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.
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.