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


Thank you to all who attended either online or in person at last week’s 4th Quarter 2022 ICMA quarterly event at Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) in Glenview.  We also appreciate those who voted in the board election online over the weekend.

The chapter would like to recognize all the candidates for their interest in support of the chapter.  As an all-volunteer board, our member participation is integral in assuring the successful mission of the chapter. 

After a review of the portal election results, the election team would like to congratulate your new additions to the Chicago Board for three year terms:

  • Tiffany Bostrom         Treasurer
  • Walter Lefmann         Secretary
  • Arvin Verma               Director – At Large
  • Steve Weber              Director – At Large

Congratulations to Tiffany, Walter, Arvin and Steve and also a special thank you and recognition to Fred Kwong and Fred Lehrman for offering themselves up as candidates.  The chapter would not exist without the support and efforts of our volunteer members.  Committees, teams and programs are in constant need of volunteer support to execute programs, goals and events. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to express interest in supporting the Infragard Chicago Board [email protected].

Again, thank you to all the candidates for putting themselves forward to further the chapter mission.


InfraGard Chicago Members Alliance Election Team[email protected]

Nominations are open for upcoming Chicago InfraGard chapter elections!

Based on our ICMA bylaws which can be found at, this year we have the following four (4) positions open for elections for our ICMA chapter:

  • Treasurer role position
  • Secretary role position 
  • Two positions (2) for 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 11/10/22.

We will have all nominees posted as they are received on the ICMA website ( for review prior to the 11/18/22 Q4 meeting and elections.

Election voting will take place at the platform. Please be sure your InfraGard Portal login is working and up to date in order to vote!

More instructions will follow, including poll voting open and close times. 

Constantine J. Koulis
InfraGard Chicago Members Alliance

Chicago InfraGard Chapter Board Election Results!

Dear InfraGard members,

Thank you to all who attended our 2022 Q1 ICMA quarterly virtual event. As always, we greatly appreciate your commitment and willingness to give your time to attend our events. You can find presentation and follow-up materials posted at > My Chapter > Forum. 

On behalf of the board I would like to congratulate your new 2022-24 board-of-directors voting member:

  • Paul Bivian

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

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 get you more involved through one of our many programs like Programming committee, Sector Program, Communications, etc. please don’t hesitate to reach out and express interest.


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


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

Event for FBI Miami fallen Special agents – Memorial Webinar

Dear ICMA Members,

Please see the attached letter in order to see if you can join our effort to support the families of the fallen FBI Miami Special Agents killed in the line of duty on February 2nd, 2021 .

Also, to honor their lives and their work a webinar about crimes against children is being presented on April 7 (flyer attached), which features an incredible group of speakers who are devoted to protecting our most innocent and vulnerable population.

Thank you in advance.
     Constantine J. Koulis | President
     InfraGard Chicago Members Alliance

Paul Narang

Paul Narang