Vern has over 30 years in Information Security starting with his responsibilities in the US Navy Submarine Force where he obtained a Masters Degree in Information Systems and served as the Executive Officer for a command recognized for excellence in providing training for Submarine crews and support for Submarine deployments and as a Network Engineer and Instructor at the US Naval Academy. Since retiring from the Navy, he has worked for several companies starting with VP of Operations for GroundStar, a Senior Information Engineer for Logicon working on the Southwest Boarder Anti-Drug Information Network with the US Department of Justice and the Texas Department of Public Safety where he obtained both the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) certifications. He worked for Spohn Consulting as a Security Course Developer and Instructor and as a Security Consultant and during this time, he obtained the Cisco CCNA and CCDA certifications. While at SAIC as an Applied Enterprise Consultant for the Veterans Affairs Home Telehealth program and as a Security Architect for the IRS where he provided oversight to the software development process with respect to federal security requirements. Additionally, over the last few years, Mr. Williams has distinguished himself as a Senior Member of the IEEE and an ISSA Fellow. He completed certification as a Certified HIPAA Security Professional (CHSP), Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP) during the time with SAIC. Vern is in the dissertation phase of a Doctoral Program specializing in Information Assurance at the University of Fairfax and is due to complete the program in 2013. He is currently engaged as the Chief Security Officer for The Patria Group and as President and owner of Computing Security and Consulting Services, LLC (CS2) providing services as a Virtual CISO, Security Architect and Instructor. He also qualified as a NRA Instructor and teaches Basic Pistol classes. He has also demonstrated leadership as the Chair of the Local Austin ASIS chapter for 2007 and founding President of the local USAFA Parents Association and he is a member of ISA and The Navy League and active participant in the Industrial Control System Joint Working Group and the Austin Disaster Relief Network where he serves as a Disaster Relief Coordinator.
Vern has been active with ISSA since 1998 and was recognized as the ISSA International Security Professional of the Year in 2005 and selected for the ISSA Honor Roll in 2007. He has been active as a speaker for many conferences, as a Faculty member of the Internet Security Forum and as an Instructor for CSSLP at SANS London. He served with distinction as the President of the Capitol of Texas Chapter of the ISSA providing vision and excellent leadership to these chapters. He established and served as Lead Instructor for many years for a CISSP preparation course at the local community college. He has been integral in putting on very successful half-day symposiums on the HIPAA Security Rule, Incident Response and Federated Identity as well as speaking at many ISSA chapter lunch presentations. Vern recognized the need for a conference bringing the three members of the Alliance to deal with Enterprise Risk (ISSA, ISACA and ASIS) together and initiated the Texas Regional Infrastructure Security Conference (TRISC) in 2005 and was the Steering Committee Chair and a speaker for the 3rd annual TRISC in Austin, Texas in 2007 and the Conference Chair in 2009. Elected in 2007 as the ISSA International Secretary and Director of Operations, Vern served the international security community and helped develop the ISSA Fellow Program. After leaving the board, Vern was selected to ISSA Fellow status and remains an active leader in the local chapter.
Statement of Goals
If elected to the role of ISSA Director I resolve to commit to the following actions:
- Enhance ISSA International’s global influence and recognition
- Improve the International board’s responsiveness to local chapter requests
- Encourage chapter member and leadership input to the decision-making process of the International board
- Improve the effectiveness of the ISSA International Board in meeting the goals of the organization and providing valuable services to the membership.
- Develop and strengthen existing relationships with international security-related organizations
- Develop formal relationships with other international security-related organizations including standards development organizations such as IEEE and ISO.
- Strengthen the relationship between ISC2, ISACA, ASIS, ACP, CSA and ISSA in addressing the Risk Management issues facing organizations and nations.
- Support the expansion of Information Assurance education programs at colleges and universities and increase awareness of those currently available to ISSA members
- Expand the Educational Scholarship Program to assist ISSA Members in obtaining advance degrees and certifications in the information assurance arena
- Support events where populations of CISSPs exist currently without a local ISSA chapter and encourage development of a local ISSA Chapter
- Cultivate opportunities for myself and other board members to speak at ISSA regional and local events and conferences
- Support the coordination of chapters to conduct regional conferences focused on expanding the recognition of ISSA as the Global Voice of Information Security
- Expand and improve the Annual ISSA Conference to become the preeminent annual event for security professionals and companies.
- Expand value of the ISSA Fellow program encouraging members to engage in leadership roles and to value being a long term members of ISSA.
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