U.S. GISLA®

Recognizing Federal Information Security Leaders

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 open 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 goes to a new, rising star in the U.S. federal, state or local government information security field. The project, improvement or initiative they represent should relate 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 3 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, information security manager, program manager, etc.) whose leadership role supporting an initiative, program or project has significantly contributed to the advancement of the government¹s information security workforce on 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 manager (examples include CIO, CISO, CTO, program/project manager, etc.) whose leadership role supporting a security technology initiative, program or project (e.g., cloud migration, information sharing, breach response/recovery, etc.) significantly contributed to the advancement of the government¹s information security technology on a government-wide or agency-specific basis within the last 12 months (not a contractor/consultant).
  • Process/Policy Improvement ­- A U.S. federal, state or local government manager (examples include CIO, CFO, program/project manager, etc.) whose leadership role supporting a security policy/process initiative, program or project significantly contributed to the advancement of the government's information security policy/process (e.g., training, incident response, risk management, etc.) on a government-wide or agency-specific basis within the last 12 months (not a contractor/consultant).


Team Awards

A winning team will be recognized for its efforts on projects in each of the following categories. All team members will be recognized, with one award given to the team:

  • Most Valuable Industry Partner (MVIP) ­- A U.S. federal, state or local contractor or consultant team (currently supporting a government contract) whose project or initiative has significantly contributed to the advancement of information security in the areas of information security workforce, policy, process or technology. The project must have been implemented withinthe last 12 months. Nominations will be verified by the government agency supervisor for the nominated initiative.
  • Community Awareness - A U.S. federal, state or local information security team whose project has 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