2024 VLA Nominations- Think Tank Advisor Link

Greetings Think Tank Advisors >

Thank you for supporting the cyber security community with a Visionary Leadership Award nomination!  

The nomination form is simple and quick, and we have just a few rules:

  1. Prior VLA honorees are not eligible for consideration; for a complete list of past recipients, scroll past the form below.
  2. Align your nominee to the most appropriate award category (i.e., You may nominate someone for one award only.) 
  3. Self-nominations are allowed.
  4. You may submit multiple nominations.
  5. You may submit a nomination for just one VLA or all eleven award categories, with one nominee per submission form.

Each nominee will receive an invitation to attend the April 25th CSS Spring Soiree. VLA winners will be honored at this year’s Cyber Security Summit, October 28-30, 2024.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Visionary Academic Leader

The Visionary Academic Leader award recognizes outstanding educational contributions and program leadership related to an academic cyber security program. The award is presented to an academic leader (e.g., teacher, STEM Coach, Cyber Program Advisor, etc.) or security practitioner.

Visionary Application Security Leader

The Visionary Application Security Leader award recognizes a security practitioner or team that demonstrates innovation and outstanding oversight of an application security program. The award is presented to an individual security practitioner, or a team devoted to application security.

Visionary Community Leader

The Visionary Community Leader award recognizes a person who has applied influence and leveraged credibility to bring others into the cyber security community and inspired and connected partners to the broader mission. All nominees will be considered.

Visionary Global Security Leader

The Visionary Global Security Leader award recognizes a person who has advanced the cause of cybersecurity on a global scale. The award will be presented to an academic leader or security practitioner.

Visionary Governance Champion

The Visionary Governance Champion award recognizes a C-suite leader, board member, or elected or appointed official who recognizes the cyber security value proposition and serves as a cyber security champion. All nominees will be considered.

Visionary Governance, Risk and Compliance Leader

The Visionary Governance, Risk and Compliance Leader award recognizes a security practitioner or team that demonstrates innovation and outstanding GRC program oversight, such as risk assessment, policy and procedure, vendor assurance, or compliance elements. This award is presented to a security practitioner or team devoted to GRC-related program elements.

Visionary IT Audit Leader

The Visionary IT Audit Leader award recognizes a technology audit practitioner or team that provides outstanding cyber security assessment services. This award is presented to a security practitioner or team working in an audit capacity.

Visionary Security Awareness Program Leader

The Visionary Security Awareness Program Leader award recognizes a security practitioner or team that demonstrates outstanding and innovative work related to a security awareness program. This award is presented to a security practitioner or team devoted to security awareness.

Visionary Security Operations Leader

The Visionary Security Operations Leader award recognizes a security practitioner or team that demonstrates innovation and outstanding oversight for security operations program elements, such as monitoring, vulnerability management, incident response, or access control. This award is presented to a security practitioner or team devoted to security operations.

Visionary Security Program and Oversight Leader

The Visionary Security Program and Oversight Leader award recognizes a CISO or other leader who uses innovative tools and techniques to continuously improve a complex cyber security program. This award is presented to a security practitioner or governance champion.

Visionary Student

The Visionary Student award recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or contributions that exceed academic program expectations. Nominations for this award must be from a professor, academic advisory, or internship leader, and the award is presented to a current student or current year graduate.

VLA RECIPIENTS

YEAR
RECIPIENT
AWARD
2015
Massoud Amin
VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARD
2016
Chris Buse
VISIONARY AWARD FOR PUBLIC SECTOR
2016
Brian Isle
VISIONARY AWARD FOR PRIVATE SECTOR
2018
Brad Brekke
GLOBAL SECURITY LEADER 
2018
Todd Carpenter 
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES 
2018
Jennifer Czaplewski 
APPLICATION SECURITY 
2018
Neal Dawson
SECURITY OPERATIONS
2018
Faisal Kaleem
ACADEMIC LEADER 
2018
Stefanie Horvath
GOVERNANCE CHAMPION 
2018
Steen Fjalstad
IT AUDIT 
2018
Chrysa Freeman
SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAM 
2018
Richard Ketelsen
STUDENT 
2018
Jim O’Conner
VISIONARY PROGRAM LEADER 
2019
Andrew M. Borene 
GLOBAL SECURITY LEADER 
2019
Mary T Frantz 
APPLICATION SECURITY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUDIT LEADER 
2019
John Israel
SECURITY OPERATIONS LEADER 
2019
Jodie Kautt
SECURITY PROGRAM AND OVERSIGHT LEADER 
2019
Mike Kijewski 
APPLICATIONS SECURITY LEADER 
2019
Jerrod Montoya 
SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAM LEADER 
2019
Tony Sager
FOUNDERS AWARD
2019
Suzanne Spaulding
GOVERNANCE CHAMPION 
2019
Christophe Veltsos 
ACADEMIC LEADER 
2020
Jill Allison
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
Anne Bader
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
Loren Dealy Mahler
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
Sean Costigan
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
Tim Crothers
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
Matthew Harmon
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
David LaBelle
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
David Notch
FOUNDERS AWARD
2020
Catharine Trebnick
FOUNDERS AWARD
2021
Ambareen Siraj
VISIONARY ACADEMIC LEADER
2021
John Valente
VISIONARY SECURITY PROGRAM AND OVERSIGHT LEADER
2021
Kumar Dasani
VISIONARY GOVERANCE, RISK AND COMPLIANCE LEADER
2021
Tayla Gepner
VISIONARY SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAM LEADER
2021
Alex Hepp
VISIONARY STUDENT
2021
Jim Nash
VISIONARY GOVERNANCE CHAMPION
2021
Jay Jacobs
VISIONARY APPLICATIONS SECURITY LEADER
2021
Malcolm Harkins
VISIONARY GLOBAL LEADER
2021
Kevin Mandia
FOUNDERS AWARD
2021
Debra Stafford
VISIONARY SECURITY OPERATIONS LEADER
2022
Terry Sieple
VISIONARY APPLICATION SECURITY LEADER
2022
Laura Johnson
VISIONARY SECURITY OPERATIONS LEADER
2022
Nadia Rizk
VISIONARY IT AUDIT LEADER
2022
Alyssa Maki
VISIONARY SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAM LEADER
2022
Naomi Hospodarski
VISIONARY STUDENT
2022
William Rankin
VISIONARY GOVERNANCE CHAMPION
2022
Prasenjit Saha
VISIONARY GLOBAL SECURITY LEADER
2022
Betty Elliott
VISIONARY SECURITY PROGRAM AND OVERSIGHT LEADER
2022
Chip Laingen
VISIONARY ACADEMIC LEADER
2022
Natascha Shawver
VISIONARY GOVERNANCE, RISK, AND COMPLIANCE LEADER
2023
Sylvain Leblanc
VISIONARY ACADEMIC LEADER
2023
Ashley Mancuso
VISIONARY APPLICATION SECURITY LEADER
2023
Kavitha Srinivasulu
VISIONARY GLOBAL SECURITY LEADER
2023
Scott Singer
VISIONARY GOVERNANCE CHAMPION
2023
Matthew Vatter 
VISIONARY GOVERNANCE RISK AND COMPLIANCE LEADER
2023
Dawn McCarty
VISIONARY SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAM LEADER
2023
Jen VanDemmeltraadt
VISIONARY SECURITY OPERATIONS LEADER 
2023
Judy Hatchett
VISIONARY SECURITY PROGRAM AND OVERSIGHT LEADER
2023
Derek Walker
VISIONARY STUDENT