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Board of Directors Election

The (ISC)² Board Election takes place the last two weeks in November every year. All members in good standing as of a date specified in July may vote in the election. The Board puts forth several recommended candidates each year, and members in good standing as of the date specified in July may petition to have their names added to the ballot.

About Board Slate Candidates

When assembling the endorsed slate every election year, the board is looking for a balance of experience and particular personal characteristics.

Prospective board candidates must:

  • Have an established record of leadership in the field of information systems security.
  • Have experience in a managing or directing strategic program across an enterprise.
  • Have earned the respect and trust of peers in the subject of information security.
  • Have an established record of advancing the field of information security.
  • Have not been a salaried employee of (ISC)² or its affiliates.
  • Possess the ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group.
  • Have the willingness to prepare for and attend four or more in-person board meetings, weekly teleconferences and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, read and understand financial statements.
  • Create opportunities for (ISC)².
  • Have a commitment from his or her employer to support the time off from work required to support this commitment.
  • Have a willingness to cultivate and recruit future Board members and other volunteers.
  • Possess honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, and a desire to serve as a member of a team.
  • Be friendly, responsive, patient in dealings with fellow Board members, and possess a sense of humor
  • Adhere to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics.
  • Promote the agreed collective Board opinion above their own personal views.
  • Advocate for the organization. Work for change or acceptance where organizational views do not mirror those of the Board member.
  • Refrain from bringing the organization into disrepute through personal actions or words.
  • Qualify for eligibility based on the current (ISC)² bylaws.

Petition Process

As detailed in the (ISC)² Bylaws, (ISC)² members can nominate themselves or others through the petition process. The name of any qualified person who agrees to serve if elected may be submitted by a signed, written petition, of at least 500 members in good standing as of the date of the election announcement, to the Board at least 60 days in advance of the start of the election.

Board Terms

Board members are elected to three-year terms, and those terms are staggered so that only one-third of the members stand for election each year. This is consistent with good practice for non-profit organizations, providing continuity of leadership and stewardship.

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