(ISC)2(R) Names Final Nominees for 2007 U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards

Sept. 18, 2007

PALM HARBOR, Fla., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISC)2(R) ("ISC-squared"), the non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today announced the final nominees for its 4th annual Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA). The GISLAs are given to individuals who have significantly enhanced the information technology (IT) security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any IT security workforce improvement initiative, program or project on either a government-wide or agency-specific basis.

This year, three awards are being given, one each for the following categories: Senior Non-IT Security Managers (such as CIOs, CFOs, IGs and project managers) and Senior IT Security Managers who are considered based on their contributions to the overall improvement of the information security workforce; and Non-Managerial IT Security Professionals who have distinguished themselves in the implementation or management of at least a component of an agency's security program.

"2007 marks an unprecedented year of workforce professionalization due in large part to the increased momentum of several high-impact federal information security workforce initiatives," said Lynn McNulty, CISSP, (ISC)2 director of government affairs. "We are seeing more and more skilled and experienced individuals rise up from the field into leadership positions, making significant contributions to the improvement of their agency's workforce. Those being recognized as this year's GISLA finalists should be very proud of their accomplishments and the lasting impact their efforts will have on the profession."

The 2007 final nominees are as follows: Category: Non-Managerial IT Security Professional -- Anthony Celata, designated approving authority, TROJAN Network Control Center, U.S. Army Information Security Command (USAINSCOM) -- Cheri Gatland-Lightner, project manager, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Cynthia Gentille, facility information security officer, Field Security Service, U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs Category: Senior Non-IT Security Manager -- Chris Niedermayer, associate chief information officer, Information and Technology Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Bob Otto, chief technology officer/chief information officer, U.S. Postal Service -- John Stoute, acting chief information officer and director, Business Technology Optimization, Program Support Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Category: Senior IT Security Manager -- George Bieber, deputy, Information Assurance HR and Training, Defense-wide Information Assurance Program (DIAP), U.S. Department of Defense -- Jaren Doherty, chief information security officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Thomas P. Madden, chief information security officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Since its inception, the GISLA program, part of (ISC)2's global awards program, has gained significant industry distinction, with nomination submissions more than doubling since the program's inaugural year in 2004. Each year, a nominations committee within (ISC)2's U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security (GABCS) reviews the award candidates and recommends final nominees based upon its selection criteria and eligibility requirements. Members of the GABCS also select the three GISLA winners from the identified categories of nominees.

(ISC)2 officials, along with media sponsor 1105 Government Information Group, will honor the GISLA winners on October 3, 2007 , during an evening dinner ceremony at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., from 6:00 - 10:30 p.m. EDT .

For more information about the (ISC)2 Government Information Security Leadership Awards, please visit http://www.isc2.org/gisla.

About (ISC)2

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2(R)] is the internationally recognized Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Founded in 1989, (ISC)2 has certified over 50,000 information security professionals in more than 129 countries. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, with offices in Washington, D.C., London , Hong Kong and Tokyo , (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP(R)) and related concentrations, Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAPCM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP(R)) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. The CISSP, CISSP-ISSEP(R), CISSP-ISSAP(R) and SSCP 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 a portfolio of education products and services based upon (ISC)2's CBK(R), a taxonomy of information security topics, and is responsible for the annual (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

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