(ISC)2® Appoints Devon Bryan, CISSP, as Co-Chair of U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security

IRS' Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity and New Members from the Department of State and Postal Service Commence Service at 7th Anniversary Gathering of Advisors

Jun 28, 2010, 14:11 ET from (ISC)2

PALM HARBOR, Fla., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISC)2® ("(ISC)2-squared"), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with nearly 70,000 members in more than 135 countries, today announced that Devon Bryan, CISSP, deputy associate chief information officer for cybersecurity for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has been selected as the new co-chair of the (ISC)2 U.S. Government Advisory Board (GAB) for Cyber Security.

Bryan, who has long served as a volunteer member of the GAB, replaces Michael Castagna, CISSP, vice president for corporate information security for Sallie Mae, as co-chair. Bryan will work alongside Marc Noble, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, (ISC)2 director of government affairs, to co-chair the group.

The GAB, celebrating its 7th anniversary during a gathering in downtown Washington D.C. last week, is a dedicated ongoing forum wherein a diverse group of information security thought leaders discuss the daily challenges that government information security professionals face and solutions on how best to evolve (ISC)2 resources, education and certification programs to help meet those challenges.

"I am looking forward to serving in this new capacity and bringing my 'view from the trenches' to this respected body of cybersecurity leaders and educators," Bryan said. "This board is instrumental to ensuring that the issues and challenges facing federal government information security practitioners are raised, evaluated and effectively addressed in professional certifications."

Two new federal information security leaders have also been named as volunteer members of the GAB. They are as follows:

  • Peter Gouldmann, CISSP, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Committee on National Security Systems liaison at the Office of Information Assurance, U.S. Department of State. Mr. Gouldmann has held information technology (IT) and IT security leadership positions within the Department of State, the private sector and the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Gouldmann is a frequent speaker at IT security forums, is involved in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Chief Information Officer's Certification &Accreditation Transformation Initiative and is a member of the NIST Joint Taskforce Transformation Initiative Interagency Working Group.

  • Charles L. (Chuck) McGann, Jr., CISSP, CISM, corporate information security officer, U.S. Postal Service (USPS). During his 22-year career with the USPS, Mr. McGann has worked in a variety of roles and was responsible for creating the Postal Service's Computer Incident Response Team. Mr. McGann is currently responsible for securing an intranet that is the largest maintained by any organization in the world, with over 185,000 workstations and more than 10,000 servers.

Mr. Gouldmann and Mr. McGann will work with the GAB's 20 other volunteer members 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, as well as certifications for U.S. cyber security professionals.

"It is an honor to have Mr. Gouldmann and Mr. McGann join the GAB in a volunteer advisor capacity, as they are highly regarded in their field and bring unique insights and ideas about the present and future state of the information security profession," said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2 and former CIO of the U.S. Department of Interior.

Established in 2003, the 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 Americas, European and Asia-Pacific regions.

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