(ISC)2 appoints new director of cyber security advocacy and EMEA managing director

Dr Adrian Davis

Dr Adrian Davis

(ISC)2 – the world’s largest non-profit membership association of certified cyber security professionals – has outlined its commitment to enhancing cyber security advocacy with the appointment of Dr Adrian Davis CISSP as director of cyber security advocacy for the EMEA region. The appointment follows that of John McCumber as director of cyber security advocacy for the North America region, and is part of (ISC)2’s global initiative designed to develop a dedicated effort to support the growing number of organisations – among them standards and policy-makers, as well as Government agencies – actively facing the most critical security issues.

Davis joined (ISC)2 as managing director for the EMEA region back in 2014. In his new role, he’ll build on (ISC)2’s body of work to champion greater understanding of certification and skills issues, and also work to help policy-makers raise the priority and standard of assessment given to cyber risk within business and Government.

In addition, Davis will work with the (ISC)2 EMEA Advisory Council to share members’ experiences and concerns around focused issues.

“Our cyber security advocacy programme allows us to work closely with our membership, encourage public/private sector collaboration on security issues and advance cyber security practice and the profession around the world,” observed David Shearer CISSP, CEO at (ISC)². “There’s a growing appreciation for the need to better understand and develop the capacity to face the cyber security issues that are constantly threatening businesses and livelihoods today, and we’re fully committed to doing everything we can to play our part.”

Growing and vibrant cyber community

Speaking about his appointment, Davis outlined: “I’m pleased to have this opportunity to develop a voice for the growing and vibrant community that works at the coal face of the effort to not just protect our companies, but also our economies. We work hard to meet the significant need for more talent in the cyber security realm. We also recognise the need to develop resilience outside of the profession, and serve our membership by helping today’s leaders, innovators and influencers in society to better understand their role in tackling the risks associated with our developing dependencies on technical innovations.”

During his tenure as managing director, Davis presided over double-digit annual growth in the regional certified membership, which now numbers over 23,000 professionals in 92 countries. He established varied partnerships and initiatives to amplify their influence, most notably in support of accreditation guidelines referenced by computing science programmes across Europe, educational resources and (ISC)2’s International Academic Programme and the latest edition of Europe’s eCompetence Framework, now recognised as a European Standard.

Working with the EMEA Advisory Council, Davis has sponsored the development of two member-driven Task Forces examining General Data Protection Regulation implementation and Internet of Things-centric risk.

Davis is also a co-editor for the International Standards Organisation, having participated in the publication of two standards within the 27000 family.

Previously, Davis served as principal research analyst with the Information Security Forum.

Deshini Newman

Deshini Newman

Deshini Newman, who joins (ISC)2 from Cambridge Assessment English, now steps into the role of managing director for the EMEA region.

(ISC)² is focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, (ISC)2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of an holistic and programmatic approach to security.

The organisation’s membership comprises of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals. Its vision is supported by a commitment to educate and reach out to the general public through The Center for Cyber Safety and Education charitable foundation.

*For more information on (ISC)² visit www.isc2.org

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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