T.E.N. Announces 2018 Information Security Executive® (ISE®) North America Awards Nominees

All Executive and Project Category Awards Announced at ISE® North America Leadership Summit and Awards Gala on Nov. 8-9, 2018.

T.E.N., a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, announced today the nominees vying for the 2018 Information Security Executive® and Project of the Year Awards for North America. Executives include top-ranking decision makers representing organizations in the academic and public sectors, commercial, financial services, and health care. Projects include large-scale technology endeavors that address key issues in the information security industry.

Executive Nominees

Academic/Public Sector

  • Medha Bhalodkar, CISO, Columbia University
  • Rizwan Jan, CIO & CISO, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
  • Wes Knight, CISO, GA Department of Revenue
  • Helen Patton, CISO, The Ohio State University


  • Andrea Abell, CISO, NBCUniversal Media
  • Noopur Davis, SVP, Chief Product & Information Security, Comcast
  • Gary Eppinger, Global VP, CISO and Privacy Officer, Carnival Corporation
  • Melody Hildebrandt, Global CISO, 21st Century Fox
  • John Kirkwood, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer, Albertsons Companies
  • Pietr Lindahl, Sr. Director, Cyber Strategy, Architecture, Engineering, & Integration, Philips
  • Ariel Litvin, CISO, First Quality Enterprises
  • Tomás Maldonado, CISO, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
  • Chuck Markarian, CISO, PACCAR
  • Scott McBee, Information Security Executive (CISO), Darden Restaurants
  • Jerry Scott, Global SOC Director, Schenker
  • Bob Varnadoe, CISO, NCR Corporation

Financial Services

  • Clayton Chandler, Global Head of Cyber Security, Credit Suisse
  • Marc Crudgington, CISO, SVP Information Security, Woodforest National Bank
  • Steve Kozman, SVP, Identity Access Management and Security Services, AIG
  • James Quadarella, Managing Director, Head of Cybersecurity Operating Office, MUFG Union Bank N.A.
  • Parthiv Shah, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Signature Bank
  • Billy Spears, SVP, CISO, loanDepot
  • Jason Witty, EVP, Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Bank

Health Care

  • Terri Cetera, Sr. Director IT Security, Quest Diagnostics
  • Nicole Darden Ford, Vice President, IT – Global Information Security & Chief Information Security Officer, Baxter International
  • Fred Kwong, CISO, Delta Dental Plans Association
  • Kurt Lieber, Vice President, CISO, Global Security Aetna Core, Aetna
  • Scott Pettigrew, VP, Chief Security Officer, HMS
  • Scott Stanton, Sr. Manager Infrastructure Security, Halyard Health
  • Alden Sutherland, CISO, AmerisourceBergen

Project Nominees

Academic/Public Sector

  • Columbia University, Rebuilding Identity Access Management for the 21st Century
  • Georgia Department of Revenue, CISO Sentinel Security and Compliance Risk Management Platform
  • Pearson, Global Monthly Patching


  • Aaron's, Incident Response Transformation
  • Albertsons Companies, PCI Submission Relief
  • AT&T, Flood 2.0
  • AT&T, CSO Smart City Security Simulator
  • NCR Corporation, Security Vision 20/20
  • Philips, DMARC Email Security
  • Shell, Digital Transformation (IAM): Enterprise User Access Management/Shell Identity Management  (EUAM|SIM)
  • Sony Interactive Entertainment, SIE CloudPassage Halo Project
  • T-Mobile, Cybersecurity Transformation: Shifting Security LEFT
  • Tampa Electric Company, NERC CIP Standards Version 5 Implementation Project

Financial Services

  • ADP, Aletheia
  • ADP, Global Third-Party Risk Management (GTPRM) 2.0
  • Horace Mann, Blend the NOC and SOC Together, Creating an Integrated Operations Center (IOC)
  • MassMutual, Cyber Strong Behavior Program
  • Morningstar, Morningstar Security Champion Program
  • U.S. Bank, Access Management: Unified Next Generation Identity Governance Across U.S. Bancorp

Health Care

  • Aetna, The Aetna Entitlements, Identity, & Risk System (AEIRS)
  • AmerisourceBergen, Omniscient Eye - Data Protection
  • AmerisourceBergen, Precog - Cyber Threat Prediction and Detection Platform
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Mobile Clinician Project
  • HMS, Business Resilience – Changing the Culture from Continuity to Resilient Enterprise
  • HMS, Secure Cloud Infrastructure
  • HMS, Security Risk Management & Assurance Program – Bringing it all Together!
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Early Vulnerability Detection System (EVDS)

Full project descriptions can be found online: http://www.ten-inc.com/ise/north_america/project_nominees.asp

“We are incredibly impressed by the leadership and creativity displayed in this year’s ISE® North America executive and project nominees,” said T.E.N.’s CEO and President, Marci McCarthy. “These executives and project teams work diligently to protect North America from the ever-evolving threats we face today in the rapidly-developing security landscape, and we are pleased to have them join the ranks of our ISE® Alumni.”

The ISE® North America Awards recognize executives and projects, which have made a positive impact on their organizations through risk management, data-asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy, and information security. Nominations are sent to T.E.N.’s distinguished panel of ISE® judges for review and scoring.

This year’s ISE® North America Judges include:

  • Eric Schmidt, Director of Information Systems Security & CISO, Butler University
  • Joe Bennett, VP & CISO, Hertz Corporation
  • Joey Johnson, CISO, Premise Health
  • Donna Nemecek, VP of Risk & Compliance, BNY Mellon
  • Paul Huesken, Chief Information Assurance Officer, Coca-Cola Company
  • Chris Ray, CISO, TriNet

All nominees will be recognized at the ISE® North America Leadership Summit and Awards on Nov. 8-9, 2018 at the Summit Chicago and Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Event attendees can earn up to 9 CPEs for participating in the two-day leadership summit, which will offer dynamic presentations and engaging roundtable discussions—led by ISE® Alumni—highlighting a spectrum of the industry’s most critical issues and innovative best practices. Finalists and winners are announced at the awards gala that evening and recognized through press coverage and inclusion on the T.E.N. website.

About T.E.N.
T.E.N., a national technology and security executive marketing and networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solutions providers in the cybersecurity industry. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.’s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making opportunities for Information Security Executives and cybersecurity solution providers alike. 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. T.E.N. delivers ISE® Private Dinners across 44 major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada to create even more opportunities for Information Security Executives, professionals and security solution providers to Connect, Collaborate, and Celebrate.

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 Aetna, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast, Cox Automotive, Ellie Mae, Equifax, HMS, Jabil, PayPal, and SunTrust.

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.