University Recognized for ‘Visionary’ Applications in Information Technology

May 13th, 2011 | News

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Cal State Northridge has been recognized by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program with a laureate award for visionary applications of information technology in the new category of “Safety and Security.”

​The program’s goal is to highlight “applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change,” according to Lynn Holmlund, marketing and public relations manager at IDG Enterprise.

Since 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program has been periodically recognizing individuals and organizations with noteworthy achievements in the field of information technology. The program is supported by prominent chairmen and CEOs from 100 notable information technology companies who make up a chairmen’s committee. Award categories include business responsiveness, economic opportunity, emerging technology, innovation and training/education.

“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, publisher of Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of it.”

Hilary Baker, CSUN’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, nominated the CSU for the project, Virtual Information Security Center (VISC), an approach to shared information security services that covers incident management, operational activities and security projects.

“The VISC is a virtual organization of staff resident on multiple CSU campuses serving the information security needs of eight campuses, operating under a uniform governance and management structure,” Baker said.  “The project has transformed how we provide a necessary set of information security services to our campuses using a cost effective model, which is so important during these budget constrained times.”

California State University is the first California university to receive the “Safety and Security” award.  Other “Safety and Security” award recipients include prominent institutions, companies and organizations.

Winners will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony and Gala Awards Evening on June 20 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will include the distribution of medallions to honorees and the induction of their case studies into the program’s International Archives.

—Arman Sadri

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