AESRM Seeks Nominations for Security Convergence Award

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (20 June 2007)-The Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management (AESRM) is seeking nominations for the second annual AESRM Excellence in Security Convergence and Contribution to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Award. The award was created to honor individuals who are leading the growing field of security convergence and ERM.

"Collaboration among physical and information security professionals is critical to maximizing an organization's overall security," said Ray O'Hara, CPP, chair of AESRM. "Organizations worldwide have recognized the importance of convergence and are acting upon it. In 2005, public- and private-sector spending on convergence-related activities in the US and Europe exceeded US $1.1 billion."

Individuals nominated for the award should exhibit leadership in improving the convergence of physical and information security throughout their organizations. Their work should involve people, processes and technology to help reduce risk and increase return on investment. The nominations also need to demonstrate how they have achieved demonstrable return on investment and shared their convergence accomplishments with people outside of their organizations.

Nomination forms are available on the AESRM web site, The deadline for nominations is 13 July 2007. The nominee must be a member in good standing of one of the two nonprofit organizations that make up AESRM-ASIS International and ISACA. Representatives from both organizations will judge the nomination forms.

The winner of the Excellence in Security Convergence and Contribution to ERM Award will receive an expenses-paid trip to ISACA's Information Security Conference in September, where the award will be presented. The winner's convergence story will also appear in ISACA and ASIS publications.

Last year's winner was Dave Tyson, CISSP, CPP, chief security officer for the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Originally appointed to head up IT security for the city, Tyson quickly identified the potential for convergence and proposed an innovative, results-focused development model for security.