SOURCE: Executive Alliance

September 25, 2006 08:00 ET

Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year West Award™ 2006 Debuts in San Francisco

Finalists and Winners Named at 2 Day Inaugural Event

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 25, 2006 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, announced today that Melodi Mosley Gates, Chief Information Security Officer and Director, Risk Management, Qwest Communications, Inc., has been named the winner of the prestigious Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year West Award 2006. Ms. Mosley Gates was selected in respect of her strategic approach to information security through risk management. She and eighteen other nominees were honored at a gala reception and awards ceremony held on Thursday evening at the W Hotel in San Francisco.

Jason Hoffman, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Greater Bay Bancorp, was named the ISE West People's Choice Award winner. He was selected by industry peers through an online voting process.

Five ISE Finalists, including Ms. Mosley Gates and Mr. Hoffman, were showcased during the evening event. The other finalists are Scott Mackelprang, Vice President, Security and Compliance, Digital Insight; Theresa A. Masse, State Chief Information Security Officer, State of Oregon; and Russell Walker, Vice President of Information Security, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The ISE West 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 first annual ISE West Award Program; the nominees were selected from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The ISE Award Program Series™ will enter its fifth year in 2007 and with the inauguration of ISE West, now covers the entire United States.

"We were certain the ISE Award held promise for the western region and it is thrilling to see that expectation verified," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "The ISE West finalists and winner attest to the tremendous pool of information security talent found in the region."

About the ISE West 2006 Sponsors

The Information Security Executive of the Year West Award 2006™, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Megabyte - Cisco Systems, Intellitactics and Tizor; Kilobyte - Brabeion, Cenzic, Courion, Crossbeam Systems, CSC, ENDFORCE, Lancope, Passlogix, Patchlink Corporation and Voltage Security, Inc.; National Media - Information Week Magazine, Network Computing Magazine and Optimize Magazine; Research Sponsor - Symantec, National Association Sponsor - CISO Executive Membership of ISSA

About Executive Alliance and the ISE Awards

Executive Alliance is the creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and record 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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