(ISC)²® Announces Winners of First Americas Information Security Leadership Awards

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Nominees Model Resourcefulness, Innovation and Best Practices in Efforts to Build a Stronger, More Qualified Information Security Workforce in North, Central and South America

(ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the world’s largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, today announced the winners of its inaugural Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (Americas ISLA).

“Expanding the ISLA program to the Americas was a logical step for us, given the wealth of information security innovation, leadership and talent in this region,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)². “We were pleased with the caliber of finalists for our inaugural year, and we congratulate them on their pioneering achievements. With the current acute shortage of qualified information security personnel, the ISLA program provides a platform for these information security leaders to inspire the industry and their peers to shape the future of this critical profession.”

Americas ISLA judges, who include some of the most accomplished information security leaders across both the public and private sectors in North and South America, evaluated the achievements of a select group of nominees and awarded Americas ISLAs to individuals in four distinct categories, as well as two special recognitions. The 2011 Americas ISLA winners are as follows:

Information Security Practitioner Category
Manoranjan (Mano) Paul, CSSLP, CISSP
President and CEO, SecuRisk Solutions
USA

Managerial Professional for an Information Security Project Category
Matt Larson
Vice President, DNS Research, Verisign Inc.
USA

Senior Information Security Professional Category
Diego Andrés Zuluaga Urrea, CISM, CGEIT, GCFA, COBIT Foundation
Chief Information Security Officer, Isagen S.A. E.S.P.
Colombia

Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional Category
Pedro Andres Morales Zamudio, CISSP, CEH, GPEN, GCIH, Lead Auditor ISO 27001, OSCP, OSCWP
Pre-Sales Engineer, Ximark Technologies, Inc.
Peru

Two nominees were also received special recognition with the ‘Community Service Star’ for their volunteer work to broaden security awareness significantly throughout their communities. The Community Service Star recipients are:

Brent Huston
Founder, CEO and Security Evangelist, MicroSolved, Inc.
USA

Cassio Goldschmidt, CSSLP
Sr. Manager, Product Security, Symantec
USA

“The panel of judges was certainly moved by Brent and Cassio’s leadership and commitment to driving awareness within the information security community,” said Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, 2011 Americas ISLA Judge and North American Advisory Board Member, (ISC)2. “As cyber threats only continue to escalate, the coming years will bring many challenges in recruiting and retaining the next cybersecurity workforce in the Americas and we will need more professionals like Brent and Cassio to step up to the plate and help bring attention to this important cause."

For more information about the Americas ISLA program, please visit https://www.isc2.org/aisla/.

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