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

2021

Brian Barnier

2006

Eugene Spafford

1991

John Lainhart

2020

Medha Bhalodkar

2005

Erik Guldentops

1990

Martin King

2019

Phil Venables

2004

S. Rao Vallabhaneni

1989

William Murray

2018

Theresa Grafenstine

2003

Peter Wild

1988

Steven Ross

2017

Robert Roussey

2002

Gordon E. Smith

1987

Michael Cangemi

2016

Ron Ross

2001

Thomas A. Dietz

1986

Richard Guiltinan

2015

Charles Blauner

2000

Emil G. D'Angelo

1985

Stanley Halper

2014

George Hertzberg

1999

Kathleen O'Hare

1984

Michael Sobol

2013

Robert Stroud

1998

Belden Menkus

1983

William Perry

2012

Everett Johnson

1997

Ira R. Weiss

1982

Harold Weiss

2011

Miklos Vasarhelyi

1996

Michael Donahue

1981

John Cullinane

2010

Robert A. Clyde

1995

Robert G. Parker

1980

Jerry Fitzgerald

2009

Deepak Sarup

1994

Stanley Stash Jarocki

1979

Thomas Fitzgerald

2008

Paul Williams

1993

Lily Shue

1978

Donald Adams

2007

Marios Damianides

1992

Keagle Davis

 

About Joseph J. Wasserman (1932 - 1978) 

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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

ISACA NEW YORK METROPOLITAN CHAPTER President (1978-1979)
Wasserman Award Recipient – 1988

Current Award Recipient: Jim Ambrosini

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Jim Ambrosini, CISA, CRMA, CISSP,  is an Information Security and Risk executive with over 25 years of experience spanning the middle market to some of the largest companies in the world. ​

Jim is currently working for the Infinite Group (IGI), where he serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for multiple organizations across various business sectors. ​ Before that, Jim served in several leadership roles in Cybersecurity and Technology Risk at global consulting firms and a leading bank, including starting a cybersecurity practice at a top ten accounting firm.

Jim worked on several high-profile cybersecurity-related projects during his career, including assisting NYPD with a global internet crime, leading a well-publicized mega-breach investigation, and establishing information security governance and controls across 26 countries for a leading financial institution.

Jim was an Adjunct Professor at NYU and has held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including being a past President of the ISACA Metro New York Chapter. ​

Under Jim’s leadership at ISACA, the New York chapter significantly increased its membership, course offerings, and financial strength, helping to become the largest chapter in the world.  Jim has been an advisor to various boards of directors and is actively involved in mentoring and coaching.

He holds a Master of Science in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Communications from Washington & Lee University.