WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) today announced its 2008 board of directors, naming Phil Reitinger, chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist in the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft Corp., as its new president; and Brian Willis , information security analyst at Intel Corp. as vice president.
Established in 2000, the IT-ISAC is a non-profit organization of corporate leaders from the information technology sector dedicated to identifying threats and vulnerabilities to the infrastructure, and sharing best practices on how to quickly and properly address them. Its mission is an essential component of the nation's security efforts, and has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as a critical mechanism for accomplishing the goals of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Information Technology Sector Specific Plan.
"The IT-ISAC plays an integral role in helping the public and IT sector collaborate to combat evolving threats against critical infrastructure," said Reitinger, who succeeds John Sabo , director of global government relations from CA Inc., as IT-ISAC president. "The commitment demonstrated by the members of our organization is critical and will help us drive enhanced risk management and other initiatives in 2008."
An active member of IT-ISAC for the past two years, Reitinger leads Microsoft's Critical Infrastructure Protection Team. In that capacity, he works with government agencies and drives industry collaboration to help enhance the security of critical infrastructures and raise the level of trustworthy computing across the PC ecosystem.
Reitinger noted that among the goals for IT-ISAC in 2008 are implementing enhanced incident response capabilities among government and the private sector, further enhancing the partnership among the many companies and organizations involved in operational critical infrastructure protections, and continuing to build the response and analysis capabilities of the IT-ISAC organization.
"Phil will do an excellent job as IT-ISAC president," said former IT-ISAC president Sabo. "His decision making is focused, and his objectives are clear ... that's exactly what it takes to be successful in this role."
Greg Garcia , Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, said he is looking forward to working with Reitinger in the coming year. "I am grateful to Phil Reitinger for his commitment to protecting our homeland and I look forward to expanding our close relationship with the IT-ISAC under his leadership to secure America's cyber infrastructure."
The IT-ISAC Leadership Board
In addition to the appointments of Reitinger and Willis, filling the roles of secretary and treasurer are Mary Ann Davidson , chief security officer at Oracle Corp., and Rob Clyde , vice president of technology at Symantec Corp., respectively.
About the IT-ISAC
The Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center is a community of security specialists from across the IT industry dedicated to protecting vital information infrastructures by identifying threats and vulnerabilities, and sharing best practices on how to quickly and properly address them.
For more information on the IT-ISAC, its board or its' activities visit http://www.it-isac.org.
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