SOURCE: Executive Alliance

November 18, 2008 09:26 ET

Information Security Leaders Honored for Innovation and Teamwork at ISE North America Awards

Large Contingency of Information Security Executives From Across the Nation Gather to Be Recognized in Washington, D.C.

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership recognition forums worldwide, announced today the winners for the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year and Project of the Year North America Awards for 2008.

The Gaylord National Resort, Washington, D.C. was the place to be on the evening of Monday, November 17, 2008, where over 50 industry leaders and project teams from across the United States were honored in the areas of Academic, Government, and Commercial for their achievements in information security.

Winners of the ISE North America Executive of the Year Award in each category included:

--  Academic - Scott Ksander, Executive Director IT Networks and Security,
    Chief Information Security Officer, Purdue University
--  Government - Robert F. Lentz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
    for Information and Identity Assurance, US Department of Defense
--  Commercial - Christopher Leach, Chief Information Security Officer and
    Senior Vice President, ACS (Affiliated Computer Services Inc.)

Finalists for this included:

--  Government - Phil Heneghan, Chief Information Security Officer, Chief
    Privacy Officer & Interim Chief Information Officer, US Agency for
    International Development and Michael J. Castagna, Chief Information
    Security Officer, US Department of Commerce
--  Commercial - included Larry Brock, Chief Information Security Officer,
    DuPont; Bruce Jones, Head of Global IT Security & Risk, Eastman Kodak
    Company; Max Morris, Vice President, Corporate Information Security Threat
    Intelligence Services, Wachovia and Chris Tignor, Vice President and Chief
    Information Security Officer, Capital One Financial, Richmond

The ISE North America Project of the Year Award recognized teams and their information security projects completed in the past 12 to 18 months. Those winners included:

--  Academic - Temple University
--  Government - US Office of Management and Budget
--  Commercial - Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The evening was topped off with the ISE People's Choice Award that was awarded to Christopher Leach, Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President of ACS. He received the award from the community of peers attending the event who voted him as the executive with the most exemplary attributes of a leader in the security industry.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the nominees and executives participated in three days of events, including the CSI Executive Retreat.

Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance, said, "The stature of the ISE Award is validated by the prominent class of finalists and winners at this year's event. The judges did not have an easy task to choose a winner from each of the categories due to the great lineup of nominees; however, what made their job difficult is exactly what makes the ISE Award Gala a resounding success."

About the Sponsors

The CSI Retreat Featuring the ISE North America Awards 2008 is the property of Executive Alliance, Inc., and is brought to the business community by the following: Gigabyte Sponsor -- Symantec; Megabyte Sponsors -- Aveksa, Fortify, and Verdasys; Kilobyte Sponsors -- ArcSight, Brabeion, nCircle, Ounce Labs, Paladion, PGP, Qualys, Reconnex, Stonesoft, and Voltage Security; Media Sponsors -- InformationWeek Magazine and Infosecurity Magazine US Edition; IT Security Education Sponsor -- Security University.

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.

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