The Power of Partnership

Laszlo Gonc ,  Board Member

Laszlo Gonc,

Board Member

Chicago-area CISO of the Year - The Power of Partnership

As the cybersecurity threat landscape continues to grow increasingly complex, it's imperative the relationship between the CIO and CISO be one of interdependent partnership. In a number of organizations the CIO and CISO are often viewed having dissimilar mindsets, complicated with conflicting priorities.

As digital technology continues to transform businesses across industries, the role of the digital CIO is also transforming and growing in importance shifting their focus from IT delivery towards business leadership. These new technologies and processes increasingly expand the risk footprint and security challenges of organizations.

The role of the CISO has also matured over the years, the position evolving to include the landscape of the entire organization as cybersecurity is now recognized as a business problem not an IT issue.

One of the most critical relationships in business today is that between the CIO and CISO. The key outputs of their collaboration enables innovation without compromising data security. By emphasizing transparency, communication and aligning on business outcomes both leaders can drive value with people, process and technology.

The Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Program now in its 6th year, in association with the Chicago chapters of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), ISACA, FBI-InfraGard, and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is proud to announce Mr. Nicholas Percoco and Mr. Bradley Schaufenbuel as the finalists for the 2018 Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year award.

Designed to recognize the significance of how information security plays into the local and global business community, the nominations, judges and support come from the Chicagoland CISO community.

The winner is determined through a three-phase process that began with an extensive written submission by the nominees that detailed their leadership approach and achievements over the prior year. Over a three-month period, the nominees were interviewed and scored by a panel of their peers. Two finalists are then submitted to program judges Mr. Jason Montrie (President, Pareto Intelligence) and Ms. Sharon O'Keefe (CEO, UChicago Medicine) for final consideration.