Two Distinguished Women Join (ISC)²® U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security

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Leaders from U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the State of Delaware to Bring Diversification and Unique Perspectives Needed to Grow the Security Industry

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

  • Jill Vaughan, CISSP, serves as deputy chief information officer and deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Information Technology (IT). With over 14 years of IT experience that includes more than ten years in information security, Ms. Vaughan is responsible for ensuring that mission-critical information technology products and services – such as extensive IT infrastructure, cyber security, and information assurance, end-user provisioning and services, and applications development, as well as compliance with the policies and standards set by the Department of Homeland Security and the White House – are provided to over 60,000 TSA employees at airports and field locations around the world.
  • Elayne Starkey, CISSP, serves as the chief security officer for the State of Delaware, Department of Technology and Information, where she is responsible for developing and executing the governance plan for Delaware’s enterprise-wide information security and business continuity programs. She also leads the effort to foster a climate of ownership for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets. Ms. Starkey was named one of the 10 most Influential People in Government Information Security in 2012 and received the distinguished Fed 100 Award in 2011.

“Combatting today’s advanced threats requires a community approach to hiring skilled and qualified security professionals from a variety of backgrounds,” said Marc H. Noble, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, CGEIT, MBCI, director of government affairs for (ISC)2 and co-chair of the GAB. “These two government leaders bring unique perspectives and backgrounds that are necessary to grow and diversify the security industry.” According to the recent (ISC)2 survey of women in security, Agents of Change: Women in the Information Security Profession, women leaders are the strongest proponents of security and risk management education and training in the industry, despite the severe shortage of women in the information security workforce.

Ms. Vaughan and Ms. Starkey will serve with (ISC)2’s elite group of volunteer advisors from the U.S. public sector and industry organizations to provide insight and advice to the (ISC)2 executive management team on government policies and programs that affect the information security profession. In addition, the board oversees certifications for U.S. cybersecurity professionals and sponsors community outreach initiatives, including the Federal CISO Forum, the (ISC)2 Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLAs), and the (ISC)2 U.S. Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau (GAB EWB).

Established in 2003, the (ISC)2 GAB is one of several (ISC)2 advisory boards representing information and software security professionals worldwide. Other boards advise on information security workforce issues specific to: North America; Latin America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia-Pacific, as well as a global Application Security Advisory Board dedicated to software security workforce issues.

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