Cyber Security Luminary Ira Winkler Elected President of ISSA

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Portland, OR ‐ September 27, 2012 – The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) announced today that cybersecurity luminary Ira Winkler has been elected as the International President for the new 2012 – 2013 term.

In addition, six prominent industry leaders have been elected to the Board of Directors:

  • Candy Alexander, CISSP, CISM and CISO, Long Term Care Partners
  • Debbie Christofferson, CIPP/IT, CISSP, CISM
  • Mary Ann Davidson, CSO, Oracle
  • Nils Puhlmann, CISS-ISSMP, CISM, and CSO, Zynga, Inc.
  • Brian Schultz, CISSP, ISSMP, ISSAP, CISM, CISA, Technical Director, Cyber Architecture & Advisory Services, Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Stefano Zanero, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Milano

These IT security professionals are at the forefront of protecting personal data, proprietary corporate information and intellectual property for some of the world’s largest organizations and government agencies. Through ISSA, this collective experience is transformed into powerful knowledge and peer networking to help security practitioners at all levels – from students to CISOs ‐ stay in the loop with the rapidly‐evolving technology climate and to develop the next generation of cybersecurity leaders.

ISSA also provides a unified voice for the industry on key issues – such as the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace ‐ that influences public opinion, government regulations, media, and other important audiences. ISSA is the only independent organization and community of choice for nearly 10,000 cybersecurity professionals with over 150 chapters worldwide.

“ISSA is more relevant than ever in today’s fast-changing threat landscape and plays a crucial role in developing the cybersecurity leaders and best practices of the future,” said Kevin Richards, CISSP, Managing Director of Security Strategy & Risk Management at Accenture and immediate past president of ISSA.

Ira has consistently demonstrated his commitment to ISSA, which, combined with his deep understanding of the security professional role, vision, and strong relationships will take ISSA into the next phase of its growth. Further, we would like to recognize the entire board of directors, including new and returning members. ISSA continues to attract the world’s foremost experts and thought leaders and is poised to advance the security profession in many ways.

Kevin Richards, CISSP, Managing Director of Security Strategy & Risk Management at Accenture and immediate past president of ISSA

Winkler, CISSP, is recognized as one of the world's most influential cybersecurity professionals. He is a widely published writer and author of four books including the recently published “Spies Among Us.” He is also frequently featured in major national business publications and on TV as an expert source; is a sought-out presenter at conferences including RSA Conference, Black Hat, and CSO Perspectives as well as various technical user groups and academic programs; and is the recipient of numerous prestigious industry awards.

Winkler began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst and moved onto support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service he served President of the Internet Security Advisors Group, Chief Security Strategist for Codenomicon, Chief Security Strategist at HP Consulting and Global Security Strategist for CSC Consulting. He was also on the Graduate and Undergraduate faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Winkler earned his MS in Information Sciences and Systems from Bowie State University and BA in Psychology from Syracuse University.

“ISSA plays a unique and important role in the security industry ‐ in particular in the face of complex cyber threats, challenging economic environments and geographically dispersed professionals. It is an incredible forum for networking with peers on both a local and national or even international basis, for finding mentors and new career opportunities, and for relevant resources when you need them,” said Winkler.

He adds, “I am honored to be elected as president and bring a mission to expand ISSA's relevancy to the security profession. In addition to valuable chapter and international conference meetings, we want to give members more opportunities to network, create more ways to centralize and expose our vast amount of content online and develop topical communities of interest – such as SIGs for security awareness and healthcare. I also look forward to expanding ISSA’s work in partnering with other associations and certifying bodies.”

The new board members will be recognized at the 2012 ISSA International Conference, October 25‐26 in Anaheim, CA.

Returning Board members include:

  • Vice President – Andrea C. Hoy, CISM, CISSP, MBA and CSO, SenSe1 Security and President, A. Hoy & Associates
  • Secretary/COO ‐ Bill Danigelis, CISSP, Director of Enterprise Sales, Trusteer;
  • Treasurer and CFO ‐ Kevin D. Spease, Manager of Infrastructure Currency, Health Net, Inc.

Returning Directors include:

  • Geoff Harris, CISSP, ITPC, BSc, DipEE, CEng, CLAS and CEO, Alderbridge
  • Pete Lindstrom, CISSP and VP, Research, Spire Security
  • George J. Proeller, CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, CISM, D.CS and President, Onramp Technologies

Past ISSA leaders and award winners include many such notable names as Dave Cullinane, Pamela Fusco, Simson Garfinkel, Steve Hunt, Sandra Lambert, Jeff Moss, William H. Murray, Marcus Ranum, Howard A. Schmidt, Bruce Schneier, Eugene H. Spafford, and more.

Resource Links

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  • Get the latest details on the ISSA International Summit
  • Find out more about ISSA International Leaders and Award Recipients
  • Follow ISSA on Twitter @ISSAINTL



The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit organization. It is the community of choice for international cybersecurity professionals and practitioners dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure. Its mission is a commitment to promoting effective cybersecurity on a global basis: serving as a respected forum for networking and collaboration, providing education and knowledge sharing at all career lifecycle stages, and acting as a highly regarded voice of information security that influences public opinion, government legislation, education, and technology with objective expertise that supports sound decision-making.

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