VASCAN Shirley Payne IT Security Advancement Award

Congratulations to the following people:

Michael Dent (2016)  

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-15 year veteran of Fairfax county and was the architect of an enterprise wide IT risk assessment.

-Established a next generation security program for the county

-Executive Sponsor Project Champion for deployment of NCRNet, a private network to connect localities.  NCRNet provides secure access to applications and data for 50,000 authorized first responders and end users from 19 National Capital Region jurisdictions (counties, cities, and Washington D.C.).

-Active participant in Cybersecurity networking events, keynotes, panel sessions and articles.

Cathy Hubbs (Founders Award)

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-Currently  serves as the Chief Information Security Officer at American University, former CISO at George Mason University and founding partner of VASCAN

-Co-Chair HEISC Governance, Risk & Compliance group with EDUCAUSE

-Member of Women in Technology in the Northern Virginia Chapter

-Member of ISACA DC Chapter

-Member of ISSA-NOVA (Information Systems Security Association Northern Virginia) Director for Scholarship & Campus Relations

Randy Marchany (Founders Award)
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-Randy is the Chief Information Security Officer of Virginia Tech and the Director of Virginia Tech’s IT Security Lab, founding partner of VASCAN.

-Co-author of the original SANS Top 10 and Top 20 Internet Threats

-Certified instructor for the SANS Institute.

-Member of the CIS development team that produced and tested the CIS Solaris, HPUX, AIX, Linux and Windows2000/XP security benchmarks and scoring tools.

-Member of the White House Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security working group that developed a Consensus Roadmap for responding to the DDOS attacks of 2000.

-He is also a co-holder of two cybersecurity patents one of which was for a battery-based intrusion detection system that was the product of research conducted in the Virginia Tech IT Security Lab.

At the 2015 VASCAN Conference, the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking (VASCAN) made the inaugural VASCAN Shirley Payne IT Security Advancement Award for advancing IT security across Virginia. This award is given to an IT Security Professional, Manager or Auditor who has contributed to the Virginia information security community in a notable way, or who has joined the community and exhibited an admirable commitment to developing the necessary skills to fulfill a key role in advancing an Information Security Program.

Due to special circumstances surrounding the initial recognition, the organization was able to distribute awards to the three “founders” of the organization all those years ago , including Darlene Quackenbush from JMU, Shirley Payne from UVA, and Wayne Donald from Virginia Tech.

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s VASCAN Conference. Anyone may nominate. Please think of any candidates for the award to be presented at the VASCAN conference in October. Below you will find a list of qualities that may be exhibited by the successful candidate:

Successful nominees will exhibit one or more of the following:

  • An outstanding accomplishment that benefits an Information Security Program or the CoVA IT Security Community.
  • Extraordinary service to an Information Security Program or to the CoVA IT Security Community.
  • Inspiring leadership in the area of IT Security.
  • Enthusiasm or energy given in advancement of an IT Security Program or to the CoVA IT Security Community.
  • Teamwork in advancement of an IT Security Program or the CoVA IT Security Community.
  • Exemplary effort to nurture a climate of understanding and acceptance of IT Security principles in an organization or in the CoVA Community.
  • Creative or innovative effort in advancement of an IT Security Program or the CoVA IT Security Community.
  • Effectiveness in applying or garnering support of IT Security Principles in an IT Security Program or in the CoVA IT Security Community.

Voting closes September 9, 2016

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