Former White House Cyber Security Advisor and CISO for eBay, Microsoft to Speak on Security Issues for World’s Largest Group of Information Security Professionals
March 19, 2008 – (ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”), the non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today announced that information security industry veteran Prof. Howard A. Schmidt, CISSP, has been named (ISC)2 Security Strategist by the board of directors, a role that will include providing expert commentary on current information security issues, as well as representing (ISC)2 at events and conferences around the world.
An (ISC)2 board member since 2004, Schmidt has had a long and distinguished career in defence, law enforcement and corporate security spanning almost 40 years. Previous positions include serving as special adviser for cyberspace security to the White House and vice chair of President Bush’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board; vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) for eBay; CISO and chief security officer (CSO) for Microsoft Corp., where he formed and directed the Trustworthy Computing Security Strategies Group; and serving as chief security strategist for the US CERT Partners Program for the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security. He currently serves as the international president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).
“Howard Schmidt is one of the most respected information security professionals in the world today,” said Patricia Myers, CISSP-ISSMP, chairperson of the (ISC)2 board of directors. “We are privileged he has accepted this role and will be speaking on our behalf to raise awareness of critical issues that impact the industry and society in general.”
Schmidt will focus on information security workforce issues, educating business, governments and the public-at-large on the role and nature of the information security profession as a key element in protecting infrastructure, the need for security education and awareness, and the importance of information security certification. He will also be available to offer his unique insights into the most pressing security issues of the day.
“Having been associated with (ISC)2 in one capacity or another for many years, I am proud of the outstanding work the organisation has done to further the information security profession,” Schmidt said. “My role as security strategist will enable me to take this association with (ISC)2 a step further and provide my thoughts on critical information security issues and the information security profession to various audiences worldwide on a regular basis.”
Schmidt is also a noted speaker and author, penning such books as the Black Book on Corporate Security (co-author) and Patrolling CyberSpace, Lessons Learned from a Lifetime in Data Security. He has held positions on numerous corporate and government boards, testified before Congressional committees on computer security and cyber crime, and been instrumental in the creation of several public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives.
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2®] is the internationally recognized Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Founded in 1989, (ISC)² has certified over 57,000 information security professionals in 135 countries. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, with offices in Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations, Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. The CISSP, CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSAP and SSCP are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers a continuing professional education program, a portfolio of education products and services based upon (ISC)2’s CBK®, a taxonomy of information security topics, and is responsible for the annual (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is available at www.isc2.org.
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