Kevin Richards named president of ISSA International

Portland, OR, January 18, 2010 – The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) announced today that Kevin Richards has been appointed as the President of its International Board of Directors following the resignation of Howard A. Schmidt. Schmidt has been selected by United States President Barack Obama to serve as the cybersecurity coordinator for the White House.

Richards has served on the ISSA International Board since 2003, initially in a global chapter relations capacity and then as the international vice president since 2007. A past president of the Chicago ISSA Chapter, Richards is an information security and risk management advisor for Crowe Horwath with more than 18 years of experience in information security, business continuity and information risk management. His expertise ranges from risk analysis and program design to information security and business continuity program development and leading practices.

“Kevin is the best person I can think of to take over the role of President as his passion, investment of time and belief in ISSA in unparalleled, and he has led with integrity and the highest ethical standards,” said Mr. Schmidt. “I wish him continued success in all he does.”

“It is a privilege to have this opportunity to serve ISSA’s 10,000 members and 141 chapters,” acknowledges Richards. “In addition to serving in the White House, ISSA members lead security programs for the largest corporations in the world – in technology, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, utilities, education and e-commerce. ISSA members are developing cutting-edge, new security technologies – as well as being foundational in the development of the tools we use every day. I am excited to have this leadership role and look forward to collaborating with the ISSA members around the world.”

The ISSA,, is the largest international professional association for information security professionals with a trusted global community that shares, networks, and collaborates to solve the ever-changing cybersecurity threats that impact us daily. Members are consistently recognized as experts on critical issues in the field and provide leadership and important resources for small businesses, global enterprises, and government organizations.

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