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FBI Leader Donald Freese to Keynote (ISC)² Security Congress

Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI to Discuss the Current Information Technology Landscape at the 7th Annual Security Congress 

Clearwater, FL, May 23, 2017 – (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”) today announced deputy assistant director of the FBI, Donald Freese, will be a keynote speaker at the seventh annual Security Congress Sept. 25-27 at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX. Freese serves in the information technology branch, where he is responsible for worldwide customer service, IT continuity, risk management and network operations.

“At a time when cyber breaches dominate the headlines, it’s imperative that U.S. federal agencies are strengthening their abilities to protect highly sensitive data, as well as securing critical U.S. infrastructure,” says (ISC)² CEO David Shearer. “Donald has more than 20 years of experience identifying and implementing strategic solutions to counter cyber threats against the U.S. We look forward to gaining insight into where the nation stands against today’s cyber crisis and gathering valuable tactics that attendees can practice within their organizations.”

Freese has served as a special agent with the FBI since 1996. Prior to his assignment with the information technology branch, he was the director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), one of the seven designated federal cyber centers. There, he was responsible for leading 24 partner agencies and to accomplish the nation’s top-tier, domestic cyber mission, through coordinating, integrating, and sharing cyber threat data enabling intelligence and investigative operations worldwide.    

In previous assignments, Freese directed operational teams, conducting criminal and national security investigations, including international and domestic portfolio management with increasing leadership responsibility in cross-functional areas of both disciplines. Preceding his appointment as director of NCIJTF, he served as FBI assistant special agent in charge, where he was responsible for all cyber, counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations in north Texas. He has extensive experience leading division-level business operations, designing and executing complex financial crime investigations and establishing critical incident response teams at the field office level.

About (ISC)2 Security Congress

(ISC)² Security Congress will bring together more than 1,500 professionals from around the world for three days of education, best-practice sharing and networking. This year’s conference tracks include: Cloud Security; Cyber Crime; Critical Infrastructure; Incident Response & Forensics; Governance, Regulation & Compliance; Identity Access Management; People & Security; Professional Development; Software Assurance/Application Security; Swiss Army Knife; and Threats.

(ISC)² members are eligible for special discounted pricing. Early registration rates are available until July 31. More details are available at   

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About (ISC)²® 
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