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(ISC)² Board of Directors Elects 2015 Officers

Global team of security professionals elected to lead governing body of world's largest cybersecurity membership.


Clearwater, Fla., January 29, 2015 — (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with over 100,000 members, today announced the newly elected officers for its Board of Directors. The 13-member Board provides governance and oversight for the organization, grants certifications to qualifying candidates, and enforces adherence to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics.


Effective January 24, 2015, the following individuals assumed Board officer positions:


Chairperson: Prof. Corey Schou, Ph.D., Fellow of (ISC)², CSSLP (U.S.A.)
Professor Corey Schou, Ph.D., Fellow of (ISC)², CSSLP, CCFP, HCISPP, is The University Professor of Informatics, professor of information systems and associate dean in the for the college of business computer information systems program at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.A. He also serves as the director of the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) and the Informatics Research Institute (IRI). In addition, he is a founder and past board chairperson of the oldest computer security educators forum: the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE). He is a prolific author with hundreds of books, papers, articles and presentations. His latest book from McGraw Hill was co-authored with fellow board member Steve Hernandez. The book, Information Assurance Handbook: Effective Computer Security and Risk Management Strategies, has been well received by members of the profession. Prof. Schou is one of the seven founders of (ISC)² and was the compiler and editor of the original CBK® for (ISC)². He has recently returned from New Zealand after serving as a Fulbright Scholar at Waikato University. In 2001, he received the Harold F. Tipton Award, the highest award bestowed by (ISC)².


Vice Chairperson: Flemming Faber, CISSP (Denmark)
Flemming Faber has been working in information security since 1994. He is a senior advisor in the Network Security Division at the Danish Centre for Cyber Security under the Ministry of Defence where he is responsible for policy, strategy and international cooperation. Since obtaining the CISSP in 1999, he has been working as a security consultant and information security manager in international consultancy firms: Ramboll Management, ICL and Protect Data. In 2003, he joined the The Danish National IT and Telecom Agency, a Danish government agency where he was head of the IT security division until 2009. He was in charge of the information security strategy in relation to the general Danish eGovernment initiatives, the Danish government’s information security awareness campaigns, privacy initiatives and the development of information security standards for Danish government agencies. Mr. Faber was the main architect behind the establishment of the Danish GovCERT in 2009. Since 2006, he has been the Danish government's representative on the board of ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Faber worked with (ISC)²'s international workshop, reviewing CISSP exam questions. He also served as exam supervisor in Europe from 1999 to 2006.


Treasurer: Diana-Lynn Contesti, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CSSLP, SSCP (Canada)
Diana-Lynn Contesti has 25 years of experience in information security. Currently, she is the chief information security officer for a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Luxembourg. In this role, Diana provides oversight of the information security program and develops standards and guidelines that are used internationally. Prior to joining the global staff, she provided information security best practices to the local organization, including developing policies, security awareness, forensic investigations and data classification schemas. Ms. Contesti has done many presentations on the security related to SCADA systems, as well as APT, UNIX security and securing Active Directory. She is also a published author of the Official (ISC)² Guide to the SSCP CBK (first edition). Ms. Contesti has been actively involved as an (ISC)² volunteer for the past 15 years, and championed the (ISC)² Foundation’s Women's Scholarship program.


Secretary: Jennifer Minella, CISSP (U.S.A.)
Jennifer Minella is currently VP of engineering and consulting CISO with Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. With more than 15 years' experience working in the technology industry, Jennifer's most recent focus is in specialized areas of infrastructure security, including network access control (NAC) and 802.1X, wireless security technologies, industrial security and SCADA. Most recently, she provided strategic security consulting for government agencies, educational institutions and Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations. In addition to consulting and client project implementations, Mrs. Minella is an author, contributor and trusted media resource for information security topics. She was a contributing author of the (ISC)² Official CISSP Courseware v9 and a co-author of Low Tech Hacking. She is also a consulting faculty member of IANS Research, contributing author of technology publications, and a trusted technical advisor to editors and journalists across the U.S.A.


“I am so humbled by having been elected chairperson of the Board of Directors for (ISC)²,” said Prof. Corey Schou. “Although the consortium is only 25 years old, I have been associated with it for almost 30 years. The first meetings to form the consortium were held in room 416 of the College of Business at Idaho State University. At later meetings in Salt Lake City, we sat around a conference table and thought we would be successful if we ever had 500 members – little did we know what the future held. We now have more than 100,000 members worldwide. This year, I hope to work with our outstanding board and management team to expand underpinnings of the consortium and increase the value of the organization to the members and those who rely on our certificate holders to be knowledgeable and ethical. I wish to thank all who have made this wonderful organization grow and prosper.”


The members of the (ISC)² Board of Directors are elected through a voting process each year among the organization’s global membership. The Board is comprised of (ISC)²-certified volunteers who are industry leaders from around the globe representing business, government and academia. Visit (ISC)²’s website for a complete list of current Board members and for information on the (ISC)² Board of Directors election process.


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About (ISC)²®
Formed in 1989, (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 160 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


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