F. Lynn McNulty Tribute U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award

F Lynn McNultyThe (ISC)² F. Lynn McNulty Tribute U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award recognizes a member of the U.S. federal information security community who upholds McNulty's legacy as a visionary and innovator through outstanding service and commitment. 

"Lynn McNulty made a significant mark in his efforts to achieve the ambitious goal of building a professional government information security workforce and to strengthen the security posture of the country's information resources and infrastructure," says W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2. "One of Lynn's very tangible legacies was the GISLA program that he championed and which has since become one of the most coveted recognition programs for federal cybersecurity professionals today." 

McNulty was a true pioneer in government information security circles, having served in a number of critical and high-profile capacities, including as associate director for computer security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as the first information systems security director at the U.S. State Department and as director of government affairs for RSA.

Known for his dedication to professionalizing the government workforce and often referred to by those within the community as the "pioneer" of government information security, Lynn had a tremendous impact on the entire industry.  He passed away at the age of 73 on June 4, 2012.

In recognition of all of his contributions, (ISC)² created the F. Lynn McNulty Tribute GISLA.  Members of the (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board hand-select a recipient for the Tribute Award annually.

McNulty spent his post-government career working in key roles within (ISC)² including as a member of the (ISC)² Board of Directors, (ISC)² director of government affairs and founding co-chair of the (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security. His achievements were recognized with various designations, such as the exclusive Fellow of (ISC)², the ISSA Hall of Fame Award, the Cyber Security Hall of Fame, the Fed 100 Award, and as one of Federal Computer Week's top 25 federal IT influencers.

In June 2012, McNulty was recognized posthumously with one of the industry's top honors, the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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(ISC)² F. Lynn McNulty Tribute U.S. GISLA Recipients:

Richard Hale

Richard A. Hale

Richard Hale is the Deputy CIO for Cyber Security, Department of Defense. In this position he acts as the department’s Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Hale is responsible for ensuring the department has a well defined and well executed cyber security program, and is responsible for coordinating cyber security standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry.

Hord Tipton Lynn McNulty Award 2015

Hord Tipton

W. Hord Tipton, CISSP, former executive director, (ISC)², was the first government CIO to obtain a CISSP, helping to bring high-profile attention to the need for a more professionalized information security workforce. Hord has been instrumental in fostering the security education and certification of hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. He has dedicated his life to the advancement of the information security profession in the U.S. government and beyond, and is considered one of the most influential people in security


Roberta Stempfley 2014 Lynn McNulty Tribute Award Recipient2014
Roberta "Bobbie" Stempfley

Ms. Stempfley came to DHS in 2010 to serve as the director for the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), and she was later selected to serve as the deputy assistant secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C).  Thanks to her vision and tenacity, the CS&C - now comprised of five divisions -- leads interagency and public-private initiatives that enable all to better secure their parts of cyber space.


Ron Ross2013
Dr. Ronald "Ron" Ross

Dr. Ross, senior fellow at the National Institute of Standards and technology (NIST), played a key role in establishing cyber security requirements for federal agencies for decades.  By honoring Ron with this designation, we are ensuring that Lynn's legacy of influence and commitment to government information security is recognized for years to come.