John Graham of Jabil and Cox Automotive Claim Top Awards at ISE® Southeast

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Connie Barrera of Jackson Health System named People’s Choice Award Winner

Winners of the 2016 ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards

Our judges faced a difficult challenge in evaluating such a high caliber group of executives and project nominees."

T.E.N., a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, honored finalists and winners Tuesday evening, March 15, at the 2016 ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards Gala at the Westin Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

John Graham, chief security officer for Jabil, was selected as the Information Security Executive® of the Year Award winner for the ISE® Southeast Region. John has an extensive background as an information assurance executive with experience in strategy, design and implementation of solutions, which provide governance in Enterprise Risk Management, IT Risk Management, Security, Privacy, Compliance, and Business Continuity. John’s achievements include the creation of leverage between, required enterprise governance controls with cost savings, to include revenue generating value add services.

Jennifer Cole, VP Information Security & Governance for ServiceMaster, and David Rooker, chief security officer, Actian Corporation, were honored during the event as finalists in the executive category. Connie Barrera, director Info Assurance and chief information security officer for Jackson Health System, won the 2016 ISE® Southeast People’s Choice Award. This award represents the nominee who best exemplifies information security leadership as voted on by his peers in information security.

Cox Automotive’s “Rugged DevOps” project was selected as the ISE® Southeast Project of the Year. Tony Spurlin, chief information security officer, accepted on behalf of the project. The project implemented a comprehensive application security program, integrating cloud-based static application security testing and in-house dynamic application security testing with its agile software development life-cycle (SDLC). As a result, Cox Automotive reduced application security vulnerabilities by 20% in the first year while cutting the amount of application rework by 60% to accelerate more secure solutions into production. This also enabled the company to strengthen its competitive advantage and lower costs.

Project finalists included SunTrust’s “DR Next Project”, Elavon’s “SecurityON”, and Change Healthcare’s “TITAN - Threat Intelligence Tactical Analysis Network”.

“Our judges faced a difficult challenge in evaluating such a high caliber group of executive and project nominees,” said T.E.N. CEO and President Marci McCarthy. “Each of them exhibits the innovation and ingenuity for which the ISE® Awards stand and we are honored to have each and every one of join the ranks of our distinguished ISE® Alumni.”

Full list of nominees can be found on the T.E.N. website:

The ISE® Southeast Awards recognize both information security executives and projects for outstanding achievements in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, privacy and network security. Award winners were selected from the U.S. Southeast region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The event is made possible by kilobyte sponsors: CloudPassage, Cisco, Exabeam, Globalscape, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intralinks, Logrythym, Qualys, RSA, Symantec, and Trend Micro and display sponsors: Bromium Carbon Black, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, Imperva, Fidelis Cybersecurity, Novetta, Onapsis, RiskIQ, ServiceNow, Splunk, Tufin, Varonis and Venafi. Learn more

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 ISE® Lions’ Den and Jungle Lounge, 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

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 summit, the ISE® Awards are held across the country and Canada in major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco. 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.
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