ISSA Celebrates Excellence in Cybersecurity: Announcing the 2023 ISSA Awards Winners and Fellows Recipients

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VIENNA, Va.- August 7, 2023The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the premier non-profit cybersecurity professional association, announces the 2023 ISSA International Awards Winners and Honorees. The 2023 International Awards Gala was held at the MGM Park Las Vegas on Saturday, August 5th, 2023.

For over 20 years ISSA has recognized the individuals working hard to advance their skills and the cybersecurity profession at large in the mission to protect organizations around the world from cyber threats,” said Candy Alexander, Board President, ISSA International. “We are pleased to present The ISSA International Awards Gala which celebrates the winners and recognizes them for their astonishing contributions to the community and profession.

The categories and finalists are:

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award recognizing an individual's exceptional qualities of leadership in their own career and organization as well as an exemplary commitment to the information security profession.

  • 2023 Inductees
    • Randall Frietzsche
    • Mr. Clément Dupuis, CD (Posthumous Nomination)
    • Richard Greenberg
    • Dr. Shawn Murray
    • Troy Adam Hunt

Honor Roll

Honor Roll is a lifetime achievement award recognizing an individual's sustained contributions to the information security community, the advancement of the association and enhancement of the professionalism of the membership.

  • 2023 Inductees
    • Frank Gearhart
    • Lora Woodworth
    • Mathieu Gorge

Chapter of the Year

Chapter of the Year recognizes chapters that have done an exceptional job of supporting ISSA’s mission, serving their member communities, and advancing the field.

  • 2023 Chapter of the Year Winners


  • Northern Colorado


  • Los Angeles, CA


  • Colorado Springs Chapter


  • Poland Chapter

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteers of the Year Award recognizes a member who has made a significant difference to their chapter, the association, or the information security community through dedicated and selfless service to ISSA.

  • 2023 Volunteers of the Year
    • Laurence Holt
    • Jack Freund
    • Richard Larkins

President’s Award for Public Service

The President's Award for Public Service recognizes an individual's contribution to the information security profession in the area of public service.

  • 2023 President’s Award Recipient
    • Sametria L McKinney

      Security Professional of the Year

      The Security Professional of the Year honors one (1) individual who best exemplifies the most outstanding standards and achievement in information security in the preceding year.

      • 2023 Security Professional of the Yea
        • Paige Needling

      2023 ISSA Fellows and ISSA Distinguished Fellows

      This program honors established cyber professionals with demonstrated success and contributions to the industry. These individuals have dedicated years towards the innovation and progression within the cyber realm.

        ISSA Fellows
        • Robert Hansel
        • Edmond Momartin
        • Connie Matthews Reynolds
        • Peter Hill
        • Frank Gearhart
        • John F. Petrie III
        • Marik Kuczynski
        • Srikant Mantravadi
        • Phebe Swope
        ISSA Distinguished Fellows
        • Walter Magda
        • Clyde “Howard” Gordon, Jr.
        • Jimmy Sanders
        • John Donovan

        More information on the 2023 International ISSA Awards can be found here.

        More information on the awards program and qualifications can be found here.



        The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)™ is the community of choice for global cyber security professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure. ISSA members and award winners include many of the industry’s notable luminaries and represent a broad range of industries – from communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and consulting to IT – as well as federal, state and local government departments and agencies. Through regional chapter meetings, conferences, networking events and content, members tap into a wealth of shared knowledge and expertise. Follow us on Twitter at @ISSAINTL. Learn more about ISSA.

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