(ISC)2 Appoints Two New Members to its U.S. Government Advisory Board

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Information Security Leaders from the General Services Administration and Department of Defense Will Advise on Policies, Trends and Certifications

“We are honored to have Mr. Garbars and Dr. Young join the GAB,” said Marc H. Noble, director of government affairs for (ISC)2 and co-chair of the GAB. “They each bring rich and diverse life and professional experiences to to the table."

(ISC)2®(“ISC)-squared”), the world’s largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, today announced it has appointed three new members to its U.S. Government Advisory Board (GAB). They are as follows:

  •     Kurt D. Garbars, CISSP, senior agency information security officer, General Services Administration (GSA). Mr. Garbars has led GSA’s IT security program for the past 11 years and is responsible for setting security policy, establishing critical performance measures, managing the certification and accreditation process across GSA, leading the incident handling team and ensuring compliance with key mandates and procedures. He is the former Chairman of the Cloud Computing Security Working Group (CCSWG) under the Federal Government’s CIO Council. Prior to working at GSA, Mr. Garbars worked at the Department of Defense as an information systems security officer, an IT security engineer, and an electronics engineer.
  •     Dr. Robert “Rocky” Young, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, director of Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, Outreach (CIAO) and Mobile Security Division, Defense-Wide Information Assurance Program (DIAP), Identity and Information Assurance Directorate (IIA)-DoD Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Young has worked for more than 25 years in cyber security, information assurance and information operations as an educator, analyst and administrator. In addition to his official duties at DIAP, he serves as an adjunct graduate professor for the Center of Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, where he is currently working on research in information assurance, and teaches graduate-level cyber security courses for Syracuse University’s iSchool.

These two federal executives will serve with (ISC)2’s elite group of volunteer advisors from the U.S. public sector and industry organizations. The board provides insight and advice to the (ISC)2 executive management team on government policies and programs that affect the information security profession, as well as certifications for U.S. cyber security professionals, and sponsors community outreach initiatives including the (ISC)2 Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLAs) and the (ISC)2 U.S. Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau (GAB EWB).
The new members were introduced during the GAB’s quarterly meeting last week in Washington, D.C. “We are honored to have Mr. Garbars and Dr. Young join the GAB,” said Marc H. Noble, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, CGEIT, MBCI, director of government affairs for (ISC)2 and co-chair of the GAB. “They each bring rich and diverse life and professional experiences to the table. Their understanding and insight into how current issues and programs impact the federal information security workforce will help (ISC)2 determine how best to evolve our resources and certifications to help advance the federal information security profession.”
Established in 2003, the (ISC)2 GAB is one of several (ISC)2 advisory boards representing information security professionals worldwide. Other boards advise on information security workforce issues specific to the North American, Latin American, European and Asia-Pacific regions.


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