ISE® Award Nominations

Information Security Executive of the Year Awards

Recognized as the industry’s most prestigious IT Security award, the ISE® Awards Program has become the most anticipated award program for security executives and their project teams from across the U.S. and Canada. Nominees are VIP guests at the ISE® Executive Forums and each receives personal recognition on stage during the evening award galas. Each is also credited in press coverage and showcased in the nominee galleries on the ISE® Programs website.

Our nominations process is simple, yet thorough, and can be completed by an executive or project team on their own behalf, a boss, employee, peer, or a technology partner. Once you have decided to participate, please download and complete the appropriate nomination form. Once the form is filled out completely, please submit to us via email at

All nominations are screened in advance for completeness, formatted (contact data is removed), and sent to our panel of distinguished ISE® Judges for review and scoring. Learn more about our judging process.

ISE® Award Categories

At each of the regional ISE® Award Program, there are three categories of recognition, Executive Category, Project Category and the People’s Choice Award. Nominees submitted for the ISE® Awards in the Executive Category are automatically eligible for the ISE® People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the information security community at large. At the ISE® North America Awards Program, there are four additional subcategories of industry recognition for both executive and project nominations: Commercial, Government, Health Care and Academic/Non-profit. 

The Information Security Executive® of the Year Award honors exemplary achievement and excellence in the management of enterprise-wide Internet and network security over the last twelve months. This most sought-after accolade is presented to a chief security officer or executive in an equivalent position who has made the greatest positive impact on his/her organization through risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy and information security. The nominees' submissions are evaluated on breadth of responsibilities, leadership, innovation, technology partnerships and vision.

The Information Security Project of the Year Award focuses on information security projects completed in the past 12-18 months. These projects and their teams are recognized for having a significant impact to an organization's risk management or information security posture. This award brings to light the team behind the work. The project submissions are evaluated on their scope, goals, execution, and results. Please see our ISE® Awards Criteria page for more information.

Selected by the security industry at-large, The ISE® People’s Choice Award recognizes the executive category nominee, who best exemplifies the attributes of a leader in the security industry. Security practitioners who can provide a valid business email and security-related title are invited to submit their votes online. One vote per person. Ballots are tabulated by T.E.N. and the winner is announced during the ISE® Awards Gala.