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The Asia-Pacific ISLA™ Program is held annually by (ISC)² in cooperation with the (ISC)² Asia-Pacific Advisory Council to recognize outstanding leadership and achievements in workforce improvement of information security, software security and management professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. The Call for Nominations will be open from March 27th - May 8th, 2015.

Nomination Categories

  • dr duSenior Information Security Professional (examples include: Chief Security Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, IT Security Manager, Software Architect, Chief Technical Officer or Senior Security Manager with significant information security management responsibilities) who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security of the information and/or security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any information and/or software 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 and/or software security. 
  • Managerial Professional for an Information Security Project (non-information security professional examples include: Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and program/project manager) who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information and/or software security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any information and/or software security workforce improvement initiative, program or project within the last 12 months. 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, executing secure software development, 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 and/or software security.

Judging Criteria

Candidates for all categories will be examined against the following criteria in which " information and/or software 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 and/or software 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 and/or software security workforce within their organization
  • Their leadership role in any information and/or software security workforce improvement initiatives, programs or projects
  • Their record of continuing involvement in information and/or software security workforce improvement initiatives, working groups and other similar activities
  • Their distinctive achievement, outcome or results of an information and/or software 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
  • Dedication: Distinctive achievement to the workforce or industry that was outside one's regular job responsibility

APISLA Group 2014