Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP Named New (ISC)2® Director of U.S. Government Affairs

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Cybersecurity solution lead for Grant Thornton Global Public Sector Practice brings over 20 years' experience in managing U.S. Government cybersecurity programs.

(ISC)²® (“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 Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP, former cybersecurity solution lead for Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector Practice has been named the new (ISC)2 director of government affairs. Waddell has over 20 years of experience in information technology, information assurance, and cybersecurity and has overseen multi-million dollar contracts for cabinet-level departments including Defense, State, Commerce, Transportation, Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security.

A 2013 (ISC)² President’s Award recipient, Mr. Waddell has also served in a volunteer capacity as co-chair of the (ISC)² North American Advisory Board and is a frequent speaker, contributor, and participant in several community-related initiatives including the (ISC)2 Safe and Secure Online program. In his new role, Mr. Waddell will focus on aligning (ISC)2 initiatives to best support the information security priorities of the U.S. government and will oversee all of the (ISC)2 U.S. public sector programs and alliances.

“The U.S. government represents nearly 15% of our global membership which is why it is critical for an expert of Dan’s caliber to lead the organization’s efforts as a cybersecurity workforce advocate and influencer in this community,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP, executive director of (ISC)² and former CIO of the U.S. Department of Interior.

The director of government affairs is responsible for advancing the professionalization principles of (ISC)2 and increasing the organization’s impact, overall reputation and prestige throughout the U.S. federal, state and local government markets. Among the specific duties required are to advocate new programs and initiatives of particular interest to government; promote (ISC)2 certification and education programs to government information assurance specialists; serve as a liaison to federal agencies, corporations, Congressional Committee staff members and other professionalization organizations; and co-chair the (ISC)2 U.S. Government Advisory Board.

“In its 25th year of serving the U.S. government information security community, this is an exciting time to be part of the (ISC)2 organization that is doing outstanding work in partnership with government, academia, and industry to solve the complex issues facing the government workforce,” Waddell said. “I look forward to collaborating with the top cybersecurity experts in the government community to help protect our nation’s cybersecurity posture.”

For Mr. Waddell’s full professional biography, please visit http://www.isc2.org/management-team.aspx.

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 http://www.isc2.org.

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