Bill Lawrence – Chief Information Security Officer of the Year

Additional Info

Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)
Company size (employees)10 to 49
CountryUnited States
Headquarters RegionNorth America


Bill is an experienced and well-educated cybersecurity professional who is known across the industry for his knowledge and willingness to assist others. He is a graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy where he later taught courses on cybersecurity after his time as a fighter pilot in the Navy. Bill led security at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and served them as Vice President and Chief Security Officer. As CISO of he applies his experience in helping customers make cybersecurity strategy decisions and guides product innovation to provide ways of discovering cyber risk faster.


- Variety of experience. Bill has studied and led cybersecurity efforts at the university level, in the military, for a critically important government organization, and in private corporate settings that engage with others across critical infrastructure sectors in every global region.

- Guidance and innovation. One of the unique things about Bill has been his desire to put his experience to use in the form of creating products that help organizations improve cybersecurity easier and faster. Bill sought out this opportunity purposefully as a way of being able to help other cybersecurity professionals across the world.

- He cares about leveling-up those around him. He's helpful to others because it's in his nature to care. He leverages his experience to help others learn and figure out how to consistently improve.