(ISC)² Announces 2019 Information Security Leadership Awards Government Winners
The ISLA Government program recognizes the ongoing commitment of individuals whose initiatives, processes and projects have led to significant improvements in the security posture of a United States government department or agency. Winners will be honored at the ISLA Americas ceremony during the 2019 (ISC)² Security Congress on October 30, 2019 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.
This year's winners by category are:
- Workforce Improvement – Lisa Carol Holman, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Corporate Information Security Office, United States Postal Service
- Up-and-Coming Security Professional – Stephen Crewinski, IT Security and Server Specialist, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
- Technology Improvement – William Birchett, CISSP, Owner/vCISO, Logo Systems
- Most Valuable Industry Partner (Team) – Dr. Thomas P. Scanlon, CISSP, Senior Cybersecurity Engineer & Researcher, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
- Additional team members include: Dr. William Nichols, Dr. Carol Woody, Dr. Kenneth Nidiffer and Timothy Chick, CSSLP
- Community Awareness (Team) – Julie Chua, CISSP, CAP, Risk Management Branch Chief, Office of Information Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Additional team members include: Erik Decker, Christopher Bollerer, Steve Curren, Nickol Todd, Laura Wolf, Emery Csulak, Nick Heesters, Suzanne Schwartz, Aftin Ross, Seth Carmody, Rose-Marie Nsahlai, Matt Quinn, Matthew Barrett, Nick Rodriguez, Justin Smith, Konrad Miles, Paige Burke, Elizabeth Voeller and Brian Lebeck
"Innovating in the government space can be a challenge for even the most skilled professional, with policies, regulations and budget constraints playing a role in day to day operations," said Wes Simpson, Chief Operations Officer, (ISC)². "We look forward to celebrating these leaders and their teams, as we honor their achievements over the past year."
A judging committee of senior cybersecurity experts assessed the achievements of security professionals nominated exclusively by their peers and selected this year's award winners. The 2019 ISLA Government judges were:
- Benjamin Bergersen, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP
- David Branscome, CISSP, CCSP
- Dr. Michaela Iorga
- Derek Smith
- Michael Stoner, CISSP
This year's awards ceremony will also include the presentation of the first (ISC)² Diversity Award that will be presented to a professional who has significantly impacted the advancement of diversity in the field of cybersecurity through activities such as scholarships, advocacy, nonprofit work or other means to create a level playing field for the inclusion of all individuals in the world of cybersecurity.