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Cybersecurity Advocates

Strengthening the Cybersecurity Profession

(ISC)² cybersecurity advocates are responsible for advancing the cybersecurity profession around the world.

Whether educating policy makers about key security issues, promoting the necessity of a competent cybersecurity workforce or building awareness about cybersecurity as a rewarding career opportunity, our team of experienced advocates represent our membership every day as we collectively work toward achieving our vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.

Shaping Policy

(ISC)² CEO David Shearer discusses the association’s work advocating for H1-B visa program improvements while emphasizing the code of ethics that all our members agree to follow.

(ISC)² CEO Talks to Government Matters, which is dedicated to providing non-partisan information and analysis to the federal workforce. Click here for the full interview.

Meet the (ISC)² Cybersecurity Advocates

  • John McCumber John McCumber
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    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. 

Influencing the Conversation

Our international cybersecurity advocacy program works closely with corporations, government agencies and academic institutions to encourage public/private collaboration on security issues and to advance the cybersecurity profession. Here are several examples of the work we do to advocate for the (ISC)² membership and the entire cybersecurity workforce

Enhancing Member Value

Ensuring that our association delivers on its value promise to members is another critical responsibility of our cybersecurity advocates. They represent the voice of our members to association management and the board the directors. They provide input and guidance for (ISC)² professional development and education initiatives, help drive the creation of tools and services to maximize the value we provide members, collaborate with regional advisory councils and are constantly building awareness for our members and the value they bring to organizations struggling to secure their data.