ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards 2019

Information Security Executive of the Year Awards

The ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards 2019 will be held on February 6, 2019 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Downtown in Atlanta, GA. The ISE® Southeast Award recognizes the information security executives and their teams who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy, and network security.

The ISE® Southeast Awards are held in conjunction with a one day Executive Forum which includes keynote speakers, interactive roundtables moderated by the CISOs and VPs of participating companies, and hot topic panel discussions. The one day program offers the opportunity to meet with peers and leading IT executives from across the region to discuss and share insights into today's issues and solutions.

ISE® Southeast Executive Award Winner 2018


Scott McBee
Information Security Executive (CISO)
Darden Restaurants

ISE® Southeast Project Award Winner 2018

childrens healthcare
Mobile Clinician Project
Executive Sponsor: Jeremy Meller, VP IS&T, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Project Team: Heath Baker, Team Lead, Field Services (SR), Robert Covington, Manager, Cyber Security, Frank Grogan, Sr Cyber Security Analyst, Jamie Hobbs, Sr Applications Analyst, Desiree Jennings, Project Manager, Atul Kanvinde, Director IS Business Partnerships, Clinical, Mike Kendall, Team Lead, Field Services, Jeremy Meller, VP IS&T, Stoddard Manikin, CISO, Brandon Potvin, Applications Advisor, Josh Sears, Senior Applications Analyst, Justin Shelf, Applications Analyst, and Sarah Thomas, Manager Optimization & Support
Location: Atlanta, GA

To improve clinician to clinician communication, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta replaced the existing hospital communication solution to provide enhanced services, including: bar code scanning, secure messaging and integration with Epic. The purpose of this project was to develop and implement the necessary clinical and infrastructure components to improve operational workflows in order to provide a seamless and secure means of communication and medication administration documentation. Objectives included providing secure messaging compliance, increasing mobile efficiency of nurses and clinicians, improving communications effectiveness between caregivers, integrate alerting, nurse-call, and bed-management, and reducing the number of devices needed for the care process.

ISE® Southeast People's Choice Award Winner 2018


Wes Knight
Georgia Department of Revenue

ISE® Southeast Executive Award Finalists 2018

Tony Spurlin

Tony Spurlin
ISE® North America People's Choice Award Winner 2005

Bob Varnadoe

Bob Varnadoe
Chief Information Security Officer

ISE® Southeast Project Award Finalists 2018

Security Vision 20/20
Executive Sponsor: Bob Varnadoe, Chief Information Security Officer, NCR
Project Team: Randy Conner, Director, Threat Detection and Response, Kumaran Rajasekaran, Manager, Security Operations, Alex O’Brien, SIEM Engineer, Shivangi Rai, SIEM Engineer, and Saurabh Aggarwal, SIEM Engineer
Location: Atlanta, GA

Security monitoring can be one of the trickiest and resource intensive tools to deploy well. With a quickly maturing security program, NCR saw a gap in the visibility of its monitoring program. With thousands of severs, applications, network gear and SaaS solutions to monitor, NCR needed a good solution for gaining this visibility and an extensive way to onboard, track and alert on the thousands of logging points in their environment. Working with their third party MSSP they put in place a program to allow a robust set of tools to do just that.

Operation On Watch
Executive Sponsor: Kenneth Johnson, Director, Enterprise Risk and Security, Randstad USA
Project Team: Don Sloan, Chief Information Officer, Jay Ferguson, Chief Legal Officer, Alan Jarrett, Sr. Director Cloud Infrastructure, and Richard Brown, Information Security Risk Analyst
Location: Atlanta, GA

To provide fundamental capabilities to protect information assets of Randstad, clients, and stakeholders to mitigate the risk and potential impact of data breaches. The project was anchored around deploying comprehensive Data Loss Prevention and threat management capabilities. Randstad is a professional staffing company; putting people to work requires handling sensitive personal information. Randstad is also committed to fulfill contractual obligations to protect the privacy of its client’s sensitive information. Maintaining its reputation as a trusted brand and reliable staffing partner depends on the company’s ability to keep confidential the sensitive information Randstad is empowered to protect.