ISACA Awards 


ISACA recognizes outstanding contributions that advance our professional community and exemplify our purpose, promise, values and leadership. By acknowledging the individuals and achievements that have a positive impact on our global society, ISACA seeks to inspire future generations of business and technology professionals.

The call for nominations for the 2019 ISACA Awards is now open. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and submit a nomination online by 15 August.

There are three categories of awards administered by ISACA International recognizing separate levels of achievements.

  • Global Achievement Awards: These are the highest awards presented by ISACA for exemplary and long-standing contributions to the organization and the business technology community.
  • Chapter Awards: These awards recognize outstanding contributions by chapters and individual chapter members in fulfilling the needs of ISACA and its professional community.
  • Certification Top Scores: The top scores for the CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT and CSX Practitioner exams worldwide are recognized annually.

View all past ISACA Global Achievement Award recipients >>

Download the 2018 ISACA Awards Booklet and learn more about our distinguished 2018 recipients.

ISACA Global Achievement Awards

Nominations are due 15 August for the 2019 ISACA Awards. Log in and submit a nomination!

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients below:

ISACA Michael Cangemi Best Book/Author Award
Scope: Recognizes an individual or co-authors for major contributions to ISACA publications in the field of IS audit, control, risk, governance and/or security.

Ahmet Efe, Ph.D., CISA, CRISC, PMP
“A Model Proposal for Organizational Prudence and Wisdom Within Governance of Business and Enterprise IT.” COBIT Focus, 6 March 2017.  

ISACA Eugene M. Frank Award for Meritorious Performance
Scope: Recognizes an individual whose longstanding service in multiple roles, including key volunteer leadership positions, has contributed to ISACA’s global success.

Christian Palomino, CISA, CISM, CGEIT
“For contributions to ISACA’s Certifications with long-standing service and leadership roles in exam development, job practice analysis, and translation support.”

ISACA John Kuyers Award for Best Speaker
Scope: Recognizes an individual for outstanding speaking achievements at an ISACA-sponsored event.

Mark Thomas, CGEIT, CRISC
“For contributions to ISACA’s continuing education efforts by delivering outstanding presentations at ISACA events.”

ISACA John W. Lainhart IV Common Body of Knowledge Award
Scope: Recognizes an individual for major contributions to the development and enhancement of the common body of knowledge used by the ISACA community.

Jack Freund, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC
“For contributions in developing the CRISC Certification and for ensuring the integrity and quality of the CRISC Certification exam content.”

ISACA Harold Weiss Award for Outstanding Achievement
Scope: Recognizes an individual for sustained contributions to the advancement of the governance of enterprise IT.

“For sustained contributions to the IT governance, risk, and compliance community through innovative concepts, tireless drive, leadership and passion.”

ISACA Paul Williams Award for Inspirational Leadership
Scope: Recognizes an ISACA volunteer for inspirational leadership and exemplifying dedication to the organization and its members through a specific program or initiative.

Chair’s Award
Scope: Recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional impact on ISACA or the business technology profession. This award is presented at the discretion of the ISACA Chair.

“For inspirational leadership and dedication to advancing women in technology and for supporting the formation of ISACA’s philanthropic strategy and activities.”


ISACA Chapter Awards

Nominations are due 15 August for the 2019 ISACA Awards. Log in and submit a nomination!

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients below:

ISACA Chapter Awards are presented by chapter-size category:

  • Small: 1-100 members
  • Medium: 101 – 300 members
  • Large: 301 – 800 members
  • Very Large: 801+ members

K. Wayne Snipes Best Chapter Award
Scope: Recognizes chapters that exceed service goals by actively supporting local membership and thus ISACA.

Very Large
ISACA Central Maryland Chapter

ISACA Vancouver Chapter

ISACA Sacramento Chapter

ISACA Curacao Chapter

Innovative Chapter Program Award
Scope: Recognizes an outstanding program implemented within an ISACA chapter that demonstrates an innovative approach to member engagement, continuing education or community outreach.

Very Large
ISACA Atlanta Chapter
Innovative Program: Columbus Security Series

ISACA Pittsburgh Chapter
Innovative Program: Pittsburgh Information Security Awareness Conference

ISACA Bahrain Chapter
Innovative Program: Promoting IT Governance and COBIT® 5 to Recent University Graduates

ISACA San Salvador Chapter
Innovative Program: Student Congress on Security, Audit and Risks of Information Technology

Outstanding Chapter Leader Award
Scope: Recognizes a Chapter Leader for his/her effective and inspiring leadership within the chapter resulting in increased member engagement and a positive impact on ISACA’s professional community.

Very Large
Donald C. Mapes, CISA, CIA, CRMA, ISACA Denver Chapter
“In recognition of his unwavering commitment to service to the ISACA Denver Chapter and impactful contributions to the local community.”

Daniel Mayer, CISA, ISACA Israel Chapter
“For more than 35 years of continuous contributions to the ISACA Israel Chapter and ISACA International, and for providing leadership and inspiration to generations of Chapter Leaders.”

Sanja Kekic, CRISC, ISACA Belgrade Chapter
“For leadership in the ISACA Belgrade Chapter and for constantly promoting ISACA and its core values.”


Certification Top Scores

The following individuals received the highest scores worldwide for the CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT and CSX Practitioner certification exams during 2017.

CISA (tie)
Don Morgan
Guy Buxton, AIFS, CPFA

Alexey Baksalyar, CISA, CISM

Rolf Rexson Serrao, PMP, ITIL, CSM, CSO

Robert GC Blyth, MA, DPhil, FCA, CISA

CSX Practitioner (tie)
Koby Zvirsh, CSXP
Spyridon Dosis, CSXP