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(ISC)² Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award

(ISC)² Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award


The Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the (ISC)² Board of Directors and is the highest tribute bestowed in information security. Named after Harold F. Tipton, CISSP, known as the “George Washington of information security,” the award honors his memory and the tradition of passionately promoting and enhancing information security and the information security profession. This award therefore recognizes a member for his or her lifelong contributions to the advancement of information security and the profession by serving with sustained excellence and distinction throughout their entire career.


Presented annually at the (ISC)² Security Congress event.


Below are the criteria evaluated for this award:

  • Lifelong Contribution: Displayed professional achievement throughout the cyber and IT security industry during a 15-year period of time or more.
  • Impact: Demonstrated sustained excellence throughout their entire cyber and information systems security career.
  • Ethical: Must be willing to attest to and have adhered to the expectations of the (ISC)² Code of Ethics.


(ISC)² is proud to honor our awardees by providing the following benefits. Recipients will receive:

  • Personalized, engraved award
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Recognition throughout the (ISC)² Security Congress conference during award presentation year
  • Recognition within InfoSecurity Professional magazine
  • Complimentary Security Congress pass for each honoree and their nominator
  • Press Release and blog post honoring award recipients


To better understand eligibility for nominees, nominators, and award committees, please refer to (ISC)²’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

Eligible Nominees:

  • (ISC)² Members
  • Fellows of (ISC)² 
  • Must have 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry

Ineligible Nominees:

  • (ISC)² Board of Directors, senior officers & staff
  • Self-nominations are not permitted

Eligible Nominators:

  • (ISC)² Members
  • Fellows of (ISC)²


  • Completed nomination form hosted in (ISC)²’s submission system. Please be sure to complete all required sections and save your work. You may return and finish your submission at any time before the submission deadline.
  • nomination letter with one-sentence citation (300 words) - optional. Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution and contact information (phone number and email address) are required. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter. The nomination letter should account for the accomplishments of the candidate based on the criteria established for this award.
  • curriculum vitae or LinkedIn profile link for the nominee (non-prescriptive). Include the candidate’s name, address and email, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.


  • Submissions must align with the category for which they are nominated and requires completeness and accuracy of the information provided. Nominators may be contacted by (ISC)² staff regarding the nomination package requirements or to clarity or confirm the accuracy of any information provided.
  • Nominators may not nominate the same individual with the same project/initiative under multiple categories.
  • Multiple nominations of same nominee do not increase chances of winning.
  • An individual cannot win the same category for two years in a row. Award recipients can be nominated and chosen for another award different from the award received previously.
  • If the nominee does not want some of the information on the application known, the nominator may indicate which parts of the application should be kept confidential. Further, 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 company and the nominee.
  • Members of the judging panel must abide by (ISC)²’s non-disclosure policy. 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. Please also provide a brief description of the document in English, if only a local language supporting document is available.
  • Guidelines and procedures may be changed at the discretion of (ISC)².


For questions or to request more information, please email