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Changes afoot at (ISC)2

Sep 21, 20153 mins
Technology Industry

It is somewhat hard to fathom that I’ve been serving on the (ISC)2 board of directors now for almost three years. It has been…entertaining to say the least. I’ve learned quite a lot from my time on the board and I’ve enjoyed being able to help contribute to overall guidance of the organization for the members.

At the end of the month I’ll be off to Security Congress in Anaheim. If you’re going to be attending be sure to say hi. I’ll be on a couple of panels and giving a talk as well on DDoS tools and data.

So, to the meat of it shall we? What is changing? Well, there are bylaw changes in the offing. If you are a member of (ISC)2 I would strongly urge you to review the changes and to vote on them. You can follow this link here and login to review and vote on the proposed changes to the the bylaws for the organization.

From (ISC)2:

All votes by proxy will be collected until 5:00 PM EDT October 5, 2015. The votes will then be tabulated and presented at the meeting on October 6, 2015. The final results will be posted to approximately two weeks after the meeting.

The proxy materials are available for review at the top of the selection screen. These materials include a FAQ as well as the amended and restated bylaws, the current bylaws, and the changes between the two versions. When casting your vote you must select one of the three options.

Please remember only (ISC)² certification holders in good standing as of August 6, 2015 are eligible to vote. If you are not eligible it may be based on one of the following.

You are not an (ISC)² certification holder in good standing as of August 6, 2015; or You are an Associate of (ISC)². If you have any questions about this process, please contact (ISC)² at

That being said, I’m approaching the end of my term and I don’t plan to run again for a second session. Well, at least for a year or two.

Why might you ask? Well, I learned very much via a trial by fire that maintaining a day job and volunteering for a board of a not for profit organization does not flow well with having a newborn. That bundle of joy has now manifested himself into a 18 month old who gladly destroys everything in site because he can. So, something had to give for the time being.

I will ask that, if you are a member of (ISC)2 in good standing, that you give me a parting gift of voting on the proposed bylaw changes before the end of the day October 5th, 2015. I won’t tell you how to vote. I just ask that you do vote. I did.

Dear Member,

Thank you for voting. This page confirms that you have successfully placed your vote for the upcoming special meeting. All votes will be collected on 5:00 PM EDT October 5, 2015, tabulated and presented at the meeting on October 6, 2015.

Thank you for voting. I have enjoyed my time, for the most part, while serving on the board. I’m very pleased to see the board in better shape now that when I joined three years ago. I’m also happy to see the board slate that is available for the membership to vote on this year and I hope that members will vote in the election.

It’s closing time for me. Thanks again.


Dave Lewis has over two decades of industry experience. He has extensive experience in IT security operations and management. Currently, Dave is a Global Security Advocate for Akamai Technologies. He is the founder of the security site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and co-host of the Liquidmatrix podcast.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Dave Lewis and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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