Chapter of the Year – 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2004
ISSA-NOVA has been recognized as the ISSA “Chapter of the Year” for four years. This distinction is awarded to a chapter that contributes exceptional support of the ISSA mission, service to member communities, and advancement in the field. Though the Northern Virginia chapter started with a handful of members over ten years ago, the chapter has become the largest chapter in the association as a direct result of its strong and dedicated leadership and membership. The chapter offers low-cost professional training opportunities in addition to monthly meetings that feature stimulating technical and security management-related presentations to the community. Other sustained efforts of ISSA-NOVA chapter include outreach to academic institutions and organizations, outreach to disabled veterans, networking opportunities for members, and collaboration with other information systems security-oriented organizations.
Communications Program of the Year – 2007 and 2004
ISSA-NOVA received “Communications Program of the Year” in 2007 and 2004 in recognition of its commitment to strong communication strategies that keep members informed about the chapter. ISSA-NOVA appreciates the evolving role of technology in social communication and therefore makes an ongoing effort to develop its Communication Program. The chapter achieves its goal of strong communication in several forms: constantly building relationships with members, distributing brochures, flyers, and other media when necessary, sending informative e-mails, and creating a highly useful website that includes information about meetings, education, chapter programs, employment, and sponsors.
Security Professional of the Year – 2009 and 2006
The “Security Professional of the Year” award honors the member who best exemplifies the most outstanding standards and achievement in information security. Chapter honorees include Skip Chapman and Sherry Voit who have shown unparalleled dedication to the advancement of ISSA, the ISSA-NOVA chapter, and the information systems security profession.
Hall of Fame – 2007
Induction into the ISSA “Hall of Fame” recognizes an individual’s exceptional qualities of leadership in their own career and organization as well as an exemplary commitment to the information security profession. ISSA-NOVA’s Susan Hansche was selected for this award in 2007 in recognition of her extensive contributions to the information security profession. Most notably, Susan is an advocate for role-based information security training and was instrumental in establishing CISSP and ISSEP study group materials for the ISSA-NOVA chapter-sponsored courses. Lynn McNulty was also selected for this award for his exceptional contributions to the ISSA-NOVA chapter.
Organization of the Year – 2008 and 2006
An “Organization of the Year” must provide a “sustained, proactive presence that directly contributes to the overall good and professionalism of the association and its membership, providing either services, products, and or direct support that ensures the promotion of the highest ethical standards in addressing Information Security and its future direction.” ISSA-NOVA successfully nominated MITRE Corporation and Nortel Government Solutions in 2008 and 2006 respectively. The chapter expresses deep gratitude to MITRE for its continual donations of meeting space and volunteer service. ISSA-NOVA also offers sincere thanks to Nortel Government Solutions (acquired by Avaya to merge with Avaya Government Solutions in 2009) for sponsorship, membership, and hosting myriad meetings and classes for the association.
President’s Award for Public Service – 2007
The “President’s Award for Public Service” is presented in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the information security profession in the area of public service. The 2007 chapter honoree of this award is Marc Noble. Marc has devoted many years of service to the information security profession at a local and national level and has made a lasting impression on the ISSA-NOVA chapter through his volunteer service in the Community Outreach Committee.