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(ISC)² Board of Directors

One of the many things that makes the (ISC)² community special is we have members who seek out challenges. We see that every day in our (ISC)² Board of Directors.

Elected by fellow members, our board members are (ISC)² certified like you. These leading information security professionals represent a wide range of organizations around the world. As our board members, they’re responsible for:

  • Providing strategic direction, governance and oversight for (ISC)²
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Granting certifications
  • Enforcing the (ISC)² Code of Ethics
  • Get to Know Our Board Members Get to Know Our Board Members
    Jennifer Minella

    Jennifer Minella, Chairperson, CISSP (USA)

    Jennifer Minella is Vice President of Engineering and Consulting CISO with Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. In her engineering role, Jennifer leads strategic research and consulting for government agencies, educational institutions and Fortune 100 and 500 corporations and oversees all functions of the company servicing non-federal clients. In addition to her normal business roles, Jennifer is a published author, editorial contributor, and trusted adviser for information security topics to media. No stranger to public speaking, she’s a highly sought speaker who frequents international conferences including RSA Conference, NSA Trusted Computing Conference, Interop, Infosec World, Deep Sec, SecTor, CSI and many others.

     Jennifer's also known for introducing mindfulness-based leadership to individuals and organizations in infosec. And aside from meditation and security, she's a competitive powerlifter and dancer including ballroom and swing. She also loves Figment, the imagination dragon.

     Jennifer has served on the (ISC)² Board of Directors since 2014 in various roles including Chairperson of the Board in 2019.

     

     

     

    Greg Thompson

    Greg Thompson, Vice Chairperson, CISSP (Canada)
    (ISC)² Board Foundation Committee Chair
    (ISC)² Board Business Practices Committee Chair

    (ISC)² Nominations Committee Chair

    Greg is a Security and Risk executive with extensive industry experience in industries ranging from Telecommunications to the Financial Services Industry. He has held various executive Risk Management and Information Security positions including:

    • Head of Global IS Security and CISO for Manulife Financial Corporation (2000-2003)
    • VP Enterprise Security & Deputy CISO, Scotiabank (2008-2015)
    • And presently as VP Global Operational Risk, Scotiabank
    Greg has been actively involved as a volunteer with (ISC)² for more than 10 years, first serving as a member of the North American Advisory Board and as a contributing member of the Executive Writer’s Bureau. 

    This is Greg’s second term on the (ISC)² Board of Directors. He previously served between 2011 and 2014. 

    Greg also currently serves as Trustee for the Center for Internet Safety and Education (formerly the (ISC)² Foundation). 

    He is based in Toronto, Canada and is married with three children.

     

     

     

    Art Friedman

    Arthur R. Friedman, Treasurer, CISSP (USA)
    (ISC)² Board Audit and Compensation Committee Chair

    Arthur Friedman has 40 years of diversified technical, national policy, management and teaching experience in the cybersecurity field. He currently supports the Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Council as a senior Cybersecurity Strategist. He has held various technical and management positions at the National Security Agency supporting the computer network defense mission.

    Arthur also worked in the private sector for The MITRE Corporation and Booz Allen and Hamilton as a systems security engineer. Additionally, he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and currently services on the (ISC)² Board of Directors as the Treasurer, and previously served on both the (ISC)² Government Advisory Council and a judge for the Information Security Leadership Awards® - U.S. Government for 13 years.

    Arthur is an adjunct faculty member teaching Network Security and Cybersecurity classes for Towson University. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Hofstra University and graduate degrees in Business Administration from Boston University and National Security Policy from the United States Army War College.

    He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Colonel with his last assignment with the United States Strategic Command responsible for planning and executing non-kinetic/cyber operations at the strategic level.

    Arthur lives in Maryland and spends his free time sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife.

    Zach Tudor

    Zachary Tudor, Secretary, CISSP (USA)
    (ISC)² Board Strategy Committee Chair

    Zachary (Zach) is the Associate Laboratory Director of Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) National and Homeland Security’s (N&HS) organization. It’s a major center for national security technology development and demonstration, employing 550 scientists and engineers across $300M in programs for the: 

    • Department of Defense (DOD)
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • The Intelligence Community
    N&HS is responsible for INL’s Nuclear Nonproliferation, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Defense Systems and Homeland Security missions that include:
    • Safeguarding and securing vulnerable nuclear material
    • Enhancing the overall security and resilience of the nation’s infrastructure
    • Providing protective system solutions and heavy manufacturing of armor for national defense
    Zach has more than 30 years of experience in IT and cyber security management, operations and incident response. 

    Past positions include Program Director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International, support to the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) and the ICS-CERT at DHS, on-site deputy, program manager for the NRO’s world-wide operational network, information security manager for OSD CIO’s Enterprise Operations Support Team and security management support for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

    Zach holds an M.S. in Information Systems from George Mason University concentrating in cyber security.
     

     

    Biljana Cerin, CISSP (Croatia)
    (ISC)² Board Ethics Committee Chair
    (ISC)² Board Nominations Co-Chair

    Biljana Cerin is the Director of Ostendo Consulting, which was founded 2011 in London, U.K. and Zagreb, Croatia. The company provides information security and risk management, IT governance, and compliance related consulting services.

    Biljana has extensive experience in leading successful information security projects for clients in financial, telecommunication, government, oil and gas, energy, biotechnology, higher education, and IT services sectors worldwide.

    Her primary focus is achievement of visible results for the client organizations and ensuring information security is seen as a business enabler when meeting legal and regulatory requirements (such as GDPR, HIPAA, GMP Annex 11, PCI DSS).

    Biljana is President of the (ISC)² Croatia Chapter, a frequent speaker at leading international information security conferences, and the bearer of CISSP, CIPP/E, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CBCP and PMP professional certifications. She strives towards engaging young professionals, especially women, in information security field during early stages of their careers and establishing a stronger connection between the professional community and educational institutions.

    Tony Cole, CISSP, SSCP (USA)
    (ISC)² Board Audit Committee Co-Chair

    Tony Cole is a cybersecurity expert with more than 30 years’ experience, a bachelor’s degree in computer networking and holds his CISSP certification. Today, he serves as Attivo Networks Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Mr. Cole served in a number of executive roles at FireEye, McAfee, and Symantec. He’s retired from the U.S. Army and was an early advisor to Wall Street on the cybersecurity market. Mr. Cole is on the Board of Silent Circle, serves on the NASA Advisory Council and on the (ISC)² Board of Directors. He’s also a former president of ISSA-DC.

    Sia Honig

    Sai Honig, CISSP, CCSP (New Zealand)
    (ISC)² Board Scheme Committee Chair

    Originally from the United States, Sai now resides in New Zealand. 

    Sai is a multipotentialite who has worked in differing roles in various industries. She has experience in governance, audit and operations of IT. Her industrial experience includes manufacturing, healthcare, and education. 

    Sai has volunteered for Grameen Foundation assisting their global efforts in microfinance and alternative methods of assisting those to access capital in order to improve their lives, their families and their communities. 

    Sai’s proudest moment was when her volunteer efforts were recognized with The President’s Volunteer Service Award in May 2013. 

    Moving to New Zealand in 2014, Sai has worked in a hospital system serving a mostly rural community. One project she was involved with is the implementation of a cloud-based virtual health service. 
    Sai’s interest in cloud technologies has led to her contributing a chapter on cloud governance in “The Cloud Security Ecosystem: Technical, Legal, Business and Management Issues” and participation in writing various white papers.  

    Earl Crane

    Dr. Earl Crane, CISSP (USA)
    (ISC)² Board Awards Committee Chair
    (ISC)² Board Strategy Committee Co-Chair

    Dr. Earl Crane is a cybersecurity executive and trusted advisor to public and private sector organizations, helping them to manage their strategy, risk and cybersecurity programs. He is a prominent cybersecurity veteran, having worked at early security startups, the White House, the financial sector and other Fortune 100s, and co-founded Emergynt, a digital risk management platform based on his Ph.D. research. He holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University, and a Masters of information system management and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

    David Mussington, Ph.D., CISSP

    David Mussington, Ph.D., CISSP (USA) 

    David is Professor of the Practice and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He directs the School’s Cyber Policy Initiative, and teaches on cyber policy issues and risk management. Prior to joining UMD in 2016, he was Assistant Director of the Information Technology and Systems Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). David is also a Senior Fellow at Canada’s Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). David has over two decades of experience in the national security, cyber security, and private sector experience. 

    David served on the White House National Security Council staff, as Director Surface Transportation Security Policy, and was previously Senior Advisor for Cyber Policy for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since leaving federal service, David has directed cybersecurity studies for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Federal Communications Commission and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). David has led cyber risk assessments for the Bank of Canada and for private sector entities in the U.S. and Canada. Most recently he has conducted projects on election cybersecurity, social media information security issues, and the security of ICT supply chains. An internationally known expert on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, David is a frequently called upon speaker at international venues, and serves on the technical advisory board of Verified Voting – a U.S. NGO concerned with voter participation and voting technology security – and on the ACM U.S. Technology Policy Committee.

     

    Gabriel Bergel, CISSP

    Gabriel Bergel, CISSP (Chile) 
    (ISC)² Board Awards Committee Co-Chair

    Gabriel currently holds several positions within the field of cybersecurity, including chief security ambassador of Eleven Paths for Chile & Brasil, director of public policies at Whilolab and founder of 8.8 Computer Security Conference. He also serves as chair of the Latin American Advisory Council for (ISC)², coordinator of the Industrial Cybersecurity Center (CCI) and vice president of the (ISC)² Chapter in Chile.

    Gabriel has a master’s degree in cybersecurity from IMF Business School and Camilo José Cela University in Spain. He has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of areas of cybersecurity, working as a consultant, project manager, security engineer, CISO and others. He regularly presents in courses, conferences, workshops and forums around the world. 


    Lori Ross O’Neil, CISSP

    Lori Ross O’Neil, CISSP (USA)

    Lori is a Cyber Security Project Manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In her current role with PNNL, Lori manages multimillion-dollar energy cybersecurity research projects where her teams work in partnership with government agencies and industry to perform research and development to deliver "first of a kind" solutions in the mission to protect the United States national critical infrastructure. 

    She has more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and information technology, the last 10 years of which has focused on operational security of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) with a focus on the U.S. energy sector. She previously held various technical positions with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), focused on orbital vehicle missions and the manufacture of the last U.S. Space Shuttle.

     

    Dr. Kevin Charest

    Dr. Kevin Charest, CISSP (USA)

    Dr. Kevin Charest serves as the divisional senior vice president and chief information security officer for Health Care Service Corporation. He is responsible for all aspects of IT security operations across HCSC’s five plan states, including actively monitoring and mitigating current cyberthreats and overseeing the governance, risk and compliance program.

    Kevin previously served as the VP of IT security and cyber defense operations at UnitedHealth Group and as the chief information security officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he was directly responsible for the HHS cybersecurity technology portfolio.

    Prior to joining the federal government, Kevin served in a number of entrepreneurial and senior executive positions in the private sector. His leadership in technology applications, innovation and security were instrumental to the development of numerous products and services.

    Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Cybersecurity from Capella University. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of West Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army.

     

    SC Leung, CISSP

    SC Leung, CISSP (Hong Kong)

    SC Leung is currently the Centre Manager of the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT). He has more than 25 years of working experience serving banking, Internet solution provider, telecommunication and consultancy industries.

    SC was a member of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Council of (ISC)². He was the Founding Chairperson of the Professional Information Security Association which subsequently hosts the (ISC)² Hong Kong Chapter.

    SC Leung holds information security designations CISSP, CCSP, CISA and CBCP. He received the (ISC)² President Award in 2013 and was an Honoree of the Asia Pacific Information Security Leader Achievement Award, by (ISC)² in 2007.

     

Corporate Governance

(ISC)²’s governance framework guides how our Board of Directors and our management oversee our nonprofit corporation. This framework is outlined in our governing documents, including the (ISC)2 Bylaws.

The (ISC)² Amended and Restated Bylaws establish fundamental principles about our members’ rights, Board operations and key governance policies.

(ISC)² Annual and Special Meeting Minutes

(ISC)² Board of Directors Frequently Asked Questions

  • Duties and Powers of the Board Duties and Powers of the Board
    Q:

    What are the duties and powers of the (ISC)² Board of Directors?

    A:

    The (ISC)² Board of Directors represents our membership as a whole. Our Bylaws govern the responsibilities and activities of the organization. 

    Our Bylaws clearly state: The Board of Directors shall have the powers and duties of a board of directors pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and shall be responsible for the policy and governance of the Corporation. The Board shall hire, direct and oversee the CEO.

    In addition, the (ISC)² Board of Directors: 

    • Works with management to ensure that policy and strategy are set, documented and clearly understood by both the board and management.
    • Ensures that (ISC)² management is performing to a level that allows them to deliver on their objectives.
    • Ensures that the assets of the corporation are being used wisely and strategic initiatives are adequately resourced.
  • Responsibilities of the Board Responsibilities of the Board
    Q:

    What are the responsibilities of the (ISC)² Board?

    A:

    The (ISC)² Board of Directors:

    • Provides overall corporate governance
    • Issues certifications to qualified candidates who have met all the necessary credential requirements
    • Reviews and approve proposed new credentials or changes to existing credentials
    • Participates on various committees, such as the Nominating Committee, Ethics Committee, Scheme Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Scholarship Committee
    • Acts as evangelists and advocates for the organization and the (ISC)² mission
    • Adheres to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics and all other (ISC)² policies.
  • Term of Office for Board Members Term of Office for Board Members
    Q:

    What is the term of office and how many terms can a Board member serve?

    A:

    Our member-elected directors serve three-year terms. Our board-appointed directors serve terms that are up to three years in length. 

    Each director serves until his or her successor is duly appointed or elected. 

    The terms are staggered. Only one-third of our directors stand for election each year. This is a best practice for nonprofit organizations. It provides continuity of leadership and stewardship. 

    A director may serve up to six years in any 10-year period. 

  • Compensation for the Board Compensation for the Board
    Q:

    Do Board members get paid?

    A:
    Our board members are volunteers. They aren’t paid for their time and effort. 

    (ISC)² does pay their travel expenses to attend mandatory board meetings and committee meetings.
  • Nominating Candidates for the Board Nominating Candidates for the Board
    Q:

    What is the (ISC)² Board’s nomination process?

    A:

    Early in the year, the (ISC)² Board of Directors begins looking for potential candidates. First, the Board asks various advisory councils and committees for suitable nominations. 

    Then, the Nominations Committee spends time vetting the candidates against various criteria. (See Board election process.) This process ensures that candidates:

    • Have demonstrated their abilities.
    • Have the desire to provide their time and energies to (ISC)² over an extended period of time.
    • Are likely to be productive board members.
    Q:

    Is the membership notified when and how to recommend candidates for the Board or prepare a petition for candidacy?

    A:

    Yes, (ISC)² notifies its members of petition procedures and deadlines every year. 

    If you’re submitting a petition with names to go on the official ballot, it must be received at least 60 days before the election. This gives board members the time to ensure that candidates are qualified and agree to serve if elected. If these criteria are met, the candidates’ names appear on the official ballot. 

    For information about the rules, procedures and timeline for the annual election, check out our Board of Directors election details.

  • Meetings Open to Members Meetings Open to Members
    Q:

    Are there regular meetings that (ISC)² members may attend?

    A:
    (ISC)² holds a meeting that’s open to all members at least once a year. Usually, it happens along with the first board meeting of the year — typically, in Florida, USA. 

    Members are notified of the meeting at least 60 days in advance of the meeting. 
  • Members Can Influence Change Members Can Influence Change
    Q:

    How can (ISC)² members influence change for the organization?

    A:
    The best way is to share your input with your local chapter. Your chapter can raise your feedback or issue with the respective (ISC)² regional office. 

    The regional offices all report through the chief operating officer (COO). The COO will address the issue, if appropriate. Or, the COO may escalate it to the chief executive officer, if needed.
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