The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, (ISC)2, has presented Dorothy Denning, one of the world's leading information security experts, with an award for her contribution to cyber security and encryption.
Denning, who has advised government agencies and businesses on information security, and is the author of 120 articles and four books on the subject, was presented with this year's Harold F Tipton Award in recognition of her outstanding work in the field.
"Denning is a pioneer in the science of cryptography and an expert in information warfare," said Patricia Gilmore, (ISC)2 board vice-president and awards committee chairman.
"She has made many significant contributions to the field of information security as an author, professor and researcher, and (ISC)2 is pleased to recognise her many accomplishments with our most prestigious award."
Named after security industry pioneer Harold F Tipton, the award recognises an individual's life-long contribution to the improvement of the information security profession.
Denning is professor in the department of defence analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She previously taught at Georgetown University as professor of computer science and director of the Georgetown Institute for Information Assurance.
She has won many other awards for her work and was named a Time Magazine innovator in 2001.