Chairman’s Award Recipients

 2012

Dr. Andrew Vallerand – Director, Directorate S&T Public Security (DSTPS) at Defence R&D Canada

Dr. Vallerand is the fourth recipient of this award (International – Public Sector) – and the second time that it has been awarded to someone from DRDC, an organization that exemplifies “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration” on a multilateral basis.  In 2010, Dr. Vallerand attended his first event of The Security Network and this will be his third year of participation.  Realizing the potential of The Security Network to help identify innovative security technologies that can help Canadian first responders and warfighters, and to help Canadian companies find potential channel partners in the U.S., DRDC has been an active participant in The Security Network events for the last five years.  Andrew is a great representative for DRDC, a valued friend and supporter of The Security Network, and the epitome of “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration”.

Michael Waksman - CEO, Jetico

Michael Waksman is the first recipient of the new International – Private Sector award.  Michael participated in two conferences of The Security Network in 2010-2011 and has promoted the opportunity for Finnish companies to make important channel partner and end-user contacts via The Security Network events.  Michael is an active supporter and promoter of the innovative Finnish security industry and its organizations and has fostered organizational and government agency collaboration with The Security Network.  He is a very fitting recipient because he represents a security technology company with innovative technology that is growing primarily through international sales and his personal commitment to promote Innovation through Collaboration on a multilateral basis.

 Josh Caplan – Integrated Cyber Operations Business Portfolio Manager, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific

Josh is a Navy civilian computer scientist with strong technical skills in the fields of information assurance and computer network operations.  He was hired in August 2007 through SSC Pacific’s New Professional program, an early career development program designed to provide continuing leadership and technical training to new employees, while offering an accelerated promotion opportunity.  He has gone on to a very successful career, having served in positions of increasing levels of responsibility at the Office of Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC and in San Diego.  Josh has been a judge and speaker at multiple events of The Security Network, always eager to look at innovative technologies from around the U.S. and the world that can help the warfighter to do his or her job more effectively.  Josh is also an active member of the Advisory Committee.

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (formerly Luce Forward)

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) combined recently with Luce Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, which has been providing pro bono legal advice to The Security Network since its founding in 2005.  McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP now ranks among the top 70 largest law firms in the U.S. with deep expertise in Government Contracting (working with many of the leading defense systems integrators) and Intellectual Property Protection, both areas of great importance to innovative security technology companies from the U.S. and abroad.  Partners from Luce Forward – and now McKenna Long & Aldridge – have sat on the Board of Directors of The Security Network and provided legal advice over the years.  The firm has been a great friend to The Security Network and we are pleased to honor the firm for its many years of support.

The Chairman’s Awards were presented to the honorees in a ceremony at The Security Summit – West in San Diego on May 9, 2012.

2011

Recipients of the 2011 Chairman’s “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration” Awards are to:

  • Austrade (Australian Trade Commission) & its U.S. “Services and Technology Group”

Austrade (www.austrade.gov.au/) is the third international recipient of this award – the second time that it has been awarded to an organization that exemplifies “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration” on a multilateral basis.  In 2006, Barbara Adams, now Sr. Director, US Market Development responsible for San Diego, attended her first event of The Security Network. Realizing the potential ofThe Security Networkto help Australian companies find potential channel partners in the U.S., Austrade’s Services and Technology Group worked to identify a comprehensive list of Australian companies with innovative security technology and recruit them for participation in various events of The Security Network.  In 2010 Barbara Adams joined the Board of Directors of The Security Networkto represent the broad international community.  She has been a great representative for Austrade, a valued friend and supporter of The Security Network, and theepitome of “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration”.

  • Boyd Long – Assistant Chief, San Diego Police Department

Boyd Long is a native of San Diego. He has spent over 25 years in the San Diego Police Department and is currently the Assistant Chief of Police over Patrol Operations.  Patrol Operations include 9 patrol divisions with more than 1,200 patrol officers, detectives, supervisory staff, civilian personnel and volunteers providing police services to the 1.3 million residents of the City of San Diego. Boyd has been a judge and speaker at multiple events of The Security Network, always eager to look at innovative technologies from around the U.S. and the world that can help the first responder do his/her job more effectively. In fact, the SDPD has purchased and fielded 3 technologies identified via The Security Network. Boyd has been an active member of the Advisory Committee for a number of years.

  • National University & Cyber Security Information Assurance (CSIA) Initiative

National University is the second-largest private, non-profit institution of higher education in California and has been an active supporter and sponsor ofThe Security Network since 2007. National University offers a number of programs in the defense and security space, including a Master’s in Homeland Security, multiple military programs, and a certificate in Security and Safety Engineering. In 2010 National University embarked on an ambitious program to develop the first NSA- and DHS-approved National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) and CAE-Research (CAE-R) in San Diego County.  The CSIA Initiative has reached out across San Diego and nationally to bring together interested stakeholders to promote the establishment of this important center. National University has been a great friend and supporter of The Security Network, and we are pleased to support their efforts, as well.

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2010

Recipients of the 2010 Chairman’s “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration” Awards are to:

  • Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) in Tallinn, Estonia

It is fitting that the CCD COE (www.ccdcoe.org) is the second international recipient of this award – the first time that it has been awarded to an organization that exemplifies “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration” on a multilateral basis.  In 2003, prior to joining NATO in April 2004, Estonia proposed the creation of a “cyber excellence center”.  In 2007, Estonia was subjected to the first national cyber attacks in history.  CCD COE was formally established on the 14th of May, 2008 to enhance NATO’s cyber defence capability – it is one of 13 accredited NATO COEs.  The Centre conducts research and training on cyber security and includes a staff of approximately 30 people.  It can establish relations with businesses, non-NATO nations, research institutions, and universities as Contributing Participants.  For example, in January 2010, Symantec Corp. and CCD COE announced a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation on the research of online threats.  Senior management and scientists of the CCD COE have participated in a number of events of The Security Network sharing freely of their experiences and actively looking for international partners.

  • Roger Cook – Director, Homeland Security Programs for L-3 Communications

Roger has been an active supporter of The Security Network since 2007.  He is a member of the Advisory Committee and has been a judge and speaker at The Security Summit several times.  A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy with a Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Roger knows the importance of building relationships.  Looking for best-of-breed technologies for L-3 and its clients, Roger has met with and arranged meetings with L-3 colleagues in multiple countries for a number of small to medium-sized security technology companies from the U.S. and abroad.  He has been a great representative for L-3 and a valued friend and supporter of The Security Network and The Maritime Alliance.

  • Capt. Eric Patten – Operations Officer, U.S. Navy Region Southwest

Underscoring 24 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Navy, Eric has served as Operations Officer for Navy Region Southwest since 2007.  He is responsible for the Navy’s shore-based operations in the six Southwest states including anti-terrorism/force protection, fire and emergency services, emergency management and preparedness, air operations and port operations.  Eric has been an active member of the Advisory Committee since arriving in San Diego in 2007.  Having spent his formative years growing up in Australia and traveling/living around the world with the U.S. Navy, Eric knows that great ideas come from many countries – he has been a judge and speaker at multiple events of The Security Network and The Maritime Alliance, always willing to look at innovative technologies from countries around the world that can help the war fighter and the first responder do his/her job more effectively.