CIS Establishes the Alan Paller Laureate Program
SANS founder Alan Paller, who passed away in November 2021, was also a co-founder and longtime board member of the Center for Internet Security. As part of SANS commitment to “fighting the good security fight,” Alan recognized early on that community efforts like the CIS Security Benchmarks and later the Critical Security Controls were tremendously powerful and valuable.
To honor Alan’s memory, CIS has established the Alan Paller Laureate Program. The Alan Paller Laureate Program will award up to $250,000 annually to eligible organizations, academic institutions, or individuals whose active efforts are making cybersecurity controls demonstrably more effective, simpler, and more automated; showing proven results in developing and equipping highly skilled cyber experts; or improving the teaching of cyber defense at any level. The funds may only be used to enable technical efforts, not overhead or administrative tasks.
Full details on applying to the Alan Paller Laureate Program can be found at