Information Security Executive® (ISE®) Northeast Award Winners Announced

ITT, Heartland Payment Systems Bring Home Top Honors in 2011

Atlanta, GA (October 7, 2011) – T.E.N.-Tech Exec Networks, Inc. announced finalists and winners last evening for the ISE® Northeast Awards 2011. Awards for both Executive and Project categories were presented at a dinner gala at the Westin Times Square in New York, NY. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, and privacy and network security.

This year’s Executive recipient of the ISE® Award was Mark Connelly, Chief Information Security Officer, ITT. Connelly was recognized as a visionary who continues to lead and drive change in the IT security field. He improved his company’s security posture by over 50% in one year and led critical security contract negotiations to support new ITT spin offs, all while maintaining the security position to continue enabling company revenue targets. In addition, Connelly has a sharp focus on contributing to the security community as a presenter at high-level security industry events as well as through his active membership in noted security organizations.

Finalists for the Executive of the Year category were also recognized during the awards program for their achievements in the industry. They included: James Beeson, Chief Information Security Officer, GE Capital, and Jeffrey Lolley, Director of Information Security, Hogan Lovells US LLP.

The Information Security Project of the Year Award was awarded to Heartland Payment Systems for their “E3™ End-to-End Encryption” project.John South, Chief Security Officer, accepted on behalf of the project team. Named the #1 Technology Innovation of the Year on Bank Technology News’ 2009 FutureNow list, the E3™ project was also one of the nation’s most creative users of IT as named in InformationWeek’s 500 List in 2009 and 2010. The project demonstrated Heartland’s leadership and commitment to helping merchants nationwide take a significant leap forward to secure their businesses by making end-to-end encryption available and easy to implement.

Finalists for the Information Security Project of the Year Award included GE Capital, for their “Highly Privileged Access Monitoring and Control for Windows Servers” project, and theU.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, fortheir” Advanced SIEM for VA OI&T Region 1” project.  
As part of the evening’s recognition, Jeffrey Lolley, Director of Information Security, Hogan Lovells US LLP, was announced as the ISE® Northeast People’s Choice Award Winner. The award represents the nominee who best exemplifies information security leadership as voted on by the registered attendees.

“We’re pleased to announce that the ISE® Programs were chosen as the third most attended programs for IT Security Executives in 2011. They function as an idea incubator, provide a channel for research, education and information sharing, speed knowledge transfer and promote best practices,” said Marci McCarthy, CEO and President of T.E.N. Eligible nominees are selected from the U.S. Northeast region including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington D.C.   

About T.E.N.
T.E.N., a national technology and security executive networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solutions providers. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.’s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making. Their flagship program, the nationally acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is the nation’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals. Other offerings include the Software Security Assurance Summit Series and the ISE® Industry Expert Advisory Services, empowering IT solutions providers to gain access to highly credentialed IT business veterans’ expertise. For information, visit and