David Shearer Selected as New (ISC)²® Executive Director

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(ISC)2 Executive Director Hord Tipton Announces his Retirement, Effective December 31, 2014

"David is the best choice for this position. He has proven himself within the organization as a leader and he shares our vision to continue delivering value to our membership, the community and the industry," said Wim Remes.

(ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide, today announced that Chief Operating Officer David Shearer, CISSP, PMP, has been selected as its new executive director, effective January 1, 2015. This appointment follows the retirement of current Executive Director Hord Tipton, CISSP, at the end of 2014.

“Finding a successor who is able to follow in the footsteps of Hord Tipton is not an easy task,” said Wim Remes, CISSP, chair, (ISC)² Board of Directors. “After evaluating both internal and external candidates, the (ISC)² Board of Directors determined that David is the best choice for this position. He has proven himself within the organization as a leader and he shares our vision to continue delivering value to our membership, the community and the industry. I am excited to see him take the helm at (ISC)² and the Board looks forward to working with him.”

Mr. David Shearer has held the position of (ISC)² chief operating officer for the past two years. Prior to joining (ISC)², Shearer held prominent senior executive positions in the U.S. federal government as the associate CIO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s International Technology Services, deputy CIO for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the executive for Architecture, Engineering and Technical Services at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. David also served as chief, Systems Services branch for U.S. Coast Guard Support Command. He holds a B.S. from Park College, a M.S. from Syracuse University, and management and technical certificates from the U.S. National Defense University’s Information Resources College. In 2008, Shearer received the U.S. Federal Presidential Rank Award. He also holds the CISSP and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications.

“I am honored to have been selected by the (ISC)² Board of Directors to fulfill the role of executive director following Hord’s retirement,” said Shearer. “We have an incredibly talented team at (ISC)² and I look forward to utilizing the things I learned from one of my mentors, Hord Tipton, to lead the organization into the future. He has been an exemplary leader to (ISC)² over his six-and-a-half-year tenure, from introducing new programs to ensuring the integrity and rigor of our certifications, to driving organizational focus toward membership. I have thoroughly enjoyed working at (ISC)² the last two years as COO and look forward to taking on this exciting new chapter in my career.”

“I have always embraced change and, as a result, I am fortunate to have wide-ranging life experiences,” said Tipton. “Working at (ISC)2 has been the highlight of my career. I’ve worked with David for a number of years and as the COO, he has made many positive changes for (ISC)2. I know that David’s leadership qualities will take the organization to the next tier of excellence.”

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 over 100,000 members in more than 160 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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