T.E.N. Announces Winners of the ISE® North America Awards

Executives and projects from Disney, Clemson, Sutter Health, Texas Capital, BNY Mellon, University of Massachusetts and Merck receive top honors during North America’s most prestigious security award program. The ISE® North America awards recognize both information security executives and projects for outstanding achievements in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, privacy and network security.

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Howard Schmidt stands with representatives from T.E.N.

From left: Rich Jackson (former CISO for Chevron), Marci McCarthy (CEO & President for T.E.N.), Howard Schmidt (Retired Cyber Security Coordinator for the White House) and Craig Shumard (Principal for

These nominees are improving their organizations security posture and collaborating during our ISE® Programs to significantly advance the security industry as a whole.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 07, 2013

T.E.N., a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, honored finalists and winners Wednesday evening at the 2013 ISE® North America Leadership Summit and Awards Gala at the Sheraton Premiere in Tyson’s Corner, Va.

The ISE® North America awards recognize both information security executives and projects for outstanding achievements in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, privacy and network security. Award program participants are located across the U.S. and Canada, and nominations were considered within three categories based on industry classification.

“With close to 60 nominees, we were able to recognize many of North America’s most innovative companies and most prominent security executive thought leaders as well as their project teams,” said Marci McCarthy, CEO and president, T.E.N. “These nominees are improving their organizations' security posture and collaborating during our ISE® Programs to significantly advance the security industry as a whole.”

Commercial Category
Glen Taylor, chief information security officer for The Walt Disney Company, was selected as the Information Security Executive® of the Year Award winner in the Commercial Category. With more than 20 years experience, he is responsible for oversight and management of information security programs across The Walt Disney Company, including information security governance, technology risk management, enterprise technology compliance programs and information security assurances. Finalists included Steven Jensen, chief information security officer for Ameriprise Financial, and Myrna Soto, chief information and infrastructure security officer for Comcast. Soto was also selected as the ISE® Northeast Executive Award Winner earlier this fall.

BNY Mellon’s “Unstructured Data Governance Project” was selected as the ISE® North America Project of the Year in the Commercial Category. The project involved the creation of a governance process to provide security and user access certifications over high-risk data stored in network shared drives. Finalists included the Citi’s project, “Workspace Virtualization and Containment for Sourcing Partners”; Scotiabank’s project, “QRadar SIEM Implementation for Threat Intelligence and Security Monitoring”; and Twitter’s project, “Twitter Domain Authentication Service.”

Academic/Public Sector Category
Kevin McKenzie, chief information security officer for Clemson University, was selected as the Information Security Executive® of the Year Award winner in the Academic/Public Sector Category. McKenzie is responsible for leading a team of InfoSec professionals dedicated to ensuring the security and privacy posture of a top 25 public research university. Finalists included Connie Barrera, executive director for security and compliance at the University of Miami, and Larry Wilson, chief information security officer for University of Massachusetts.

“University Cyber-Security Initiative,” implemented by the University of Massachusetts, was selected as the ISE® North America Project of the Year in the Academic/Public Sector Category. The project involved planning, designing, implementing and managing a University-wide technology-based program based on the SANS 20 Critical Security Controls (CSC). Kennesaw State University’s “Identity and Access Management Initiative” was selected as a finalist in this category.

Health Care Category
Jeff Trudeau, information security officer for Sutter Health, was selected as the Information Security Executive® of the Year Award winner in the Health Care Category. He focuses on protecting patient information as well as managing risk and enabling the organization.

Merck’s project, “EngageZone,” was selected as the ISE® North America Project of the Year in the Health Care Category. This project involved a partnership between Merck and Exostar to redefine business-to-business engagements by creating a Life-Sciences Identity Broker in the Cloud. PharMerica’s project, “EPCS for Electronic Prescription Pharmacy Compliance,” was selected as a finalist in this category.

People’s Choice Award
Eric Fisch, senior vice president - information security for Texas Capital Bank, was named the ISE® North America People’s Choice Award Winner. This award represents the nominee who best exemplifies information security leadership as voted on by peers in information security.

Luminary Leadership Award
Also honored during Wednesday’s awards program was the 2013 Luminary Leadership Award winner Howard Schmidt, retired special assistant to the President and cybersecurity coordinator for the White House. Presented annually, the award celebrates the achievements of an outstanding leader and industry practitioner for his or her distinguished service, stewardship and contributions in advancing the information security industry.

About T.E.N.
T.E.N., a national technology and security executive networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solutions providers. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.’s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making. Its flagship program, the nationally-acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals. Other offerings include the T.E.N. Custom Programs and the ISE® Industry Expert Advisory Services, empowering IT solutions providers to gain access to highly credentialed IT business veterans’ expertise. For information, visit http://www.ten-inc.com and http://www.iseprograms.com.

About ISE® Award Program Series
For more than a decade, the Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Award Program Series has empowered security executives and their project teams to Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate. Recognized as the industry’s most prestigious IT Security award program, it has become the most anticipated award program for security executives and their project teams. Winners have included executives and project teams from leading organizations such as Nike, The Walt Disney Company, the United States Postal Service, Schlumberger, Texas Instruments, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Equifax, Comcast, PayPal, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Nationwide.

Our distinguished ISE® Judges are past nominees representing a cross section of industries, including commercial, government, health care and academic sectors. For this reason, the ISE® Awards represent the best achievements of the year as evaluated by those regarded as the industry's most influential and successful thought leaders. Coupled with a one or two-day executive summits, the ISE® Awards are held across the U.S. and Canada in major cities including Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Toronto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The ISE® Awards Program Series has reached more than 10,000 executives across a broad range of industries and has been a major influence in executives’ careers, knowledge sharing, and the development of peer-to-peer relationships.