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The CISO Awards were created to identify and celebrate the amazing work being done around the world by executives dedicated to improving the information security of their respective companies, governments, and organizations. The award finalists and winners are selected and voted on by two committees integral to the success of EC-Council’s CISO program – the CCISO Advisory Board and the CISO Events Board. Finalists and winners are selected via an anonymous judging process without input by EC-Council staff.

Finalists for the 2018 awards will be announced every month starting in January 2018 leading up to the announcement of the winners at the CISO Awards Gala in Atlanta, GA on the night of September 12th, 2018. Each finalist will be interviewed on the Global CISO Forum Podcast and featured in an article posted on the CISO website.

The Award Packages

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Top 10 in each category

  • 3 nights of hotel stay to attend the VIP Awards Gala & the Global CISO Forum
  • Global CISO Forum pass - September 13 & 14 2018
  • 2 passes to VIP Awards Gala Dinner - September 12th 2018
  • Inclusion in press release listing the finalists and winners
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1 per category

  • Everything from the finalist package
  • A spot on the CISO Mag advisory board
  • Spotlight interview in CISO Mag
  • Added to International Events Advisory Board

The Award Categories

2018 Awards Finalists

CISO of the Year

Anil - Awards Atlanta 2018Anil Chiplunkar

Associate Director – Information Security, Sciformix Technologies Pvt Ltd.

  • Integrated Information Security Management System design with IT Quality Management System and Computer System Validation principles and processes. Successfully achieved ISO 27001:2013 certification for the organization.
  • Designed methodology for implementing Information Security Management System (ISMS) leading to ISO27001 certification. Successfully lead the team of information security consultants for ISMS implementation at Premier Stock Exchange in India, Apex Bank in India and Securities Depositories in India.
  • Played a key role in spearheading a complex implementation of Information Security for a leading MNC in India involving complete program management across 79 locations located in 36 countries and spanning across 3 continents.
  • Deftly executed the project with schedule timeframe in-spite of several challenges like obtaining visa, getting flights, accommodation, human resource management, logistics etc.
  • Demonstrated excellence program management skills during information security assessment and implementation project spanning across approximately 300+ locations within India.
  • Performed digital fraud investigations and advisory services to various organizations from verticals like BFSI, IT/ITES, Pharmaceuticals etc. for fraud risk management.
  • Spear headed various projects within the area of Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) and Risk Management across different organizations in different verticals like BFSI, IT/ITES, and Manufacturing etc.
  • Lead various teams of consultants comprising information security consultants, business continuity consultants, technical consultants etc. Team sizes ranging from 2 to 40, depending upon projects.
  • Actively participated and advised various clients with regards to IT Network Security Architecture Assessment, Design including network access controls, network segmentation, hardening of network devices and servers including network security incident management process and tools, network security audits, digital rights management and information leak prevention methodologies and techniques.
  • Successfully implemented SUN ERP- Financial Modules for one of the world’s leading independent security and risk management consultancy firms, headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in 14 countries around the world.
  • Associated as Principal Design Consultant for Finance Workflow Management Software using Lotus Notes
  • Developed and implemented Forex Management Software for one of the renowned Bank in India.

Mitcham - Awards Atlanta 2018Zachery S. Mitcham

Chief Information Security and Compliance Officer at North Carolina Central University

Zachery S. Mitcham, MSA is the Chief Information Security and Compliance Officer at North Carolina Central University, where he plays a significant role in the strategic planning and policy development for information technology security programs. Zachery has over 37 years of combined practical experience working in the field of operations and information systems security with the, University of North Carolina Wilmington, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, State of North Carolina University System, and the Department of Defense which included accrediting sensitive compartmentalized Information facilities within the Central Region of Europe. Specifically, V Corps Headquarters. He is a 20 year veteran of the United States Army where he retired as a Major. He earned his BBA in Business Administration from Mercer University-Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. He also earned an MSA in Administration from Central Michigan University. Zachery graduated from the United States Army School of Information Technology where he earned a diploma with a concentration in systems automation. He completed a graduate studies professional development program earning a Strategic Management Graduate Certificate at Harvard University extension school. Mr. Mitcham holds several computer security certificates from various institutions of higher education to include Stanford, Villanova, Carnegie-Mellon Universities, and the University of Central Florida. He is certified as a Chief Information Security Officer by the EC-Council and a Certified Computer Security Incident Handler from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Zachery received his Information Systems Security Management credentials as an Information Systems Security Officer from the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Accreditations Course in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He serves his community by providing weekly spiritual education to the incarcerated and serving on the New Hanover County Board of Health. Zachery is married to the former Angela Thompson, University of Tennessee graduate with two children. A daughter Gracian Williamson, University of Tennessee graduate with an MBA in management, 2 granddaughters Grace and Faith and a son, Emmanuel, University of Pennsylvania graduate. He credits all of his success in life to his faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Majed - Awards Atlanta 2018Majed Alshodari

Head of Information Security Department at JODC

Eng. Majed is Certified EC-Council Chief Information Security Officer & Licensed MCI IT Consultant/Director has over 18 years of Information Technology professional experience at both the senior management and technical hands-on in contracting, banking, retail, Oil & Gas, facility management, engineering, refinery, real estate, hospitality, construction, automotive, and investment industries. In addition to the business digital transformation along with rich knowledge and expertise in establishing and operating the Information Security businesses. His main aim to provide enterprises with the information technology and insight, enabling businesses, integrate functions, guidance and leadership that will foster a successful digitized business decision-making platform using the right set of IT secure and credible portfolios starting by the Information Technology/Information Security strategy development all the way down to the technical implementation stage with high-satisfied businesses.

Abbas - Awards Atlanta 2018Abbas Sabuwala

Head of Information Security and Support Systems at United Arab Shipping Ltd.

Abbas Sabuwala is a seasoned IT professional with over 18 years’ worth of proven track record managing multiple portfolios under IT strategy, business systems, information security and IT projects. He is currently the ‘Head of Information Security and Support’ at United Arab Shipping Ltd. He has successfully spearheaded highly complex enterprise-wide business transformation and mission critical projects at over 32 countries- managing multi- disciplined, multinational, cross-functional teams across the globe.

His proven strengths and experience encompass – strategic alignment of IT projects, information security governance, business process management, value management, infrastructure and business resiliency. Abbas has held various positions, diversified over different business domains including banking, consulting, financials, manufacturing, shipping and logistics.

Sourabh - Awards Atlanta 2018Sourabh Tiwari

CISO at Overseas Infrastructure Alliance

Sourabh Tiwari, CIO/CISO for Overseas Infrastructure Alliance has more than 17 years of experience in IT world. His core expertise lies in managing enterprise vision, strategy and program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected. This includes implementation of innovative IT project towards securing business complex problems into effective information security controls plus multi-channel training and learning programmes.

Anthony Dupree - Awards Atlanta 2018Anthony Dupree

Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Information Officer for CareerBuilder

Anthony Dupree is the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Information Officer for CareerBuilder. In this dual role, Dupree works closely with senior management and key stakeholders, and clients, which includes government entities, and Fortune 100, 500, 1000 clients. Anthony comes with more than 20 years of expertise in global enterprise IT security, network infrastructure and risk and compliance strategies for Fortune 500 organizations. He most recently served as the CIO and CISO for Novitex Enterprise Solutions and held IT leadership roles for some of the best-known brands in the world, including McGraw-Hill Education, Elizabeth Arden and Toys R Us.

Anthony received his Bachelor of Art in Communications from New York Institute of Technology and a Masters of Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology. Anthony is currently enroll in the PHD program majoring in Information Assurance at Nova Southeastern University. Anthony holds certifications from ISACA (Certified Information Security Manager) and EC-Council (Chief Information Security Officer). Anthony also served as a member of ISACA New York Chapter Board of directors from 2017 – 2018.

Anthony received the 2016 CSO/Security Executive of the Year award by Information Security Product Guide an organization that lead conferences and expos worldwide and plays a vital role in keeping end-users informed of the choices they can make when it comes to protecting their digital resources.

Anthony is also a retired Army Reserve officer who served over 25 years in various leadership positions and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; received various awards to include the Bronze star for outstanding achievement while deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Anthony is an accomplished industry leader and writer with cybersecurity security and technology publications in various media outlets.

MeetaliSharma - Awards Atlanta 2018Meetali Sharma

Corporate Risk, Compliance & Security Leader
SDG Software India Pvt. Ltd.

Qualified and competent Risk, Compliance and Information Security Officer with expertise in risk management, privacy and governance of information security. Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control (CRISC) from ISACA, CMMI SVC & Dev 1.3, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Lead Auditor and ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management Principles & Guidelines Implementation from BSI

Subject matter expert in Risk Management, measuring the effectiveness of controls, maintaining and improving strategic management systems and internal control structures around information security, designing and implementing compliance and data privacy programs for the organizations, managing Audit Programs & establishing Incident Management System.

With an overall experience of 14+ years, managed several assignments covering consulting and solution-driven approach in areas such as – Information Security Incident Management, Information Security Risk Management, Data Security and Data Privacy Program, Training & Awareness, Reporting Top 10 Risks for the organization, Information Security Measurement Program implementation, CMMI implementation for Development & Services (process definition, implementation and improvement)

Have led teams and successfully managed Compliance, Security and Data privacy programs for conducting Risk Assessments, providing strategic consulting in improving measurement and compliance programs based on ISO/IEC 27001:2013, Contractual Requirements (MSA/SOW), Legal/Regulatory/Statutory Requirements (eg. GDPR, IT Act, Companies Act 2013 etc.), Client Policies and Procedures, Quality Management System (eg. CMMI), Operational Risk, IT Security.

Industry recognized speaker in events like ASSOCHAM, Dun&Bradstreet conference, ISACA Delhi Chapter CPE events, Open Source Summit, Digital Services Asia, Data Center India etc. and an active participant, member, and panelist in discussions on topics like Integrated Security, Data Security, Incident Management, Cybersecurity, GDPR, CISO forums, Service Organization Controls (SOC), “Cycron” Cybersecurity event. Member of various CISO/CRO/CIO forums and my articles on Risk Management, Data Security, Cloud Security & Cyber Security have featured in various magazines and blogs.

She currently heads the Risk, Compliance & Information Securityfor SDG.

JaredC - Awards Atlanta 2018Jared Carstensen

Chief Information Security Officer

Jared Carstensen is the Chief Information Security Officer for CRH plc, a FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 company. In his role, Jared is tasked with leadership, direction and delivery of global information security services and activities across 30+ countries, 3500+ operating locations, covering over 80,000 employees. He currently works across all areas of the business, from the frontline through to Board level, supporting business outcomes and strategic objectives, where he is committed to making security “actionable and understandable” at all levels.

Prior to joining CRH, his career started as an IT manager, moving to information security (through to a Fortune 50 level), to leading the Cyber Risk team at a ‘Big 4’ Consulting firm. His experiences across multiple industries, sectors and leadership levels, He has led teams and projects across the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions.

Jared places a huge focus on personal and team development, looking to empower individuals to fulfill their potential and achieve extraordinary results while promoting fresh and innovative approaches to tackling security challenges. He is a keen contributor to the security industry, having spoken at more than 100 events globally, along with volunteering to help those new to the security industry, sharing experiences and insights.

Jared has helped develop two MSc level programs and courses on security and technology, along with teaching more than 500 students. During his time as Chapter President of a local security chapter, they were able to deliver cyber awareness training to more than 2,500+ school children on online safety. Jared has also authored a book on Cloud Computing, which listed as a Top 50 technology seller on Amazon.

He currently holds the C|CISO, SSCP, CISSP, GCIH, CISM, CRISC, and CCSK credentials (among others), and in 2018 completes his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, along with other development programs and certifications.

Jared is a firm believer that people are the solution to solving technology and business problems, with an emphasis on fundamentals, simplifying, and a people-focused approach bringing big results. Jared believes that communication is the single biggest component to how we can change the security industry today, creating “leaders at all levels”, and that each leader has the responsibility to bring forward ideas and solutions to existing challenges.

Jared’s view that the most effective security teams and transformation programs take the time to understand business needs and desired outcomes. The approaches taken must be innovative in finding ways to help solve business and technology problems, working collaboratively and without silos.

CCISO of the Year

AhmedNabil - Awards Atlanta 2018Ahmed Nabil



Ahmed Nabil has more than 17 years of experience in the field of Information Technology/Systems, Infrastructure, Systems Administration, Security Systems, IT management and holds several professional IT certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, ISACA, ISC2, PMI, CWNP and EC- Council. Ahmed is an industry expert in Security and Infrastructure services, public speaker at several international conferences and author of several articles published in different international security magazines.

Ahmed Nabil graduated in 2000 with a BS in Electrical and Control Engineering. He completed his graduate education and earned MSc in Business Information Technology from School of Computer Science, Middlesex University, UK in 2007 and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from International Business School of Scandinavia in 2016.

Ahmed is currently the IS&T Manager and Information Security Manager (CISO) at one of the top engineering consulting firms in the region.

Ahmed was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award in Enterprise security/Cloud and Data Center Management for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for his exceptional knowledge sharing and community leadership in Egypt and Middle East Region.

Ahmed is Leading Egypt main Security Meetup group in an effort to raise the awareness of Information security and create a solid community in his country.

Presidential Award

FalGhancha - Awards Atlanta 2018Fal Ghancha

Chief Information Security Officer, Aegon Life Insurance

Mr. Fal Ghancha is an Information Security professional having rich experience in the Information Technology & Cyber Security field focusing mainly in Information & Cyber Security Policies, IT/IS Projects, Compliance, Risk & Audit Management, Corporate Investigations & Forensics.

Mr. Ghancha currently works for Aegon Life Insurance as Chief Information Security Officer. Where he is an integral part of Risk and InfoSec Team & solely responsible for Information and Cyber Security Governance, Policies & Processes, Information Security audits, Data Leakage Controls & many more.
Before Aegon Mr. Ghancha was part of Reliance Group handling information security governance, policies, audit, compliance, reputation management etc. prior to that he was supporting Welspun Group, for 21 locations globally where he was responsible for setting the road map and strategy for Information Security Solutions, Data Center operations, IT transformation Projects, & Managing IT SO partner.

He has conceptualized and headed many projects in the field of IT vis-a-vis IT Security Dashboard, Cloud Security, Single Sign On, Password less authentication, DLP, VPN solutions, Firewalls, Antivirus, Patch Management – Software deployment, VA-PT, Enterprise Security Management, Policy Gap Analysis, Large Scale Multimedia Projects have been appreciated & awarded by multiple reputed organizations Globally.

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