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Malaysian receives leadership award at US national security agencies event

AvantiKumar | June 26, 2013
Co-founder and president of MSC Malaysia status EC-Council, Jay Bavisi, is the first Malaysian and ‘possibly the first non-US citizen’ to receive the 2013 Industry Leadership Award.

Jay Bavisi - file modified 

Photo - Jay Bavisi, Co-founder & President, EC-Council (filepic)


The security certification body EC-Council has announced that its co-founder and president, Malaysia-born Jay Bavisi, has been received the 2013 Industry Leadership award during the 17th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) Conference held at the University of South Alabama, USA, in June 2013.

According to a statement by the MSC (Multimedia Supercorridor) Malaysia status EC-Council, Bavisi is the first Malaysian and "possibly the first non-US citizen" to have received this award from the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

"It is truly an honour to be selected as the opening Keynote at the Colloquium 2013 as well as to receive this prestigious award. I am grateful to the entire Board and the National Security Agencies CAE Community as a whole for this award and recognition," said Jay Bavisi, who is also the co-creator of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification that launched ethical hacking as a mainstream career.

The statement adds that Bavisi conceived the Global Cyberlympics competition, which is supported by Dr. Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary General of the United Nations agency  International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Bavisi's other work at the EC-Council Foundation includes the announcement of a grant of US$350,000 towards the wounded warrior programme that aims to retrain wounded warriors to become cyber warriors.

The Foundation will also provide more than100 schools in North America with the support to launch Cyber Security Awareness programmes for children in K-12 programmes titled Live.Learn.Secure.

Overdue recognition

Dan Shoemaker, member of the Board of Directors and senior research scientist at UD Mercy said: "This recognition has been long overdue for Jay. His innovative leadership, vision and energy have helped re-make the field of information assurance and his contributions to the National well-being through his Hacker-Halted deserve to be recognised."

The Colloquium is active throughout the year and holds an annual conference in June. The Colloquium board consists of members such as Brenda Oldfield, formerly the Director of the National Cyber Security Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, William Maconachy, PhD former deputy senior computer science authority at the National Security Agency (NSA) as well as Daniel P Shoemaker, PhD, principal investigator and senior research scientist at UD Mercy's Centre for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies.

The MSC (Multimedia Supercorridor) Malaysia status International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills and also developed the E-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Tester (LPT) programme.


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