Michael J. Castagna named co-chair of government advisory board for (ISC)2

PALM HARBOR, Fla. , Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISC)2 ("ISC-squared"), the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today announced it has appointed Michael J. Castagna , CISSP, chief information security officer (CISO) at the Department of Commerce, as the new co-chair of the (ISC)2 U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security (GABCS).

Castagna will take on the role of board co-chair, a position recently filled by Jane Scott Norris , CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CAP, CISM, former Dean of the School of Applied Information Technology, FSI, the training institute for the Department of State (Retired) who will remain on the board as an active member. Lynn McNulty , CISSP, director of government affairs for (ISC)2, will continue to act as the board's other co-chair.

Established in 2003, the (ISC)2 GABCS is a 20-member volunteer board made up of federal government and industry security executives who provide insight and advice to (ISC)2 on government policies and programs that affect the information security profession, as well as certifications for U.S. government cyber security professionals.

"With the coming of 2009 and the transition of a new presidential administration, we are embarking on some interesting times as a profession," McNulty stated. "I am privileged to work with Michael and the other distinguished members of the board to tackle the challenges and carve out a new path of progress for the next generation of information security professionals."

Castagna, a member of the GABCS since June of 2007, will work closely with existing board members, as well as several recently appointed government information security professionals. The newest members of the board include:

-- Paul Grabow , CISSP, manager, Information Security Branch, IT Security Branch, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms

-- Jerry L. Davis , CISSP, PMP, deputy chief information officer for IT Security Office of the Chief Information Officer, NASA Headquarters

-- Michael P. Ashworth , CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CAP, CGEIT, director, Information Security Division, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior

-- Mary S. Heard , CISSP, acting associate chief information officer cyber security, U.S. Department of Agriculture

"I am honored to serve as GABCS co-chair and to help facilitate close collaboration among my colleagues," Castagna said. "In addressing the unique needs of the U.S. federal government, our goal will be to ensure that human capital development remains our highest priority."