Asia-Pacific ISLATM FAQs

Why has (ISC)² created the Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) program in Asia-Pacific? Is it just for the benefit of (ISC)² certifications?

People are the key to a secure organization. Since its inception in 2007, the Asia-Pacific ISLA program has been created to recognize all cyber, information, software, infrastructure security professionals or educators or management professionals’ outstanding efforts in the field with particular focus on workforce improvement. While nominees may hold one of our credentials, the program is designed to raise awareness of the many successes and achievements of professionals in this industry, regardless of their certification status.

Is ISLA sponsored by any commercial organizations?

(ISC)² is currently seeking ISLA sponsorship from organizations who want to join in the mission of creating awareness for the outstanding work of cyber/ information/ software/ infrastructure security professionals in the Asia-Pacific region.

Are professionals who hold either a non- (ISC)² certification or no certification at all eligible for ISLA?

Yes. Asia-Pacific ISLA is open to all cyber/ information/ software/ infrastructure security professionals or educators or management who meet the criteria and is independent of certification.

Can I nominate myself?

No. A supervisor, employee, mentor, peer or colleague that is aware of the nominee’s successes and achievements must submit the nomination. The ISLA Nomination Review Committee will evaluate all submissions based on the feedback from the nominator and other input that is included in the nomination form.

Can I nominate a member of the Nomination Review Committee or the (ISC)² Asia-Pacific Advisory Board (APAC)?

Yes. You can nominate a member of the Nomination Review Committee or (ISC)² APAC. However, once a member of the Nomination Review Committee accepts the nomination, they will need to excuse themselves from the Committee.

Does Asia-Pacific ISLA recognize individuals only? Can the project that the person involved will be recognized?

The purpose of Asia-Pacific ISLA is to recognize qualified nominees for their individual accomplishments. In addition, with the permission of the nominees and nominator, Asia-Pacific ISLA will mention the project that he or she works for. (ISC)² will also showcase several projects, at least one from each category, by ISLA nominees during the ISLA Ceremony.

Is there a limit to the number of nominees who will be recognized this year?

No. All nominees who meet the qualification criteria will be recognized.

If the person I nominate is not aware of the nomination, can he/she decline the recognition?

Both the nominee and the nominator should agree with the content on the nomination form. However, the nominee can choose not to participate at any stage during the process.

I am planning to nominate someone, but I am not sure if the company wants the project to be mentioned (as it is company confidential information). Will (ISC)² accept a nomination form without the project's details?

No. If the nominee does not want some of the information on the application known, the nominator may indicate which parts of the application should be kept confidential. Further, the information will only be used to judge against criteria and will not be distributed outside of the committee or announced publicly without express consent of the company and the nominee. The members of the Nomination Review Committee are members of (ISC)²’s Asia-Pacific Advisory Council or previous Asia-Pacific ISLA Honorees and must abide by (ISC)²’s non-disclosure policy. In addition, (ISC)² has a strict privacy policy and will respect all requests for confidentiality.

Can I submit the application form in a language other than English?

No. All submissions should be in English. For supporting document and any material submitted that is not in English will not be considered. Please also provide a brief description of the document in English if only local language supporting document is available.

How does the review process work? Do I need to meet with the Nomination Review Committee in person? Do I need to provide follow-up information to the Committee?

All the completed nomination forms are sent to the Nomination Review Committee in advance of the review session. The committee members will spend several hours reviewing the applications individually. A group discussion will be held to review each of the applications in all program categories. At the review session, the committee will determine whether a nominee meets the qualification criteria and select the at least one individual from each category whose project initiatives will be showcased at the Asia-Pacific ISLA Ceremony. It is not necessary to interview the nominees in person. For certain circumstances, if the committee has a specific question, a representative from (ISC)² will contact the nominee. All nominees who meet the criteria will be honored at the Asia-Pacific ISLA Ceremony.

Will the marking scheme the Nomination Review Committee uses be made public? Will (ISC)² share the final scores with the nominees?

The results of the committee’s sessions are kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone other the (ISC)² ISLA Program Committee and the Nomination Review Committee.

When will the results be announced?

After the review process, all qualified nominees will be notified by (ISC)² of the recognition results. Nominees whose project initiative is chosen to be showcased will be invited to participate in an email interview for publicity purpose.

When/Where is the ISLA Ceremony being held?


This information will be announced later in March 2016 when nomination starts.

If I qualify for Asia-Pacific ISLA and I am invited to the ISLA Ceremony, who will pay for my travel and lodging expenses? Can I get a complimentary seat at the (ISC)² Security Congress APAC? What if I cannot attend the ceremony?

All qualified nominees (Honorees) will be invited to attend the Asia-Pacific ISLA gala dinner and award presentations ceremony. Each nominee is responsible for their own travel and lodging to the Asia-Pacific ISLA Ceremony. Fees for the (ISC)² Security Congress APAC and the Asia-Pacific ISLA Ceremony will be waived for all invited nominees.

Nominees who cannot attend the ISLA Ceremony will still be recognized. (ISC)² requests that a nominee who cannot attend send a representative to attend on their behalf. If a representative is sent, the ISLA program will be complimentary. If the nominee’s representative wants to attend the (ISC)² Security Congress, they will be responsible for paying the discounted conference fees

Can I be nominated for ISLA again next year if I win this year?

A nominee can participate in the award program each year if they qualify. If a nominee was showcased this year, the Nomination Review Committee would like them to consider serving on the Nomination Review Committee for in the future. If they agree to serve on the committee, they will not be eligible to participate as a nominee during that year.