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(ISC)²® Fellow and Former Colleague, F. Lynn McNulty, Recognized With
RSA Lifetime Achievement Award

Considered One of the Most Prestigious Recognitions in the World of Cybersecurity, RSA Officials, Industry VIPs, and Thousands of Conference Attendees Gathered to Posthumously Honor U.S. Government InfoSec Pioneer

    San Francisco, Ca., U.S.A., February 25, 2014 -- (ISC) (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with nearly 100,000 members worldwide, today announced that F. Lynn McNulty, CISSP, who passed away in June 2012 has been recognized with the one of the highest honors in the world of in cybersecurity – The RSA Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. McNulty’s family received the award on his behalf from presenter, Jim Bidzos, founder, chairman, and CEO of Verisign, Inc., during this morning’s keynote address and in the presence of RSA officials, industry VIPs, and thousands of RSA Conference attendees.

McNulty was considered the pioneer of government information security, having served in a number of critical and high-profile capacities, including as associate director for computer security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as the first information systems security director at the U.S. State Department and as director of government affairs for RSA.

“Lynn McNulty’s life made a significant mark on how we now navigate and attempt to advance the very complex world of cybersecurity,” says W. Hord Tipton, CISSP executive director of (ISC)². “With this award, Lynn will forever be recognized for his tireless efforts to build a professional government information security workforce and to mentor those who are today in some of the highest positions in government. We stand indebted to a man whose dedication to his profession has strengthened the security posture of our country’s information resources and infrastructure.”

McNulty spent his post-government career working in key roles within (ISC)², including as a member of the (ISC)² Board of Directors, (ISC)² director of government affairs and founding co-chair of the (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cybersecurity. His achievements have been recognized with designations such as the exclusive
Fellow of (ISC)², the ISSA Hall of Fame Award, the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame, the Fed 100 Award, and as one of Federal Computer Week’s top 25 federal IT influencers.

“Created in 2004, the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award is only presented when there is a deserving recipient in the technology field,” said Bidzos, the first recipient of the award. “There are few as richly deserving as Lynn. Everyone who knew him appreciated the special person that he was—a courageous dedicated lifelong public servant, veteran, patriot, colleague—and the impact his life had on advancing our nation’s security. It's truly an honor and privilege to recognize this very special computer security pioneer."

About (ISC)²®
Formed in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with nearly 100,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at  

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