My expertise in software and systems development, information security, technology management, and intellectual property policy development spans over 40 years. Since 1981 I have been President of Fantasia Systems Inc, a systems development and consultancy company. I have provided technical, strategic, security, and management consulting services to companies and government agencies throughout the U.S., Japan, Germany, Mongolia, England, Israel, Korea, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. My breadth of experience ranges from mainframes to micros, including: security architecture and code reviews, wireless, networking, multi-media, entertainment, database, market research, systems architecture, and system-level and middleware products. Recently I have been a consulting expert witness on several patent related litigations, and have been involved in due diligence analysis for patent acquisitions.
I have been invited: to help U.S. Senate staff mediate and draft copyright inducement legislation relating to peer-to-peer file-sharing technologies; to speak at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office symposia; as an expert on technology policy and information security to the White House Office on Science and Technology Policy, and as a technology expert to help joint Senate and House negotiations developing the DMCA. I am also the organizer and chair of the original Hackers Conference started in 1984 by Stewart Brand (based on Steven Levy’s book "Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution”.)
I am a long-time member of the Silicon Valley ISSA chapter; a senior member of the IEEE and ACM; a member of: InfraGard, IEEE Computer Society, the Information Security and Electronic Discovery Digital Evidence committees of the American Bar Association; and have logged over ten years as a volunteer chair and vice-chair of the IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee working with U.S. government agencies on technology policy issues.
Statement of goals
I appreciate the opportunity to ask you to please help me give back to the ISSA and the security profession by serving as an International Director of the ISSA.
It is important that each of us "give back" to ISSA and the security profession in whatever ways that we can. An important part of "giving back” is for each of us to take actions that will motivate security professionals to join and participate in the ISSA.
Much of my infosec work has been at the systems architecture and code development stages (or finding flaws which should have been discovered earlier) which included raising security awareness at the earliest stages. I therefore believe that another part of "giving back” is raising security awareness within our communities, our companies, and our governments.
Giving back in these ways will improve ISSA and the security profession as a whole.
A lot is being done by our chapters, but there are also some things that can best be done at higher levels within our association. ISSA is unique: we are an association of security professionals from a diversity of companies, academia, and governments around the world representing a broad range of security expertise. We're not a trade organization, nor are we selling products or services. It is this uniqueness that we, as an association, must better exploit to be of more help.
As an objective resource we should be helping in two major ways. We should be helping companies better understand security issues to develop effective systems security policies. We should also be helping legislators and bureaucrats to develop more effective and appropriate security and privacy laws. Over many years volunteering with the IEEE-USA on U.S. federal technology policy issues, I know well that this is not something that we can achieve overnight. I am eager to help drive ISSA to grow to be a much more effective resource whose expertise will be called upon by companies and governments. ISSA should be more involved in assisting governments in developing policies or laws helping to explain security "tech-speak” to the decision makers.
If you elect me as one of your ISSA International Directors my primary goals are to:
- Increase government and company perception of ISSA as an available unique objective resource.
- Enhance ISSA’s involvement with companies, legislators, and bureaucrats to raise security awareness, to better understand security issues, and to develop more effective security and privacy laws.
- Encourage more ISSA members to "give back” to our profession and to ISSA, and to show the value to our profession of participating in ISSA.
As your Director I will dedicate time, energy, and passion to assist the ISSA in reaching out to international governmental agencies, legislators, and companies to work together to fight global cyber crime and to establish laws appropriate to a connected world. I will do so by applying my years of security and technology experience combined with my experience as a volunteer leader working on technology policy issues.
I’m asking for your vote, please. I would appreciate your help in asking your ISSA colleagues to also vote for me.
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