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(ISC)² Chapter Recognition Awards

(ISC)² Chapter Recognition Awards


(ISC)² recognizes (ISC)² Chapters that best promote (ISC)²’s vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. We are looking for chapters that have demonstrated a well-rounded offering of activities and services designed to benefit its members and affiliates, while making a significant contribution to the professional and local community through the core focus areas of the (ISC)² Chapter Program of Connect, Educate, Inspire and Secure.

To apply, chapters can self-nominate by completing the questions below, which focus on these core focus areas. Details submitted should be based on the timeframe of January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2021. 

The survey should be completed in its entirety no later than midnight Eastern Time on May 13, 2022. A judging committee will be assembled to review all submissions and select the finalists. 

(NOTE: you may be asked to provide additional information and materials during the review process).


Presented to one chapter per region annually at (ISC)² Security Congress event.


Chapters will be judged based on the core focus areas of the (ISC)² Chapter Program of Connect, Educate, Inspire and Secure.  Chapters will submit a short essay on each one of these areas describing how their chapter demonstrated a well-rounded program for their chapter members and made an impact in the local community.  Below are the criteria for each focus area:

  • CONNECT: Evaluate the number of member meetings, networking opportunities, and/or activities the chapter held in the past year and determine the value each brought to the chapter membership and affiliates (i.e. prospects, sponsors, partners, etc.). Evaluate membership participation based on how many people attended each event and if there were any significant outcomes. 
  • EDUCATE: Evaluate details about the educational opportunities the chapter offered for members to learn and earn CPEs. Evaluate membership participation based on how many people attended each event and if there were any significant outcomes. 
  • INSPIRE: Determine if the chapter made a significant impact in the local community through inspiring individuals to pursue a career in cybersecurity and develop leadership skills. Evaluate quantitative and qualitative details, and any significant outcomes. 
  • SECURE: Evaluate how the chapter advanced the (ISC)² vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world in their local community by educating others about online safety and forming partnerships to promote cybersecurity awareness. Evaluate quantitative and qualitative details, and any significant outcomes. 


(ISC)² is proud to recognize regional chapter winners. Recipients of the (ISC)² will receive an engraved crystal award with their chapter name and region on it.  They will also receive the following benefits with this honor:

  • Engraved award with the chapter’s name
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Recognition at Security Congress
  • Recognition through an article in the InfoSecurity Professional magazine
  • Full-conference registration All Access Pass for one chapter officer or delegate from each winning chapter to attend Congress (and the Chapter Leadership Meeting/Workshop)
  • Press Releases and blog posts on award recipients
  • One night hotel accommodation


For an (ISC)² Chapter to self-nominate for the Regional (ISC)² Chapter Recognition Award, it must be an “Official” chapter in “Good Standing” for more than one year with (ISC)².  This means there are no outstanding requirements due, nor are there any concerns or issues being addressed.  In addition, all required and updated documentation should be on record, and activity requirements have been met based on the last annual chapter report. Also, the Chapter should be actively submitting CPEs for applicable activities on behalf of its chapter members


(ISC)² Chapters self-nominate for the Chapter Recognition Award by completing an online survey via SurveyMonkey with activity details pertaining to the core focus areas of Connect, Educate, Inspire and Secure. Below is a summary of the types of activities that chapters may offer:





  • Professional Networking
  • Career Development
  • Job Connections
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Joint Opportunities
  • Social Outings
  • Fellowship


  • Industry Expert Presentations
  • Study Groups
  • Seminars/Workshops
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPEs)


  • Mentor Students
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Cybersecurity Awareness
  • Advocacy for the Profession
  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Fundraising (Scholarships)


  • Teaching Others to be Safe Online (children and seniors)
  • Form Partnerships with Public and Private Sector
  • Collaborate on Cybersecurity Awareness Projects

Details submitted should be based on the time frame of January 1 until December 31 of the previous year. The survey should be completed in its entirety no later than midnight Eastern Time on Friday, May 13, 2022. A nomination judging committee will be assembled to review all submissions and select the finalists.


Chapters must follow the following guidelines when submitting a nomination for the (ISC)² Chapter Recognition Awards:

  • Submissions must be complete and accurate. Nominators may be contacted by (ISC)² Chapter Relations Team to clarify or confirm the accuracy of information provided. 
  • Only one nomination should be submitted per chapter.
  • Chapter winners from the previous year are not eligible to submit a nomination.
  • Chapters must meet a minimum score threshold to be recognized in their region.
  • If confidential information is submitted and the chapter wishes for (ISC)² not to publicize the information, the chapter may indicate the parts of the application that should remain confidential. The information will only be used to judge against criteria and will not be distributed outside of the committee or announced publicly without express consent of the chapter or those entities involved.
  • Members of the judging panel must abide by (ISC)²’s non-disclosure policy, conflict of interest and volunteer agreement/code of conduct. In addition, (ISC)² has a strict privacy policy and will respect all requests for confidentiality.
  • All submissions should be in English.  Supporting documents and any material submitted that is not in English will not be considered.
  • Guidelines and procedure may be changed at the discretion of (ISC)².


A panel of judges will be assembled from the current (ISC)2 Chapter Advisory Committee to review the essay submissions and score them on a 5-point scale.  There will be a minimum of 5 panelists who will be assigned to review essay submissions received from chapters within a specific region. Judges will not be able to review and score chapter applications from their region if their chapter submitted a nomination.

Nominations will be anonymous and chapter information will be redacted during the review process.  Each core focus area will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, and then receive an overall score. Judges can recommend a specific submission, which will be taken into account during the final review process.  An internal (ISC)2 review team will be assembled to review the scoring results and feedback, and then make a final decision on the top three finalists, and then decide on the winner based on the top score and feedback by the judges.

NOTE:  CAC members are eligible to receive Group B CPEs for their participation in judging the nominations submitted by chapters. The amount of CPEs will depend on the time spent in reviewing, scoring and evaluating. (ISC)2 will submit CPEs on behalf of the committee members for the average time spent during this process.


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