2024 VASCAN Founders Award

Call for Nominations:

The Virginia Alliance for Security Computing and Networking (VASCAN) is soliciting nominations for the 2024 VASCAN Founders Award (Formerly, the Shirley Payne IT Security Advancement Award). Details are outlined below and anyone associated with VASCAN or the broader Commonwealth of Virginia (COV) information security community can submit a nomination.

About the Award:

In 2015, VASCAN established this award in honor of Shirley Payne, one of the founding members of VASCAN, a former information security officer at the University of Virginia and an extraordinarily generous collaborator regarding information security in Virginia and beyond. In the following years, each of the founders of VASCAN was recognized for their contributions to establishing the VASCAN. The VASCAN Founders Award recognizes special efforts toward strengthening IT security within the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is given annually to an information security professional, manager, or auditor who has:

  • contributed to the Virginia information security community in a notable way; or,
  • joined the community and exhibited an admirable commitment to developing, in themselves and others, the skills necessary to execute and advance an information security program.

As relates to a COV information security program or the COV IT security community, successful nominees will exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Outstanding information security accomplishment(s)
  • Extraordinary service related to information security
  • Inspiring leadership in one or more areas of IT security
  • Extraordinary enthusiasm, energy and/or teamwork in the advancement of information security
  • Exemplary effort to nurture a climate of understanding and acceptance of IT Security principles
  • Creativity or innovation in advancing IT security processes and solutions
  • Effectiveness in applying or garnering support for IT Security Principles
  • joined the community and exhibited an admirable commitment to developing, in themselves and others, the skills necessary to execute and advance an information security program.

The award will be presented at the annual VASCAN conference in October

Past Award Winners:

2023
Bob Austin, VCSP

2022
Doug Streit, Old Dominion University

2021
Daniel Perisco, Virginia Department of Elections

2020
Dr. Hongyi Wu, Old Dominion University

2019
Mark DeDomenic, Old Dominion University

2018
David Raymond, Virginia Cyber Range, Virginia Tech

2017
Dan Han, Virginia Commonwealth University

2016
Cathy Hubbs, American University
Randy Marchany, Virginia Tech
Wayne Donald, Virginia Tech
Shirley Payne, University of Virginia
Michael Dent, Fairfax County

2015
Darlene Quackenbush, James Madison University
Shirley Payne, University of Virginia
Wayne Donald, Virginia Tech

To Submit a Nomination:

Please ensure that you fill out the nomination form no later than September 22, 2023. Should you have any inquiries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Brian Davis, Chair of the 2023 VASCAN Founders Award Committee, at bd2m@virginia.edu.

Nomination Form:

Click Here to complete the nomination form.