ISC2 Board of Directors appoints Clar Rosso as new CEO to help the world’s cybersecurity workforce succeed in a rapidly changing and increasingly vital profession

Clearwater, FL, August 26, 2020 – ISC2 – the world’s largest nonprofit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today appointed Clar Rosso as the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Rosso joins ISC2 from the AICPA & CIMA, where she is executive vice president of engagement and learning innovation. She will assume the role of CEO effective Oct. 1, to head up strategy and budget planning for 2021. Outgoing CEO David Shearer, CISSP, will remain with the association in an advisory role through the end of the year to assist in the transition and ensure the organization’s 2020 goals are accomplished.

“Cybersecurity professionals play a critical role in our global society, and I look forward to joining the dedicated team at ISC2 to strengthen our value to members and associates through our certification programs, enriching learning experiences and much more,” said Rosso. “It is a great privilege to join ISC2 and lead this prestigious association. There is so much opportunity to continue growing the profession, striving to realize the association’s vision of a safe and secure cyber world, and ensuring that cybersecurity is a rewarding and welcoming career to a diversity of people globally.”

Rosso has more than two decades of experience helping professional associations and certifying bodies grow and strengthen member value. She joined the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) in 2013 and is responsible for developing global market and product strategies; identifying and creating new products, services and delivery platforms to advance the CPA and management accounting profession; and increasing the global competitiveness of members, firms and employers. Prior to joining AICPA, Rosso worked as Chief Operating Officer of the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) and the CalCPA Education Foundation. She had previously served as CalCPA’s division director of programs and communications.

Rosso earned a master's degree from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis. 

“The ISC2 Board of Directors set out to find a talented, driven leader to achieve the Board’s vision of a growing, member-focused association that encourages an increasingly diverse workforce,” said Dr. Kevin Charest, CISSP, ISC2 Board of Directors Chairperson. “Clar has the experience and passion to help ISC2 build on the rich foundation of success her predecessors established, and we are confident our members will benefit from her leadership. As we welcome Clar to the organization, we are also extremely appreciative of all of David’s work, passion and commitment to ISC2 over the past 8 years.”

About ISC2

ISC2 is the world’s leading member organization for cybersecurity professionals, driven by our vision of a safe and secure cyber world. Our more than 500,000 members, candidates and associates around the globe are a force for good, safeguarding the way we live. Our award-winning certifications – including cybersecurity’s premier certification, the CISSP® – enable professionals to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities at every stage of their careers. ISC2 strengthens the influence, diversity and vitality of the cybersecurity profession through advocacy, expertise and workforce empowerment that accelerates cyber safety and security in an interconnected world. Our charitable foundation, The Center for Cyber Safety and Education, helps create more access to cyber careers and educate those most vulnerable. Learn more and get involved at Connect with us on XFacebook and LinkedIn.

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