(ISC)²® Announces New Government Information Security Leadership Award (GISLA®) in Honor of Government InfoSec Pioneer Lynn McNulty

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Special tribute award will be given annually to a federal information security leader who exemplifies McNulty’s vision and dedication

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“This award will encourage a new generation of information security leaders to aspire to Lynn’s achievements and his very high ideals,” says Marc Noble, director of government affairs for (ISC)2 and co-chair of the GAB.

(ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the world’s largest not-for-profit information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, today announced that it has created a new U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award (GISLA) to honor Lynn F. McNulty, CISSP, who passed away in June 2012 but whose innovation, influence and commitment to government information security will be felt for years to come.

The (ISC)2 Lynn F. McNulty Tribute GISLA will recognize a member of the U.S. federal information security community who upholds McNulty’s legacy as a visionary and innovator through outstanding service and commitment. The first recipient will be hand-chosen by the (ISC)2 U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cybersecurity (GABCS) and recognized at the GISLA gala ceremony in October 2013.

“Lynn McNulty made a significant mark in his efforts to achieve the ambitious goal of building a professional government information security workforce and to strengthen the security posture of the country’s information resources and infrastructure,” says W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2. “One of Lynn’s very tangible legacies was the GISLA Program, which he championed and which has since become one of the most coveted recognition programs for federal cybersecurity professionals today.”

In fact, the GISLAs came to be so prestigious that the concept gave rise to a global awards program that recognizes professionals in other countries who exercise innovation and leadership to make a real difference in the effectiveness of information security and the forward movement of the information security workforce.

“With this award, we ensure that Lynn McNulty will be remembered and honored every year by the government information security community, which is as strong as it is today in large part because of his talent and persistence,” says Marc H. Noble, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, CGEIT, MBCI, director of government affairs for (ISC)2 and co-chair of the GAB. “This award will encourage a new generation of information security leaders to aspire to Lynn’s achievements and his very high ideals.”

McNulty was a true pioneer in government information security circles, having served in a number of critical and high-profile capacities, including as associate director for computer security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as the first information systems security director at the U.S. State Department and as director of government affairs for RSA.

He spent his post-government career working in key roles within (ISC)2, including as a member of the (ISC)2 Board of Directors, (ISC)2 director of government affairs and founding co-chair of the (ISC)2U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cybersecurity.

In 2009, McNulty was inducted into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame, and this past summer, Federal Computer Week named McNulty as one of the key thought leaders in government IT of the last 25 years.

(ISC)² will begin accepting applications for the tenth annual GISLA program in Spring 2013.


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