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(ISC)² Leadership and Annual Reports

An insightful, innovative and experienced group of Corporate Officers and Directors lead our day-to-day operations. These leaders are at the top of their fields. They’re dedicated to upholding and promoting our vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.

  • Get to Know Our (ISC)² Corporate Officers Get to Know Our (ISC)² Corporate Officers
    David Shearer
    David Shearer, CISSP, Chief Executive Officer

    As (ISC)² Chief Executive Officer, David is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization and its Center for Cyber Safety and Education.

    David has more than 30 years of business experience including as the:

    • Chief operating officer for (ISC)²
    • Associate chief information officer for International Technology Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Deputy chief information officer at the U.S. Department of the Interior
    • Executive for architecture, engineering and technical services at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    David has been responsible for managing and providing services via international IT infrastructures. He has implemented large-scale SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. He has led large geographically separated staffs that support global solutions. David holds a B.S. from Park College, an M.S. from Syracuse University, and management and technical certificates from the U.S. National Defense University. 

    David is a U.S. federal executive presidential rank award recipient. 

    Wes SImpson
    Wesley Simpson, Chief Operating Officer

    As our COO, Wesley oversees the operational aspects of contracts with all business partners. He collaborates with our Chief Executive Officer and senior management to support (ISC)² programs and services. He’s also responsible for the development and implementation of a business template for the regional offices. 

    Wesley has more than 25 years of business experience including positions in IT, product management, policy and procedure development, budgeting, vendor negotiations, and client development and relationships for Turner Broadcasting System, Delta Airlines, Bank of America, IBM and Fidelity Investments. 

    Wesley has been responsible for leading the development of IT organizations and global services, while also working in the field of software development and digital asset management for various Fortune 500 companies. 

    Wesley holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and various technical certifications.

    Debra Taylor
    Debra Taylor, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    As our CFO, Debra is responsible for all financial and management reporting, executing the budgeting process, overseeing investments and all human resource functions, and operating as the Contract Officer.

    Debra has more than 30 years of business experience including positions as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and CFO of the America’s Operations for the former global public company Danka Business Systems PLC. 

    Debra has extensive business experience in accounting, finance, acquisitions and mergers. She directed all financial and operational reporting and results along with the re-engineering of the infrastructure and controls of the key business processes at Danka Business Systems PLC. 

    Prior to working with Danka, Debra was the Western Regional Business Manager for Storer Communications, Inc. and Assistant Controller for J. R. Norton Company. 

    Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. She is a former Board Member and Finance Chair of Goodwill-Industries Suncoast. 

    Debra also serves as the CFO for (ISC)²’s Center for Cyber Safety and Education.

    Graham Jackson
    Graham Jackson, General Counsel

    Graham joined (ISC)² in 2013. He serves as an agent for (ISC)² in regards to all legal matters, liabilities and rights. His duties include:

    • Overseeing domestic and international corporate reporting and compliance with government regulations.
    • The registration and protection of (ISC)² intellectual property.
    • Drafting and negotiating transactional documents.
    • Managing (ISC)²’s outside counsel and developing strategy for litigation.
    • Overseeing the (ISC)² Board of Directors elections.
    Graham also works closely with the business teams to identify positive outcomes for (ISC)² and its members and partners around the world. 

    Graham holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Accountancy from Samford University, as well as a B.B.A in Accounting and B.A. in History from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Florida Bar.

  • Meet Our Corporate Vice Presidents and Directors Meet Our Corporate Vice Presidents and Directors
    Casey Marks
    Dr. Casey Marks, Vice President, Professional Programs Office

    Casey serves as the lead executive developing psychometrically sound and legally defensible information security certifications that advance the mission and vision of (ISC)². 

    With 20 years of experience in large-scale assessment, Casey has published and presented extensively. He’s recognized as an expert on issues related to adoption and vendor transition of Computer-Based-Testing for high-stakes, large-scale testing programs, international program expansion and examination security.

    Casey has a long history of involvement and volunteer service with testing-related organizations such as:

    • American Education Research Association (AERA)
    • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
    • Council on Licensure, Education, and Regulation (CLEAR)
    • Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
    • International Test Commission (ITC)
    • The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
    Casey served as an invited expert for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Working Group for the Revision of ISO/IEC 17024 and is a past president of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). 

    Casey holds a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and a PhD in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

    Brian Correia
    Brian Correia, Managing Director, North America

    Brian is responsible for all business development aspects of the (ISC)² North America Region. He is responsible for building new relationships and driving opportunities, as well as supporting U.S. and Canadian members, customers and strategic partners. 

    Brian has more than 20 years of business experience, including positions in sales, event management, business development, contracts and marketing. 

    Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from James Madison University in Virginia.

    Patrick Craven
    Patrick Craven, Director, Center for Cyber Safety and Education

    Patrick has more than 30 years of experience working within the non-profit industry. He has held various C-Level executive leadership roles across the country at notable charitable organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Boy Scouts of America. 

    As Director for the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, Patrick is responsible for:

    • All business operations
    • Supporting the Board of Trustees
    • Service delivery
    • Providing leadership to employees and volunteers
    • Managing multiple income streams
    • Overseeing marketing and business development functions
    • New program development 
    • Liaising with external agencies
    Patrick has been successful across the country developing innovative and award-winning marketing, advertising, sales, management and fundraising programs. 

    Patrick has a BS in Communication from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH).

    Adrian Davis
    Dr. Adrian Davis, CISSP, Managing Director, EMEA

    Adrian heads the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team for (ISC)². His responsibilities include developing and implementing a strategy for the EMEA region, working with the EMEA Advisory Council and supporting the (ISC)² global vision and mission. 

    Within EMEA, Adrian is also responsible for building relationships, driving new opportunities, and supporting the marketing, PR and communications function to develop and maintain (ISC)² brands and support both business development and member service objectives. 

    Before joining (ISC)², Adrian worked for the Information Security Forum, where he led the Leadership and Management group within the Global Team. 

    Adrian’s prior experience includes international project management, the creation and implementation of project and programme offices, risk management and strategy formulation. 

    Adrian has a Chemistry PhD from the University of London and an MBA from Durham Business School. He is a Chartered IT Professional and a Member of the British Computer Society. He holds a Certificate in Information Security Management Principles.

    Jessica Hardy
    Jessica Hardy, Director, Customer Experience

    Jessica leads the Customer Experience team overseeing the membership, communication, marketing, brand, and digital teams. She is responsible for developing the growth, brand, customer experience, online and communication strategies for (ISC)². 

    Jessica is a highly creative marketing, multi-media and events leader with more than 15 years of solid results-oriented marketing experience. She is skilled in developing teams and solutions to drive sales and attendance, attracting and maintaining customers, and building robust membership marketing loyalty programs. 

    She holds a B.S. degree from University of South Florida and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

    Jeff Highman
    Jeff Highman, Director, Transformation Program Office

    Jeff plans and directs all aspects of (ISC)²’s technical infrastructure, assesses new business requirements and integrates those requirements into the organization’s overall infrastructure. 

    As director of IT Services and Solutions, Jeff is responsible for the achievement of all short- and long-term departmental goals, as well as the development and implementation of the global IT strategy. 

    Jeff has 20 years of experience spanning strategy, delivery and organizational change management for large-scale organizations. He is an experienced practitioner of agile delivery methods, which help organizations bridge the gap between innovation and execution. 

    Jeff’s experience spans a broad range of IT services, from federal systems to commercial and cloud-based products. 

    Jeff’s work at the United States Patent and Trademark Office transformed the patent process from paper-based operations to a digital end-to-end process. 

    For Amtrak, Jeff spearheaded the domestic rollout of an integrated voice, video and data network for national rail security. 

    At United States Citizen Immigration Services, Jeff was influential in redefining the software development lifecycle, leading the organizational change from waterfall to agile. 

    Most recently, Jeff pioneered the development and launch of a commercial SaaS product called Identrix.

    Clayton Jones
    Clayton Jones, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific

    Clayton has been involved in the professional education services industry for more than a decade in the U.S. and Asia. His experience spans business unit management, and mergers and acquisitions, including corporate restructuring.  

    Based at (ISC)² regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Clayton is responsible for the overall operations of (ISC)² in the region and supporting the organization's vision.  

    Clayton has led the establishment of (ISC)² offices in Japan, China and most recently India. He also works with different government agencies and corporations advising on workforce development within the information security profession.  

    Clayton is a regular speaker at information security events in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong.  

    Clayton has a B.Com from Calcutta University and a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta).  

    In April 2009, Clayton received the Membership Growth and Support Award during the (ISC)² 20th Anniversary Founders Celebration in recognition of his contributions to the development and growth of (ISC)² credentials and the profession in the Asia-Pacific region.

    john mccumber
    John McCumber, Director, Cybersecurity Advocacy for North America

    Mr. McCumber is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and former Cryptologic Fellow of the National Security Agency. During his military career, Mr. McCumber served in the Defense Information Systems Agency and on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as Information Warfare Officer during the Persian Gulf War. Mr. McCumber recently served as Chair of the TechAmerica Cybersecurity Committee. For eight years, he was a Professorial Lecturer in Information Security at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is currently a technical editor and columnist for Security Technology Executive magazine. Mr. McCumber is the author of the textbook "Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: A Structured Methodology" from Auerbach Publications. Recently, Mr. McCumber served as the interim CISO for a post-breach Federal contractor. 

    Mr. McCumber holds a Master of Business Administration from Western New England University. He has current and former faculty status with: the National Cryptologic School, Defense Intelligence College, DoD Security Institute, Eastern Michigan University and The George Washington University.  Mr. McCumber holds numerous certifications from the National Cryptologic School, the DoD Security Institute and the Defense Intelligence College among others.

    During his career, Mr McCumber has held security clearances with the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and The Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon. 

Management Annual Reports

We believe it’s important to give you a clear and accurate picture of our organization. We’re committed to maintaining the integrity of our credentialing processes and upholding our fiduciary responsibilities. 

Our annual reports provide an overview of the work we do around the world. 


2016 (ISC)² Annual Report

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Past Reports