SOURCE: Executive Alliance

October 30, 2006 08:00 ET

Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Tri-State™ Award Winners Announced at 2nd Annual Times Square Celebration

Finalists Include Information Security and Risk Management Experts From AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Lucent, Guardian Life Insurance and Swiss Re

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 30, 2006 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, announced today that Marc S. Sokol, Chief Security Officer, the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, has been named the winner of the prestigious Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Tri-State Award 2006. Mr. Sokol was selected in respect of his ability to enable business through security technology while effectively managing risk and improving performance. He and sixteen other nominees were honored at a gala reception and awards ceremony held on Thursday evening at the Marriott Marquis Times Square Hotel in New York City.

Anthony Passaniti, Head of Information Security - Americas, Swiss Reinsurance America Holding Corporation was named the ISE Tri-State People's Choice Award winner. He was selected by industry peers through an online voting process.

Five ISE Finalists, including Mr. Sokol and Mr. Passaniti were showcased during the evening event. The other finalists are Dr. Edward G. Amoroso; Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President, AT&T; Tom Boehm; Director of IT Security and Risk Management, Lucent Technologies, Inc. and Joseph J. Moorcones; Vice President, Worldwide Information Security, Johnson & Johnson.

The ISE Tri-State Award celebrates 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 risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy and information security. This is the second annual ISE Tri-State Award Program; the nominees were selected from the states of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The ISE Award Program Series™ will enter its fifth year in 2007 and has expanded in the past two years to include six regions, now covering the entire United States and reflecting the exponential growth in requirements for information security, privacy protection and risk management.

"The high caliber of the ISE Tri-State Award winners illustrates the significant impact of information security on the safe conduct of our businesses and our lives," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "All of the nominees have impressive stories to tell which is one piece of why the program is so unique; it brings focus to an important, otherwise unsung, group of leaders."

About the ISE Tri-State 2006 Sponsors

The Information Security Executive of the Year Tri-State Award 2006™, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Megabyte -- Brabeion, Intellitactics and Vontu; Kilobyte -- Cenzic, Courion, Crossbeam Systems, CSC, ENDFORCE and Stonesoft; National Media -- Information Week Magazine, Network Computing Magazine and Optimize Magazine; Research Sponsor -- Symantec, National Association Sponsor -- ISSA CISO Executive Membership; Association Sponsor -- New York City Metro InfraGard Members Alliance, Inc.

About Executive Alliance and the ISE Awards

Executive Alliance is the creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and celebrate outstanding achievement of executives. These forums facilitate deep relationships within a network of peers, provide visibility for executives and their companies, and offer access and insight into the leaders of industries. Through an extensive platform of collaborative events, which include Industry Award Events, Summits, Executive Forums, Private Receptions and Customized Programs, Executive Alliance creates interactive assemblies for bringing together top executives and innovators in their field.

Recognized by Morgan Keegan as the largest and most widely recognized awards program for IT security executives, the ISE Award Program Series™ includes the ISE Southeast Award (Atlanta, GA), ISE Central Award (Dallas, TX), ISE New England Award (Boston, MA), ISE Mid-Atlantic Award (Washington DC), ISE West Award (San Francisco, CA), ISE Tri-State Award (New York, NY), and the ISE National Award (Orlando, FL). For more information on this prestigious award, visit

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    Executive Alliance, Inc.