CISO of the Year Award

 


Please Congratulate the 2021 Chicago CISO of the Year Winner!

Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, The Kraft Heinz Company

The Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Program, in association with the Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), ISACA, FBI-InfraGard, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the Society for Information Management (SIM) and ChicagoFirst is proud to announce Ricardo Lafosse as the 2021 Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year award winner.

Nomination is an open process that can be initiated by anyone with direct experience working with the nominee. Submitted nominations are reviewed by the Nominee Committee to ensure that the nominee meets program requirements. Nominees demonstrate their competency and achievements through a multi-staged process that includes a detailed written questionnaire, and a series of formal and informal interviews with a panel of industry peer-level judges. The program spans over five months and culminates with a final interview and selection process completed by a panel of local area business leaders (CEO/President/Chairman). The CISO of the Year winner is announced at an Awards Ceremony held in October of the same year. 

This year's Executive Judges inlcuded Bradley Alter, CEO of Certified Health Management and Sunil Cutinho, President of CME Clearing.

Biography - Ricardo Lafosse

Mr. Ricardo Lafosse is the Chief Information Security Officer for Kraft Heinz.  He is responsible for IT risk governance, OT security, incident management, technical disaster recovery, and determining enterprise-wide security policies and procedures.  Ricardo routinely presents on security topics at global conferences, including Defcon, MirCon, ISACA,CACS and Secure World.

Prior to his current role, he was the Chief Information Security Officer for Morningstar, where he was responsible for providing strategic information security leadership, implementation, product security, and governance for the Information Security Program.

Ricardo was the inaugural CISO at Cook County Department of Homeland Security where he was tasked with building an entire security program from the ground up, which was instrumental to the success of the program and continues to be the cornerstone of the security program at Cook County.

Ricardo has more than 18 years of experience in information security for the manufacturing, government, banking, legal, healthcare and education sectors having begun his career in information security consulting in the financial sector. He started through local consulting, securing critical infrastructure at the Army Corp of Engineers, and advancing to his first CISO position for the 2nd largest County in the United States. He holds a Master's in Information Assurance from Iowa State University as well as the Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designations.

2021 Program Overview

Click Here for the 2021 Complete Program Overview

A Virtual/Live Hybrid Program Following Covid Protocols

The purpose of the CISO of the Year program is to recognize the top CISOs in the greater Chicago area and provide a higher level of awareness and recognition to the CISO (or equivalent in authority) position.

Last year’s program was our most successful and most challenging, with an amazing group of nominees, an exciting set of virtual mixers, and culminating with the well-deserved announcement of our winner Paige Adams.

We the Chicago CISO of the Year Program Committee wish you and your families health and well-being during this continuing crisis. We will continue to run this program virtually, and this year the program will continue to meet that challenge until we can all get back to our new normal.  We will continue to follow all federal, state and local pandemic guidelines, and do not want any program participant to feel unsafe.

The 2021 program will be run online remotely. We will only reintroduce face to face events this year when it is safe to do so. We remain hopeful that later in the year we can reconvene our mixers as hybrid live/virtual events, and will continue to adapt the program as conditions change.

NOMINATIONS:

The most IMPORTANT thing our program does is to recognize and reward the best of the best in information security leadership!  To do that we need everyone to start thinking about who you'd like to nominate and to nominate early and often (the nomination window is open - please feel free to nominate more than one person)! 

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Individual submitting nomination has direct experience working with Nominee.
  2. Goods or services have not been exchanged or promised for nomination.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by email to the Nomination Committee no later than 21 July, 2021.

NOMINEE REQUIREMENTS:

  1.  Nominee leads the Information Security program for the organization (CISO or equivalent).
  2. Nominee has been in role for a minimum of 12 months at the time of nomination.
  3. Nominee remains active in role until the end of September of the Award year.
  4. Nominee's organization is based out of or has a significant office presence in the Chicago Area.
  5. Nominee's primary work location is in the Chicago area.

NOMINATION COMMITTEE:


KEY 2021 PROGRAM EVENT DATES:

As you know, the COVID-19 situation remains uncertain, so some of these dates may change.  If they do we'll be sure to send out an update.

>  6/29/21 - Mixer #1 : Virtual online social, 5-8 PM (Tuesday)

>  7/20/21 - Mixer #2:  Virtual online social, 5-8 PM (Tuesday)

>  7/21/21 - Final date to submit nominations

>  7/26/21 - Final date to submit nominee applications

> 8/24/21 - Mixer #3:  In Person at Smith & Wolensky on the river, 318 N. State St. , Chicago, IL  60654, 5-8 PM (Tuesday) - Click Here for more information and to register.

>9/21/21 - Mixer #4 - In Person at The Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Wills Tower, 233 S Wacker Dr 67th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606, 5-8 PM (Tuesday)   Click Here for more information and to register

>10/12/21 - Award Breakfast Ceremony - Event #5: In Person at The Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Oak Room, 67th Floor, Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago.  Doors open at 7:30 am and the Ceremony begins promptly at 8:00 am.  Please note that this event happens on Tuesday, the day following Columbus Day.  Click Here for more information and to register


JUDGING PROCESS:

The way we decide the best of the best is by putting nominees through a rigorous and comprehensive judging process.  The process this year is online so we will continue to have double the number of Judges for each nominee for more comprehensive and rigorous review.  Spoiler alert: we expect that part of the evaluation criteria this year will specifically relate to the nominee's response to moving past COVID-19 and into a new normal.

Submitted nominations are reviewed by the Nomination Committee to ensure that the nominee meets the requirements laid out above.  Nominees demonstrate their competency and achievements through a multi-staged process that includes a detailed written questionnaire, and a series of formal and informal interviews with a panel of industry peer-level judges.  The program spans over five months and culminates with a final  interview and selection process completed by a panel of local area CEOs.  The CISO of the Year winner is announced at an Awards Ceremony held in October of the same year.

FOR OUR SPONSORS:

It's a pleasure to offer out sponsors the best opportunity to meet Chicago area Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Senior Information Security Practitioners in multiple settings!  As we all realize 2020 was a challenging year and now we have built an online and in person program for 2021.  You will meet many of the same CISOs multiple times throughout the course of the 6-month Chicago CISO of the Year Program, online and hopefully by year end in person as well.  As we all know, relationships build success.  The program is designed for our Sponsors to be able to communicate with CISO’s in great settings and as a way for CISOs to meet their Peers to grow their careers and network.

There are 5 events that make up the program sponsor year.  We have averaged about 100 people per event.  Significantly more people attend the last events in the program.  This year will be challenging and we will ask that, for all in-person events, the attendees will have been vaccinated prior to attending the event.   We are limiting the number of sponsor participation to 10 for 2021.  As the year progresses we will be adding a couple more events like baseball games and/or round-tables. 

Please Thank Our 2021 Progam Sponsors:

         


           


              


             

                     

For detailed information on sponsor opportunities, contact:

Wayne Johnson (Founder and Sponsors Contact), wayne.johnson@chicagocisooftheyear.com

FOR OUR PARTNERS:

We have a tremendous group of partners in Infragard, AITP, ISSA, SIM, and ISACA. We are very pleased to announce a new partner was added last year. ChicagoFIRST is a nonprofit association that provides critical firms a collaborative forum to address private sector resilience and emergency management planning and response with relevant local, regional, and national public sector agencies.

Given the circumstances this year, we expect to work much more directly with our partners to cross-promote through virtual events and ongoing chapter communications.  We will rely more than ever on partners to drive nominations and keep our communities collectively engaged.  We are interested in your ideas, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to Wayne Johnson, Michael Phillips or Sally Martin with any questions or concerns.

SUMMARY:

While COVID-19 has introduced a world of uncertainty, we on the committee would like to think positively and are  dedicated to conducting an Hybrid Virtual/In-Person program this year in a way that our nominees, judges, event attendees, sponsors, and partners can do so safely and healthily.  We expect that the first event will be virtual, but our hope is that  virtual and in-person options will be available for events after that.

Thank you to everyone who makes this program and the Chicago CISO community great!  We look forward to another good year.

The Chicago CISO of the Year Program Co-Chairs:

Wayne Johnson (Founder and Sponsors Contact), wayne.johnson@chicagocisooftheyear.com
Arlan McMillan (Nominations/Judges contact), arlan.mcmillan@chicagocisooftheyear.com
Sally Martin (Head of Operations, sally.martin@chicagocisooftheyear.com

About the Program Partners


AITP Chicago     
www.aitpchicago.com

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)     
www.issa.org

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     
www.infragard.org

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.



ISACA Chicago    
www.isaca.org

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)     
https://www.sim-chicago.org/

SIM brings together IT leaders to share, network and give back to their communities through the collaboration of local chapters.   SIM Chicago provides a unique opportunity to interact with thought leaders throughout the technology and business fields. SIM Chicago sponsors regular programs for members to network, hosts social and philanthropic events to enhance the community, and acts as a forum for business and technology leaders in partnership with peer executive organizations in Chicago.    



ChicagoFIRST     
www.chicagofirst.org

In 2020, the CotY committee announced a new partnership between ChicagoFIRST and the Chicago CISO of the year awards program. ChicagoFIRST is a nonprofit association that provides critical firms a collaborative forum to address private sector resilience and emergency management planning and response with relevant local, regional, and national public sector agencies. We look forward to collaborating with ChicagoFIRST  in the years to come.

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2020 CHICAGO AREA CISO of the Year AWARD

Please Congratulate the 2020 Chicago CISO of the Year Winner!
Paige Adams, Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.


The Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Program, in association with 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) is proud to announce Paige Adams as the 2020 Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year award winner.

The winner is determined through a three-phase process that began with an extensive written submission by the nominees that detailed their leadership approach and achievements over the prior year.  Over a multi-month period, the nominees were interviewed and scored by a panel of their peers.  Two finalists are then submitted to program Executive Judges - Robert McGonigle, President & CEO, the Martin-Brower Company, LLC and Michael O'Grady, CEO, Northern Trust.

Biography

Mr. Paige Adams has been the Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since February 2018. He has been a member of the Zurich executive team since 2014 and served as the Global Head of Cyber Response, Chief Information Security Officer for Zurich North America, and VP for Cyber Security before assuming his current role.

Prior to joining Zurich, he spent a 26-year career in the United States Navy serving in a variety of operational intelligence and cyber roles. Paige has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Computer Information Systems) from Hawaii Pacific University, a Master of Science in Computer Science (Security/Autonomous Systems) from the US Naval Postgraduate School and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) professional certifications.

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2019 CHICAGO AREA CISO of the Year AWARD

Please Congratulate our 2019 CISO of the Year 
Jill Rhodes, CISO of Option Care Health


The Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Program, in association with 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) is proud to announce Jill Rhodes as the 2019 Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year award winner.

The winner is determined through a three-phase process that began with an extensive written submission by the nominees that detailed their leadership approach and achievements over the prior year.  Over a three-month period, the nominees were interviewed and scored by a panel of their peers.  Two finalists are then submitted to program Executive Judges - Doug Kofoid, CEO, Dialogtech, Tony Lorenz, CEO, PRA and Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President, Loyola University for final consideration.

The winner was announced on October 15th at the awards ceremony breakfast at the Metropolitian Club of Chicago in Willis Tower.  

Click Here for pictures from the 2019 Award event

Click Here for the Press Release

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