U.S. GISLA®

Recognizing Federal Information Security Leaders

This program recognizes the ongoing commitment of individuals whose initiatives, processes and projects have led to significant improvements in the security posture of a department, agency or the entire federal government. The nomination period is now closed for the (ISC)² U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLAs).

Congratulations to the 2016 U.S. GISLA Award Recipients

Technology Improvement Category:
Preston Werntz
DHS Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) Initiative

Process Policy Improvement Category:
Gregory Touhill
Development and Implementation of Operational Programs

Workforce Improvement Category:
Robert Collins, CISSP, CAP
Transformation of Information Security at the Indian Health Service

Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional-Individual Category:
Azzar Nadvi
Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

Community Awareness Category:
Exceptional Workplace and Community Awareness Program
Team Lead: David Rosinski
Team: Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, Detachment Rota, Spain

MVIP (Most Valuable Industry Partner) Category:
Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)
Team lead: Al Huger

Award Categories

Individual Awards

  • Up and Coming Information Security Professional - This award will go to a new, rising star in the U.S. federal, state or local government information security field. The project, improvement or initiative they represent may not relate to leadership as with the other categories, but rather something unique that relates to their current position or educational work (e.g., research project, implemented emerging technology, or outstanding work in security operations).  The individual may not have more than 2 years of experience in the information security field and must be a current government employee (not a contractor/consultant).
  • Workforce Improvement  -  A U.S. federal, state or local government information security manager (examples include CISO, Deputy CISO, and Information Security Manager, etc.) who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the overall 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. (not a contractor/consultant).
  • Technology Improvement  -  A U.S. federal, state or local government information security or information technology employee (examples include CIO, CTO, program/project manager, etc.) who has significantly contributed to the development of a unique information security technology improvement, program or project, on either a government-wide or agency-specific basis, within the last 12 months. (not a contractor/consultant).
  • Process/Policy Improvement  - A senior-level U.S. federal, state or local government employee (examples include: CIO, CFO, and program/project manager) whose contribution to the development or implementation of any information security policy or process has significantly improved the government-wide, federal agency, or department security posture within the last 12 months. (not a contractor/consultant).  

Team Awards

Awards will be given for projects (between 2-5 individuals per project) in each of the following categories:  

  • Most Valuable Industry Partner (MVIP) A project represented by U.S. federal, state or local contractors or consultant personnel, currently supporting a government contract which has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce, information security policy or process, information security technology or security awareness within the workforce within the last 12 months. Nominations must be verified by an employee who is a co-contributor to, or supervisor of, the same program or initiative for which the project is being nominated.
  • Community Awareness A project represented by U.S. federal, state or local information security personnel who have significantly contributed to building or broadening security awareness in the local community within the last 12 months. (not a contractor/consultant). 
U.S. GISLA 2015

(ISC)² U.S. GISLA 2015 - Samuel Maroon