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Black Lotus VP Named a Finalist for (ISC)2® 2012 Americas Information Security Leadership Award

Shawn Marck Recognized for Innovation in DDoS Protection Technology

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Aug 6, 2012) - Black Lotus, a leader in availability security and provider of distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, today announced that its Vice President, Shawn Marck, was named a finalist by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²® ("ISC-squared") in its inaugural Americas Information Security Leadership (Americas ISLA) Awards. Americas ISLA Awards judges recognized Marck for his research and development of Black Lotus's patent-pending Layer 7 attack mitigation strategy. (ISC)² is the world's largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®.

"Earning this recognition in the first year of the Americas ISLA Awards validates our security research and development work at Black Lotus," said Shawn Marck, Vice President of Black Lotus. "DDoS attacks continue to plague virtually anyone with a website. Black Lotus is constantly looking for new methods to address this problem. Our intuitive technology and proactive protection strategies defend users against application-level Layer 7 attacks."

With the success of its ISLA program in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions, (ISC)² expanded last year to laud the accomplishments of private and public sector industry leaders who are driving change in the information security workforce throughout the Americas. The program recognizes professionals who are leading initiatives that result in a stronger, more qualified information security workforce in North, Central and South America in the categories of:

  • Senior Information Security Professional
  • Managerial Professional for an Information Security Project
  • Information Security Practitioner
  • Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional
  • Special Recognition -- "Community Service Star"

"Expanding the ISLA program to the Americas last year was a logical step for us given the wealth of information security innovation, leadership and talent in this region," said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, and executive director of (ISC)². "We were pleased with the caliber of finalists, and we congratulate them on their pioneering achievements. With the acute shortage of qualified information security personnel, the ISLA program provides a platform for these information security leaders to inspire the industry and their peers to shape the future of this critical profession."

(ISC)² will announce the ISLA winners at a gala dinner on September 12, 2012 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

For a complete list of 2012 finalists or more information about the Americas ISLA awards, please visit

About Black Lotus Communications
Black Lotus Communications is a Los Angeles-based security innovator that pioneered the first commercially viable DDoS mitigation solutions in 1999, weeks after the first known DDoS attacks. These advanced solutions enhance the security posture of SMB and enterprise clients while reducing capital expenditures, managing risk, ensuring compliance, and improving earnings and retention. Breakthrough developments at Black Lotus include the world's first DDoS protected hosting network, the first IPv6 DDoS mitigation environment, and the first highly effective Layer 7 attack mitigation strategy. For more information, visit or follow Black Lotus on Twitter at

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