2017 CHICAGO AREA CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER (CISO) AWARD WINNER
In association with the Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Program, the Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), ISACA, FBI-InfraGard, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Society for Information Management (SIM) are proud to announce Mr. Erik Decker as the 2017 Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year winner.
As the Chief Security and Privacy Officer at University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), Mr. Decker oversees a health system comprised of multiple organizations including the University of Chicago Medical Center, Ingalls Healthcare, and the University of Chicago Physician Practice Group which is operated within the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. UCM is a nearly $2 billion-dollar non-profit academic medical center with over 16,000 employees and affiliates with practices located on the Chicago south, southwest, and northwest Indiana corridors.
The winner was determined over a three-phased process that began with an extensive written submission by the nominees and then proceeded to an interview and scoring process by a panel of their peers. The Judges Panel then submitted two nominees to Mr. Anders Gustafsson, CEO Zebra Technologies and Mr. Thomas Richards, CEO CDW for final consideration. Mr. Decker was announced the winner during a breakfast ceremony at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago on October 10, 2017.
In the current business climate, the importance of maintaining a strong cyber security and privacy program has become increasing clear. Where the odds of an organization experiencing a data breach is 1 in 41 and the average cost of a breach exceeds $3.6 million2, the importance of having strong security leadership has become a business imperative. The Chicago-area CISO of the Year Program recognizes the contributions of Security and Privacy leaders to their organizations, to their profession, and to the local community.
For additional information, please write to CISOoftheYearChicago@gmail.com
Wayne Johnson, Co-Chair and Founder
Katie Hanahan, Co-Chair
Arlan McMillan, Co-Chair, Head of Judges Committee and 2014 CISO of the Year
Erik Decker and Wayne Johnson
Jason Witty, Arlan McMillan, Kevin Novak, Erik Decker (Erik with 3 former CISOs of the Year)
About the Program Partners
Association of Information Technology Professionals (CompTIA AITP)
It is the mission of AITP Chicago to provide superior leadership and education in Information Technology. AITP is dedicated to using synergy of Information Technology partnerships to provide education and benefits to our members and to working with the industry to assist in overall promotion and direction of Information Technology.
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.
InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure. With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard’s membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement; each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security.
As an independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes by its acronym only, to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves.
Society of Information Managers (SIM)
SIM brings together IT leaders to share, network and give back to their communities through the collaboration of local chapters.
Todd Fitzgerald named 2016 Chicago CISO of the Year
The Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals-AITP, Infragard, ISACA, Information Systems Security Association-ISSA, and Society for Information Management-SIM are proud to announce the winner of the 2016 Chicago Chief Information Security Officer-CISO of the Year Award. This years winner is Mr. Todd Fitzgerald of Grant Thornton International Ltd.
Todd is a published author of three security books on leadership, contributing author to a dozen others, an award winning and noted international speaker, plus a highly esteemed Information Security professional who demonstrates clear commitment to external thought leadership. In his role, Todd provides vision and thought leadership to global security programs. In addition to these significant contributions, Todd consistently makes time to network with and support his colleagues in the local CISO community.
Todd was selected after careful consideration of eight other eligible CISO nominees. In it’s fourth year, the program and award recognize the achievements of the individual, Industry leadership and contributions recognizing key role that information security now plays in global, regional, and local business.
The winner is determined over a 90-day nomination and cross-industry peer judging process that culminated with the Award Breakfast at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago, October 11. This year two business leaders well versed on the criticality of effective information protection practices partnered with us to select the winner. Mr. David Nelms and Mr. H. Stephen Lieber are recognized as the Chief Executive CISO Finalist Evaluators for 2016.
Program Co-Chairs Wayne Johnson and Tina Hauri are once again impressed by this year’s slate of candidates. “The Chicago business community benefits from the world class, high caliber, dedicated and expert pool of CISO level talent.” said Hauri.
The program has received broad industry support and program sponsorship from Agari, Cisco, Halock, Optiv, Quarles & Brady, Skyhigh, Venefi, CloudPassage, Infoblox, Forsythe, 4Discovery, SecureAuth, ZScaler and PalaceGate. For 2017 Program information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Johnson, Todd Fitzgerald, Tina Hauri
The Awards Meeting at the Metropolitan Club Todd Fitzgerald
AITP, Chicago Infragard and ISSA Chicago Announce 2015 CISO of the Year
The 2015 winner, Mr. Kevin Novak, is the CISO and Technology Risk Officer for Northern Trust. Prior to his leadership role at Northern Trust, Kevin managed Information Security, Records Management, and Enterprise Risk programs at Discover Financial Services, was the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Consulting Services for Neohapsis and held a senior consulting role at Ciber Network Services. His strong technical skills coupled with his Audit, Accounting and Tax Accounting background give Kevin a critical eye for the business of IT Security. Kevin was selected after careful consideration of seven other eligible CISO nominees for the 2015 award.
Kevin was selected after careful consideration of seven other eligible CISO nominees. In its third year, the award recognizes the achievements of the individual, Industry leadership and contributions in recognition of the key role that information security now plays in global, regional, and local business.
The winner is determined over a 90-day nomination and peer judging period that culminated with the Award Breakfast at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago October 20. This year, through Trexin Consulting, two business leaders well versed on the criticality of effective information protection practices partnered with us to select the winner. Mr. Artur Fridberg and Mr. Dan Yunker are recognized as the Chief Executive CISO Finalist Evaluators for 2015.
Wayne Johnson, Co-Chair, ISSA and Tina Hauri, Co-Chair, AITP are once again impressed by this year’s slate of candidates. “The level of leadership evidenced by all of the nominees this year was phenomenal. The Chicago business community continues to benefit from a world-class pool of Information Security Executives,” said Hauri.
The program has received broad industry support and program sponsorship from Agari, CISCO, CSR, IBM, Optive, PulseSecure, Bromium, Intel, Infoblox, PalaceGate Corporation, Securion and Skybox. For 2016 Program information, please write to email@example.com.
Kevin Novak is presented with the 2015 CISO of the Year Award by Arlan McMillan, last year’s winner
CISO Award Winners: Arlan McMillan (2014), Kevin Novak (2015) and Jason Witty (2013)
Arlan present Kevin with the “Captain America” supplement to the CISO of the Year Award
2014 CISO of the Year Award
AITP Chicago and ISSA-Chicago wish to congratulate Arian McMillan, CISO, Deparartment of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago (pictured left above), winner of the 2014 CISO of the Year Award. The award is being presented by the 2013 CISO of the Year, Jason Witty, SVP & CISO, US BAnk. All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information security community, and the award was presented at the Award Program breakfast on October 15th.