SOURCE: Executive Alliance

May 16, 2005 09:00 ET

Midwest Security Executives Recognized for Outstanding Leadership at the Information Security Executive of the Year Midwest Award 2005™

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2005 -- Executive Alliance, the premier provider of leadership-recognition forums, and Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), the Presenting Gigabyte sponsor, today announced that Kim Van Nostern, Chief Security Officer of Allstate Insurance Company (Northbrook, IL), was named the winner of the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Midwest Award 2005 and the winner of the ISE Midwest's People's Choice Award™.

The finalists for the prestigious award included Michael Assante, Chief Security Officer of American Electric Power (Columbus, OH), Mark Bruhn, Chief IT Security and Policy Officer at Indiana University, (Bloomington, IN), Todd Fitzgerald, Systems Security Officer for United Government Services (Milwaukee, WI), and Eric Schmidt, Chief Security Officer for the Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, IN).

The winner and finalists were selected among many of the Midwest's leading security pioneers at the premier information security executive recognition forum held on the evening of May 12, 2005, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

The ISE Midwest Awards honor the achievements of today's information security pioneers and recognizes excellence in managing enterprise-wide network and Internet security systems in the Upper Midwest region of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The ISE Nominees were evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges based on information they submitted outlining their effectiveness in managing internal security organizations, mentoring and motivating staff members and developing innovative security strategies and solutions to meet business challenges.

"We are honored to present the ISE Midwest Award to Kim Van Nostern in recognition of her security leadership," said Michael Crest, senior vice president and area general manager North Central at Computer Associates, the presenting sponsor of the award. "CA congratulates all of the finalists and nominees for their innovation and achievements."

"The ISE Midwest People's Choice Award reflects the community's respect for security leadership," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "Kim Van Nostern was selected from among the nominees through a poll of registered attendees at the Awards Gala. We are honored to recognize her as this year's award winner. It is an outstanding achievement that Kim has won both the Information Security Executive of the Year Award and the People's Choice Award."

About Our Sponsors and the ISE Awards

The Information Security Executive of the Year Midwest Awards 2005, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc. is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Presenting GigaByte - Computer Associates; MegaByte - Intellitactics, Lancope; KiloByte - Courion, CSC, Guidance Software, Webroot Software ; Friends - Ad Hoc Communication Resources; National Media - Network Computing, Network Magazine, and Secure Enterprise.

Based upon the success of previous ISE Award Galas, Executive Alliance, the premier provider of leadership-recognition forums, launched the ISE Award Program Series to recognize outstanding leadership and exemplary achievement in the field of information security. Nominees are information security pioneers from private, public, government and academic institutions that have made contributions to their organizations and the security industry. In 2005, the ISE Award Program Series includes the ISE Southeast Awards (Atlanta, GA), ISE Midwest Awards (Chicago, IL), ISE New England Awards (Boston, MA), ISE Tri-State Awards (New York, NY), and the ISE National Awards (Washington, D.C). For more information, please visit

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