Recognizing Federal Information Security Leaders
Since 2004, the (ISC)² Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLAs) program has been recognizing the ongoing commitment by federal information security leaders to build a highly qualified and ethical workforce. In 2010, the program was broadened to include award categories beyond information security workforce improvement to include recognition of individuals whose initiatives in the areas of technology, process/policy or community awareness have led to significant improvements in the security posture of a department, agency or the entire federal government.
A nominations committee comprised of twelve senior information security experts will review and select finalists and winners from the five categories below based upon the selection criteria and eligibility requirements. Each October, all qualified nominees are honored during a Gala Dinner Ceremony in the Washington D.C. area. The GISLA Gala has come to be recognized as a premier event which brings together information security decision makers from within the federal government. Drawing from over 30 agencies and the government contractor community, the event welcomes 120-plus senior level attendees in influential positions, presenting a superior networking opportunity. Nominations are accepted in the following categories:
- Workforce Improvement - An individual or team of senior U.S. federal information security manager(s) (examples include CISO, Deputy CISO, Information Security Manager, etc.) who have significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any information security workforce improvement initiative, program or project, on either a government-wide or agency-specific basis within the last 12 months.
- Process/Policy Improvement - An individual or team of senior-level U.S. federal government personnel (examples include: CIO, CFO, program/project manager, etc.) whose contribution to the development or implementation of any information security policy or process has significantly improved the security posture of a federal agency, department or government-wide within the last 12 months.
- Technology Improvement - An individual or team of U.S. federal information security or information technology personnel who have significantly contributed to the development of an information security technology improvement, program or project, on either a government-wide or agency-specific basis, within the last 12 months.
- Community Awareness - An individual or team of U.S. federal information security personnel who have significantly contributed to building or broadening security awareness within the federal workforce within the last 12 months.
- Federal Contractor - An individual or team of federal contractor personnel, currently supporting a federal government contract who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce, information security policy or process, information security technology or security awareness within the federal workforce within the last 12 months. Nominations must be verified by a federal employee who is a co-contributor to, or supervisor of, the same program or initiative for which the candidate is being nominated.
Submissions must align with the category for which they’re nominated and are judged based upon completeness and accuracy of the information provided. Nominations are also judged based on the overall influence, effectiveness and success of the nominees' project, initiative or improvement within their department, agency and/or throughout the federal government as a whole. Nominators and/or supporting project members may be contacted by a member of the GISLA Judges Committee to confirm accuracy of information provided.