Atlanta, GA (October 5, 2010) –T.E.N., a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm announced today that Craig Shumard, Chief Information Security Officer for CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) is the winner of the prestigious ISE® Luminary Leadership Award 2010. Shumard will be recognized for his distinguished service, stewardship, and outstanding contributions in advancing the information security industry. The award will be presented during the ISE® North America Awards held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Oxon Hill, MD on October 28, 2010.
Under Shumard’s direction as Chief Information Security Officer of CIGNA Corporation since 1999, CIGNA was ranked first in IT Security in the 2006 InformationWeek 500, and Shumard was named among the 2006 “Security 7” by Information Security magazine. As a recognized thought leader in the area of information protection, he acts as an industry spokesman at national conferences and events, and is featured in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, InformationWeek and CSO Magazine. Shumard also earned the 2005 Information Security Executive™ (ISE®) of the Year Tri-State Award.
“As a global health service company, CIGNA faces complex challenges: we are heavily regulated and manage nearly three petabytes of highly personal health and financial data that we make increasingly accessible to those who need it, while keeping this information secure, private, and out of the hands who would abuse it," said CIGNA CIO Michael Woeller. “Information security is an ongoing process and a flow. Craig Shumard is a valued colleague who not only has a vast knowledge of the security issues and regulations, but has been crucial in anticipating new challenges, adapting practical approaches to implementing the techniques and technology to protect the private and personal information of our 60 million customers worldwide."
Verdasys, the leader in Enterprise Information Protection solutions, will present the award to Shumard. “It is our pleasure and honor to once again sponsor this prestigious award and recognize the lifetime achievements of outstanding security professionals, and especially to a winner with the standing and accomplishments of Craig,” said Nicholas Stamos, Founder and President of Verdasys. “CIGNA continues to be a leader in delivering innovative healthcare services while offering the highest protection to sensitive customer and company information and an early adopter of Enterprise Information Protection (EIP). Craig Shumard has been the energy, vision and passion behind their success so it is only fitting that he receives this well deserved accolade.”
Marci McCarthy, CEO and President of T.E.N., said, "The ISE® Luminary Leadership Award is a lifetime achievement award given to a leader who has proven ability to inspire and motivate others. Craig Shumard shows the qualities that exemplify the award. He not only drives the company’s key IT security initiatives, but also has a larger focus on the industry and is well respected by his company, his business partners and colleagues, as well as the national media.”
Founded in 2005, the ISE® Luminary Leadership Award is bestowed on annual basis to honor an outstanding leader and industry practitioner for their distinguished service, stewardship and contributions in advancing the information security industry. Past recipients of the award include executives from Security Risk Solutions, AT&T, U.S. Trust and DuPont.
Verdasys provides Enterprise Information Protection (EIP) solutions that secure proprietary and sensitive data enabling Global 2000 companies to successfully compete in today's highly collaborative and mobile environments. Digital Guardian, the leading EIP market solution, is a centrally managed data security platform that discovers, classifies, monitors, controls and encrypts sensitive information at rest, in use and in motion across desktops, laptops, mobile devices, email, web transactions, terminal servers and enterprise applications. Verdasys customers are the global leaders in financial services, insurance, technology, manufacturing, and healthcare industries around the world. Companies serious about information protection choose Verdasys.
T.E.N. is a national technology and information security executive networking and relationship marketing organization, facilitates interaction with peers, industry visionaries and solutions providers. Executive programs include the Information Security Executive (ISE®) Program Series, roundtables, receptions, and marketing programs. For more information, visit http://www.ten-inc.com and http://www.iseprograms.com