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Top Information Security Executives in the Mid-Atlantic Region Honored by Their Peers

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and The Washington Post Company Executives Recognized for Their Leadership in Information Security

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/07/09 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership recognition forums and events worldwide, announced the finalists and winners of the 2009 Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at the Ritz Carlton Downtown in Washington, DC. The Awards recognize information security executives and project teams for outstanding achievement in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, privacy and network security. Eligible nominees for the Mid-Atlantic region included Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

The Information Security Project of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic region was awarded to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for their work efforts and innovation in their project, Safeguarding Citizen Data. Executive sponsor, Erik Avakian, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, accepted the award on behalf of his organization.

Finalists for the Information Security Project of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards were also recognized for their achievements in the industry and were showcased during the awards program. In addition to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the finalists include:

--  NASA, with executive sponsor Jerry L. Davis, Deputy Chief Information
    Officer for IT Security
--  U.S. Navy, with executive sponsor, Jim Granger, Director of
    Capabilities and Readiness, U.S. Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command
    

Dr. Douglas Maughan, Branch Chief / Program Lead, Cyber Security, Command, Control & Interoperability Division, S&T Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security was announced as the winner of the Mid-Atlantic Information Security Executive of the Year - Government Category during the gala ceremony on Tuesday evening. The judges were impressed with his vision, research and development, ability to influence and drive change, and his involvement and commitment to the information security community.

Finalists for the Information Security Executive of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards - Government Category were also recognized for their achievements in the industry and were showcased during the awards program. In addition to Dr. Douglas Maughan, the finalists include:

--  Kevin Deeley, Director of ITSS and Deputy CIO, Department of Justice
--  Robert Maley, Chief Information Security Officer, Commonwealth of
    Pennsylvania
    

In the commercial category for Executive of the Year, Stacey Halota, Vice President of Information Security and Privacy, was announced as this year's winner. She was selected by the judges due to her broad portfolio of strategic initiatives and high rate of success in achieving the company's goals.

Finalists for the Information Security Executive of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards - Commercial Category were also recognized for their achievements in the industry and were showcased during the awards program. In addition to Stacey Halota, the finalists include:

--  Jon Moore, Chief Information Services Officer, IT Operations, Humana,
    Inc.
--  Jason Taule, Director of Corporate Information Security, General
    Dynamics Information Technology, Health IT Solutions
    

As part of the evening's recognition, NASA's Jerry L. Davis, Deputy Chief Information Officer for IT Security, was announced as the ISE Mid-Atlantic People's Choice Award Winner. The award represents the nominee who best exemplifies information security leadership as voted on by the registered attendees.

"The Awards bring to light the exceptional people working in the information security industry," said Mary Lou Heastings, President of Executive Alliance. "The project teams and executive nominees all represent forward thinkers and innovators in this field."

"The ISE Awards attract first class leaders from in the IT industry and helps elevate the role of the CSO within organizations as a vital function that enables the business to operate more effectively and securely," said Philippe Courtot, Chairman CEO of Qualys, Inc. "It is an honor to address the nominees at the ISE Mid-Atlantic awards ceremony held in Washington, DC and I offer my sincere congratulations to the award winners."

The ISE Mid-Atlantic Awards were held in conjunction with a two day Summit at the Ritz Carlton Downtown in Washington, DC and included cutting-edge roundtable topics, speakers, panelists, and presentations to challenge current thinking and bring to light the innovation of the region's top information security and IT executives.

About the Sponsors

The Executive Forum and Information Security Executive of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards 2009 is the property of Executive Alliance, Inc., and was brought to the business community by the following: Gigabyte Sponsors -- Fortify and Qualys; Megabyte Sponsor -- Novell; Kilobyte Sponsors -- Symantec and Voltage; Display Sponsors -- Courion, McAfee and Trend Micro; Media Sponsors -- InformationWeek and Infosecurity magazines.

About Executive Alliance

Executive Alliance is recognized worldwide as the premier organization for creating leadership recognition forums that honor and celebrate outstanding achievements of executives in different industries. These forums facilitate deep relationships and provide visibility for executives and their companies while offering access and insight to the key people leading these industries.

Recognized by Morgan Keegan as the largest most widely recognized awards program for IT security executives, the Executive Alliance ISE Award Program Series includes these regions and cities, Southeast/Atlanta; Central/Dallas; Mid-Atlantic/Washington, DC; West/ San Francisco; Northeast/New York City; and North America/Washington, DC. Included in the Executive Alliance series is the Data Center Executive of the Year Awards (DaCEY). For more information, visit www.execalliance.com, www.infosecaward.com or www.datacenterawards.com.

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