Chicago CISO of the year program nominations are now open!

The CISO of the Year Committee and the Chicago Chapters of AITP, ChicagoFirst, InfraGard, ISACA, ISSA, and SIM invite you to submit exceptional cybersecurity leaders for the Chicago Area CISO of the Year Award.


The current business climate has seen an unprecedented number of cybersecurity related headlines. Hackers to Nation State actors have been shown to be constantly probing organizations defenses with the intent to break in, disrupt operations, monetize information, and steal intellectual property. Between these threats and the increasing regulatory climate, never has the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) been asked to navigate more difficult terrain. Originally patterned after the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year Award sponsored by the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP Chicago), SIM-Chicago and the Executive Club of Chicago, this program seeks to recognize outstanding CISOs for the contributions they make to their organizations, the Information Security profession, and the local community. The award process is overseen by the Chicago CISO of the Year Program, which is a not-for-profit affiliated with AITP Chicago and managed by local area security leader volunteers.


We are in our second year of offering two awards. The “ENTERPRISE” award for CISOs from organizations with more than $4B USD in revenue and the “MID-CAP” award for those from organizations with less than $4B in revenue. If a CISO does not have company-wide responsibilities, the combined revenue of the business units under their remit will be used to determine their award category.


Nomination is an open process that can be initiated by anyone with direct experience working with the nominee. Submitted nominations are reviewed by the Head of Judges Committee to ensure that the nominee meets the requirements laid out in the Nomination Form. Nominees demonstrate their competency and achievements through a multi-staged process that includes a detailed written questionnaire, and a series of formal and informal interviews with a panel of industry peer-level judges. The program spans over five months and culminates with a final interview and selection process completed by a panel of local area CEOs. The CISO of the Year winner is announced at an Awards Ceremony held in October of the same year.

For more information on the program please visit or

Quarter 2 Chapter Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting and turnout at our chapter 2 meeting on 5/19. Thank you to NIPSTA for hosting our meeting. We had presentations from the FBI around evidence collection and preventing workforce violence. Thanks to Roque Wicker for presenting to us on Chat-GPT & AI Use in Critical Infrastructure Protection. We ended the day watching firefighter recruits conduct a live burn exercise.

Board Nomination & Elections and 1Q2022 Meeting!

Board Seat Vacancy Special Election for Chicago InfraGard chapter – Nomination open!

Our Chicago ICMA board has a newly open seat following the resignation of one of our board members. 

Rather than simply appointing a replacement, the Board wants to reach out to the membership for participation, input, and an open election to serve in the position of

  • Director at large

If you have interest in serving on the ICMA Board for a three-year term, please email [email protected]  with your expressed interest, bio, and headshot no later than Friday 4 Feb 2022.

We will have all nominees posted as they are received on the ICMA website ( for review prior to the 17 Feb 2022 Q1 meeting and election.

Quarterly Meeting – 1Q2022 – Thursday, February 17, 2022 >> Save the date!

Chicago InfraGard Chapter Board Election Results!

Dear InfraGard members,

Thank you to all who attended this week’s 2021 Q4 ICMA quarterly event. As always, we greatly appreciate your commitment and willingness to give your time to attend our events. 

On behalf of the board I would like to congratulate your new 2022-24 board of director voting member:
– Mike Korman

Congratulations Mike and welcome on board. Looking forward on working with you.

On behalf of the board members who were candidates for this elections and got your vote I would like to express our gratitude for your trust to support our great organization :
– Constantine J. Koulis – President
– Thomas Elward – Vice President
– John Kellerhals – board member at large

For those who didn’t win, we hope to rely on your continuous support and collaboration for our InfraGard Chicago Members Alliance chapter and we can definitely got you more involved at one of our side programs like Programming committee, Sector Program, etc.


Constantine J. Koulis
InfraGard Chicago Members Alliance
Email: [email protected]


Board Nominations & Elections and 4Q Meeting!

Board Nominations & Elections and 4Q Meeting Wed 3 Nov!

This year we have the following positions open for elections for our ICMA chapter:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Two (2) Directors-at-large

If you have interest in serving on the ICMA Board for a three-year term, please email [email protected]  with your expressed interest, bio, and headshot photo no later than 10/17/2021.

We will have all nominees posted as they are received on the ICMA website ( for review prior to the 11/03/21 Q4 meeting and elections.

Quarterly Meeting – 4Q2021 – Wednesday, November 3, 2021 >> Be on the lookout for email invitation!!

Update to chapter bylaws for member review

Hello ICMA Members,

In an effort to improve our chapter, the current Board of Directors has approved the 2021 ICMA Bylaws, which is now being provided to you for review. These will be voted on at our August 19th ICMA Q3 quarterly meeting using an electronic vote of the members in attendance.

Not included in the summary of changes are formatting, grammatical, and minor changes that do not materially change the Bylaws.

Significant changes include:

  • Structure of the Board and Officers. The Board will consist of 11 members from 7 which is currently.
  • Payment Approvals – Removal of chairman of the boards limit. Our chapter is self-funded through sponsorships and voluntary contributions. We have significant funds and being able to operate the chapter is necessary to move forward.

Please review the new bylaws at the chapter website About Us > Bylaws.

I look forward to virtual see you in our August 19th – Q3 ICMA quarterly event.

Thank you

Constantine J. Koulis
InfraGard Chicago Members Alliance
Tel: +1-312-881-9789