CSU Virtual Information Security Center Synergy Project Recognized By Computerworld As A 2011 Honoree
The CSU Virtual Information Security Center is comprised of a 14 campus consortium, within the 23 campus CSU system, who share their technical security resources in support of their individual campus Information Security Programs. The participating campuses include CSU Bakersfield, CSU Channel Islands, Chancellor’s Office, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU East Bay, CSU Fullerton, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, CSU Sonoma, CSU Fresno, CSU San Francisco, CSU Maritime, and CSU Humboldt.
A forward thinking and perhaps visionary cooperative arrangement was first established between CSUF and CSUDH and was the precursor to and model for, the formation of the CSU Virtual Information Security Center.
The creators of this cooperative shared resource were Chris Manriquez, AVPIT, CSU Fullerton, Ron Bergman, AVPIT, CSUDH and Amir Dabirian VPIT, CSU Fullerton, who at that time, was the Assistant Vice Chancellor ITS & CIO of the California State University and who was instrumental in supporting and spearheading other CSU Synergy projects.
The Director of the Virtual Information Security Center is CSU Fullerton’s and CSU Dominguez Hills Information Security Officer, Kerry Boyer who was selected based on his years of experience and his previous work supporting both CSU Fullerton and CSU Dominguez Hills as the Information Security Officer. Kerry still spends part of his week going between the CSUF and CSUDH campuses and manages a team of security staff spread across participating campuses.
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011).
The International Data Group; IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program has announced that the CSU Virtual Information Security Center Synergy Project is a 2011 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.
“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”
The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20, 2001 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
The case study for the, "Virtual Information Security Center", joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program. It was especially competitive this year because the program received more than 1,000 nominations. All were reviewed for their benefit to society and the results of the technology applied. The VISC case study was submitted by Hillary Baker, CIO at CSU, Northridge in her role as the CSU Information Technology Advisory Group’s chairperson for 2011, which is composed of the 23 CSU campus CIOs.