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(ISC)² Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award


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


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


Below are the criteria evaluated for this award:

  • Excellence: Describe the nominee’s lifetime contribution to the advancement of cybersecurity and the profession with sustained excellence and distinction. Provide examples of how the nominee demonstrated sustained excellence throughout their career. How has the nominee advanced the profession throughout their lifetime of service, volunteerism and achievements? How has the nominee been recognized as a role model and mentor by peers within the cybersecurity industry?
  • Leadership: Describe how the nominee has shown exemplary leadership, vision and inspiration to others. How has the nominee demonstrated the highest standards of leadership in the industry? Please describe in detail the extent of their initiatives, responsibilities and resourcefulness.
  • Impact: Describe the nominee's impact and dedication to advancing the (ISC)² mission and vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. What is the impact of the nominee’s work/accomplishment to the industry and to the profession? Share examples of how this individual positively contributed or made an impact on the cybersecurity community.
  • Dedication: Describe the nominee’s dedication in advancing the profession. How did the nominee’s dedication influence others?


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

  • Personalized, engraved award
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Recognition during (ISC)² Security Congress conference
  • Complimentary Security Congress pass for each honoree and their nominator
  • Press Release and recognition on the (ISC)²’s website and other communication channels honoring award recipients
  • One night hotel accommodation
  • Invitation to and recognition at exclusive VIP Awards Reception, if onsite
  • Recognition at Networking Night/Attendee Party during Security Congress, if onsite


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 

Ineligible Nominees:

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

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.
  • A 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.
  • A 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