Vanderbilt University’s Mark Johnson wins national information security award

Mark Johnson, chief information security officer at Vanderbilt University, was recently named the recipient of the Information Security Executive (ISE) National Awards in the academic category for outstanding leadership, contributions and innovative approaches to information security.

Awards were also given in categories for enterprise and government.

Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums and events worldwide, said, “The stature of the ISE Award is validated by the prominent class of finalists and winners at this year’s event. The judges did not have an easy task to choose a winner from each of the categories due to the great lineup of 57 nominees; however, what made their job difficult is exactly what makes the ISE Award Gala a resounding success.”

At Vanderbilt, Johnson uses his expertise and leadership to provide students, faculty and staff with a safe and secure computing environment while facing 21st century threats. He is a Certified Systems Security Professional and holds a master’s degree in computer science from James Madison University, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Minnesota.

The ISE Award Program is recognized by Morgan Keegan as the largest and most widely recognized awards program for IT security executives. For more information on this prestigious award series, visit

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