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(ISC)² Announces 2016 US Government Information Security Leadership Award Finalists

Keynote Devon Bryan Joins VIPs and Guests to Honor Cyber Leaders at Upcoming Gala in Washington, D.C.


    Alexandria, VA, U.S.A., April 27, 2016
– (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”) today announced the finalists for its 13th annual U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA®) program.

Sponsored by the (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Council (USGAC), the GISLA program was established in 2004 to recognize federal information security leaders (individuals or teams) whose commitment to excellence is advancing the nation’s cybersecurity program in six areas: workforce, technology, process/policy, community awareness, the contractor community, and cybersecurity up-and-comers.

Federal Reserve EVP/Chief Information Security Officer, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) Co-Founder and President and Keynote Devon Bryan, CISSP, CISA, CIPP US/EU, will join government and industry VIPs and (ISC)² officials to honor the 2016 GISLA recipients on May 19, 2016, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C., along with sponsors Capella, Onapsis, KGSS and KPMG LLP.

“Those named ‘GISLA finalists’ are being recognized for their ability to navigate unchartered territory daily in order to protect our nation’s digital assets,” said Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP, managing director, North America Region, director of U.S. government affairs, (ISC)² and chair of the (ISC)2 USGAC. “I look forward to publically honoring their commitment to excellence and dedication to the government’s overall cyber mission at the upcoming GISLA Gala.”

Each year, a judging committee of senior information security experts from the (ISC)² USGAC and industry reviews the nominees and recommends finalists based upon selection criteria and eligibility requirements.

The 2016 GISLA finalists are as follows:

Technology Improvement – Individual Category
-- John Croasdale, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) senior security analyst
Initiative: USDA Big Data for Cybersecurity
-- Gary Hayslip, chief information security officer (CISO) of the City of San Diego
Initiative: Security Operations for the City of San Diego
-- Lynette Sherrill, deputy director of health information security, Department of Veterans Affairs
Initiative: Medical Device Protection Program (MDPP)
-- Preston Werntz, chief of technology services for the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)
Initiative: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) initiative

Process/Policy Improvement – Individual Category
-- LaVerne Council, Department of Veterans Affairs assistant secretary for Information and Technology (OI&T) and chief information officer
Initiative: Enterprise Cybersecurity Strategy
-- Carole Eberle, program manager, Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) program, DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C)
Initiative: Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) Program
-- Gregory Touhill, U.S. Air Force brigadier general (retired), deputy assistant secretary (DAS) of DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C)
Initiative: Development and Implementation of Operational Programs
Workforce Improvement – Individual Category
-- Robert Collins, CISO of the Indian Health Service (IHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Initiative: Transformation of Information Security at the Indian Health Service
-- Matthew Frederickson, director of information technology, Council Rock School District
Initiative: Council Rock School District
-- David Nelson, chief information officer (CIO) of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Initiative: Beneficiary Data Protection Initiative (BDPI)

Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional – Individual Category
-- Azzar Nadvi, assistant to the director of the Cyber Joint Program Management Office (JPMO), DHS
Initiative: Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

Community Awareness – Team Category
-- Team lead: Lisa Dorr, HHS security governance division manager, HHS
Initiative: HHS CyberCARE
-- Team Lead: John Felker, director, national cybersecurity and communications
Initiative: Cyber Communications Common Operating Pictures (CC COP)
-- Team lead: David Rosinski, information systems security manager (ISSM), Naval Computer & Telecommunication Area Master Station Atlantic, Detachment Rota, Spain
Initiative: Exceptional Workplace and Community Awareness Program

MVIP (Most Valuable Industry Partner) – Team Category
-- Team Lead: Matt Dodge, lead associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Initiative: HQ Air Force Space Command Risk Management Framework Implementation
-- Team lead: Al Huger, vice president, engineering, Cisco Systems
Initiative: Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)

About (ISC)²®
Formed in 1989, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals worldwide, with over 110,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP®), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP®), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP®) 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 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 and software security topics. More information is available at


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