The GISLAs are presented to individuals who have significantly enhanced the IT security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in the implementation or management of a component of an IT security workforce improvement initiative, program or project on either a government-wide or agency-specific basis. The GISLA judging committee, consisting of eight members of (ISC)2's U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security (GABCS), reviewed the award candidates, recommended final nominees and selected the four winners within each category.
"An anticipated change to the current Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) legislation and the upcoming shift of presidential administrations has placed a renewed focus on the government's information security practices and policies. During this time of transition, fiscal uncertainty and a declining number of federal employees, those individuals who lead the nation's cyber security efforts are being challenged like never before," says W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2 and former CIO of U.S. Department of Interior. "We are honored to recognize the accomplishments of those exceptional leaders who are committed to their agency and to the safety of this nation's information systems."
(ISC)2 officials honored the GISLA winners during an evening awards gala on October 7, 2008, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. For more information about the (ISC)2 GISLA winners, please visit http://www.isc2.org/gisla.