(ISC)²® Opens Nominations For Second Annual Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA®)

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Program Recognizes Industry Workforce Improvements of Leaders from Central, North and South America

(ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the world’s largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, today announced it is now accepting nominations for its second annual Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA) Program. To nominate an information security professional, please visit http://www.isc2awards.org and select ‘Americas ISLA’.

Part of the (ISC)² Global Awards Program, the Americas ISLAs recognize information security workforce improvements, projects and initiatives throughout the private and public sectors in North, Central and South America, with the exception of US federal government, in the following categories:

  •              Senior Information Security Professional (examples include: CSO, CISO, information security manager or senior security manager with significant information security management responsibilities) who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any information security workforce improvement initiative, program or project. Candidates in this category typically should have at least five years of work experience directly related to information security.
  •     Managerial Professional for an Information Security Project (non-information security professional examples include: CIO, CFO, program/project manager, etc.) who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any information security workforce improvement initiative, program or project. Candidates in this category typically should have at least five years of work experience and occupy a senior-level position within their organization.
  •     Information Security Practitioner who has distinguished him/herself for implementing and/or managing the implementation of a component of a security program (examples include: managing a security awareness and training program, conducting difficult, complex security evaluations, etc.). Candidates in this category should have at least three years of work experience directly related to information security.
  •     Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional who is a new, rising star in the information security field. The project, improvement or initiative may not relate to leadership as with the other categories but rather is something that relates to their current position or educational work (e.g., university research project, implemented emerging technology, outstanding work in security operations).

“Last year, the judging committee was impressed by the caliber and breadth of nominations they received from eight countries throughout the Americas region,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2. “We were pleased with the success of the inaugural program in 2011 and look forward to once again honoring industry pioneers who devote their careers to building an astute workforce armed with the knowledge and tools to combat growing cyber threats.”

The 2012 Americas ISLA Judging Committee is comprised of eight senior-level information security professionals from (ISC)2’s North and Latin American Advisory Boards. Each member of the Committee will review the nominations, and the collective judges will select one winner from each category based upon the selection criteria and eligibility requirements.

“It was truly a honor to win the first Americas ISLA in the Information Security Practitioner category in 2011,” said Manoranjan (Mano) Paul, CSSLP, CISSP, president and CEO of SecuRisk Solutions, and author of The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CSSLP. “The diligent work of software security professionals is seldom in the spotlight, so it was especially gratifying to be recognized in front of family and peers for my contributions to the information security industry. I highly recommend that other information and software security professionals get involved in this prestigious awards program.”

Nominations for the Americas ISLA Program will be accepted through June 1, 2012. (ISC)2 will host a gala dinner in conjunction with its second annual Security Congress to announce and honor the winners on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., USA.

For more information on the Americas ISLA Program, including a list of last year’s winners, please visit: http://www.isc2.org/aisla.

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About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 85,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

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