Wasserman Awards Recipients

Joseph J. Wasserman Award 

The Joseph J. Wasserman Award is presented by the ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter at its Annual Gala/Wasserman Award Dinner, typically held in NYC during June or July.  This award has been bestowed annually since the Chapter’s inception in 1978, and recognizes Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the Information Systems Audit, Control, Security, Risk Management, and/or Governance professions (the “Community”). 

Each year, all Chapter members are invited to nominate candidates for the Wasserman Award. The nomination must include a short bio of the proposed candidate and specific examples of achievements, contributions, and essential characteristics as outlined below.

The award candidates must have made a significant contribution and be currently active in the Community.  Essential characteristics include, but are not limited to honesty, integrity, humility, non-self-promoting, selfless dedication to enriching the Community, and motivation for the best interests of the ISACA membership.

Examples of outstanding achievement and contribution are: working as a team leader across verticals to solve significant persistent issues in audit, control, information security, risk management, and governance; building an audit or cyber security tool or process that addresses a major industry gap; or contributing to innovative research on topics of importance to the Community. The achievements or contributions would be considered gold standards for reference in Community.

The achievements, contributions, and characteristics of each nominated candidate are carefully evaluated by the Chapter’s Wasserman Committee. This Committee is appointed annually by the Chapter Board of Directors, and may include current and former Board Directors, past Chapter presidents, and past Wasserman Award recipients.  The Committee conducts a rigorous impartial voting process to identify the best-qualified candidates, who are then recommended to the Chapter Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors considers the recommendations of the Wasserman Committee and votes to confirm the recipient of the Wasserman Award. 

Award Recipients

J. Wasserman Award Recipients


Phil Venables


Erik Guldentops


John Lainhart


Theresa Grafenstine


S. Rao Vallabhaneni


Martin King


Robert Roussey


Peter Wild


William Murray


Ron Ross


Gordon E. Smith


Steven Ross


Charles Blauner


Thomas A. Dietz


Michael Cangemi


George Hertzberg


Emil G. D'Angelo


Richard Guiltinan


Robert Stroud


Kathleen O'Hare


Stanley Halper


Everett Johnson


Belden Menkus


Michael Sobol


Miklos Vasarhelyi


Ira R. Weiss


William Perry


Robert A. Clyde


Michael Donahue


Harold Weiss


Deepak Sarup


Robert G. Parker


John Cullinane


Paul Williams


Stanley Stash Jarocki


Jerry Fitzgerald


Marios Damianides


Lily Shue


Thomas Fitzgerald


Eugene Spafford


Keagle Davis


Donald Adams


About Joseph J. Wasserman (1932 - 1978) 


Joe Wasserman was born in New Haven, Connecticut on May 21, 1932, a depression-born Connecticut Yankee.  Upon completion of US Navy active duty in 1956, Joe was employed as an internal auditor with the Southern New England Bell Telephone Company in New Haven.  There he established the company's first IS Audit function and developed such concepts as the integrated test facility, the tagging of data and the use of audit software.

By 1965, Joe had advance to Audit Manager at AT&T's New York Headquarters, having responsibility for the audit of Bell Systems in the US and Canada.  In 1967, Joe moved to AT&T's Bell labs as manager of Audit R&D.  In 1969, together with Dick Hirschfield, he founded Computer Audit Systems, Inc. (CAS).  They developed the Computer Audit Retrieval System (CARS) and produced seminars in computer auditing including applications of the CARS software.  At the time, the only publicized computer audit software was Auditape available from Haskins and Sells.  Both systems generated COBOL programs on IBM mainframes using punched card control parameters.

Joe had placed CARS in over 400 computer centers and his marketing had reached the boardrooms of the Fortune 1000 and the partners of the largest public accounting firms.  His professional competence and energy earned him the respect and friendship of many.  Joe continued in a consulting capacity, including serving as an expert in the Equity Funding case until his untimely death in 1978.

Steve Ross

Wasserman Award Recipient – 1988

Current Award Recipient: Phil Venables

2019 Wasserman Awardee Phil is a senior advisor to the firm and a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. As a senior advisor, he supports the firm's executive leadership and client franchise on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk, and operational resilience.

In addition to this, Phil spearheads the firm's work with industry associations and initiatives to reduce systemic risk. He is also a member of the Firmwide Enterprise Risk Committee, Firmwide Technology Risk Committee, and Global Business Resilience Committee.

Prior to becoming a senior advisor, Phil was a line executive as Chief Operational Risk Officer, and before that, the firm's first Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Technology Risk, a role he held for 17 years. He joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in London in 2000 and transferred to New York in 2001. Phil was named managing director in 2003, partner in 2010, and senior advisor in 2019.

Prior to joining the firm, he was Chief Information Security Officer at Deutsche Bank and also functioned as the Global Head of Technology Risk Management for Standard Chartered Bank. Before that, Phil served in various technology, network management, and software engineering roles at a number of finance, energy, and defense organizations.

Phil serves on the Executive Committee of the US Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection, is co-chair of the Board of Sheltered Harbor, and is a member of the boards of the Center for Internet Security and the NYU School of Engineering. He is also an advisor to the cyber-security efforts of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Director of a US intelligence agency. Phil is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Phil earned a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of York and an MSc in Computation and Cryptography from the Queen's College at Oxford University. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2005.