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(ISC)² Announces Finalists for its Seventh Annual Americas Information Security Leadership Awards

Award winners to be recognized at (ISC)2 Security Congress in Austin, TX on September 26

Clearwater, FL, August 17, 2017 — (ISC)²® today announced the finalists for its seventh annual Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (Americas ISLA®) program. The awards program celebrates the accomplishments of private and public sector industry leaders throughout the Americas, outside of U.S. federal government, who are inspiring change within the information security workforce. Recipients will be announced during the Americas ISLA luncheon at the seventh annual (ISC)² Security Congress on September 26, 2017.
Americas ISLA is part of (ISC)²’s Global Awards Program, which aims to recognize the achievements of outstanding industry professionals who have led a workforce improvement initiative, program or project. The program recognizes professionals who are leading initiatives that result in a more proficient andresilient information security workforce in Central, North and South America.
“The Americas ISLA program honors the challenging, and often unrecognized, daily contributions and advancements of cyber, information, software and security professionals every day.” said David Shearer, CEO, (ISC)². “These finalists represent an influential group of professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of our homes, businesses, communities and critical infrastructure. Honoring them at (ISC)²’s Security Congress is a highlight of our event.”
The 2017 Americas ISLA finalists are as follows:

Community Awareness:

  • Christopher Greco – United States
  • Project: Silver Hats Founder
  • Brian O’Hara – United States
  • Project: Indiana Members Alliance Infragard
  • Daniela Álvarez – Ecuador
  • Project: The Pawawar Project

Information Security Practitioner:
  • Oscar Monge – Costa Rica
  • Project: Securing Company Assets
  • Nghiem Nguyen – United States
  • Project: Data Protection Program
  • Jasmine Neal – United States
  • Project: Cybersecurity Vulnerability Waiver

Senior Information Security Professional:
  • Mansur Hasib – United States
  • Project: Cybersecurity Technology Degree Program
  • Jorge Mario Ochoa – Guatemala
  • Project: Information Security Culture
  • Jesse Varsalone – United States
  • Project: Cyber Padawans
  • Rahul Bhardwaj – United States
  • Project: Information Security Management Framework

    This year, a judging committee of nine members of the (ISC)² North American and Latin American Advisory Boards reviewed the nominations and selected the finalists based upon specific criteria and eligibility requirements. For more information on the Americas ISLA program, please visit

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