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Leadership Recognition Program to Include Canada

Demand for Collaboration and Opportunities to Showcase Successes At All Time High

ATLANTA - June 24, 2008 - Today the expansion of the Information Security Executive (ISE®) Award Program Series to recognize the outstanding achievements and leadership of Canada's top information security executives was announced.

Aligned with the awards and custom programs currently in the United States, Europe and Asia, the expansion including Canada signals the importance of integrating more closely with US counterparts in information security across the border.

"As the market leader in our industry, we are excited to include Canada as part of our rapidly expanding program series and the inauguration of this year's ISE® North America Awards," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of T.E.N. "Canada's fast-growing information security industry and impressive network of accomplished leaders played a key role in our expansion to Canada. An information security executive has a very complex job with responsibilities to their customers, technology partners and senior management. Our programs offer the opportunity for these executives to meet with their peers, share knowledge and celebrate the success and achievements of some of the very best in this industry."

With the addition of Canada to what was exclusively the US based ISE® National Awards, T.E.N. has opened its call for nominations for the ISE® North America Awards and invites information security executives in the United States and Canada to submit their nomination for the ISE® Executive of the Year and the Project of the Year Awards, to include academic, commercial, and government sectors.

The ISE® Executive of the Year Awards are presented to chief information security officers or equivalent who have made a positive impact in the industry through risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy, and information security.

The Information Security Project of the Year Award honors the team behind the project. This accolade is presented to a project team that has successfully completed an information security project in the past 12-18 months that greatly impacted an organization's risk management or information security posture.

Last year's winners included:

  • Enterprise Category Winner: Denise Wood, Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, FedEx Corporation
  • Government Category Winner: William F. Pelgrin, Director, State of New York Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination
  • Academic Category Winner: Mark Johnson, Chief Information Security Officer, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center

The 2008 winners will be announced at the celebrated ISE® North America Awards Gala on Monday evening, November 17, 2008 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC. Nominations will be accepted through September 24, 2008.

The ISE® North America Awards is a featured component of the CSI Executive Retreat, which provides a platform for showcasing top talent in the information security industry and opportunities for some of the most astute and talented industry leaders to contribute their insight and solutions, and participate in peer-to-peer networking and information exchange.

"The ISE® Awards has added a great value to its program series by recognizing Canada's remarkable talent," said Robert Richardson, the Director of Computer Security Institute. "We welcome Canada's top executives to the CSI Retreat and I look forward to meeting our newest participants from up north."

As part of the CSI 2008 Conference, which takes place November 15 - 21, 2008, the CSI Executive Retreat featuring the ISE® North America Awards, is comprised of a two-day executive track for nominees, top industry experts, and practitioners to participate in cutting-edge keynotes, roundtables, panelists and presentations that address issues at the forefront of their business priorities.