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(ISC)2 Board of Directors Appoints Two New Members to Represent Expanding Global Membership


PALM HARBOR, Fla (ISC)(“ISC-squared”), the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers with more than 66,000 certified members worldwide, today announced that two new members based in Europe have been appointed to its Board of Directors.

The new Board members are Flemming Faber, CISSP, and Richard Nealon, CISSP, SSCP, CISM, CISA. They were appointed to fill the vacancies left by Prof. Howard A. Schmidt, CISSP, CSSLP, Fellow of (ISC)², who has served on the Board since 2003 and was recently appointed White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, and Prof. Jill Slay, PhD, CISSP, who has served on the Board for the past two years and was recently appointed to a high-level position in the Australian academic community.

Faber has worked in information security management, first as a consultant and later as a Danish Government official, since 1994. He has extensive experience in all facets of information security, with expertise in PKI, risk management, security architecture and security policies. He was the primary architect in drafting the Danish Government’s information security policy, which established the IT Security Division in the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency in 2002. In 2003, he entered the Danish Civil Service as Deputy Head of Division in the newly established IT Security Division and later became Head of Division. At present, he is in engaged in establishing the Danish GovCERT. He also currently represents Denmark as the Danish management board member for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

A previous (ISC)2 Board member, Nealon has worked in information security and related disciplines within the financial sector for the past 20 years. Nealon was one of the first CISSPs in Ireland and has been actively involved as an (ISC)² volunteer for the past 10 years, primarily in the areas of test development and international review. He is involved in a number of local security groups, including a lengthy association with the Irish Information Security Forum (IISF), whom he represents on the National Standards Authority of Ireland, Information and Communications Technology Standards Consultative Committee (NSAI, ICTSCC). He is also a committee member of the Irish Computer Society’s Security Professional's Network (ICSSPN) and was the first Irish recipient of the COSAC award in 2003.

“Information security has become a priority not just for companies and governments but among everyday people all across the world,” said (ISC)2 board chairperson Diana-Lynn Contesti, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CSSLP, SSCP. “This urgent need demands that we have the best leaders in the industry so that we can continue to provide the highest standards in security education and certification. We are confident in Richard’s and Flemming’s experience and leadership abilities to fulfill the Board’s mission.”

“As a former (ISC)2 Board member, I am pleased to be back to take on the new challenges in our industry,” said Nealon. “I am looking forward to working with the Board to ensure that our members’ needs are not only met but exceeded.”

“I am very proud to be chosen for this position,” said Faber. “I am prepared to apply my expertise to help promote workforce solutions to meet the complex challenges that face global information security today.”

The (ISC)² Board of Directors is comprised of (ISC)²-certified volunteers who are industry leaders from around the globe representing business, government and academia. The Board’s mission is to provide governance and oversight for the organization, grant certifications to qualifying candidates, and enforce adherence to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics.

The new members will begin their service immediately. For a complete list of current Board members, please visit https://www.isc2.org/board-of-directors.aspx.

About (ISC)²

(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 66,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications 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 education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at www.isc2.org.