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(ISC)²® Announces Finalists for Inaugural Americas Information Security Leadership Awards  

Program founded to recognize leaders driving information security workforce improvements in North, Central and South America

Palm Harbor, Fla., U.S.A., August 1, 2011 – (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the world’s largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®,  today announced the finalists for its first annual Americas Information Security Leadership Awards.

With the success of its current regional Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA) program in the U.S. government and Asia-Pacific, (ISC)² expanded ISLA this year to laud the accomplishments of private sector industry leaders throughout the Americas who are driving change within the information security workforce. The program will recognize professionals who are leading initiatives that resulted in a stronger, more qualified information security workforce in North, Central and South America in the categories of Senior Information Security Professional, Managerial Professional for an Information Security Project, Information Security Practitioner, and Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional.

“Expanding the ISLA program to the Americas was a logical step for us given the wealth of information security innovation, leadership and talent in this region,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)². “We couldn’t have asked for a stronger group of finalists for our inaugural year, and we congratulate them on their pioneering achievements.  With the current acute shortage of qualified information security personnel, the ISLA program provides a platform for these information security leaders to inspire the industry and their peers to shape the future of this critical profession.”

The 2011 Americas ISLA finalists are as follows:

Category: Senior Information Security Professional 

Individual Finalists:

  • Diego Andrés Zuluaga Urrea, Exc. MBA, CISM, CGEIT, ISO 27001 lead auditor, Information Security Officer, Isagen, S.A. E.S.P. Senior Information Security Professional – Columbia
  • Kevin Hunt, Senior Manager, Information Assurance, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. – USA
  • Suzanne Warner Hart, CISSP, CBCP, Primary Information Security Officer, State of Delaware, Department of Transportation - USA

Category: Managerial Professional for an Information Security Project

Individual Finalists:

  • Fabian Arturo Zambrano Smith, Director SOC, Digiware de Colombia S.A. - Colombia
  • Matt Larson, Vice President of DNS Research, VeriSign, Inc. - USA

Category: Information Security Practitioner 

Individual Finalists

  • Cassio Goldschmidt, CSSLP, Sr. Manager, Product Security, Symantec - USA
  • Manoranjan (Mano) Paul, CISSP, CSSLP, AMBCI, MCAD, MCSD, CompTIA Network+, ECSA, B.B.A (MIS), B.S., President and CEO, SecuRisk Solutions - USA
  • Rebecca (Becky) Swain, CISSP, CIPP/IT, CIPP, CISA Program Manager, Risk Management, Security Assurance Services, Corporate Security Programs Organization, Cisco - USA

Category: Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional

Individual Finalists:

  • Pedro Andres Morales Zamudio, OCSP, OSWP, GCIH, GPEN, CPTS, CEH, OSCE, Lead Auditor ISO 27001 CISSP, Pre Sales Engineer, Ximark Technologies, Inc. - Peru
  • Ricardo Manuel Herrara, CISSP, GPEN, GCIH, Security Operations Manager, Ximark Technologies - Panama

A nominations committee of senior information security experts from the security industry will review the recommended finalists based upon its selection criteria and eligibility requirements.

(ISC)² officials and Americas ISLA sponsor Cisco will honor the ISLA winners on September 21, 2011 in a Gala Ceremony in Orlando, FL at The Peabody.

About (ISC)²®
(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with nearly 80,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at www.isc2.org.

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