(ISC)2(R) Opens Nominations for Sixth Annual U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards

Jun 23, 2009, 12:04 ET from (ISC)2

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Recognizing Federal Information Security Workforce Leadership Key to Raising Cyber Security Awareness

PALM HARBOR, Fla., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISC)2(R) ("ISC-squared"), the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today announced it has opened nominations for its 6th annual Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLAs).

The 2009 GISLA program was established as part of (ISC)2's effort to recognize the ongoing commitment by federal information security leaders to build a highly qualified and ethical workforce. The program includes four award categories, with one category for federal contractor personnel (Federal Contractor Information Security Professional) and three categories for government employees (Senior Non-Information Security Manager, Senior Information Security Manager and Non-Managerial Information Security Professional) who have significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any information security workforce improvement initiative, program or project.

A nominations committee comprised of eight members from the (ISC)(2) U.S. Government Advisory Board (GAB) will review and select winners from the four groups of finalists based upon the selection criteria and eligibility requirements. The GAB includes volunteer, senior-level information security professionals responsible for counseling (ISC)2 on policies, trends and certifications within the public sector. The 2009 GISLA nominations committee includes the following GAB members:

  • Michael P. Ashworth, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CAP, CGEIT, director, Information Security Division, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Art Friedman, CISSP, senior strategist for privilege management, deputy assistant secretary of defense, information and identity assurance, National Security Agency
  • James. L. Golden, CISSP, CISM, associate partner, IT Governance, IBM
  • Mary S. Heard, CISSP, acting associate chief information officer for cyber security, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Patrick J. Kelly, Associate of (ISC)(2) toward CISSP, IT analyst within the Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems Division, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Lynn McNulty, CISSP, co-chair, (ISC)2 Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security, director of government affairs for (ISC)2
  • Jane Scott Norris, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CAP, CISM, security consultant and (ISC)2 board member
  • Jerry G. Ormaner, CISSP, CIO, CISM, assistant director, Security Planning and Policy Operations Services Staff, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice

"It is a unique time in this nation's history. Thankfully, the Obama administration is encouraging a national dialogue and large scale public awareness campaign for cyber security," says Lynn McNulty, CISSP, director of government affairs for (ISC)2 and co-chair for the (ISC)2 GAB. "A critical component of awareness is to raise the profile of those whose role is to ensure an ethical, qualified security workforce. The GISLA program honors individuals who have held to a higher standard in their efforts and aims to raise the bar for those currently in and those about to enter the federal information security profession."

The 2008 GISLA winners included:

  • Non-Managerial Information Security Professional: Pam Rusk, CISSP, information systems security manager, Office of Regions and Center Operations (ARC), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

  • Senior Non-Information Security Manager: Michael Williams, executive director, information technology & chief information officer/director, Information Technology Customer Service Organization, Defense Contract Management Agency

  • Senior Information Security Manager: Adair Martinez, CISSP, PMP, deputy assistant secretary for information protection and risk management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Federal Contractor Information Security Professional: Steven Busch, senior managing consultant, IBM Business Consulting Services

(ISC)2 officials and sponsors will honor the GISLA winners in October in the Washington D.C. Metro area. To nominate a federal executive or information security professional or for more information about the 2009 (ISC)2 Government Information Security Leadership Awards, please visit www.isc2.org/gisla. The submission deadline for nominations is August 14, 2009.

About (ISC)(2)

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2(R)] is the globally recognized Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Founded in 1989, (ISC)(2) has certified over 60,000 information security professionals in 138 countries. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, with offices in Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations, Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), and Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLPcm) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. (ISC)(2) certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)(2) also offers a continuing professional education program, a portfolio of education products and services based upon (ISC)2's CBK(R), a compendium of information security topics, and is responsible for the (ISC)(2) Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is available at www.isc2.org.

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