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Avenues CEO Vishwas Patel, to be honoured with the prestigious Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements Award

June 22, 2007 - Mumbai.


(ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”), the non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today announced the honorees for its inaugural Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) programme. In addition to recognising all honorees, (ISC)² has chosen four distinguished showcases from among the qualified nominees and will announce them at the ISLA Gala Dinner on July 9 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Through ISLA, (ISC)2 is publicly recognising the ongoing commitment by information security leaders throughout Asia-Pacific to build a highly qualified and ethical workforce. Part of (ISC)2’s global Awards Programme, ISLA aims to recognise the achievements of outstanding IT security professionals who have significantly contributed to the enhancement of the workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in an IT security workforce improvement initiative, program or project. Professional certification is not a requirement for nomination.

The honorees are as follows:

Category of Senior Non-IT Security Professional:
  • Mr Vishwas Patel, CEO, Avenues India Private Limited, India
  • Dr. San-Cheng (Simon) Chang, CEO, Acer e-Enabling Data Center, Acer, Inc., Taiwan
  • Mr M. Chella Namasivayam, Vice President - Information Technology and Administration, IGATE Global Solutions, India
  • Mr Michael Gazeley, Managing Director, Network Box Corporation Limited, Hong Kong, China
Ed Zeitler, CISSP, executive director for (ISC)2, said, “We would like to congratulate all the the honorees for the leadership and vision they possess that qualified them to receive ISLA recognition. In this is the inaugural year for ISLA, we are thrilled to have received an overwhelming number of nominations from various economies in Asia-Pacific, representing professionals with diverse backgrounds who’ve made significant accomplishments in the field of information security. We are honoured to recognise these talented and diligent individuals who are clearly making a difference in Asia-Pacific for securing information security for the public at large.”

“At Avenues, we take information security very seriously,” says Vishwas Patel, CEO Avenues. “We have always been at the forefront in adopting the best information security protocols. Be it deploying the highest security firewalls, advanced intrusion prevention systems, secure coding standards, applying cutting edge security protocols on our systems or advanced fraud detection techniques or complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Ver. 1.1, Avenues has always been the first and the earliest adopters of new security technologies. This Award affirms our leadership status. ”

The ISLA Nomination Review Committee consists of five members of the (ISC)² Asian Advisory Board, a group of volunteer, senior-level information security professionals who advise (ISC)² on local industry issues. The Nomination Review Committee determined the qualified nominees. ISLA recognises all candidates who meet the criteria of the three categories. Additionally, ISLA Nomination Review Committee will also showcase individuals who have led an innovative or distinguishable IT security workforce improvement initiative. All qualified nominees are eligible for each category of ‘Showcase Award’. The criteria for showcasing these initiatives are:
  • The impact the initiative, programme or project had on the business or organisation
  • How the initiative, programme or project leveraged people, processes and technology for a successful implementation
  • Innovative approaches to overcoming obstacles or how the initiative, programme or project built a foundation for the future
All honourees will be felicitated on stage at the ISLA Gala Dinner on 9 July 2007 at the Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand. The showcase individuals will also be announced at the ISLA Gala Dinner. Concurrently, the (ISC)2 Security Leadership Event InformationSecurityAsia 2007: SecureAsia@Bangkok Conference will be held 10-11 July 2007 in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. (ISC)2 Board members and renowned industry experts from the US and Asia-Pacific will discuss the most updated information security technologies and management strategies.

About (ISC)²

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2®] is the internationally recognized Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Founded in 1989, (ISC)² has certified over 50,000 information security professionals in 129 countries. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, with offices in Vienna, Virginia, USA, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSPÒ) and related concentrations, Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAPCM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCPÒ) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. The CISSP, CISSP-ISSEPÒ, CISSP-ISSAPÒ and SSCP are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers a continuing professional education program, portfolio of education products and services based upon (ISC)2’s CBK®, a taxonomy of information security topics and is responsible for the annual (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is available at

About Avenues

Avenues is South Asia’s biggest eCommerce solutions provider and has been at the forefront of providing cutting edge eCommerce solutions to web merchants. Avenues has developed several innovative, cutting-edge ASP hosted solutions that are used by thousands of eMerchants globally. its first solution, is South Asia’s largest payment gateway solution powering thousands of eMerchants with real time, multi-currency, multiple payment options online payment processing services. The solution is powered by proprietary technology that integrates transaction processing, advance shopping cart, auction payment collection facility, fraud control, financial reporting and order tracking. is the only complete PG solution in the region that has the unique ability to offer the full spectrum of Internet payment options. The next solution,, is a fully hosted, plug-and-play cutting edge reservation engine which allows the hotelier to accept reservations in 15 international languages and accept real time payments in multiple currencies right from their own hotel branded website. It is the fastest growing hospitality solution in the region. is a comprehensive web application for event organizers, to create, publish, advertise events and offer real time online registration and booking with real time payments and bar coded badges, right from the organizers own website. It also has an interactive stall map booking facility, which allows the Event organizer to publish his stalls plan online and allows his prospective exhibitors to book the exhibition stall/space in real, is a hosted membership management solution that provides clubs, gymkhanas, associations, housing societies, cable companies, non-profits, and other organizations with the most comprehensive web based membership management, communication management, and web content management technology available anywhere. MembersAvenue helps increase member involvement, recruitment, and retention. More information about Avenues is available at

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