SOURCE: Executive Alliance

August 12, 2008 12:02 ET

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Information Security Leaders to Be Recognized at the Executive Alliance Leadership Summit Featuring the ISE West Awards Gala 2008

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership recognition forums worldwide, announced today the nominees for the ISE West Executive and Project of the Year Awards 2008.

The awards recognize excellence in the field of information security, risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy and network security. The nominees, finalists, and winners will be celebrated at the spectacular ISE West Awards Gala held on the evening of Thursday, September 18, 2008 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

These outstanding candidates represent the ISE West Region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The following executives are nominated for the Information Security Executive of the Year Award 2008:

--  Carl Allen, Director of Information Systems Security and Assurance,
    Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
--  Geoffrey Aranoff, Chief Information Security Officer, Broadcom
    Corporation, Irvine, CA
--  Henry Bagdasarian, Former Information Security Director, Health Net,
    Woodland Hills, CA
--  Daniel Blander, Acting Senior Director of Information Security,
    Pacific SunWear, Anaheim, CA
--  Eddie Borrero, Chief Information Security Officer, Robert Half
    International, Inc., Pleasanton, CA
--  Dr. Suchindran "Chat" Chatterjee, Head of Technology and Security,
    MODIS, Inc., Peoria, AZ
--  Joshua Davis, Director of Information Security & Compliance, Qualcomm,
    San Diego, CA
--  Morian Eberhard, Vice President of Enterprise Security, Union Bank of
    California, Monterey Park, CA
--  Bruce M. Grosse, Director of Information Security and Compliance,
    PG&E - Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, CA
--  David Hahn, Senior Vice President and Group Information Security
    Officer, Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, CA
--  Dennis C. Kavanaugh, Director and Chief Information Security Officer,
    Palm, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
--  Al Kirkpatrick, Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer,
    First American Corporation, Santa Ana, CA
--  Chris Letterman, Chief Information Security Officer, Alaska Department
    of Health and Social Services, Juneau, AK
--  Rich Mason, Director & Deputy Chief Security Officer, Honeywell
    International, Inc., Tempe, AZ
--  David R. Matthews, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, City of
    Seattle, Seattle, WA
--  Brian Moore, Director of Information Technology, Verity Credit Union,
    Seattle, WA
--  Mike Mucha, Chief Information Security Officer, Stanford Hospital &
    Clinics, Palo Alto, CA
--  Izak Mutlu, Vice President of Information Security,,
    San Francisco, CA
--  Suzan Nascimento, Corporate Information Security Manager, Experian,
    Inc., Costa Mesa, CA
--  Bob Owens, Chief of Information Assurance and Investigations, Visa,
    Inc., Foster City, CA
--  Christopher Paidhrin, HIPAA & IT Security Officer, Southwest
    Washington Medical Center, Vancouver, WA
--  Melody Pereira, Vice President, Information Security, First Republic
    Bank, San Francisco, CA
--  Jeremy Pratt, Manager, Networks, Security and Telecomm, Los Angeles
    Times, Fontana, CA
--  Jeff L. Shyshka, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Enterprise
    Operations and Field Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of
    Information and Technology, Palo Alto, CA
--  Dr. Rick K. Smith, Systems Operations Manager, Southern Ute Growth
    Fund - Shared Services, Ignacio, CO
--  Myrna Soto, Vice President IT Governance & Chief Information Security
    Officer, MGM Mirage, Las Vegas, NV
--  Bert Talley, Associate Director Forensic Services, Apollo Group, Inc.,
    Peoria, AZ
--  Daniel Tapper, Director of Application Security, WellPoint, Inc.,
    Woodland Hills, CA
--  Eduard L. Telders, Director, Information Security, Recreational
    Equipment, Inc., Sumner, WA
--  Isabelle Theisen, Chief Security Officer, First Advantage Corporation,
    Poway, CA
--  Andrew Tilli, Vice President, Corporate Security, First Data
    Corporation, Greenwood Village, CO
--  Nicole Tutt, Information Security Officer, Spokane Teachers Credit
    Union, Liberty Lake, WA

These companies are nominated for completing outstanding information security projects in the last 12-18 months:

--  Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
--  First Advantage Corporation
--  Intermountain Healthcare
--  MGM Mirage
--  Qualcomm
--  Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund - Shared Services
--  Verity Credit Union

In addition to the awards, the nominees and executives participate in the 2-day Executive Alliance Leadership Summit, which fosters interaction and peer-to-peer information exchange for industry members to establish new and develop existing relationships. Key industry leaders will facilitate roundtable discussions and provide their insight to security issues facing the information security industry.

"This year's list of nominees for the ISE West Awards reads like the Who's Who in information security," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "These executives have complex responsibilities and pressure on them to assess risk and protect their organizations. We are looking forward to recognizing them for their achievements."

Registration for the ISE Executive Forum and tickets for the Gourmet Dinner and Awards Gala are available at

About the Sponsors

The Executive Alliance Leadership Summit Featuring the ISE West Awards 2008 is the property of Executive Alliance, Inc., and is brought to the business community by the following: Megabyte Sponsor -- Qualys; Kilobyte Sponsors -- 8e6 Technologies, Apani, ArcSight, Aveksa, Brabeion, Courion, Fortify, nCircle, Ounce Labs, Passlogix, Reconnex, Symantec, and Verdasys; Media Sponsors -- InformationWeek Magazine and Infosecurity Magazine US Edition; IT Security Education Sponsor -- Security University.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available at or 1-404-982-8562.

About Executive Alliance

Executive Alliance is recognized worldwide as the premier organization for creating leadership-recognition forums that honor and celebrate outstanding achievement of executives in different industries. These forums facilitate deep relationships and provide visibility for executives and their companies while offering access and insight to the key people leading these industries.

Recognized by Morgan Keegan as the largest most widely recognized awards program for IT security executives, the Executive Alliance ISE Award Program Series includes these regions and cities, Southeast/Atlanta; Central/Dallas; Mid-Atlantic/Washington, DC; United Kingdom/London, England; West/ San Francisco; Northeast/New York City; and National/Washington, DC. Additional program in the Executive Alliance series include the Data Center Executive and Project of the Year Awards (DaCEY). Visit &

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