The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)2], a nonprofit organization that educates and certifies information security professionals throughout their careers, honored the winners of its third-annual Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA) in a ceremony Oct. 3 at SecureDC, an (ISC)2 Security Leadership Seminar held at the Bethesda Marriott in Bethesda, Md.
Those chosen as 2006 GISLA winners are considered to be on the cutting edge of innovation in advancing the skill and knowledge levels of IT security personnel.
It was the first time (ISC)2 has spotlighted the leadership contributions of more than one individual — the group recognized government professionals in three categories who have made significant contributions to the improvement of the federal information security workforce either by demonstrating a leadership role in the implementation or management of a component of an IT security workforce improvement initiative, program or project on either a government-wide or agency-specific basis. Candidates were evaluated for innovation, leadership, project definition and management, as well as their strategic and tactical goals and impact as a mentor.
Winners include Senior IT Security Manager Edward Roback, associate chief information officer for cyber security and chief information security officer, Department of Treasury. Roback was recognized for his focus on training and preparedness for employees through the development of educational tools such as lecture series and online training segments.
Judges recognized Senior Non-IT Security Manager Stephen Warren, chief information officer, Federal Trade Commission, for aggressively developing and sustaining the commission’s information security staff and for establishing a best-in-class information security program for the commission’s information technology program.
Non-Managerial IT Security Professional Terri Cinnamon, supervisor of the training and communications division, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), also was honored as the driving force behind the VA Cyber Security Professionalization Program — a program aimed at providing specialized security training for all cyber security practitioners within the VA.
The judges committee consisted of six members of (ISC)2’s U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security (GABCS), which reviewed the award candidates and recommended final nominees based on its selection criteria and eligibility requirements.
For more information, see http://www.isc2.org/gisla.