SOURCE: Executive Alliance

November 15, 2005 09:00 ET

Executive Alliance Announces Winner of Information Security Executive of the Year National Award™

Nike's Global Information Security Officer Honored

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2005 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, announced today that LJ Johnson, Global Information Security Officer of Nike, Inc., has been named the winner of the prestigious Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year National 2005 Award. Ms. Johnson and forty-eight other nominees from across the United States were honored at a gala reception and awards ceremony held on Monday evening, November 14, in conjunction with the CSI 32nd Annual Computer Security Conference and Exhibition at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Ms. Johnson was selected as winner in recognition of her accomplishments to transcend the perception of security management; she developed an environment that was previously technically focused to one that is focused on enabling the business.

Other highlights of the evening include:

--  Tony Spurlin, Manager, Information Risk Management, The Home Depot,
    was named the ISE/CSI Members' Choice Award winner.
--  Dr. Edward G. Amoroso, Chief Information Security Officer and Vice
    President of AT&T's Security Center of Excellence was awarded the inaugural
    ISE Luminary Leadership Award for his distinguished service and stewardship
    in advancing the security industry.
--  Five ISE Finalists, including Ms. Johnson, and Dr. Amoroso, were
    showcased during the evening event. The other finalists are Lynda Fleury,
    Chief Information Security Officer; UnumProvident Corporation, Jane Scott
    Norris, Chief Information Security Officer; U.S. Department of State and
    Kimberly Van Nostern, Chief Security Officer, Allstate Insurance Company.
The ISE National Award is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of the information security industry and its leaders. The honor is awarded to a chief security officer or an executive in an equivalent position who has overall responsibility for network and/or Internet security and who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the field of information security in the United States.

Nominees are culled from all private and public companies, as well as government agencies and academic institutions. They are evaluated and a winner is selected by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of industry experts and practitioners including past ISE nominees and winners. The ISE/CSI Members' Choice Award recipient is selected by the attendees of the event, who are able to cast votes in advance through an online survey. Staged in a celebratory networking environment, the awards gala is one event of five including an Executive Forum that allows the executive nominees and ISE Award sponsors an opportunity to reach out to one another in a discussion of industry issues.

"ISE National has capped off a truly fruitful year for identifying and recognizing security executives," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "The number and quality of nominees and the many states they represent are indicators of the award's rise in significance and stature."

For more information on the award, please visit

About the ISE National 2005 Sponsors

The Information Security Executive of the Year Tri-State Award 2005, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Presenting Terabyte and ISE/CSI Members' Choice Award Sponsor - Symantec Corporation; Megabyte and ISE Luminary Leadership Award Sponsor - Intellitactics; Megabyte Sponsor - Lancope; Kilobyte - Cambia, CSC, Tizor, Trusted Network Technologies and Webroot; Media - I T Architect, Network Computing and Secure Enterprise; National Association - CISO Executive Membership of ISSA; Friend - Ad Hoc Communication Resources.

About Executive Alliance and ISE Awards

Executive Alliance, Inc. provides premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and recognize outstanding achievement of executives. These forums allow industry members to build deep relationships within a network of peers; the programs provide visibility for executives and their companies, and offer access and insight into the people leading these industries. Through an extensive platform of collaborative events, which include Industry Award Events, Summits, Executive Roundtables, Executive Forums, Private Receptions, and Customized Programs, Executive Alliance creates interactive forums for bringing together top executives, industry innovators and practitioners.

Based upon the success of the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Award™, the ISE Award Program Series™ was launched in 2005 to include the ISE Southeast Award (Atlanta, GA), ISE Midwest Award (Chicago, IL), ISE New England Award (Boston, MA), ISE Tri-State Award (New York, NY), and the ISE National Award (Washington, DC), to recognize outstanding leadership and exemplary achievement in the field of information security. For more information on this prestigious award, visit

Contact Information

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    Shelli Ryan, APR
    Ad Hoc Communications Resources, LLC
    (for Executive Alliance)