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International Awards

ISSA International Awards

Call for Nominations Now Open

ISSA annually recognizes outstanding information security professionals, their companies, and chapters that are at the top of their respective games. Who would you like to see recognized? Nominations may be made by any member.

To make a nomination, complete the form online, and we will send you a copy of your submission. Anyone interested in making a nomination should thoroughly review the Awards Policies and Procedures.

All nominations and supporting documents must be received by May 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

This year’s awards will be presented at the ISSA International Conference in Chicago, October 12-13. Award winners will receive transportation, lodging, and complimentary registration. Any member in good standing is eligible to propose candidates for:

Hall of Fame: pays homage to an individual’s exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own career and organization as well as an exemplary commitment to the information security profession. (ISSA membership not required.)
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Honor Roll: recognizes an individual’s sustained contributions to the information security community, enhancement of the professionalism of ISSA members, and advancement of the association
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Security Professional of the Year: honors the member who best exemplifies the most outstanding standards and achievement in information security in the preceding year.
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Volunteer of the Year: recognizes a member who has made a significant difference to his or her chapter, the association, or the information security community through dedicated and selfless service to ISSA.
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Chapters of the Year: rewards chapters that have done an exceptional job of supporting ISSA’s mission, serving their
member communities, and advancing the field. Nominees will be evaluated on their activities and programs in six areas:
member services, membership development, projects and special events, development of the next generation of security professionals, communications and marketing, and participation and support of ISSA International initiatives and programs.
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  •  Nominees will be evaluated on their activities and programs in six areas: member services, membership development, projects and special events, development of the next generation of security professionals, communications and marketing, and participation and support of ISSA International initiatives and programs.
  • Three awards will be given based on size: less than 100 members, 100-200 members, more than 200 members.
  • Chapters of the Year will each receive $500 toward a member appreciation event or a donation in the chapter’s name to a scholarship fund of the winner’s choice.

Organization of the Year: acknowledges an organization that has provided a sustained, proactive presence that directly contributed to the overall good and professionalism of the association and its membership, providing services, products, and/or direct support that ensures the promotion of the highest ethical standards in addressing information security and its future direction.
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President’s Award for Public Service: honors an individual’s contribution to the information security profession in the area of public service. (ISSA membership not required.)
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For more information or for assistance with your nomination, please contact Leah Lewis.

Past Award Winners

Hall of Fame Recipients

Leonard ("Len") Max Adleman
Francis ("Candy") Alexander 
Michael F. Angelo
Andy Briney
Scott Charney
Dave Cullinane
Mary Ann Davidson
Dorothy Denning
Whitfield Diffie
Donald Evans
Dan Farmer
Pamela Fusco
Simson Garfinkel
Susan Hansche
Martin Hellman
Steve Hunt
Michel Kabay
Sandra Lambert
Steven B.Lipner
Lynn McNulty
Erik G. Mettala
Richard Mosher
William Hugh Murray

Patricia A. Myers          
Stephen Northcutt
Richard Owen
Alan Paller
Donn Parker
Thomas Peltier
Michael Peters
Fred Piper
George Proeller
Marcus Ranum
Ronald L. Rivest
Ron Ross
Howard Schmidt
Bruce Schneier
Eugene Schultz
Adi Shamir
Sanford Sherizen
Eugene Spafford
Harold Tipton
William Tompkins
Wietse Z. Venema
James Wade
Roy Wilkinson
Ira Winkler

Honor Roll Recipients

Candy Alexander
Joanne Ashland
Harry Bing-You
Howard "Skip” Chapman
Mario Chiock
Debra Christofferson
Dave Cullinane
Bill Danigelis
James Duffy
Brian Engle
Donald Evans
Rhonda Farrell
Patricia (Gilmore) Myers     
Steve Haydostian
Ronald Helsley
Andrea Hoy
Gerald Isaacson
Gerald Kovacich
Sandra Lambert
Bart Moerman
Elio Molteni
Richard Mosher
William Hugh Murray
Marc H. Noble
Edward Norris

Owen O'Connor
Richard Owen, Jr.
Deb Peinert
Lawrence A. Pingree
Ralph Spencer Poore
George Proeller
Kevin L. Richards
Anne Rogers
Allen Scalise
Howard Schmidt
Brian Schultz
Eugene Schultz
Mark Spencer
Harold Tipton
William Tompkins
Javier Torner
Robin Wheeler
Vern Williams
Alex Woda
Roger Younglove
Ernest E. Zernial, Jr.

Chapter of the Year

Alamo Chapter (2011, 2014)
Capitol of Texas Chapter (1998, 1999, 2008, 2013)
Central Alabama Chapter (2009)
Colorado Springs Chapter (2005, 2008)
Lima Perú Chapter (2012)
Metro Atlanta Chapter (2011)
Minnesota Chapter (2002)
New England Chapter (2000, 2001)
Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chapter (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014)
Phoenix Chapter (2009)
Poland Chapter (2008, 2011)
Puerto Rico Chapter (2014)
Sacramento Valley Chapter (2012)
Silicon Valley Chapter (2003)
South Texas Chapter (2007, 2013)
Turkey Chapter (2013)
United Kingdom Chapter (2005, 2006, 2012)

Chapter Communications Program of the Year

Capitol of Texas Chapter (2005, 2006)
Denver Chapter (2003)
Kansas City Chapter (2000-website, 2001)
Metro Atlanta Chapter (2001)
Metro New York (1999 – website, 2000 – newsletter)
Middle Tennessee Chapter (2002)
New England (1998 – website)
Northern Virginia Chapter (2004, 2007)
Poland Chapter (2009)
United Kingdom Chapter (2008, 2009, 2011)

Security Professional of the Year

Candy Alexander (2000)
Michael Angelo (2011)
Joanne Ashland (2002)
Aaron Carpenter (2014)
Howard "Skip” Chapman (2009)
Eric Cowperthwaite (2012)
June Dabbs (2001)
Louis Gamon (2007)
Mark Johnson (2008)
Thomas R. Peltier (1998)
Anne M. Rogers (2004)
Randy V. Sabett (2013)
John Thompson (2003)
Sherry R. Voit (2006)
Vernon Williams (2005)
Nena Young (1999)

Volunteer of the Year

Lawrence A. Pingree
Richard Mosher (2012)
Phil Rogofsky (2014)
Roberto Puyó Valladares (2012)
Mark Williams (2013)

Organization of the Year

Avaya Government Solutions (2013)
California State University, San Bernardino (2012)
Cisco Systems, Inc. (2007)
Citrix (2011)
Colorado Technical University (2004)
Consul Risk Management BV (2002)
Ernst & Young (1999, 2000)
Foundstone, Inc. (2001)
ITT Technical Institute (2009)
MITRE Corporation (2008)
Nortel Government Solutions (2006)
SANS Institute (1998)
Sourcefire (2013)
Vanguard Integrity Professionals (2003)

President’s Award for Public Service

John Austen (2002)
Richard A. Clarke (2003)
Sharon Ehlers (2008)
Karen S. Evans (2004)
Jeff Moss (2011)
Marc H. Noble (2007)
George Proeller (2009)
Symantec Stuxnet Team: Liam O'Murchu, Eric Chien, Nicolas Falliere (2012)
George White (2011)

President’s Awards

Robert W. Daniels (2006)
Louis Gamon (2007)
Kevin Richards (2006)

Special Vendor Award

SPI Dynamics (2004)

Award of Excellence

Richard Mosher (1999)
Edward Norris (1999, 2000, 2001)

Individual Contribution to the ISSA

J. Louis Lambert (1998)
Robin L. Wheeler (1998)

Individual Achievement

Gary E. Brooks
Steve Hunt

Higher Education Center of Excellence

Colorado Technical University (2005)

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