Visionary Leadership Awards

JOIN US FOR THE 2022 VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARDS – TUES, OCT 25, 2022

With an onslaught of increasingly sophisticated threats, cyber security programs now rely on an ecosystem that includes visionary leadership on many fronts. The Cyber Security Summit has given awards to top leaders in industry, government, and academia for several years. We are excited to celebrate our 2022 Visionary Leadership Honorees and recognize the award recipients at a Visionary Leadership Awards Dinner, hosted on the evening of October 25th, 2022. Along with recognition for their accomplishments, award recipients will get a brief opportunity to share their innovative strategies with other visionaries. Click here to watch video of previous Leadership Awards.

History of The Morries

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 CATEGORIESNominations close Friday, August 12, 2022

Visionary Academic Leader

This award recognizes 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 recognizes 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 LeaderAcademic Leader

This award recognizes 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 recognizes 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 recognizes 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 recognizes 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 recognizes 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 recognizes 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 recognizes a 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.