Visionary Leadership Award Winners

2018 VLA Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Visionary Leadership award winners.

The Cyber Security Summit has given awards to top leaders in industry, government and academia since 2015. In 2018, the awards program was expanded to include a wider array of visionaries. The goal is to recognize innovative people at all levels who help develop and foster strategies to protect critical systems and data.

The winners are recognized at the Visionary Leaders Awards Dinner in conjunction with the Annual Cyber Security Summit. Along with recognition for their accomplishments, award recipients will get a brief opportunity to share their innovative strategies with their peers and attendees of the Summit.

Visionary leaders from across the cyber security ecosystem are eligible to receive awards, which are known as “Morrie Awards.” The awards are named after Robert Tappan Morris, the American computer scientist who notably created the first computer worm on the Internet. He later went on to make significant contributions to computer networking as well as co-found the funding firm Y Combinator and become a tenured professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Faisal Kaleem
Academic Leader Winner: 
FAISAL KALEEM
Metro State University, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Security, Executive Director, MN Cyber
Jennifer Czaplewski
Application Security Winner:
JENNIFER CZAPLEWSKI
Director, Target Product Intelligence team lead
Todd Carpenter
Emerging Technologies Winner:
TODD CARPENTER
Adventium Labs, Chief Engineer
Bradley Brekke
Global Security Leader Winner: 
BRADLEY BREKKE
Mayo Clinic, Chief Security Officer (Interim)
Col. Stefanie Horvath
Governance Champion Winner: 
COL. STEFANIE HORVATH
Minnesota Army National Guard, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs; Executive Director Enterprise Services, Minnesota IT Services
Steen Fjalstad
IT Audit Winner: 
STEEN FJALSTAD
Midwest Reliability Organization, Security and Mitigation Principal
Chrysa Freeman
Security Awareness Program Winner: 
CHRYSA FREEMAN
Code42, Manager, Security Governance Risk & Compliance Awareness
Neal Dawson
Security Operations Winner: 
NEAL DAWSON
State of Minnesota, Minnesota IT Services, Vulnerability Management Director
Richard Ketelsen
Student Winner: 
RICHARD KETELSEN
Metropolitan State University, Student
Jim O'Conner
Visionary Program Leader Winner: 
JIM O’CONNER
Cargill, Chief Information Security Officer
Faisal Kaleem
CHRIS BUSE
Deputy Legislative Auditor, Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor
Faisal Kaleem
BRIAN ISLE
Senior Fellow, Adventium Labs; Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute
Faisal Kaleem
DR. MASSOUD AMIN
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota