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(ISC)² Announces Winners of 14th Annual U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards

Cyber Leaders Recognized for Going Above and Beyond During Inherently Challenging Transition Year

Washington, D.C., May 10, 2017(ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”) today announced the winners of its 14th annual U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA®) program during a gathering of government cybersecurity executives at the GISLA Gala in Washington, D.C.


A judging committee of senior cybersecurity experts from (ISC)2’s U.S. Government Advisory Council (USGAC) and industry assessed individual and team achievements of a select group of nominees and awarded GISLAs in seven distinct categories. The 2017 GISLA recipients are as follows:


Technology Improvement – Individual Category: Daniel Holmes, senior information technician operations engineer, U.S. Army

Process/Policy Improvement – Individual Category: Matt Shabat, director of performance management, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Workforce Improvement – Individual Category: Barbara Smith, information security director, Pacific District, Department of Veterans Affairs

Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional – Individual Category: Michael Rocha, IT specialist, DHS

Community Awareness – Team Category: Hemant Baidwan, branch chief, Executive Business Management, DHS

Most Valuable Industry Partner (MVIP) – Team Category: Parham Eftekhari and James Scott, co-founders and senior fellows, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

F. Lynn McNulty Tribute Award - Brig. Gen. (ret.) Gregory Touhill, CISSP, former Federal Chief Information Security Officer


For more information on the GISLA program, please visit Awards Programs.




About (ISC)²

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 123,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation– The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.


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