The Asis-Pacific ISLA™ Program is held annually by (ISC)² in cooperation with the (ISC)² Asian Advisory Board to recognize outstanding leadership and achievements in workforce improvement of information security and management professionals in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Senior Information Security Professional (examples include: CSO, CISO, and information security manager or senior security manager with significant information security management responsibilities) who has 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. Candidates in this category typically should have at least 10 years of work experience, 7 of which are directly related to information security.
- Managerial Professional for an Information Security Project (non-information security professional examples include: CIO, CFO, and program/project manager) who has 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. Candidates in this category typically should have at least 10 years of work experience and occupy a senior-level position within their organization.
- Information Security Practitioner who has distinguished themselves for implementing and/or managing the implementation of a component of a security program (examples include: managing a security awareness and training program and, conducting difficult, complex security evaluations) Candidates in this category typically should have at least six years of work experience, three of which are directly related to information security.
Candidates for all categories will be examined against the following criteria in which " IT security/ information security workforce or senior management" is defined as those individuals whose full-time job is information security, in its various forms, including security program management, firewall administration, providing security awareness and training, or management, such as CEO, CIO, or project manager, etc. These individuals are likely to have spent a good part of their careers working in the information security or management field. They will be recognized for demonstrating leadership in advancing the status of career information security/ IT management by:
- Their contribution to the improvement of the information security workforce within their organization
- Their leadership role in any information security workforce improvement initiatives, programs or projects
- Their record of continuing involvement in information security workforce improvement initiatives, working groups and other similar activities
- Their distinctive achievement, outcome or results of an information security workforce enhancement initiative outside their regular job responsibilities
Examples can include, but are not limited to:
- Development and support for new or improved processes that incorporate and integrate security components into standard IT and business processes;
- Designing reward, bonus, or career advancement schemes that recognize the professional achievements of information security professionals, such as developing successful corporate training, publications and conference papers, certification, certification maintenance, or superior performance in educational and training programs;
- Outstanding contribution to successful and secure projects
- New initiatives to support the professional development of information security staff such as subsidized study for certifications, subsidized examination fees, and training and conference programs.
Judging Criteria for Showcase Projects
(ISC)² will highlight an initiative, program or project conducted by one nominee from each of the categories above. The criteria for showcasing these initiatives are:
- Impact:The impact the initiative, program; or project had on the organization and/or community
- Implementation: How the initiative, program; or project leveraged people, processes, and technology for successful implementation
- Innovation: Innovative approaches to overcoming obstacles or how the initiative, program, or project built a foundation for workforce improvement in the future