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(ISC)² Announces 2014 U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award Finalists

Government Leaders Excelling in Collaboration and Inspiring Teamwork Characterize this Year’s GISLA Achievements

Clearwater, FL., U.S.A., May 19, 2014 — (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide, today announced the finalists for its 11th annual U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA®) program.

Sponsored by the (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security (GABCS), 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 five areas: workforce, technology, process/policy, community awareness, and the contractor community.

“Exceptional teamwork and the ability to advance collaboration is a common thread among this year’s GISLA finalists,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP, executive director of (ISC)² and former CIO of the U.S. Department of the Interior. “Their achievements reinforce the belief that security as a whole will only develop with shared experience, and that professionals in government are committed to making this happen.”

The 2014 GISLA finalists are as follows:

Category: Federal Contractor
• Sunny Tuneja, CISSP, CAP, president and chief executive officer of AssurIT Consulting Group
Initiative: Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM) Dashboard

Category: Process/Policy Improvement
• Jeff Harriss, CISSP, team lead, Access Control, OCIO-ITS-IOD Operations Security Branch, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Initiative: Elevated Account Reduction Project

• Dr. Kevin Charest, CISSP, chief information security officer (CISO), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Initiative: HHS Cybersecurity Project
Category: Technology Improvement

• John Rogers, deputy commander, 844th Communications Group, Air Force District of Washington
Initiative: AFDW Shared Computing Environment (SCE)

• Jaime Vargas, CISO, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Initiative: DHS OIG Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) Program

Category: Workforce Improvement
• Team led by Dr. Robert F. Mills, director, Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence
Initiative: Cyberspace 200/300 Professional Continuing Education (PCE) Team

• Team led by David Lickwar, cybersecurity awareness lead, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Initiative: TSA IT Security Awareness Training Innovation Project

Category: Community Awareness
• Erich Fronck, SSCP, CAP, regional information security director, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Initiative: Privacy and Information Security Awareness Stand-Down

Each year, a judging committee of senior information security experts from the (ISC)² GABCS and industry reviews the nominees and recommends finalists based upon selection criteria and eligibility requirements. (ISC)² officials and sponsors will announce and honor the 2014 GISLA recipients on June 3, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

About (ISC)²®
Formed in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with nearly 100,000 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®), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), 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