Sunday, March 22nd 2015, The College of Management was proud to host ISACA’s 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Scholarship Case Competition. This year’s contestants included 15 teams who have registered for the contest (9 from LTU and 6 teams from University of Eastern Michigan for a total of 29 students).
The teams spent a weekend working hard to solve the case tailored to represent a real world experience and presented their report findings to a panel of IT Security experts.
We sincerely congratulate this years’ finalists:
- Michael Talamonti, LTU MSIT, College of Management, took 1st place $3,500
- Suvro Sudip, LTU Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, took 2nd place, $2,500
- Tied for 3rd place: Cameron Beyer & Adam Drotar, LTU Computer Science, College of Arts & Science, $1,000
- Tied for 3rd place: Alex Demetriou & Yuan Li, Eastern Michigan Uni, $1,000
As the names of the finalists were announced, Brad Barton, President of ISACA Detroit Chapter and Director, Global IT Governance, Security, Compliance and Controls at Lear Corporation, as well as former ISACA chapter President, Sajay Rai, Founder and CEO, Securely Yours LLC, addressed and inspired competition participants.
Brad Barton is the Global Director of IT Governance, Compliance, Controls and Security for Lear Corporation. In this capacity, he provides company-wide leadership in the analysis of business risks and controls related to Information Technology and Services. He leads the development and implementation of global practices designed to effectively manage IT systems and services.
Additionally, he is the chairperson for the company’s IT Governance Steering Committee where key decisions related IT practices are discussed and approved. Most recently, Brad heads up Lear’s global IT Security function where he has designed and led the implementation of the company’s security policies, practices and awareness initiative. Prior to leading Lear’s IT Governance function, Brad was Lear’s Global IT Audit Director with responsibility for world-wide IT audit activities and reporting.
Other responsibilities previously held by Brad include leadership of Lear’s Customer Focus division IT staff headquartered in Paris, France, and world-wide responsibility for Lear’s global voice, data and video communications network. Outside of Lear, Brad is President of the Board of Directors for the Detroit chapter of ISACA and a member of the Review Board for the Northville, MI Township. In August 2014, Brad will celebrate his fourteenth year with Lear.
Sajay Rai has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, specializing in information security, business continuity, disaster recovery, privacy, IT audit and information risk. Mr. Rai is the Founder and CEO of Securely Yours LLC. Securely Yours LLC is focused on delivering innovative solutions through delivery channels like Software-as-a-Service, Managed Services and traditional IT consulting. Mr. Rai’s clients are in the financial, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, federal and state agencies and utility industry.
Mr. Rai co-authored a recently published book, Defending the Digital Frontier – A Security Agenda, which guides business and IT executives on how to develop an effective and efficient information security program within their enterprise. He also co-authored Institute of Internal Auditors’ publications of “Sawyer’s Internal Audit Handbook 6th Edition” and the publication of IIA’s Global Technology Audit Guide (GTAG) No. 9 on the topic of Identity and Access Management.
Mr. Rai is a member of IIA’s Professional Issues Committee (PIC). He also serves on the board of ISACA Detroit Chapter, IIA’s Detroit Chapter, Society Of Information (SIM) Detroit Chapter and as a member of Walsh College’s Accounting Advisory and Technology Committees. Mr. Rai is a regular speaker at industry conferences on information security, business continuity, disaster recovery, technology strategy and is frequently quoted in magazines and newspapers. He has also served as expert witness in litigation cases in the area of information security.
In addition to the winners, participants who solved the case and presented their findings to the panel are:
- Manoohari Perumalsamy Jothikrishnakumari
- Raviteja Polinati
- Adeyinka Adenrele
- Vladimir Rozovskiy
- Neha Bibireddy
- Vaishali Devidas Patil
- Veera Rahgava Prasad Govinda Raju
- Michael Bruno Selvaraj
- Saranya Thirumeni
- Sowmya Tiruchengode Yegyanarayanan
- Enge He
- Yuan Li
This competition could not have taken place without the help and support from:
- Dr. Anne Kohnke, the LTU Academic Advisor for ISACA who has made arrangements for the Scholarship Case Competition to be held at LTU.
- Panel of Judges, including:
- Sajay Rai, Founder and CEO, Securely Yours LLC
- Brad Barton, President ISACA Detroit, Lear Corporation
- Ryan Hodges, Manager, Deloitte
- Malini Sarma, Web Application Security Program Lead, GM
- Hari Sarma, IT Manager, GM
- Keith Cheresko, Principal, Privacy Associates International LLC
- Bhaskar Kakulavarapu, Information Security Consultant, Comerica Bank
- Tonya Byers, Director II, BCBSM
- ISACA Detroit Chapter that provided the scholarship funds.
- Management Office that helped organize and host this event (Donna Kress, Mina Jena, Zina Orow, Merissa Hudnall, Suzann Bigelow, Megann Wallace)
All participants are invited to attend the 15th April ISACA dinner meeting where the winners will be formally recognized with certificates and their checks. They will also get an honorable mention on ISACA’s website and their monthly newsletter, DataByte. As the 1st place winner was from LTU, the College of Management will get to host the Stanley Cup until next year’s event.