2021 Visionary Leadership Awards

JOIN US FOR THE 2021 VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARDS

We are excited to celebrate all our Visionary Leadership Awardees on Wednesday morning, October 27th, 2021 at the opening session of the 11th Annual virtual Cyber Security Summit and again in-person in the spring! Along with recognition for their accomplishments, award recipients and VLA All-Access ticket holders are invited to a VIP reception on April 21, 2022.

Many traditions stem from a story. The Visionary Leadership Awards that we confer are called The Morries™. They are named after Robert Tappan Morris, progenitor of the first-known national cyber hacking event on Nov. 2, 1988 – one year before the formation of the World Wide Web. As a gifted college student programmer, Morris unwittingly unleashed a self-propagating worm into the national system which slowed university and military computers to a crawl. Morris claimed that his worm had been conceived as an experiment that accidentally created havoc. Though he could have been imprisoned under then-current law, he was fined and sentenced to perform public service. As the first cyber hacker, Morris gives us a fitting source for the name of our awards.

Award Categories:

Visionary Academic Leader. This award will recognize the leader of a pioneering cyber security academic program. Award nominations will be considered from academic leaders or security practitioners.

Visionary Application Security Leader. This award will recognize a security practitioner or team that demonstrates innovation and outstanding oversight of an application security program. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners, including members of the Twin Cities OWASP chapter.

Visionary Global Leader. This award will recognize a person who has advanced the cause of cybersecurity on a global scale. Award nominations will be considered from academic leaders and security practitioners.

Visionary Governance Champion. This award will recognize a C-suite leader, board member, or elected official who recognizes the cyber security value proposition and serves as a champion for the information security program. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners.

Visionary Governance, Risk, and Compliance Leader. This award will recognize a security practitioner or team that demonstrates innovation and outstanding oversight of GRC areas, such as risk assessments, policies and standards, vendor oversight, and maintaining compliance. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners.

Visionary IT Audit Leader. This award will recognize a technology audit practitioner or team that provides outstanding cyber security assessment services. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners and members of the Twin Cities ISACA chapter.

Visionary Security Awareness Program Leader. This award will recognize a security practitioner or team that demonstrates outstanding oversight of an innovative security awareness program. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners.

Visionary Security Operations Leader. This award will recognize a security practitioner or team that demonstrates innovation and outstanding oversight of security operational areas, such as monitoring, vulnerability management, incident response, or access control. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners.

Visionary Security Program and Oversight Leader. This award will recognize a CISO who uses innovative tools and techniques to continuously improve a complex cyber security program. Award nominations will be considered from security practitioners and governance champions.

Visionary Student:  This award is designated to recognize a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or contributions.  Nomination consideration by professors or internship leaders.


Sponsorship Opportunities

To learn about available sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Churchill at 763-548-1306 or jennifer.churchill@eventshows.com.