredible spirit of sharing expertise and openness,” Erickson said. “She has consistently advocated for industry collaboration among many industry stakeholders and brought people and organizations together on important topics and initiatives. SIA congratulates Min as this year’s Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award recipient.”
She has led many collaborative efforts that have resulted in positive contributions to the cyber and physical security and the broader security industry. She has worked with IT strategists, cybersecurity experts, interest groups and many government entities to bring awareness to the importance of cybersecurity for physical security and building management technologies, and has also addressed such varied topics as employee wellness and human trafficking.
Kyriannis has also helped support a number of other partnership initiatives, including a webinar partnership between SIA and the Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) and the Cyber:Secured Forum conferences, which brought in cyber expertise from SIA, PSA Security Network and ISC Events.
“Collaboration is essential in any industry. Not only does it allow for the convergence of different sectors, but it allows for the cross-pollination of different mindsets, which leads to the development of new ideas to evolve into so much more,” Kyriannis said. “But most importantly, the opportunity to meet amazing people who have the growth mindset and develop long-lasting partnerships (and friendships) is the most valuable of all. I have met so many amazing people (and you know who you are)!”
SIA named the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award in honor of security industry veteran Jay Hauhn. During his tenure as SIA’s chairman of the board, Hauhn demonstrated a steadfast commitment to fostering cooperation among industry trade associations. This award recognizes a leader who embodies that spirit of collaboration in the industry.
Hébert has been a longtime association volunteer and has served on SIA’s board of directors from 2008 to 2020, including officer roles as treasurer and then as chairman, and during his board service he had a profound positive impact. Hébert had been previously recognized by SIA with the creation of a SIA scholarship in his name that supports students pursuing education and degrees in access and identity management.
Hébert was noted as being instrumental as an active member of strategic planning committees where he helped focus SIA’s strategy for providing true value to SIA Members. He was also recognized for being a proactive champion of SIA’s government relations and standards programs. As SIA board treasurer, he dedicated considerable time to improve SIA’s financial reporting and to develop a sound SIA investment policy. He followed his role as SIA treasurer by serving as chairman of the SIA board (2016-2018), and during that chairmanship, he played a vital role in establishing a long-term contract between SIA and ISC Events that provides SIA with a dedicated revenue stream, new revenue in education and opportunities to create new events and conferences.
“I am truly honored to receive this recognition amongst all of those who contribute to our industry, in addition to being considered among such an elite group of prior recipients,” Hébert said. “I have worked with great people over the last 35 years and witnessed much change in our industry. Serving the membership of SIA has been especially gratifying, allowing me the honor of giving back by helping build a strong foundation for SIA’s future and broadening our definition of security. I look forward to further contributing any way I can.”
In his role leading some of the world’s premier access control solutions companies — first at HID Global and now at Feenics — Hébert has helped drive steadfast support of SIA events and programs. All the while, he has also given back to the industry through countless speaking opportunities, including roles at Securing New Ground and through the SIA Education@ISC courses offered at ISC West and ISC East. He was central to the creation of the 2017 report Security Industry Technology Forecast, produced by SIA and the International Security Management Association (ISMA).
“During the 12 years he served on the SIA board of directors, executive committee and as chairman of the board, Denis Hebert has been an extraordinary leader, selflessly giving us his time to make sure SIA was delivering value to fellow members and simultaneously ensuring SIA was on solid footing financially to do so long into the future,” Erickson said. “SIA is pleased to honor him with the 2020 Lippert Award for his extraordinary leadership, dedication and service to SIA and the security industry.”
The Lippert Award is named in honor of George R. Lippert, who dedicated more than 20 years of his life to SIA and the security industry. When evaluating candidates for this award, SIA’s committee considers nominees’ long-term service to SIA and the security industry, the impact of their efforts on behalf of SIA and the industry and the integrity, leadership and diplomacy displayed in their industry dealings.
Visit the SIA website for more information about the award winners and Securing New Ground.