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(ISC)² Rising Star Professional Award

Rising Star Professional Award


(ISC)²‘s Rising Star Professional Award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of a up and coming professional who has made a significant impact in the information security industry early in their career. The nominated project/initiative must have been completed within the last 12 months. Candidates must have at least 1-3 years of work experience in cybersecurity industry.


Below are the criteria evaluated for this award:

  • Impact: To what magnitude have the nominee’s professional contributions from their highlighted project/initiative had both large- and small-scale industry impacts? Consider the impact on both industry-wide and organizational/company scales given who and how many this project/initiative reached.
  • Implementation: How successful was this initiative/project in leveraging people, processes, and technology for effective implementation. Include research efforts and/or experience that were also applied to the process.
  • Innovation: How innovative were the approaches in overcoming obstacles? How has the initiative/project built a foundation for workforce improvement in the future?
  • Dedication: Outside of regular job duties, how strong was the candidate’s level of commitment in contributing to and advancing the industry from completing their nominated project/initiative? 
  • Development: To what degree has the candidate exhibited personal allegiance and engagement by actively pursuing personal, professional, intellectual and continuing education growth opportunities?


(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:

  • Nominations are open to all professionals, both (ISC)² members and non-members, who meet the criteria.
  • Candidates must have at least 1-3 years of work experience, of which must be directly related to cybersecurity.

Ineligible Nominees:

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

Eligible Nominators:

  • Nominations can be submitted by all professionals (cyber, information, software, infrastructure security professionals, educators or management).
  • Both (ISC)² members and non-members are encouraged to nominate.
  • Nominator should be in compliance with (ISC)²’s Conflict of Interest Policy and Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Duplicate nominations for the same individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.
  • (ISC)² Board of Directors, staff, and Awards committee are ineligible for nomination.


Your nomination package must contain the following components without exceeding the length requirement of two pages (max) per document.

  • Completed nomination form hosted in (ISC)’s submission system.  The nomination form will require details such as:

    • Relationship with nominee
    • Account of nominee’s accomplishments for each of the award’s criteria
    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.
  • curriculum vitae or Linked-in 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.

  • Optional:  A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less). 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.


  • 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.
  • Nominators can submit several nominations, including several for the same nominee in different categories, as long as the profile and project stay relevant to the category. A separate form is required for each entry, even if you are submitting the same person from more than one category. However, you may not nominate the same individual in the same category, more than once, and you may not nominate the same person with the same project for different categories. The project must be different and appropriate to the category.
  • 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 Agreement policy. In addition, (ISC)² has a strict privacy policy and will respect all requests for confidentiality.
  • All submissions must 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