T.E.N. Announces Winners of the 2017 ISE® West Executive Forum and Awards

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Ajit Gaddam of VISA and OneOps Security Framework Project From Walmart Claim Top Awards. David Evans of San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Named People’s Choice Award Winner

T.E.N., a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, honored finalists and winners Wednesday evening, Aug. 23, at the 2017 ISE® West Executive Forum and Awards Gala at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, California.

Ajit Gaddam, Senior Director and Chief Security Architect of VISA, was selected as the Information Security Executive® of the Year Award winner for the ISE® West Region. He is currently an Information Security leader with an established track record of developing risk-driven security programs and delivering solutions that support critical business initiatives. Ajit is a technologist, serial entrepreneur, and a security expert specializing in machine learning, cryptography, big data security, and cybersecurity. Over the last decade, Ajit led the Security Engineering and Security Architecture programs for various Fortune 100 financial, insurance, and technology companies. He also co-founded two startups with successful exits. He is an active participant in various open source and security architecture standards bodies (NIST, SABSA, OWASP, OpenGroup). He is a prolific inventor in disruptive technologies (over 50 patents), international speaker (BlackHat, Strata Hadoop, Global Cybersecurity Conference, COSO), instructor (SANS, community colleges), and a security researcher (two security books, over 240 citations on security papers).

David Evans, Systems Security & Research Officer of San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools was honored during the event as the 2017 ISE® West People’s Choice Award. This award represents the nominee who best exemplifies information security leadership as voted on by his peers in information security.

Walmart’s “OneOps Security Framework” project was selected as the ISE® West Project of the Year. Luis Ocegueda, Senior Security Engineer, for Walmart accepted on behalf of the project. Walmart operates one of the largest cloud environments and leverages the open source tool OneOps to manage applications and operating systems. The OneOps Security Framework is an integration that allows applying security best practices and configurations to any application or operating system automatically at deployment to save time while meeting security and compliance requirements. The OneOps security framework is available to all industry users of OneOps through WalMart’s open source initiate.

“Our judges faced a difficult challenge in evaluating such a high-caliber group of executive and project nominees,” said T.E.N. CEO and President Marci McCarthy. “Each of them exhibits the innovation and ingenuity for which the ISE® Awards stand and we are honored to have each and every one of them join the ranks of our distinguished ISE® Alumni.”

Full list of nominees can be found on the T.E.N. website:

Executive: http://www.ten-inc.com/ise/west/exec_nominees.asp

Project: http://www.ten-inc.com/ise/west/project_nominees.asp

The ISE® West Awards recognize both information security executives and projects for outstanding achievements in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, privacy and network security. Award winners were selected from the U.S. West region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The event is made possible by kilobyte sponsors: Agari, Arxan, Attivo Networks, Carbon Black, Centrify, Fidelis Cybersecurity, and PhishMe and display sponsors: Interset, ServiceNow, Tripwire, Varonis, Versive, and ZeroFOX. Learn more online: http://www.ten-inc.com/ise/west/sponsors.asp

About T.E.N. 
T.E.N., a national technology and security executive networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solutions providers. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.’s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making. Its flagship program, the nationally-acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals. Other offerings include The ISE® Lions’ Den and Jungle Lounge, T.E.N. Custom Programs and the ISE® Industry Expert Advisory Services, empowering IT solutions providers to gain access to highly credentialed IT business veterans’ expertise. For information, visit www.ten-inc.com.

About ISE® Award Program Series
For more than a decade, the Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Award Program Series has empowered security executives and their project teams to Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate. Recognized as the industry’s most prestigious IT Security award program, it has become the most anticipated award program for security executives and their project teams. Winners have included executives and project teams from leading organizations such as Nike, The Walt Disney Company, the United States Postal Service, Schlumberger, Texas Instruments, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Equifax, Comcast, PayPal, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Nationwide.

Our distinguished ISE® Judges are past nominees representing a cross section of industries, including commercial, government, health care and academic sectors. For this reason, the ISE® Awards represent the best achievements of the year as evaluated by those regarded as the industry’s most influential and successful thought leaders. Coupled with a one or two-day executive summit, the ISE® Awards are held across the country and Canada in major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco. The ISE® Awards Program Series has reached more than 10,000 executives across a broad range of industries and has been a major influence in executives’ careers, knowledge sharing, and the development of peer-to-peer relationships.

Source: T.E.N.

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