ISE® Northeast Executive Forum and Awards 2020

Information Security Executive of the Year Awards

The ISE® Northeast Executive Forum and Awards 2020 was held October 6, 2020 on GoExhibit, a digital platform experience. The ISE® Northeast Award recognizes the information security executives and their teams who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy, and network security.

The ISE® Northeast Awards are held in conjunction with a one day Executive Forum which includes keynote speakers, interactive roundtables moderated by the CISOs and VPs of participating companies, and hot topic panel discussions. The one day program offers the opportunity to meet with peers and leading IT executives from across the region to discuss and share insights into today's issues and solutions.

ISE® Northeast Executive of the Year Award Winner 2020

Mike Towers
Chief Information Security Officer
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
ISE® Northeast Executive of the Year Award Winner 2015
ISE® North America Executive Award Winner 2015 - Health Care Category
ISE® Northeast Executive Award Winner 2020


ISE® Northeast Project Award Winner 2020

Refinitiv NextGen Security Operations Transformation
Executive Sponsor: Patrick Sullivan, Head of Security Operations
Project Team: Thomas Willbye (Project Manager), Michael Sviben (Director - Offensive Security Operations), Corinne Bertolino (Director - Threat & Vulnerability Management), Jack Radigan (Director - Threat Detection Operations), Donna Goddard (Director - Data Loss Prevention), Will McGregor (Director - Cyber Incident Response Team), Bappa Dey (Director - Cyber Threat Intelligence), Madhu Nadig (Manager - Security Platform Services)
Location: Hoboken, NJ

In October 2018, Thomson Reuters (TR) divested Refinitiv in a $17 billion transaction with Blackstone which split the cyber security function and resulted in coverage gaps for both companies. To enable this transaction, Refinitiv’s Head of Security Operations, Patrick Sullivan, led the NextGen Security Operations Transformation Program to rapidly build and enhance Refinitiv’s solutions and capabilities. Over the course of 21 months, Refinitiv established a robust Cyber Security Operations function, building 3 global Security Operations Centers (SOCs), and maturing capabilities across Security Monitoring, Incident Response, Digital Forensics, Offensive Security, Threat Detection, Vulnerability Management, Data Loss Prevention, and Cyber Threat Intelligence.

ISE® Northeast People's Choice Award Winner 2020

Joseph Tso
Scotiabank U.S.
ISE® Northeast People's Choice Winner 2020

ISE® Northeast Executive Award Finalists 2020

Julie Hruby
Director - Global IT Security, Governance & Compliance
Momentive Performance Materials
ISE® Northeast Executive Award Finalist 2020

Paul Raines
Chief Information Security Officer
United Nations Development Programme
ISE® Northeast Executive Award Finalist 2020

ISE® Northeast Project Award Finalists 2020

Project Risk Illumination
Executive Sponsor: Sudhanshu Kairab, Vice President, Cybersecurity Governance, Risk and Compliance
Project Team: Joseph Gallagher (Sr. Director, Cybersecurity Governance, Risk and Compliance), Saugat Sindhu (Program Transformation Lead, KPMG); Project Team Members: Kelly Russell (Sr. Manager, Third Party Security Assurance), Deep Patel, Manager (Third Party Security Assurance), Mark Bunge (Director, Cybersecurity Governance, Risk and Compliance), Haris Mohiuddin (Analyst, Third Party Security Assurance), Matt McGrath (Sr. Analyst, Third Party Security Assurance), Mahendra Churman (Attorney, Legal and Privacy), Walker Allen (Sr. Director, Comcast ServiceNow Product Manager), Jerry Hahn (Engineer, Comcast ServiceNow Support), Devakumar Sarangabani (Solutions Architect, KPMG)
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Project Risk Illumination was a transformative initiative to bring supply chain exposures to light, enabling clear risk based decision making through harmonized engagement across cybersecurity, legal, privacy and business stakeholders. Comcast leverages over 3000 Third Party suppliers in the delivery of diverse products and services to its Consumers. Given the expanding cybersecurity and privacy landscape, coupled with dependencies on Third Parties, this project was initiated to not only optimize technology solutions to illustrate risk factors associated with Third Parties, but also to enable cross-functional perspectives from all key stakeholders with real-time integrated self-service portals and dashboard reporting.

UNDP Cybersecurity Response to COVID Crisis
Executive Sponsor: Paul Raines, Chief Information Security Officer
Project Team: Alexey Kuzmenko (Security Analyst), Sandra Jourdain (Security consultant), Yerim Fall (Security Analyst)
Location: New York City, New York

The cybersecurity unit took actions that allowed UNDP to continue to meet its global mission of providing humanitarian assistance to developing countries despite working remotely. Just prior to the crisis they tested and improved the business continuity plan to ensure the organisation was prepared. During the crisis they defended the organisation against numerous hacking attacks, wrote policies to support working remotely, provided cybersecurity training to employees on the new work situation, worked with law enforcement authorities on a criminal case against a criminal hacker group and supported UNDP’s digital transformation through cybersecurity assessments of new systems and applications.