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(ISC)²® Announces keynote of the 2014 U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards Ceremony

Chief Cybersecurity Official for DHS to Address the Importance of Building Cybersecurity Leaders Among Awardees and Federal Information Security VIPs

Clearwater, Fla., U.S.A., May 23, 2014 – (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide, today announced that Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will provide the keynote address at its 11th Annual U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA®) Ceremony being held June 3, 2014, in Arlington, Va. Dr. Schneck will speak on leadership.

The GISLA program brings together VIPs within the information security profession to recognize individuals, teams, and government contractors whose work has significantly enhanced the security posture of a department, agency or the entire federal government and who are modeling the kind of innovation and best practices needed to fulfill a successful national cybersecurity strategy.

“Dr. Schneck exemplifies cybersecurity leadership and has demonstrated exceptional achievements in both the private and public sectors,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP, executive director of (ISC)². “We are more than honored to have such a respected individual share her experiences and insight as we gather to celebrate those in government who are demonstrating their commitment to excellence in the very important field of information security,” Tipton added.

Dr. Schneck is the chief cybersecurity official for DHS and supports its mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure. She joined DHS in September 2013. Previously, she was chief technology officer for the Global Public Sector at McAfee, Inc. Dr. Schneck served eight years as chairman of the National Board of Directors of the FBI’s InfraGard program and founding president of InfraGard Atlanta.

(ISC)² officials and sponsors will announce and honor the 2014 GISLA recipients on June 3, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

About (ISC)²®
Formed in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with nearly 100,000 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®), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), 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 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 and software security topics. More information is available at